"Let's Talk Hook-up" is a two-hour, live call-in talk show broadcast every Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m to 9 a.m. on the 50,000-watt, number-one sports radio station in Southern California, Southern California's Sportfishing voice on the XX1090 AM. 1090 is 50,000 watts and clear channel, meaning no other station west of the Mississippi shares the same frequency.
"Let's Talk Hook-up" covers freshwater and saltwater fishing in Southern California and Baja. From fly fishing for trophy rainbow trout to saltwater fishing for 400-pound tuna, "Let's Talk Hook-up" is formatted to excite all Southern California anglers. Every show contains reports and special expert guests from various regions. The show features live reports from Baja, call-ins from on-the-water skippers, as well as a private boater report and current news from local landings.
A different expert guest joins host Pete Gray and co-host Rick Maxa on the show each week. Guests include fishing boat owners/skippers, fly fishing guides, tackle experts, resort operators, and top anglers from all over the West. Listeners are able to speak with these experts on the air via 877-792-1090 or 858-457-1090. All callers are eligible for special prize drawings.
"Let's Talk Hook-up" airs 7 a.m to 9 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the "XX 1090AM".
"Let's Talk Hook-up" booth at the Fred Hall Long Beach Fishing Show with, from the left, Show host Pete Gray, Co-host Rick Maxa, and Show Booth Manager, Gary White.
"Let's Talk Hook-up" show host and creator Pete Gray has been involved in the fishing and radio industries most of his life. As an avid angler for more than forty years, Pete has enjoyed his "hands-on" experience in fishing. Pete's involvement in the radio business spans more than three decades with ten years as Sales Manager for KKOS/KCEO radio in Carlsbad/San Diego, California. Combining his enthusiasm for fishing with his radio expertise, he started "Let's Talk Hook-up" in September 1991, which grew rapidly into a full-time career. "Let's Talk Hook-up" is now the most successful fishing show ever broadcast in Southern California, and continues it's incredible growth, reaching anglers from Baja to Morro Bay, and world wide on the internet. Pete continues his passion for fishing as often as possible. He tries to get in some "field research" at least once per week. He also enjoys traveling to exotic destinations, where he often acts as host to listeners of the program. Pete's favorite fishing- anything that will bite in the ocean and fly fishing for trout in beautiful spots.
"Let's Talk Hook-up" co-host "Rock Cod" Rick Maxa started his fishing career at the age of two when his dad took him fishing. They started out fishing lakes, then moved to bay and inshore fishing. His passion for the sport developed very quickly and his young life seemed to revolve around it. Rick became a fan of "Let's Talk Hook-up" and when he had to interview an expert in a field of his chosen topic for an 8 th grade English project, he called Pete. This led to Rick getting the opportunity to fill in for the vacationing phone screener and Rick eventually moved into the position full time. During this time Rick was hired by "Fisherman's Landing Tackle", where he spent summers and weekends learning all the techniques of the tackle trade. Rick has moved up to be assistant manager of Fishermans Landing Tackle. Rick's passion for fishing continues as he pursues every opportunity to fish for anything that swims as he regularly fishes local Southern California lakes, bays, coastal and offshore. Rick now looks forward to every weekend so he can share his knowledge and enthusiasm and continue to learn along with the many fans and friends of "Let's Talk Hook-up" on the XX1090AM.
Ask the Expert:
Since the late 1980’s Scott Leysath has been recognized as a leading authority on proper preparation of fish and game. Building on a corporate restaurant management background, Leysath opened his own Sacramento, California restaurant in 1987. Along with innovative fish and game items on the daily menu, he invited sportsmen to bring in their bagged fish and game so he could show them how it is supposed to taste.
Short Attention Span Cooking:
Chef Leysath appears at numerous outdoors/sportsman and food expositions where he entertains attendees with his subtle wit and culinary mastery. He practices what he calls “short attention span cooking”, knowing that learning is an active process and that guests not entertained will move on to other venues. In a period of less than one-hour, Scott will prepare up to ten fabulous fish and game dishes, encouraging guests to devour each one as it is prepared.
Scott’s web site, TheSportingChef.com, receives tens of thousands of visitors each month. The web traffic increases dramatically during the hunting seasons, often with over two hundred thousand hits per month. This is testimony to the fact that many hunters are at a loss as to what to do with their game. Too often, those that hunt do not eat that which they harvest. Part of being a responsible sportsman requires making the best use of our bagged fish and game.