The fishing show made by fishermen for fishermen, ITM Fishing Show premieres on Saturday, April 26th at 4:30pm on TV3.
When the show’s creators Matt Watson and Kerren Packer first made the ITM Fishing Show in 2004, they were light on budget and TV-making experience, but what they lacked in experience they made up for with innovation and enthusiasm. Since then, their show has gained a firm following.
Battling huge marlin on a jet-ski and swimming with mako sharks with fish strapped to his body, were just a few of the more ‘out there’ fishing acts seen on the last series of the ITM Fishing Show. However even by his own admission Matt has pushed the envelope to the limits of sanity by hand lining in a giant blue fin tuna, 100 kilometres off the South Islands rugged West Coast – from a dinghy!
“I was warned by the local commercial fishermen, they said ‘if you try this you will be killed’ – of course I said “she’ll be right” but I was under no illusions it was going to be dangerous”. This entire mission was caught on film and it was not without its drama and dangerous incidents, “I won’t be doing that again in a hurry” was all Matt could muster after surviving the epic tussle with a 320kg giant tuna.
However in true ITM Fishing Show style each season of the series seems to be raising the bar in bringing compelling fishing television that keeps viewers captivated.
This series is no exception with Matt ‘fizzing’ about the footage from his most recent adventures. “I’ve watched some of the clips hundreds of times and they still haven’t lost the ‘wow factor’, I can’t wait till the viewers see this stuff, they are going to freak-out!”
This season fans will get to see more full-on action, more extraordinary fishing feats, as well as the dazzling underwater footage which has become a hallmark of the show.
The series premiere kicks off with Matt heading out in his little Stabi-craft with a little fishing rod and a whole pile of little bits of rubber – and hooking into a whole lot of big snapper.
Make sure not to miss the fishing show which has something for everyone, ITM Fishing Show premieres on Saturday, April 26th at 4:30pm on TV3.