Roadside Birth in the Midst of a Storm.
It was 1.15am - Waitangi Day 2005, Matt Watson was filming his third season of The ITM Fishing Show. He has just got his first sponsored vehicle and he was driving it way too fast for the conditions. His wife Kaylene was in the passenger seat in final stages of labour and they realised they weren't going to make it all the way to Kawakawa hospital. So on the side of SH10 in Pakaraka amidst a thunder and lightning storm, they delivered their second child, a boy almost 10 pounds, definitely a keeper. That boy, Shaw Watson, now 15 years old is obsessed with fishing and appears with his father in the new season of the kiwi favourite, ITM Fishing!
In the episodes where Shaw joins his Dad, there are some great father-son moments, both when things are going well, and when things are going not so well. And aside from showing viewers how to catch, care for, and cook a range of fish, it's a demonstration on how good it is for Dads to share a common passion with their children. One of the episodes reveals how as a 13 year-old, Shaw accidentally hooked a giant swordfish that he battled for five hours under the guidance of Matt, but the fish was simply too big and broke the line, and young Shaw's spirit with it....................... but not for long. The pair set out again to try and get Shaw a swordfish, this time Shaw is a bit bigger and stronger and hooks a world record sized swordfish. And as the fight extends into the night, it becomes more than the story of catching a monster fish, but a coming-of-age tale of perseverance, respect and determination.