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To work out how hard Michael works when bag­ging at top speed, he was hooked up to de­vices that mon­i­tor heart rate, calo­ries burnt and blood pres­sure. Data was go­ing to be taken ev­ery 15 min­utes to help see if any pat­terns de­vel­oped. 11.15AM

– All in... Michael’s heart rate just be­fore the start sits at 83 beats per minute, per­fectly nor­mal, as a healthy adult’s rest­ing BPM usu­ally sits be­tween 60 and 100. His blood pres­sure sits at 120/75 – again, within nor­mal range. 11.30AM

– Our man bags nine qual­ity carp in the open­ing 15 min­utes. Fish­ing just a top kit, he lands each fish in sec­onds and the pres­sure of the cam­eras starts to show as his BPM rises by al­most 50 per cent to 123. 11.45AM

– With Michael now up to 14 carp, he is clearly set­tling into the pres­sure, his heart rate drop­ping down to 114 BPM. So to help repli­cate match con­di­tions where an­glers re­act to what is go­ing on around them, Michael is chal­lenged to land 10 more carp in the next 15 min­utes. The re­sponse is in­cred­i­ble – in less than 90 sec­onds his BPM rock­ets to 131 and a quick check of his blood pres­sure shows it to be 140/85, which many doc­tors would class as high. NOON

– An hour in and our man has al­ready burned 400 calo­ries, the same as swim­ming at a moder­ate pace for around 40 min­utes! Hav­ing man­aged to win the chal­lenge and up to 24 carp, Michael slips back into re­lax­ation and the BPM drops to 115. 12.15PM

– A lull in sport ac­tu­ally raises Michael’s BPM slightly to 119 – could the pres­sure of los­ing a shoal of fish re­ally be hav­ing an ef­fect? 12.30PM

– With the fish re­turn­ing, and the fact that he is catch­ing steadily – he is now on 34 fish – his BPM drops to 100, the low­est rate since he started. His blood pres­sure is also down to 118/74. He

is now chal­lenged to see how many con­sec­u­tive bites he can hit. 12.45PM

– As the sweat drips from Michael’s fore­head and armpits, the BPM shoots up to its high­est yet of 134pm, blood pres­sure at 138/83. 1.15PM

– Af­ter a half-hour break, his fig­ures are sim­i­lar to be­fore he started and Michael re­sumes the ac­tion with 42 fish in the net. 1.30PM

– Our pho­tog­ra­pher wants some pictures. Tak­ing him out of his com­fort zone raises his BPM to 128. 1.45PM

– This time we want our man to bag 10 carp in 12 min­utes. He has no watch on him and has to rely on us to tell him how he is do­ing with his tar­get. With six carp in five min­utes he’s well on tar­get but a sneaky fib from An­gling Times jour­nal­ist Tony Grigorjevs ups the ante. “You’ve got three min­utes to land the next four, mate,” he says.

Michael hits the high­est BPM of the day – 144BPM – a level that pro­fes­sional foot­ballers hit dur­ing the warm-up! He has also burned over 900 calo­ries by this point, al­most half an adult’s daily in­take.

Once he lands the 10 carp to bring him up to 54 he wants to know how long it took him – the truth is, just 10 min­utes, an amaz­ing feat of strength and stamina. 2PM

– The chal­lenge is over but Michael is de­ter­mined to fin­ish on a flurry. He goes all out to keep the bites com­ing and main­tains a high BPM of 129 – he is now on 66 fish. 2.15PM

– It’s the all out, and Michael fin­ishes up with 75 fish, roughly equat­ing to an as­ton­ish­ing 300lb of carp in two-and-a-half hours.

Shortly af­ter­wards his BPM is down to 86 and his blood pres­sure is well within nor­mal range again. A quick check of the mon­i­tors show he has burnt 1,300 calo­ries, which is the equiv­a­lent of go­ing for a steady-paced hour long run.


Based on this ex­per­i­ment, there is no doubt that an­gling is more phys­i­cal than many an­glers re­alise.

Michael’s ef­forts saw him burn off all the calo­ries in a full English break­fast. Ad­mit­tedly, he was fish­ing one of the coun­try’s most in­tense bag­ging waters and was

land­ing a fish ev­ery two min­utes. Watch­ing a mo­tion­less tip for hours on end cer­tainly won’t burn this amount of calo­ries, but a rov­ing river an­gler or a carp an­gler who tar­gets a runs wa­ter where spod­ding reg­u­larly is the norm would cer­tainly be test­ing their body to the limit.

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