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

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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.

Spearfish­ing off Niue yielded this mag­nif­i­cent (and de­li­cious) mahimahi.

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