By Clarke Gayford.
As many of you will know, Dive New Zealand / Dive Pacific has had a long and happy association with Clarke and Mike. We couldn’t be more proud of them and we wish them every success in this venture!
Well, it’s been a long time coming, but we’ve done it! Ten stunning episodes, filmed throughout the Pacific by award-winning cinematographer Mike Bhana and hosted by Clarke Gayford.
“Oh not another fishing show”, is what most people’s eyes were telling us, even if their lips were saying something different, as my producer Mike Bhana and I launched into this new venture, screening in New Zealand on Choice TV – FISH OF THE DAY.
And while, yes, New Zealand is well serviced with a great range of fishing shows, we knew we were going to have to do something quite different, especially as we never saw the New Zealand market as our end game.
So with Mike’s 25 years of experience shooting documentaries for National Geographic and Discovery channels, ala: Tuna Cowboys, Ocean Zoo and more shark documentaries than anyone else in the world; Coupled with my 15 years of hosting television and radio shows and our friendship – we thought, sure, why not?
So the result is a show that uses fishing, diving and spearing as the excuse to get us to some of the most spectacular locations in the pacific. Each episode we choose a target fish that is synonymous with each area and set about catching it on rod and spearing one as well. Before tracking down the best local chef to unlock a secret mouth-watering recipe.
Shot all through the Pacific, everywhere from Wanaka to the Solomon Islands, we’ve tried to catch a bit of the essence of each place, above and below the water.
Every show features diving, and I find myself in some interesting predicaments – often competing with local sharks. We’ve also included tank dives in some incredible locations. We go on probably the best shark dive in the world with Beqa Shark Adventures in Fiji. The wrecks and reefs of the Solomon Islands also feature, and we discover a huge underwater cave in some of the clearest saltwater in the world in Niue, to name a few.
Mike being an underwater camera specialist means everything is shot in HD at a high frame rate, with a decent lighting rig. This really brings these locations to life. Who knows, maybe it will help you choose that next dive holiday destination?
New Zealand gets the show first, but then it’s off around the world, playing in well over 20 countries to over 120 million people, including all of Asia on the National Geographic Channel. Having already picked up a GOLD award, for best lifestyle TV series at WORLDFEST in Houston, we’re hoping we are on the right track.
But don’t take our word for it, please tune in and make up your own minds.
FISH OF THE DAY – Wednesdays 8.30pm, Free to air on Choice TV, New Zealand.