New season of FCO Fishing NZ starts

Last updated 13:31 24/11/2011
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Much of FCO Fishing NZ's current season is about grassroots Kiwi angling.

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A new season of the popular television series, FCO Fishing New Zealand has started on Prime.

Screening on Sundays at 5.00pm on Prime, leading into the news, FCO Fishing NZ’s host and producer, Adam Clancey, promises ‘down to earth fishing that is available to most Kiwis’.

In this 13-show series, Adam teams up with noted free-diver Darren Shields, who adds a slightly different dimension to each show.

This series covers visits to the likes of Kaikoura, beach long-lining out of Whatawhiwhi in the Far North, snapper in the Hauraki Gulf, targeting parore off jetties, charter boat options, preparing the catch for the table, and fishing the Houhora Harbour.

“One of the locals at Houhora boasted the harbour was full of fish, and he was willing to show us on a day when fishing in the open was impossible due to strong winds,” Adam says.

The excursion turned up plenty of surprises. “Who would have though you would catch snapper to five kilos, plus trevally and kahawai, in just a couple of metres of water?”

In a similar fashion in another episode, Adam takes a Hawkes Bay mate out on the Hauraki Gulf to show him some deep open-water and shallow-foul options.

“He had always given me a bit of stick about ‘JAFA’ fishing, so it gave me great delight to show him the Hauraki Gulf producing at its best.”

In a reversal of roles, the Hawkes Bay mate has offered to show Adam and Darren around his patch – no doubt the basis for another episode.

Adam says he is not setting himself up as being the expert in all fields.

“A number of the episodes see us bring in locals who know how to fish their local waters well and who will share their tips and tricks with viewers.”

The parore episode is an interesting one. Adam says few people rate this fish, but it is fun to target, accessible to all, and great to eat – if you know how to prepare it.

Adam is quick to point out that all the shows are as they happen. “We don’t do second takes or use footage from another area to embellish the show. This is our key point of differences with FCO Fishing NZ – the show is as it actually happened, and sometimes this means it turns out differently to what we originally set out to do.”

Adam says that while the new naming-rights sponsor is Fishing Camping and Outdoors (FCO), he has retained a strong relationship with existing sponsors and brands such as Daiwa, Black Magic Tackle, Mercury Marine, Profile Boats, Electronic Navigation Ltd and NZ Fishing News.

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Another important aspect is what Adam describes as the show’s ‘social conscience’, where water safety and respect for the fishery are paramount in what is shown.

“It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out as an angler or a seasoned veteran, these issues are important aspects to the enjoyment of our sport. No fish, regardless of how big it is, is worth dying for.”

Adam says that while his show is not produced with a ‘cast of thousands’, he has a good team around him, where everyone pitches in, including his wife Nikki. All the production is also done in-house, in keeping with the home-grown flavour of the show.

So keep an eye out for FCO Fishing NZ, 5.00pm on Prime Television, for a look at the best of Kiwi grassroots angling.

- Fishing News

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