MUSKOKA - The most watched fishing show in Canada has its eye on a Port Carling man to be its next co-host.
FISH’N TO BE HOST.
John Blanchard, Port Carling fishing guide and welder, is in the running to be the next co-host for Canada’s most watched fishing show, The Fish’n Canada Show. Blanchard is one of two contestants chosen as finalists by the show. The final decision depends on who receives the most online votes.
The Fish’n Canada show has chosen two potential co-hosts, John Blanchard and Paul Castellano, after two of its previous hosts left. The determining factor as to who gets the job is who gets the most online votes from the public.
John Blanchard is a fishing guide for Sport Fishing Muskoka by summer and a welder by winter. He grew up in Milford Bay fishing and hunting.
Blanchard’s competitor is a full-time guide on the Niagara River.
Blanchard said hosting the show is something he’s wanted to do since he was a kid, but never thought he’d be able to.
“It’s amazing. It’s fantastic,” he said, and added, it’s the guiding and the fishing experience that got him this far.
One of the show’s current hosts, Pete Bowman, said some of Blanchard’s outstanding traits are his dedication, helpfulness and guiding ability.
“Our company and him instantly bonded,” said Bowman.
Blanchard was asked to guide a corporate charter for Castrol, one of Fish’n Canada’s sponsors, while the group was at a corporate meeting at the Sherwood Inn in Port Carling.
“I took them on that guided day and then they contacted me later saying they’d like to do a show up here,” he explained.
That show was the beginning of the bond. It led to two more shows on bass and walleye fishing on Lake Joseph. When the opportunity for a new host came up, Bowman said Blanchard would be as good as anybody for the job.
He’s the kind of guy the audience will like, he said.
Blanchard doesn’t have any broadcasting experience, but Bowman isn’t worried about that. That will come, he said.
The voting started on March 31 with Fish’n Canada’s last two episodes of the season. Bowman said he’s not yet sure when the voting will close.
The episodes rerun four times each year. The last two shows will run at least one more time before the voting closes, he said. Leaving at least 12 more weeks for voters to cast their ballot in support of the Port Carling native.
Bowman said he’s surprised by how many votes have already come in, but he wouldn’t say who’s leading.
Both potential hosts have become his personal friends. When one wins, he said he is going to feel bad for the other.
To view clips of Blanchard and Castellano and to cast your vote, go to fishncanada.com/content/view/838/.