Mariko Izumi is best known as the host of the World Fishing Network’s flagship original production, Hookin’ Up.
Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi is a popular travel/fishing show that features fishing and fun in some of the hottest locations on the planet.
As the daughter of Wayne Izumi and niece of Bob Izumi, it is her experiences with the family fishing show Real Fishing that brought her across America and around the world from a young age, doing everything from kayak fishing in Louisiana to salmon fishing off the northwest coast of British Columbia.
In 2011, Mariko was cast as the female lead in country superstar Craig Campbell’s music video for his hit song “Fish.”
Since getting into the TV/fishing business in 2007, Mariko has presented a web series on the current events of the fishing industry, hosted her own travel/fishing/adventure series, been used extensively as the face and voice of the World Fishing Network in promos and station IDs, and built an extensive network of fans through the powerful resources of social media. She’s a spokesperson for Cuda Brand, Onnit, and a proud partner of F3T Canada – the Fly Fishing Film Tour.
She is looking forward to fresh adventures, new characters and more exciting times in front of the camera and on the water.
“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.”
– Carson McCullers
I do love beer, but no I don’t drink it every day! That interview took place right after we filmed a segment at the Tofino Brewing Co. in British Columbia.
Look, a squirrel!
The bike tour was in Monterey but the interview debacle was in San Francisco, in a random park, with dogs and people yelling – so yes, I may have been slightly distracted and not on my “A” game..
I'm Ron Burgundy?
The old, old bike tour guide quote was inspired by Ron Burgundy 😉
Flights this Year
Mariko Izumi is a real dynamo. She has hosted television shows, events and represented World Fishing Network for me the past several years. She is a true professional, bringing every source of interest and knowledge to her interviews. Beyond her intelligence she is a great spokesperson, caring and fun!Pam StinsonVP, Marketing World Fishing Network
I have had the pleasure of working with Mariko on Hookin Up for 4 Seasons, altogether producing 45 episodes. As a host and colleague, Mariko offers tireless and selfless dedication, putting her own fears and ego aside in the constant pursuit of creating exciting entertainment.Her ability to adapt and respond to various situations, all along articulating her thoughts and feelings has been crucial to the survivability of Hookin Up. I believe the audience has never suffered to appreciate the story Mariko threads throughout the narrative, and I know she has as much fun as it seems…Craig FlemingVP in Charge of Production • Black Walk