Pacific Warriors Cancelled

Pacific Warriors Cancelled

A dream several years in the making for Hawaiian kayak anglers was realized and just as quickly has now gone. Isaac Brumaghim, one of the stars of the show shared the news via Facebook that the Discovery Channel has cancelled “Pacific Warriors” and it will not be back for Season 2.

Isaac Brumaghim

It’s unfortunate to see for those who loved the show. I was counted among the fans of “Pacific Warriors”. I’ve watched Isaac and others like Rob Wong Yuen grow their national presence with their Aquahunters 808 videos on YouTube

The real emergence on the national spotlight was this “Chompy the Shark” Video

The buzz began to build and eventually the long working plans to do a TV show came to fruition for the Aquahunters Ohana.

As I look through the hundreds of comments pouring into social media about the cancellation, I smile and am saddened at the same time. True fans are sending their best wishes to Isaac, Rob and the 808 crew but could more have been done? By the fans that is.

Rob Wong Yuen

Internet trolls, self proclaimed kayak purists and others wanted to continually point out flaws in the show. Could editing have been better? Sure. Could they have tried to vilify less people? Sure. The constant complaining or as it is more commonly known, the “hating” might have been dialed down. It seemed like a constant stream of jealousy flowed from the airing of the first episode and that made me sad.

I thought the kayak fishing community was better than that. What I think folks failed to realize is that the Hawaiian way of kayak fishing is older than my Texas roots and older than the state itself. Not everything has to be the way you do it. This isn’t a chance to puff up your chest and say, “That’s not how you’re supposed to do that!”. This was an opportunity to see how another part of the country that has access to some of the best fishing in the world approaches it. We took a show all about our hobby and made it try to fit our narrative when it wasn’t ours to begin with.

Isaac and Rob will continue to be Isaac and Rob, just like they were before the show. Fast with a mahalo and an aloha, these guys are at their core what is right with kayak fishing. I am just sad we as viewers and fans didn’t appreciate it enough while it was here.

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A lifelong Texan, Chris Payne has been an outdoor enthusiast his entire life and has spent the last 15 years fishing mainly from a kayak. He is known for his thorough and helpful reviews as well as how to articles for nearly everything kayak fishing related. If you have questions or comments, you can leave them on this post or email Chris at:

6 thoughts on “Pacific Warriors Cancelled

  • January 5, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Very disappointed of this news. I wanna thank the guys for doing what they did. Sorry it couldn’t last longer but glad and enjoyed the episodes that were aired. Thanks guys and hope to run into you in the future!!!

  • January 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I work in the entertainment industry. TV production to be more specific. I have worked on more reality shows then I care to admit Lol. What I can tell you with 100% absolute certainty is that producers love people hating on shows good, bad or indifferent it means people are watching and if they are focusing to the point where they are catching a b-roll edit Mistake of the incorrect fish, it means people are watching. Numbers equal ratings, executives love ratings cause ratings equal money.

    But keep in mind even though our numbers as a sport are growing. It still don’t equal huge ratings. Not the numbers the fat cats in the big offices want to see. The time slot that they put the show in is probably one of the most difficult in TV. Friday @10pm late…who the hell is home at that time in the target demographic…? Exactly. So it could have very well of been ratings…

    Maybe it’s was talent…it’s a “reality” show. Now I say this very loosely. In my experience most “reality” shows are scripted reality. They do this to build drama, bulid audience, build ratings. Fans become so invested in these “character” they become real. Maybe discovery became upset when cast members started posting photos contradicting current storylines. Could have been cast…

    Fact is. There are three sides to ever story. What he said, what she said and what really happened. I’m not going to proclaim I know what it is. But I will tell you what it’s not.

    Personally I’m not buying the guilt that your’re trying to sell with this.


  • January 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I agree somewhat with Joe. If you look at the shows that Discovery has produced, they are all story lines or subjects/trades if you will, that are isolated to certain parts of the world. Crab fisherman, industrial logging or ax men, this show was about 1 group of people doing the same thing that people all over the world do. If they didn’t expect naysayers, they were blind. There is no fascination around a watching an amateur sport that we all do. It would be like watching Japanese little league baseball teams practice. Another analogy would be like watching a tv show about your local bass club tournament. And then they lame attempt to draft in some drama was a failure. I personally enjoyed the episodes with the most actual fishing. Most fisherman I know love to see people catch big fish. Not piss and moan about who’s fishing where. My 2 cents

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Maybe they can reach out to CarbonTV and get aired there.

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I recorded the series to my DVR and looked forward to watching it. My least favorite thing about any “reality” series is human conflict. I would rather watch the human fight the fish. That aside, I hate to see this show get cancelled. I wish the cast and crew the best in the future and Aloha.

  • January 6, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Regardless of the topic of the show reality tv is for weak minded masses. It was a slap in the face to the Hawaiian culture and kayak fishing to portray it that way. I stopped watching during the episode where the “new” guy was installing a fish finder and they made it seem like a catastrophic season ruining event that he had a hole in his kayak, which was clearly purposefully drilled in order to install the fish finder… Yeah crap like that is for morons.


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