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BBC series set to deliver major boost to fishing

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The BBC is to film a series called The Big Fish, which is predicted to deliver a major boost for recreational fishing in the UK.

Recreational fishing in the UK has received a major boost with the news that the BBC plans to film a new global angling programme.

Fronted by well known fishing TV presenter Matt Hayes and author, broadcaster and writer, Ben Fogle, The Big Fish aims to test the skills of Britain’s best amateur anglers in some of the most dramatic and challenging places on earth, from tropical seas to frozen rivers and lakes.

The news of the BBC’s latest fishing programme has been welcomed by Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, the national representative and governing body for angling in England. He said: “I have no doubt that such a high profile programmme will be great advert for our sport and will also help the Angling Trust with its wide range of programmes to get more people of all ages to take up fishing.

“It is really welcome that the BBC is promoting angling in this way and challenges the impression that has been gaining traction in some areas that the corporation is somehow anti-angling.

Hayes has described the series as the most significant media event in the sport since the BBC’s classic Passion for Angling programme. He added: “I am thrilled to be part of it.

“It takes the sport into the homes of millions of families and gives them an insight into the skills required to be a truly great angler. It is going to be a blend of calm and precision mixed with explosive action and sharp teeth. And all the drama will take place in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet.”

Each programme will see the contestants travelling to a different country with very distinct climates, landscapes and habitats around the world where they will be tested using a wide range of techniques under the watchful eye of experts.

The Big Fish is scheduled to be broadcast later this year.

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