- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Jon and Jerry Harris are leaning over a boat in the Bahamas, slapping the sides and singing the same two lines in an effort to rustle up some sharks.

“Ain’t y’all fine / as homemade wine,” the brothers from Chester repeat as their arms dangle close to the water.

The Harris brothers are stars of a new reality show on NBC Sports Network called “Fish Mavericks.” Their sloppy shark serenade was part of the first episode, which aired Aug. 6.

The show follows a five-man team of fishermen, with three New Jersey natives and longtime friends of the Harris brothers rounding out the crew. The show came about when a producer who knew one of the Jersey fishermen heard about the unlikely group of fishing buddies and decided to document their antics.

Nobody’s going to learn how to tie a knot or reel in a shark from this show, which follows the team as it enters professional tournaments. It’s more about the antics that go on in the often long hours between bites, such as slapping an unsuspecting team member in the face with bait fish.

“It’s five grown men acting like little kids,” said Jon Harris, a 53-year-old who still lives in Chester and bears a striking resemblance to rock star Sammy Hagar.

“We’ve known each other so long, we just mess with each other all the time.”

The show’s producers are best known for the show “Duck Dynasty.” Jon Harris said he doesn’t expect that level of fame, but he’d welcome it.

The jokes often hinge on the cultural differences between the Virginia natives and their Jersey teammates.

“They’re like New Jersey Shore Guys. Slick hair, clothes, what you would think about Italian guys,” said Jerry Harris, 57. “We’re just regular old Southern guys. We don’t put no grease in our hair.”

Jon and Jerry Harris grew up in Chester, and both graduated from Meadowbrook High School. Their grandparents bought a cabin on the Rappahannock River in the 1960s, so they grew up fishing.

“We’ve always been on the water,” Jon Harris said.

Earlier this month, the brothers flew to Atlantic City, N.J., for a swanky premiere party at the Golden Nugget.

The second episode has Jon Harris surrounded by friends and family in Chester watching at Hooters.

The brothers, who both work in construction, hope to learn soon whether they’ll be picked up for a second season of televised fishing with the group from New Jersey they consider family.

Regardless, they said the experience is one they’ll never forget.

“You get up in your 50s and you get to do this kind of thing, and do it with your brother, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Jerry Harris said. “Being able to do that with your brother is insanely crazy, and I hope that continues.”


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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