The ITM Fish­ing Show hooks in new for­mat

The Bay Chronicle - - WHAT’S ON - STAFF RE­PORTER

ITM Fish­ing is reel­ing back its Satur­day af­ter­noon show, but not with­out throw­ing out an­other hook. The Kiwi award-win­ning favourite that shows off the beauty of the sea with ex­treme fish­er­man and host Matt Wat­son is com­ing back in a new time slot and a new for­mat. Wat­son will host the new

which pre­miered 7:30pm on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 2, on Prime.

Fans can still ex­pect fish­ing ac­tion and ad­ven­tures, but the im­proved show of­fers guests to choose their fish­ing dream. Fea­tur­ing some big Kiwi names such as boxer Joseph Parker, golfer Ryan Fox and rugby player Stephen Don­ald, the show also in­vites ev­ery day peo­ple to jump on board.

It was his wife, Kay­lene, that gave him the in­spi­ra­tion to do some­thing he loved. ‘‘Over the last few years the times I’ve en­joyed the most are when some­one catches the fish of their dreams, it’s a real buzz to be part of one of the great­est days of some­one’s life, to see them over­come a chal­lenge and to wit­ness the raw emo­tions...then pure ex­cite­ment and over­whelm­ing joy,’’ Wat­son said.

Kay­lene asked: ‘‘Why don’t you make a show about that then?’’, and the con­cept of

was born.

Matt Wat­son with for­mer All Black Stephen Don­ald on the new ITM Hook Me Up.

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