tournaments. “We won boats, $20,000
at another. In all, I made 120 trips to
the podium,” says this three-time World
Sailfish Champion, four-time Silver
Sailfish Derby winner (including catching 26 sailfish by himself in two days),
three-time Cheeca Lodge Presidential
Sailfish Tournament winner. And it goes
on and on, racking up more than $3 million from tournaments with his accomplished Get Lit fishing team.
Addicted to fishing television shows
as a kid, Miller said he knew at an early
age he wanted to someday host his own
show. Before the internet world, he and
his buddy would shoot and later edit
adventures on their fishing trips. He’d
show them to friends on VHS tape, but
really he was just honing his craft.
For the past eight years, Miller has
hosted “Bass2Billfish with Peter Miller,”
an Emmy-nominated, multiple-award-
winning reality lifestyle show appearing
weekly on NBC Sports and the World
Fishing Network. The show, and its
multiple sponsors, affords Miller access
to an armada of boats, depending on
what he’s chasing on any particular epi-
sode – a 60-foot Spencer sportfisherman,
and three boats from Yellowfin, a 17-foot
flats boat, a 24-foot bay boat with tower,
and a 36-foot center-console with a
tower. Mercury Marine provides the pro-
pulsion, and the tourism group Visit
Florida provides logistics and locations.
Miller has had celebrities on his show
but says he prefers getting regular folks
“My show lends itself more to the
average Joe, maybe someone who has
never fished before or who never went 35
miles offshore. I like to show them they
can do it,” he says. Some of his favorite
shows involve military vets and kids from
the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“They want to fish with me? I roll
out the red carpet,” he says. “One kid’s
wish was to catch a swordfish, so we go
out and, sure enough, catch a swordfish.
Then he caught a mahi-mahi and some
others just to add to the day. I keep it real
and for the people who deserve it.”
He certainly keeps it real for his kids,
18-year-old Niles and 12-year-old Emily.
“I wish they did, but my kids prefer
not to fish. So I don’t even bring rods
because they know I’m going to see
something and chase it,” he says. “My son
loves snorkeling, wakeboarding, tubing.
My daughter likes parking the boat so
she can climb to the tower and jump off,
over and over again. So it’s about them.”
That life balance pays off when he’s
out on the water hunting fish, continually
honing his craft. An admitted “
micro-manager,” Miller says he pays attention
to the details.
“When the fish aren’t biting, that’s
when you really learn. You dig down,
you tell yourself, ‘I need to catch a fish,’”
he says. “I’m going to try everything. I’ll
change it up, even if it’s small.
“I’m always learning. That’s the key, to
never stop learning. That’s what makes
‘SEEING THAT BOBBER
BOUNCE ABOUT STARTED IT.
I REALIZED I LIKE TO FISH’