It’s been a long time coming but a documentary piece about Port Alberni is finally debuting on the Ultimate Fishing Network.
The half hour piece airs first on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5: 30 p.m. and repeats again on Friday, Sept. 30 at 9: 30 a.m.
Second airings will be shown on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. and shows again Sunday, Oct. 2 at 8 a.m.
The show is the fruit of a lot of labour, said Port Alberni resident Carolyn Jasken, who helped make the Ultimate Fishing Town title possible.
“It feels awesome that it’s finally showing, it’s been a long wait,” Jasken said.
According to the Ultimate Fishing Network website, Jasken is featured in the film along other locals including, chamber of commerce executive director Mike Carter, Alberni Valley Salmon Enhancement Society president Jake Leyenaar ; and McLean Mill general manager Neil Milbon.
The film examines sockeye and chinook fishing in Alberni inlet, but it also looks onshore at Cathedral Grove forest, the Coulson Flying Tankers, and at Gone Fishin’ tackle shop.
A few film snippets can be found floating around and Jasken has seen a few.
“It looks good so far and I like what I’ve seen,” Jasken said. “But I haven’t seen the main show yet.
The Ultimate Fishing Network named Port Alberni the title winner last year.
Jasken’s daughter Shauna is credited with finding the contest on Facebook and tirelessly promoting it along with local resident Matt Stabler, who submitted the first nomination for Alberni to be the title winner.
Port Alberni beat out 160 other communities for the title.
At 650,000 votes Alberni beat out Nestor Falls, Ont. by more than 30,000 votes.
The first prize package included a trophy, $25,000 and the half-hour segment about Port Alberni on the Ultimate Fishing Network.