My television philosophyLet's get something clear: I'm no expert. I never have been and I never will be. I am just an average fisherman who builds pictures for the average fisherman. That's why I steer clear of expensive resorts while filming. I go only where the typical angler can afford to go. And that's why I use tackle that can be bought for less than $50. I don't want any advantages the run-of-the-mill fisherman doesn't have.
If our show has anything approaching what might be called a philosophy, that's it: unpretentious simplicity.
Above all my series is believable. It has to be. I film what happens. If I come up dry and don't catch a fish, that's what we show. If I get hung up on a tree, you'll see it. And if I slip on a rock, you'll see that too.
You will see it all because that's exactly what happened--and because that's what happens to the normal fisherman . I'm no different from the others--just a gent with his share of good and bad luck.
Every man who's ever baited a hook has known days when he couldn't catch a cold. Most have fallen down at one time or another. And just as many know what it's like to get hung up in a tree, or get a real backlash.
People watch these things happen to me on television , laugh and say to themselves: "I guess I'm not the only darn fool who's had that happen to him."
As they say in the psychology books, the average Joe can identify with me. I reflect him. He looks into his TV screen and it becomes a mirror. He's watching me but seeing himself and he enjoys that. He also sees I'm human.
WHO WAS THE FIRST TV FISHERMAN ??
GADABOUT GADDIS !!!