Brothers hooked on filming fishing exploits for TV
THREE brothers who grew up fishing on the Sunshine Coast are to star in a TV series about their adventures as they try to land the perfect catch.
My Fishing Place will air weekly on Channel 7mate, with the first episode on May 22 to depict brothers Darren, Kerrin and Leigh Wallis heading to the Northern Territory to chase barramundi and threadfin salmon.
The trio of anglers, who went to school at Nambour Christian College, moved to the Coast from western Queensland in 1986, and spent most of their youth fishing the creeks around Nambour, Woombye and Kenilworth.
"Most Saturdays were spent in the upper reaches of Petrie Creek chasing bass. Dad used to take the family fishing around the Bli Bli Bridge and also the Cod Hole," Leigh said.
Darren and Leigh still live on the Coast, and it was Darren who had the idea for the fishing program.
"I had dreamed of hosting a fishing show in the past but never quite believed it would happen," Darren said.
The idea came about after family friend and film producer Dan Price recorded a personal short film for Darren's 40th birthday present.
Darren was so impressed, he invited Dan on the group's next fishing trip where the first episode was filmed.
Viewers will see the trio go to great lengths to catch a range of salt and freshwater fish: travelling for miles out to sea and hiking up hidden creeks and rivers, plus enjoy the friendly banter between the brothers.
They have been filming the show since April 2014, with six episodes in season one. A second season is expected to include 10 episodes.
"The show has come a long way since our first episode and we're looking forward to exploring new places and catching more fish for the coming episodes," Darren said.