Aaron is an avid angler who is obsessed with multi-species fishing and spends as many days on the water as possible. His passion for fishing emanated from his childhood introduction to sport of fishing.
By the age of nine, Aaron’s great interest in fishing had him spending his allowance on his first fishing rod and reel along with a perch coloured Rapala and some spinners to fish local creeks. His passion for fishing drove him to help with the conservation of our resources. He volunteered his time with stream rehabilitation efforts and stocking programs and garbage clean-ups in the surrounding areas.
At the age of 29, Aaron got into the business of fishing by providing a guided service in the Niagara River and surrounding lakes, under Surely Fishing Guide Service. This caught the interest of the well known Canadian authour Gord Pyzer, when he covered Aaron in a couple of articles on his techniques, which helped to jump-start his fishing guide service. After a very short period of time, Aaron became known as one of the more prominent Canadian authorities on fishing the Niagara River.
Aaron became very busy and ran a highly successful guide service for several years in the Niagara region, which spread to other lakes. The increasing inquiries from anglers prompted him to start writing articles and posting on public fishing forums. He also took up public speaking to share his techniques for success.
Aaron quickly grew in popularity, landing him several television opportunities as a guest on various fishing shows including Canadian Sportfishing. With his continued success, Aaron decided to put together proposals for notable fishing tackle companies and successfully convinced them he was a worthwhile investment as a Pro Staffer.
Although happy with his success, Aaron strived for more – to fulfill his dream of hosting a fishing television show. Armed with some exposure and experience behind the lens, Aaron formed a partnership with Barry Pringle in 2003 to establish a television show called Getting Hooked with Aaron & Barry. Getting Hooked aired on national television and the internet for many years. However, the partners separated in 2010.
We at Canadian Sportfishing Production Inc. welcome Aaron Shirley to join Italo Labignan on our Canadian Sportfishing TV Series which is broadcast weekly for 52 weeks in a year on Rogers Sportsnet and CHCH-TV Hamilton.