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Premieres Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30pm

WPBS-TV is pleased to announce the third season of Fishing Behind the Lines, a thirty minute 13-part series, with long time public television host, Don Meissner.  This series takes active duty military and veterans fishing and give a voice to the stories of service and sacrifice from the men and women who have served in the military, both in the United States and Canada.  This series also showcases the great fishing the region offers, as well as highlighting fishing styles, techniques and tricks of the trade.

A highlight of the third season is a two-part episode with Alejandro Villanueva and David DeCastro of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Alejandro is the starting left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a former Airborne Army Ranger who served three combat tours in Afghanistan.  In the two-part episode, Alejandro takes friend and Pittsburgh Steeler all-pro right guard, David DeCastro, fishing for bass and pike. Along the way, Don Meissner had a chance to talk with Alejandro and learn more about his past, and why he chose to join the military.

Tune in for the premiere of Fishing Behind the Lines Season 3, Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30pm.  WPBS-TV invites the public to join us for a free screening of the highlight episode at the WPBS Studio, Thursday, March 30th at 6pm.  Producer, Andrew Jones and host, Don Meissner will be present to take questions from the audience after the screening, light refreshments will also be provided.

For more information about Fishing Behind the Lines please visit us online at or catch up on season one and two before the premiere of season three at

Fishing Behind the Lines Season 3 is sponsored by Oswego County Tourism, American Military University and Tailwater Lodge.  Additional assistance provided by Ft. Drum Public Affairs.

About Don Meissner
Don Meissner, the host of WPBS-DT’s Rod & Reel Streamside for 18 Seasons, has vast experience hosting his own show. Don Meissner hosted Park it: Celebrating our Region’s Finest, a 30-minute production celebrating our region’s parks. Don has also participated in numerous “live” televised events and many outreach events.  According to Don, “This program has meant more than fishing and celebrating our region. Fishing Behind the Lines Season 3 gets down to highlighting the most basic forms of humanity and how we connect to people through recreation. This program will reduce prejudices and build bridges with our military community.”

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