When you write for a living, you are never surprised at what your next gig will bring.
Well, almost never.
When the call came from Fish’n Canada’s Rick Dolishny, I will admit that I was surprised as all heck. And confused. We’ll throw grateful into the mix as well, because you don’t often get cherry-picked to write for a show on Global Television — particularly one that also airs in 12 countries, in six different languages, and in over 200 North American markets weekly.
And so began my season of writing a fishing show.
Now, you may ask, what did I know about fishing going into the experience?
Nothing, I’ll admit. Nothing at all.
What I did know about was Canada. And the lakes, rivers, and streams that make up our country. With a tonne of backcounty experience, I also knew about being on the water and in the bush — two of the places that hosts Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman spend the bulk of their time. Most of all, however, I knew how to research and I knew how to write.
And that, really, was all that was needed.
My job was to research the destinations that Angelo and Pete were to visit next — and then to script the bits in between the actual fishing. I got to chat with folks all across Canada and ask about the local lore of these far flung shores.
It was a heck of a lot of fun.
As it turns out, at the end of the season, the folks at Fish’n Canada decided to return to writing their scripts in-house. Mine was but a one-season experiment with hiring an external writer. A pity, really, because I think that I lent the show a bit of new direction — one that received a few compliments along the way. So, as quickly as I was recruited, I was gone. And on to the next project I went.
I’ve just recently learned, however, that the episodes I wrote are now available online. The entire season. Sure, you have to pay for them — but, really, these episodes are a lot of fun.
As an added bonus: My debut on the Outdoor Radio Journal on The FAN 590. My short-lived Toronto radio life.