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Charlie: “Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive: Patrick Crawford”

This time last year, millions of viewers were watching Captain Patrick Crawford catch live goldfish with his mouth on Animal Planet’s “Top Hooker.”

Sounds fun, right?

“Not really,” he laughs. “But I made a lot of good friends.”

He went on to win the first season. But believe it or not, Patrick didn’t do it for the fame and fortune ($30,000 cash). Same goes for the current television spots he does on the World Fishing NetworkDestination AmericaSportsman Channel, or the Outdoor Channel’s MadFin Shark Series, on which he recently got pulled into the water by a 9-foot bull shark. In fact, he doesn’t make any money on his current TV gigs.

He does it with one goal in mind: to bring people to Charleston.

Born and raised in the Holy City, Patrick grew up with fishing. His grandfather was a sniper man, his father a bass angler. He began tournament fishing, which led to guiding, which led to his charter company, Allure, which led to television. Together with fellow “Top Hooker”-alum Larysa Switlyk, he’ll be competing at the invite-only World Predator Classic in June in the Netherlands and the World Carp Cup in October in Italy as Team USA.

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South Carolina Sportsman: “Two-Tide Reds”

Winter and cold weather does not mean the end of shallow-water fishing for redfish. February can be highly productive using two different techniques, at the high or low end of the tide.

Veteran angler Robbie Cortis of Mount Pleasant fishes traditional hotspots such as points and deep holes and cover such as bridges, piers, wooden pilings and docks on higher tides.

Low tides create red-hot action in super-shallow water, and guides Clayton Crawford and Patrick Crawford of Allure Charters said that February fishing is some of the year’s best in the backs of creeks, sounds and flats near Charleston, around grass beds and oyster shells.

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The Post & Courier: ” North Charleston Fisherman Patrick Crawford Wins Animal Planet’s Top Hooker Competition”

When the Animal Planet reality fishing show Top Hooker ended late Sunday night, North Charleston fishing guide Patrick Crawford walked out of a viewing party at Finz Bar & Grill in Mount Pleasant and returned with a giant trophy.

Then “Captain Cocky,” as he is sometimes known, spent the next 30 minutes posing for photos with friends and well-wishers, finally able to acknowledge he had emerged as America’s Top Hooker. In addition to the trophy, he also won $30,000 cash and a new Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

Crawford, who runs Allure Fishing Charters (allurefishingcharters.com), said during that 30-minute period he received 90 Twitter notices, more than 100 Facebook messages and 76 text messages offering congratulations.

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World Fishing Network: “Big Reds With Karl Kalonka and Allure Fishing”

This week in Charleston South Carolina was the place to be for big redfish and fat cat action with Karl Kalonka from Extreme Angler TV. Captians Patrick and Clayton Crawford who are host at the “NEW” saltwater fishing show at Fish Bait Radio and also on the team at Salty Dawgz Productions had a awesome week of filming with Karl Kalonka from Extreme Angler TV.

Owners of Allure Fish Charters Capt Patrick Crawford and Capt Clayton Crawford are two of the elite charter captains in the Charleston, South Carolina area and know how to show their clients a great time on the water and this week they showed the Extreme Angler TV crew and host how to get it down in the Low Country Style.

These guy’s make it look easy in this photo with Karl sporting off and nice redfish on the first day of filming in South Carolina. The crew said the fish wasn’t eating like normal an it was hard bite but being the guides that the Crawford’s are they got on the fish and was able to put then in the boat and got the show shot.

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Tideline Magazine: “The Guide Life”

Tideline magazine is a special publication of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., covering boating, fishing and maritime news. This edition features great tips on redfish, trout, kings, cobia and more. Plus a fantastic cover story giving you a peak inside the local charter fishing fleet. Here’s the cover, with Charleston charter captains Patrick Crawford (from left), Champ Smith and Jamie Hough near Castle Pinckney in Charleston Harbor.

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