Queens County a re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence

The Queens County Advance - - FEATURE - By Mark Roberts

The crew of the Dime­store Fish­er­men rates each ex­pe­ri­ence on the road, a prac­tice they up­held af­ter film­ing in Queens Co. from late July to Aug. 3.

Pro­ducer and Co-Host, Jim Hoey said Queens Co. re­ceived their high­est rank­ing. He also wishes to put this in per­spec­tive. “ We’ve been mak­ing our show for 11 years. This is our 168th at­ten­dance in Canada and ev­ery May through Oct. we cover most prov­inces and at least ev­ery other year the ter­ri­to­ries.

“Only nine shows have ranked a one and this is the 10th. This is a very sto­ried, his­tor­i­cal area of Nova Sco­tia and Canada so we were able to achieve a lot.”

He de­scribed their cov­er­age of the area’s his­tory and cul­ture, the fish­ing of course, recre­ation and other as­pects of life in Queens Co. as “re­mark­able to ex­pe­ri­ence.”

And, in ad­di­tion to the other vol­un­teers and Re­gion of Queens of­fi­cials, he wants to point out one per­son who trav­eled with them, hosted them, and helped with nearly ev­ery as­pect of the film­ing as a vol­un­teer.

“ The per­son who re­ally made this pos­si­ble was Chris Cur­rie (co-owner of The Left Bank Bed and Break­fast in Milton). He vol­un­teered his time and ba­si­cally li­aisoned for us the en­tire time we were here and was al­ways mind­ful where we were and where we could be next. He was an in­cred­i­ble am­bas­sador for this com­mu­nity.”

As a re­sult, he said they cap­tured their above-men­tioned goals on film and, as some­times hap­pens, don’t need to re­turn for film­ing pur­poses for the up­com­ing episodes that will air on var­i­ous chan­nels in the fall. He promised to let Queens Co. res­i­dents know in ad­vance when the episodes will air.

He added a show like this re­quires bal­anc­ing “Mother Na­ture” and their goals.

He said the fish­ing was “ very, very good” as well, thanks to Queens Co. guides, De­nis Laven­der, Gail Laven­der and Ken Mi­nard for the small mouth bass por­tion of the show.

“It was very clear from the out­set they knew ex­actly what they were do­ing. You make friends for life when you’re do­ing what we’re do­ing, and this is no ex­cep­tion.”

For shark fish­ing, he said Myles Win­ters and Peter Cook not only ar­ranged for the ex­pe­di­tions but also en­ter­tained a cam­era crew on the ocean off Brook­lyn Ma­rina. “It was a tremendous ef­fort.”

Hoey per­son­ally caught a 12-foot, 350 plus pound blue shark.

“It was the first time tar­get­ing a real preda­tor. I can see why they’re hooked on it and why tour­na­ments are held up and down the east coast of Nova Sco­tia. It’s fan­tas­tic.”

He said he was im­pressed by the con­ser­va­tion ef­forts of the Queens Co. res­i­dents. In many lo­ca­tions, he said guides han­dle the fish quickly without a lot of care. The show pro­motes catch and release fish­ing.

Hoey said, “ You’re al­ways con­tem­pla­tive of han­dling the fish, giv­ing proper con­sid­er­a­tion to all the fac­tors in­volved in whether they swim away healthy and alive. Th­ese guides demon­strated that, which was pretty cool. They’re truly not just fish­er­men, but con­ser­va­tion-minded fish­er­men as well.”

Hoey said he loves his job be­cause, in part, it is a uniquely Cana­dian show. “I’m very lucky. There’s not a sin­gle day I take for granted be­cause I love to fish, I love the out­doors and I love Canada and its peo­ple.”

He said he wants to uti­lize through var­i­ous types of me­dia and the op­por­tu­nity of pro­duc­ing such a show to do his small part in cre­at­ing a “more fed­eral Cana­dian iden­tity of our coun­try.

“ We un­der­stand all the pro­vin­cial chal­lenges we face but I have a def­i­nite de­sire to con­trib­ute to Canada and make peo­ple aware we’re a coun­try and how di­verse we are and how spe­cial we are. That’s some­thing re­ally in my blood now.”

He says many of the is­sues are var­ied but, at the same time, share a bond as Cana­dian is­sues.

He said he owes this new per­spec­tive to his job as some­one who trav­els ex­ten­sively around the coun­try. “ When I was young, it was just let’s go and catch some fish.” Now, he says, “I think peo­ple know we care.”

He said he wants to fo­cus on grass­roots me­dia like com­mu­nity news­pa­pers to keep in con­tact and pro­vide up­dates about com­mu­ni­ties they visit in ad­di­tion to shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences around the coun­try. This will be rolled out in the near fu­ture with the cen­tre be­ing www.dime­store­fish­er­men.com. The web site also lists the nu­mer­ous tele­vi­sion chan­nels the show ap­pears on.

The pro­ducer and crew of the Dime­store Fish­er­men tele­vi­sion show were ex­cited over not only the fish­ing but also the cul­tural, his­tor­i­cal and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties in Queens Co. Dime­store Film Footage Pro­ducer Jim Hoey catches a large small­mouth bass on the Mersey River.

Shown is the view of War­ren Korzin­ski as a shark is pulled in.

Co-Host and Videog­ra­pher, War­ren Korzin­ski (left) is shown dur­ing a shark fish­ing trip with Brook­lyn Ma­rina vol­un­teer, Miles Win­ters. With the t-shirts, Queens County Sea Fest will be pro­moted on the show.

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