Rob's rant - The ITM Fishing Show
What: The ITM Fishing Show
When: 7.00pm Saturdays
"Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl."
Nobel Prize winner and all, it would seem safe to say Ernest Hemingway was smart but in this instance he was wrong.
Host Matt Watson shows there is almost as much joy in watching someone land a fish as there is in being out there and doing it yourself. When the show started about seven years ago, it was just a couple of mates filming their exploits.
Not much has changed.
They have to pay the bills, so there's a lot of shameless promotion for certain brands or a plug for the charter fishing company of the bloke who's helping them.
There's nothing too subtle about it and therein lies the charm of the show.
No bollocks. No pretension. Watson can seem like a bit of a know-it-all when he's razzing his young apprentices but it's when he's got a rod in his hands that the programme really comes to life.
His whoops and screams might seem a little contrived, seeing as he's probably caught more fish than he could count.
But there's nothing fake about it.
If you've ever caught a fish, you know the feeling of that thin line attaching you to an underwater bullet.
And the moment it breaks the surface and you look into the shiny eyes of that wild animal can surely only be comparable to child birth.
OK, I'm getting carried away.
The Fishing Show is a national staple and, now into its ninth season, has withstood the test of time.
It's a great portrait of that much-heralded Kiwi ingenuity too.
Want to see a kingfish take a lure at full speed? Let's invent a camera that sits on the line just above it. There's no great buildup – it's just see it, do it.
In a TV landscape slowly being over-run by dubious, semi-reality rubbish, it's nice to have something really real.