GREAT­EST TELE­VI­SION MOMENTS

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

TV ANGLING used to be a quiet, se­date af­fair. Remember Jack Har­g­reaves, the gen­tle­manly pre­sen­ter of Out of Town?

The next angling per­son­al­ity to find fame on our screens was the inim­itable John Wil­son. His Go Fish­ing se­ries is ar­guably still the most com­pul­sive view­ing of all.

Nowa­days, with angling abroad an op­tion for many more peo­ple, the em­pha­sis has shifted to thrills, spills and ac­tion with ex­otic fish. Who are your small-screen favourites?

EX­TREME FISH­ING WITH ROB­SON GREEN: AT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FLAME SNAP­PER

THE di­vi­sive Ge­ordie has en­joyed au­di­ences most pro­grammes on this list can only dream of. In this pro­gramme Rob­son fishes a tiny col­lec­tion of is­lands in a cor­ner of the Pa­cific Ocean to land a colour­ful flame snap­per.

RIVER MON­STERS THE VAM­PIRE PI­RANHA

JEREMY Wade’s show is at its best when show­ing off the tooth­iest of fish, and this mem­o­rable episode fea­tures ar­guably the most jaw-dropping set of gnash­ers ever. “I’ve hooked a preda­tory fish with den­tal hard­ware straight out of a hor­ror movie,” says Jeremy.

HOOKED ON FISH­ING WITH PAUL YOUNG MIN­NOWS TO MON­STERS

AT the end of a bite­less three days on Locha­line, in the Sound of Mull, a gi­ant skate takes Paul’s mack­erel bait and an epic bat­tle en­sues. “That’s prob­a­bly about ‘180’, it is a beast!” an­nounces the skip­per, and the ma­jes­tic fish is even­tu­ally tagged and re­leased.

CATCH­ING THE IM­POS­SI­BLE BOWLER’S 5LB 4OZ PERCH

IT’S not just the sheer size of the fish, or even the un­usual pole-and-flat-float tac­tics shown in this episode, that make this mo­ment spe­cial. No, it’s wit­ness­ing the usu­ally unflappable Martin Bowler ren­dered speech­less by the mag­ni­tude of this once-in-a-life­time event.

A PAS­SION FOR ANGLING RED­MIRE TREE

In an episode stuffed with stand-out moments — from the scare­crow de­coy ‘Kevin’ to the gud­geon match at dawn — it’s the sight of Bob and James hook­ing a fish from atop a tree and then crash­ing into the wa­ter be­low that dwells long­est in the mem­ory.

GO FISH­ING MAH­SEER

A 60lb MAH­SEER from the Cau­very River in In­dia was picked by John Wil­son as his third-great­est catch in a re­cent DVD box set – and this beau­ti­fully filmed ex­tract from an early se­ries of Go Fish­ing shows just why this dis­tant rel­a­tive of the bar­bel in­spires such awe among an­glers.

OUT OF TOWN WITH JACK HAR­G­REAVES FISH­ING IN A GALE.

FILM­ING in 1975, coun­try­man Jack goes trot­ting for chub in hor­ren­dous con­di­tions, telling view­ers: “There can be no sen­si­ble rea­son for go­ing fish­ing on a day like this”. He later ad­mits his mo­ti­va­tion was to avoid a tea party where “the com­pany didn’t at­tract me greatly”.

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