DENVER, CO - When WFN: World Fishing Network asked anglers across North America on April 2, to tell them about their favorite place to fish, the only thing they all agreed upon was that there are a lot of great places to fish. In less than three weeks, U.S. and Canadian anglers have already nominated over 650 towns to be WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town 2012 - including nominations from every Canadian province and almost every U.S. state.
People who think they live in WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town in the U.S. or Canada have until April 30 to get their town into the competition by visiting www.wfnfishingtown.com
. The website is designed so U.S. and Canadian visitors are automatically directed to the appropriate contest. Nominations may include photos, videos and written comments about why the town should be WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town 2012. If a town is already nominated, people are encouraged to add additional comments, photos and videos.
Following the nomination period, the public voting will be open from May 1-31, 2012. To help spread the word and encourage voting, WFN will provide a variety of social media tools at the website. The results will be announced in June at ceremonies in the two winning communities emceed by WFN's Mariko Izumi, host of Hookin' Up with Mariko Izumi.
One town from the U.S. and one town from Canada will be recognized as WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town and receive national recognition, a $25,000 community donation to be used towards fishing-related cause(s), plus a tourism boost as WFN produces a feature about fishing in their town and airs it on the network and WFN website throughout the year.
"No matter if they love to fish in a small rural community or a popular tourist destination, we encourage everyone to nominate their town," said Mark Rubinstein President and CEO of WFN. "The search for WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town offers towns all across Canada and the U.S. a great opportunity to show the world why their town is the best place to fish. We look forward to sharing their stories and letting the people choose WFN's Ultimate Fishing Towns for 2012."
Last year, Chapleau, ON, and the tiny hamlet of Roscoe, NY, located two hours north of New York City, were selected as WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town Canada and U.S. respectively. In all, more than 500 towns across the U.S and Canada were nominated and nearly one million votes were cast. In 2010, WFN ran its inaugural search for Canada's Ultimate Fishing Town, and Port Alberni, B.C., was the winner.
The contest is being sponsored by SkiSafe Boating Insurance: Insurance for boaters from boaters (www.skisafe.com
About WFN: World Fishing Network
WFN: World Fishing Network is the only 24/7 television network dedicated to all segments of fishing with programming that covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more. WFN's wide-ranging programming lineup includes primetime theme nights, a selection of the best international series and the most diverse species coverage of any TV channel. Featuring popular programs hosted by the world's top anglers, WFN offers a variety of exclusive lifestyle shows including; Hookin' Up with Mariko Izumi, Reel Fishy Jobs with Mark Melnyk, Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing and Getting School'd with JP DeRose. The beauty of WFN's programming is available in 100 percent stunning High Definition. WFN's multimedia platform includes a mobile portal, WFN Fishing Log (fishing app for the iPhone and iPad) and a robust fishing website, www.WorldFishingNetwork.com
Originally launched in December 2005, today WFN and WFN HD are available in more than 30 million households through North American cable, satellite and telecommunications distributors including; more than a dozen systems throughout Canada plus DISH Network, Charter Communications, Comcast, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Cablevision and more in the U.S. For more information, visit www.WorldFishingNetwork.com