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BBC TWO announces exciting new global fishing competition

03.12.14

BBC The Big Fish

The Angling Trust is helping to promote The Big Fish which is the working title for a programme being made in 2015 by the BBC featuring amateur anglers from the UK competing to catch fish in some of the world's best fishing destinations.

It is very welcome that the BBC is going to promote angling in this way, and we hope that it will attract an wide range of male and female anglers to take part.

Such a high profile programme will be a great advert for our sport and will help us with our wide range of programmes to get more young people to take up angling.

Please pass on this message to all your fishing friends (and while you're at it, please encourage them to join the Angling Trust!).

The talent search is open to non-professional anglers aged 18 and over and resident in the UK.

Anyone interested in finding out more or downloading an application form should contact thebigfish@bbc.co.uk or call the team on 0117 974 2349.

Good luck if you choose to apply, and may the best angler win...

Here's some more information from the BBC:

BBC TWO announces exciting new global fishing competition
 
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller, BBC Two and Tom McDonald, acting Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History have commissioned The Big Fish (working title), a brand new series that will test the skills of some 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, this is not just a gripping competition to find Britain's best all-round angler, but an expedition around the world. Who will be brave enough to swap the Thames for the Amazon? Or swap Lake Windermere for an alligator-infested swamp, or the coast of Wales for the shores of Central America?

Kim Shillinglaw said: "This exciting new format for BBC Two will see anglers from across the country testing their skills in some of the most stunning and challenging environments around the world."

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 contestants will use knowledge gained from locals on how to find the perfect spot to land a catch, and will face challenges which combine their own experience and talents with newly learnt skills.
 
Over the course of the series, the competitors will be eliminated leaving the others to move onto the next country and the next set of challenges. They'll have to pull out all the stops to make it through to the final.
 
The Big Fish will be Executive Produced by Tim Martin and Series Produced by Samantha Beddoes for the Natural History Unit.

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