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Gone fishing: NBC Sports host Peter Miller living the dream

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Peter Miller is that rare breed who is as comfortable on the water as he is off.

The acclaimed angler and NBC Sports personality can be seen around Miami casting a line in full gear or looking spiffy in a suit.

Yep, the Coral Gables resident, who is originally from the New York area, cleans up nice.

Miller has almost too many projects in the pipeline to count — he started shooting the eighth season of his reality show, Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller; just came out with an all natural sunblock with Dr. Dan’s at Bass Pro Shops; and produced Pitbull’s video for the music star’s single Sexy Beaches.

“It’s exciting to have all this going on,” says Miller, who was en route to Stuart to reel in some goliath grouper. And we do mean gigantic (a 350 pound beast

But what really gets Miller’s motor running is fishing. Just don’t ask him to pick a favorite species.

“Everything Florida has to offer basically,” says the father of two. “I have been fishing in Miami professionally since 1989, when I started my own tournament team, the Get Lit Fishing Team. I love it here, and even after two decades in Miami, I have not experienced all that it has to offer. Whether it’s offshore fishing for sailfish, tuna or mahi-mahi, or flats fishing in Biscayne Bay for bonefish, tarpon, and permit . . . it’s the diversity of our fishery that places Miami second to none.”

Shooting 30 hours of HD footage for a 30-minute show is as hard as it sounds.

“It’s a little bit of a dog and pony show,” laughs Miller, who attended the University of Miami. “Two boats, 13 or 14 people, three cameras, two captains, plus my guests. We go all out.”

The crew has had its share of mishaps.

“It’s a little bit of everything — I’ve had hooks go through my thumbs, my hands, into people’s faces,” he recounts. “I’ve broken my foot — fishing on one foot hobbling around on a cast is tricky, I can tell you, but we tough it out.”

The biggest fish caught to date? “On the show, probably a swordfish in the 250-pound range, and personally, maybe it was that 600-pound marlin in St. Thomas.”

One of the most intense catches: bull sharks.

“They can not only live in saltwater but can deal in low salinity and what I’ve read is they actually have higher testosterone levels than a Nile crocodile, which is like the most badass animal on the planet, but bull sharks are tougher and meaner I think.”

So safe to say we won’t be seeing a Shark Week type homage on his show.

“Nope, not a fan,” he admits. “Let those other guys do that stuff.”

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