From fashion model to
BY RICH ARMSTRONG
Peter Miller clearly remembers the moment he became hooked on fishing. “I remember being at a reservoir with my dad. I’m 3 years old with
a Zebco rod, a bobber, and a couple of
worms, trying for whatever,” he recalls.
“Seeing that bobber bounce about start-
ed it. I realized I like to fish.”
From sunnies to bass and trout, to
stripers, to fluke and flounder, then tuna,
and finally game fish, Miller, 48, is a
long way from his small hometown of
Tappan, on New York’s Hudson River.
When it came time for college, he head-
ed south for the University of Miami,
where he now lives, partly because of the
chance to chase big fish.
Blessed with striking good looks,
Miller used this asset to earn a good living in Manhattan, modeling and doing
commercials for whatever advertising
campaigns came his way – liquor, clothing, sunglasses. In all, he says he’s modeled in 1,500 ad campaigns, including
120 commercials worldwide. The career
was good, but the prize remained fishing.
“It’s those moments of the unknown.
What’s going to happen next?” the
BoatU.S. member says of the allure of
fishing. “All these days on the water, you
never know what’s going to happen. One
day it’s mahi, the next day it’s sailfish just
because the weather changed.”
Back in Miami, Miller and a friend
started entering – and winning – fishing
Television host Peter
Miller likes to keep
it real – for both
himself and the
people who want to
fish with him.