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Father/Son Sheet Metal Workers Battle Louisiana’s Famed Redfish on Brotherhood Outdoors TV

Spring Hill, Tenn. — Drags whine as line seems to melt from the spool when union member Eric Dobek and his son Gage hook up with massive bull redfish in Venice, Louisiana, as guest anglers on the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Brotherhood Outdoors television series.

Airing the week of July 13 on the Sportsman Channel, the episode features a father-and-son team who have been hunting and fishing together since Gage was 3 years old. Now, both are hardworking members of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 85, and Brotherhood Outdoors captures the non-stop action of their first quest for giant redfish.

“For as much time as Gage and I have spent in the outdoors together, we’ve never had the opportunity for a real father-and-son adventure,” said Dobek. “This trip was a dream-come-true. These redfish are absolute monsters.”

(L-R) USA Executive Director & CEO Scott Vance and guest Gage Dobek pull a double, each reeling in a nice bull redfish on Brotherhood Outdoors TV.

Sharing a boat with USA Executive Director and CEO Scott Vance, the pair cast popper rigs and plastics and hook one bull redfish after another during an incredible three-day trip.

“Eric and Gage work for the same SMART union contractor and possess a strong work ethic,” said Vance. “Just as important, though, is the strong bond they have with each other and the outdoors. Being in the boat with them was a special experience.”

Catch the action as the Dobeks conquer the Louisiana Delta’s bull redfish on Brotherhood Outdoors when the episode airs on the Sportsman Channel Tuesday, July 14 at 4 p.m. Eastern with re-airings on Friday at 11:30 a.m., Saturday at 1:30 a.m. and Sunday, July 19 at 11 a.m.

Tune in to Brotherhood Outdoors each week as union members pursue trophy whitetails in Wyoming, bull redfish in Louisiana, mountain lions in Utah, stealthy mule deer in Colorado, and more.

For a complete list of upcoming episodes, visit To watch episodes from past seasons, visit

Presented by Bank of Labor, Brotherhood Outdoors is also sponsored by the following unions, contractors, and corporate partners: Carhartt; International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; National Electrical Contractors Association; Thorogood; and United Association/International Training Fund’s Veterans in Piping Program.

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA): The USA is a union-dedicated, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose members hunt, fish, shoot and volunteer their skills for conservation. The USA is uniting the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage. For more information, visit or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at

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