Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River

There are countless incredible outdoor experiences throughout Florida that are great for families. One that I recently had the pleasure of experiencing firsthand, provides unparalleled interaction with a unique animal..the Florida manatee! This is the only place in the United states where people can legally interact with manatees in the wild. Here’s some info on this unique and interesting experience.

Crystal River is located on the Nature Coast of Florida. It’s a small town with a population of just over 3,000. The city sits on Kings Bay. Kings Bay is an area of water fed by over seventy springs. These springs sit just over 5 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, the springs feed over 600 million gallons of freshwater a day. I had the opportunity to visit the most popular spring, Three Sisters Spring. This spring has crystal clear water, and in the colder months, holds hundreds of manatees.

The West Indian manatee is a threatened species and was formerly considered an endangered species in the 1970s, as there were only several hundred left in the wild. Most deaths were human related…manatees are frequently struck by boats and propeller blades. Recently, on March 30, 2017, the endangered species classification was lifted, and they are now considered threatened. There are currently around 6,000 west indian manatees in the wild.

The reason why the manatees venture into the springs surrounding the Crystal River has to do with falling water temperatures. When the water temperatures fall below 65 degrees in Florida, the manatees undergo great stress. The springs in the area around Crystal River have a constant temperature of 72-74 degrees. The manatees thrive in the warm water, they come here to mate and then birth and nurse their young. Although Crystal River holds manatees all year round, the months from November through April hold the highest concentrations.

Now for the fun part, swimming with the manatees! In this area, the manatee tours use what is called ‘passive observation.’ This means that you do not initiate contact, but rather observe and wait for the manatees to come to you. This allows the manatees to not feel threatened and to be relaxed in their own environment. When I visited Crystal River, we used 5mm wetsuits which are extremely buoyant. This allows you to float gently, without having to tread, so that the manatees will approach you and get extremely close

If you’re looking for a great way to get in touch with nature, that’s relaxing and accessible for the whole family, I recommend visiting Crystal River, staying at the Plantation on Crystal River, and booking a trip with their dive shop. They’ll set you up with the appropriate gear and teach you the best way to interact with these gentle giants. Did I forget to mention? There’s great fishing too! Visit www.discovercrystalriverfl.com and www.plantationoncrystalriver.com to book a trip.

10-year-old Make-A-Wish Recipient Granted the Fishing Trip of a Lifetime by TV Host Peter Miller from NBC Sports’ Bass2Billfish with Peter Miller

Miami, FL (March 19, 2017) – Coming off a string of six total prizes at last year’s Telly Awards and an Emmy nomination, celebrity fisherman Peter Miller of Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller, filmed one of his most heartwarming episodes to date last week. The show, which regularly films in and highlights the world-class biodiversity of the waters surrounding Florida, Miller and his team granted Wyatt Dalton’s lifetime wish – to fish with Peter Miller. Dalton is a 10-year-old boy from Virginia who suffers from acute and chronic Leukemia. Dalton said the inspiration behind his wish was that he would watch Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller in the hospital daily, because it would help the time go faster during his treatments. Dalton wrote to Miller “I hope to meet and fish with you soon; I think we would look great on TV together.”

 Luckily when you dream big, big things can happen because last week, Peter Miller, granted a wish by having Dalton, a Make-A-Wish recipient on his show. On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Dalton and his family drove down from Virginia to Dania Beach, Florida and were elated to meet Miller at Bass Pro Shops. Miller provided Dalton and his family with Bass Pro Shops gift cards and Bass Pro Shops’ GM, Danny Vinson gifted Dalton with a fishing rod and reel along with a ton of gear. Afterwards, they had dinner at Islamorada Fish Company. While dining, Dalton and his family choked up a bit and said that it was the first time they had been out to a restaurant in over a year, as Dalton’s immune system was too compromised to be exposed to any germs during treatment.

On Wednesday, March 15, Dalton and his family embarked from Key Biscayne, Florida on the fishing trip of a lifetime with Bass 2 Billfish, Peter Miller and Captain Quinton Dieterle. Throughout the course of the day they caught five sailfish, barracudas and bonitos fishing alongside Peter Miller. During the excursion, Miller and the Daltons formed an everlasting bond. Miller took Dalton and his brother Will under his wing and coached them through the entire experience, including a triple header of sailfish for Dalton, his brother and father Michael. This was their first-time fishing in salt water.  Dalton is now the youngest guest to catch not one, but two sailfish on an episode of Bass 2 Billfish. The family was emotional, and told the crew that it was such an amazing experience because for just that moment, they could forget how hard the past year had been and focus on enjoying themselves.

 At the dock, Dalton was presented with a generous gift pack from Mike Myatt of the International Game Fish Association, which included a full-size sailfish print, mini sailfish mount and a bag full of gear for him to remember his incredible day on the water.

 Wyatt Dalton’s episode is slated to air on Bass to Billfish with Peter Miller on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Miller has collaborated with the Make-A-Wish foundation on numerous occasions. This is the fourth wish Miller has granted on-air, and the fifth wish Miller has been involved in. Miller is honored and humbled to be able to provide these experiences, and he looks forward to collaborating with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the future.

 Not all guests on Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller come from unfortunate or special needs backgrounds, yet Miller and his team make a point of using the program to give back to the public. For the past eight seasons of the program, guests from all over the United States, including children, father-son duos, girlfriends, war heroes, and many more, have submitted audition tapes for a chance to be on the show. Once accepted, the B2B team provides an unforgettable experience, including airfare, five-star accommodations, and a legendary gift pack loaded with swag from sponsors, including Yeti, Bass Pro Shops, Salt Life, Costa Sunglasses, Monster Speakers and others. No matter their background, fans of all ages and levels of fishing experience are welcomed to apply to be on the show, for a chance to hit the water with, “3 Time World Sailfish Champion” Peter Miller.

The economic impact of fishing in Florida…

Fishing has a tremendous impact on Florida’s economy. I’m proud to support this industry in any way that I can! Here are some statistics about fishing and it’s importance.

Fishing in Florida..

  • Economic Impact in Florida: $9.7 Billion dollars per year
  • Jobs in the Florida fishing Industry: 127,000 jobs 
  • Florida is #1 in the nation in saltwater anglers 

Fishing licensing in Florida…

  • Over $47 million in revenue generated from licenses sold in 2015 and 2016 in Florida
  • Over 2 million fishing licenses sold in 2016 in Florida

I serve as the spokesperson for the “I DO” campaign, which influences fisherman to buy licenses. The revenue collected from fishing licenses enhances fishing and boating opportunities throughout Florida. Public marinas, boat ramps, fishing clinics, artificial reefs are some of the programs that are benefitting from the funds raised from fishing license dollars. 

To learn more about the “I DO” Campaign click here.

In the United States…

  • More Americans fish than the combined total of those that play golf and tennis
  • If fishing were a company it would rank #51 on the Fortune 500 list
  • Recreational fishing – both fresh and saltwater combined – ranks higher than bowling or playing basketball, softball or soccer, according to data from the National Sporting Goods Association 

Sportfishing generates $125 billion per year towards the United States economy 

One partner of mine that is very influential in towards Florida’s economy is Bass Pro Shops. I have been working with Bass Pro Shops for 20 years now.

I just had the pleasure of attending the Daytona Beach Bass Pro Shops grand opening. Here is a picture of me chatting with a young fan at Bass Pro Shops.

Onstage at the Bass Pro Shops Grand opening with Tony Stewart, Kendall Newson and Kevin VanDam.

Combined social media statistics for Bass 2 Billfish and PeterMillerFishing.com… 

  • Facebook:  212,000 followers
  • Twitter: 38.000 followers
  • Instagram:  104,000 followers
  • YouTube: 4,944,000 views and 10,000 subscribers
  • Bass2Billfish National TV show directed, produced and hosted by Peter Miller, airing on NBC Sports and World Fishing Network reaches over 10.4 million actual viewers per year 
  • Between the Bass2Billfish and PeterMillerFishing.com Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts…we will have reached over 26 million impressions for 2017!

New for 2017 Waypoint TV: Bass2Billfish is now streaming on Waypoint TV available on Roku, SmartTV, Chromecast, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Airplay. Average over 2,500 viewers per month.

Laser Spine Institute helped me regain my lifestyle

I recently had the opportunity to chat with some fans about back issues. This is a common theme with fisherman and our lifestyle…being on the water is not necessarily easy on your back. Surgery at the Laser Spine Institute helped me regain my life after I started experiencing back problems.

Laser spine surgery is not for everyone, but here are some symptoms that will qualify you for minimally invasive surgery at the Laser Spine Institute:

  • Have you been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, bulging/herniated disk, sciatica or other chronic spine conditions?
    • Before my surgery, I suffered from both spinal stenosis and a herniated disk. This was debilitating and was affecting my personal and work life.
  • Do you have trouble sleeping, exercising, standing for long periods of time or participating in daily activities?
    • Before my surgery, I couldn’t play with my kids or perform at my best while fishing with my professional sailfishing team. The terrible part was that the pain was getting progressively worse as time went on. 
  • Have you had success with conservative treatments like chiropractic care, physical therapy, yoga/stretching or prescription pain medication?
    • Before my surgery, I attended physical therapy for months and months, stretched every day and started taking pain killers to help deal with the pain and help me get back to work. All of these methods only provided me with temporary relief, but I knew it was time to make a change.

Laser Spine Institute has helped over 60,000 patients and has a 99% patient recommendation rate. 91% of patients who have surgery with Laser Spine Institute return to daily activities within 3 months of surgery.

My personal experience: the surgery took one hour. With a recovery time of one hour, in essence I was walking within 2 hours after my surgery.  I walked to lunch, 3 hours later! My doctors advised me to start walking and moving as much as I could in the coming weeks…it was a great way to clear my head and sped up my recovery. Before I knew it I was back to my daily activities. 

To learn more about Laser Spine Institute visit their website.

Filming with Jacob Schick from 22 Kill at South Seas Island Resort

    This season I had the opportunity to fish with Jacob Schick from 22 Kill. 22 Kill is a veteran’s advocacy organization designed to raise awareness about the difficulties that face veterans. The name was derived from the fact that on average, a staggering 22 veterans commit suicide per day.
    To learn more about 22 Kill click here: www.22kill.com

 

    Jacob Schick was deployed in Iraq as a Marine when the vehicle he was driving struck a tank mine. He was blown 30 feet into the air. Injured, he waited 42 minutes until a blackhawk helicopter picked him up. He had collapsed lungs, multiple fractures in his left leg and arm, ligament and bone loss, and burns and holes in his left hand and arm. It took him over 15 months to recover mentally and physically. Schick had 46 operations, 23 blood transfusions and was diagnosed with post-tramautic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.  Jacob spends his time motivating others through 22 Kill. What an honor to fish him with him!
    Jacob and I fished out of South Seas Island Resort with Captain Ozzie Fischer. Fishing with Capt. Ozzie out of South Seas is one of my favorite destinations because great fishing is just a stones throw away from the resort.
    Check out South Seas Island Resort here: www.southseas.com

    Here are 2 clips from my 2 part episode with Jacob Shick at South Seas Island Resort.



Proud to announce my new partnership with Monster Products

I traveled to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas at the beginning of the month to represent my new partner: Monster Products! I also had the opportunity to unveil a new commercial that I produced and directed, showcasing Monster’s new products. This was Monster’s first-ever national commercial! Check out the commercial below:

Monster held a press conference at CES, and Head Monster Noel Lee announced the partnership stating “Peter does a phenomenal job conveying his passion for music and his love of the outdoors.  He’s the ideal spokesperson for Monster as we continue to design and launch products that deliver unprecedented outdoor sound and bring fans more ways to combine all their favorite music with fun outdoor activities.” See a video of Noel Lee announcing our partnership onstage at the press conference:

I listen to music constantly! It’s important in all aspects of my life…the gym, the beach, paddleboarding, fishing. I bring my music with me where ever I go…music enhances the experience. Monster’s products allow me to do just that…

One product I’ve been using a ton, is the Monster BackFloat. The Monster BackFloat floats and has a durable shockproof shell, so it’s perfect for all-weather,outdoor use. You can find Monster’s products on my  site: Monster Products – Peter Miller 

To view the Monster Products press release announcing our new partnership – follow the  link below:

Monster Welcomes Emmy Nominated TV Star And Professional Angler Peter Miller On Board For VIP Partnership

2016 GQ Man of the Year Party and Universal Studios


Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 GQ Man of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.

The party was awesome! Described by the Los Angeles Times as “Times-Square-on-New-Year’s-Eve-packed with Hollywood’s best and brightest.”

I attended the event with GQ man of the year winner Usain Bolt and Gina Ford, our mutual agent. Congratulations to Usain for winning “Man of the Year” and for all other accolades, including 3 gold medals in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Other “Men of the Year” recipients included Ryan Reynolds and Warren Beatty. I  am honored to have been able to attend this event!

Congratulations to James Marden and his show Westworld for 3 Golden Globe Nominations and 2 SAG Awards!

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Terry Crews and Rebecca King-Crews. Terry will be hosting a special this upcoming week called “Terry Crews Saves Christmas.” Check it out: “Terry Crews Saves Christmas”

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Great meeting Michael Barnett “Mike B.” Michael is a fashion consultant with Bogard Management and Consulting. Some clients included The Notorious B.I.G. and P Diddy. Check Mike out here twitter.com/ibogardfullsizerender

 


 

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The next day I took a private tour of Universal Studios with my friend Kris Peterson. Kris is a  Writer/Producer. Chris builds custom content marketing for NBC Entertainment. Thanks so much for the incredible tour!

Kris and I on the set of Psycho.

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Peter Miller – Nominated for 2016 EMMY award

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Miami, FL., October 20, 2016:

Coming off a string of six total prizes at this year’s Telly Awards, celebrity fisherman Peter 12640288_1018035424885800_1345662427924209622_oMiller can now add an Emmy nomination for Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller, his nationally-positioned angling and lifestyle program. More than simply a platform exclusively for sport Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller continues to win awards for its production value while pushing Miller’s career into philanthropy and activism throughout the nation.

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-5-05-59-pmPeter Miller has been nominated for the Talent – Program Host/Moderator category.

The Suncoast Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television industry and the gatekeeper of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards in the Suncoast Region. The Suncoast Chapter represents the best and brightest television and media professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of the Suncoast region’s television markets.*

“It is truly an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award! Ive spent the last 10 years of my life, creating, producing, directing and hosting…Bass 2 Billfish. 

My goal was to bring my guests to Florida and introduce them to the most diverse fishery in the world, while keeping it fun, exciting and real! Basically, treating them to the trip of a lifetime, all while being captured on film and then broadcast for the entire world to see.

I never dreamt that we would be recognized in this highly esteemed group of nominees. This nomination validates all the time and effort that my crew and I put forward to make the best product out there. 

Having won 6 Telly awards earlier this year was incredible, but this Emmy nomination is absolutely mind blowing”   – stated Peter Miller 

Information on the EMMY nominated episode

13568784_1105784682777540_6289011477482464443_oSeason 7, episode 6 “Andy and Sande at South Seas Island Resort Captiva, FL-pt. 1” is the show chosen for the award.

For the third season in a row, Peter Miller was able to host Andy Holland, a 32-year old from North Carolina with Down’s Syndrome. Miller was introduced to Andy through his audition tape several years 12052479_972563222766354_5412385364964350706_oago, and has invited him  

back year after year. As part of this year’s Sun Coast Emmy nominations, Andy & Sande Part 1, which featured Holland and his caretaker, Peter Miller was nominated in the “Talent” category for his exceptional hosting and hospitality. Through his presence on the program, Andy, an avid fisherman in his own right, was able to show fans of the sport its level of accessibility and therapeutic attributes.

 “Andy brings more energy and power to the room than anyone I have ever met,” said Miller of one of his favorite guests he’s ever had on the show. “Then you couple that with his sweetness and his positivity – he’s incredible.”

Watch the full episode below:


The 2016 Suncoast Emmy awards will be held on December 3rd in Orlando, FL.

 *Information regarding NATAS is credited to suncoastchapter.org

4 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Back

dsc09376-01I live a very active lifestyle! Between fishing, the gym and everyday life I put my back through its paces.  I struggled with chronic back pain for years until finally having minimally invasive spine surgery at the Laser Spine Institute.  There are a few things that I do to maintain a healthy back, and ensure I’m in top shape for whatever hurdles life throws at me. According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience back pain every single day.

1) Maintain a strong core

Strengthening your core is very important, as your core is what gives you gooddsc02999-01 posture and reduces strain on the lower back. According to a recent study on back pain,  poor core strength causes back discomfort due to these muscles not providing the spine with enough support to stay upright (Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.) One exercise that I try to do every day is planking. Planking also improves your posture, balance and stability.  Visit this link at the Laser Spine Wellness blog to learn how to plank and do other helpful exercises Laser Spine Wellness: 4 exercises to help relieve stenosis pain 

2) Sleep Techniques

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Adults spend 1/3 of their life sleeping. Needless to say, the way you sleep has a major effect on how your back feels throughout the day. By perfecting your sleep position,  you put the least strain on your back. Some steps that I took were to buy a firm bed, and also ice my back, before sleep and after strenuous activity. Other methods that will help you get the best night sleep include sleeping in a neutral “S” position, and also using supportive pillows.  For more information, Here’s a great article on Maintaining good posture while sleeping via Laser Spine Institute.

3) Meditation and Relaxation 

Our body needs rest in order to repair tissue that has been damaged. Our daily lives put strain on our back and this causes stress to build up in our bodies in the form of muscle tension.  Meditation, deep relaxation and breathing are great ways to relieve muscle tension. A recent study by The Journal of the American Medical Association stated that “people screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-47-23-amwho practiced mindfulness meditation, breathing, yoga and cognitive behavioral changes had significantly less back pain that those who continued usual treatments.” For more information visit Laser Spine Wellness: Study Finds mindfulness meditation and yoga ease back pain

4) Improve Flexibility Through Stretching

Tightness in your muscles and tension is the root of back pain. Stretching and working on your flexibility are very important in maintaining a healthy back. According to Len Kravitz, Ph.D. and Ron Andrews M.S., P.T., of the University of New Mexico, a lack of flexibility in the lower body, particularly in the hamstrings, buttocks and hip flexors causes lower back pain and is “one of the leading causes of physical limitation in the U.S.”  In the video below, on the Laser Spine Institute YouTube channel, I demonstrate some of my favorite stretches.

 

Take it from me…living with chronic back pain for over 10 years was no fun and prevented medsc08467-1-01  from living my life to the fullest. After surgery at Laser Spine Institute, I gained my life back. It’s been over 7 years since my procedure and I couldn’t be happier about the results. Through the methods I mentioned above, it allows me to maintain a healthy back and active lifestyle. Laser Spine Institute has treated over 60,000 patients. If you or someone you know is seeking relief from chronic neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today and see how they can help you get your life back.