Kiwi fishing show wins international award
It’s not often that New Zealand television programming wins international awards, let alone a fishing program. However, that is exactly what has happened, with Wild Film’s Fish of the Day television series taking out gold for ‘Best Lifestyle Television Se
Fish of the Day is due to commence screening in New Zealand in July on Choice TV at 8.30 on Wednesday nights, and then in Canada and throughout Asia. The series success has been put down to its high production values, story telling, and its appeal to a much broader audience.
“I wanted to create a fishing show that appealed as much to the wives and children of the fishermen as the fishermen themselves,” says Producer/director Mike Bhana.
“As a keen fisherman, diver and spearo myself, I know how important it is to make sure ‘the missus’ is as keen on a holiday destination as me, so that’s exactly what we’ve built.”
Bhana calls the show a destination-based travel/fishing show rather than a hard-core fishing show.
“We visit stunning and unique locations and look at all aspects of what is on offer there, from other tourism activities to the local people, to diving and dining. Everyone wants to enjoy their holiday time, and I think this show gives fishermen a far greater chance of getting to some of these incredible fishing destinations.”
The show is Pacific based, with episodes in season one including Niue, Rarotonga and Solomon Islands, as well as around the coastal towns of New Zealand and inland to both Taupo and Wanaka.