Hey italo not sure if u remember me my name is ian bryan i wrote both u and henry a letter many years ago and when i got back ur poster i was overly excited im sorry u guys are no longer working together but i see u still stay in touch wich is awsome id do the same thing.But i wanna say i still watch ur show i wanna ask u though when u first stared the show did u write ur own fishing books or win alot of tournaments before u made a show ither alone or with henry cuz my dream job is still to have my own and any kind of advice u can give me i would love to hear maybe we can even show each other how well we have acomplished i have done exstreamlly well catching huge fish now over the years my best ones were smallmouths all huge they all like 3 to 7 pounds id love to show u my profile if u ever have the chance on facebook i changed my profile photo to ian patrick i know u may still not get a chance to look but incase u do awsome id love to have some old movies of both u and henry if u ever had some and id also love to own some of ur new ones but i can buy those here in TB.Anyways i look forward to hearing from u and i hope u are injoying your fishing still and ill take any good advice about learning about how u started ur carrier miss u dude.Posted on August 30th, 2011
Hi Ian…Those are some nice fish you have been catching. In my case I did fish tournaments and I did write some fishing magazine articles, but the way I ended up being the host of the Canadian Sportfishing TV show is very unique.
In my case I went to Fleming College in Lindsay, ON (Canada’s School of Natural Resources). In my 20’s I had a passion for fishing, but I was not sure what I should do with that passion, so I studied all kinds of outdoor disciplines and graduated as a Fish & Wildlife Technician. During my schooling I learned everything about fish and wildlife. I learned important fish & wildlife management skills, and after graduating I worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. At that point in my life I had a talk with God and told Him that even though I love to fish, I am surrendering everything to Him, my life, my passion for fishing, everything, and that He could do with my life as he pleased.After that prayer I continued to work for the MNR and shortly afterwards opened a small fishing tackle shop called The Angler in Oshawa, ON. At the same time I learned to do taxidermy and started a business called Professional Taxidermy. The whole time I fished as much as I could and started getting some recognition from fishing tackle companies who I would write to and tell them what I thought about their products. At the same time I also started entering fishing derbies and fishing contests, and eventually fishing tournaments (back in the 70’s there were few fishing tournaments). I also started writing fishing articles and some of the fishing tackle companies who got to know me asked me to promote their products and become part of their “pro-staff”. Eventually I started doing fishing seminars at sports clubs and “in-store” fishing clinics in tackle shops. By the mid-70’s I started getting asked to help people get video fishing footage. By the early 80’s I was a regular “fishing-tournament” trail competitor in Ontario, and I did very well winning some tournaments and placing in the top-10 of most of them. All this time I earned some money from fishing, but most of my income came from either the tackle store or from the taxidermy work. By 1986 I was encouraged to produce a pilot for the Canadian Sportfishing show. The pilot was accepted by TSN, and the rest as they say is history. I have to be honest with you and tell you I never had a specific goal as to what I wanted to achieve. All I knew growing up was that I loved to fish and I was hoping to do something that had to do with fish and the outdoors. I realized many years ago that God, in fact gave me the desires of my heart because I surrendered everything to Hiim..…God bless you, Italo