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A Passion For Angling - The Complete Series

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We are very happy to report that the series is finally complete, programme nine “The Ones That Got Away” having been wrapped up only yesterday. It made everybody laugh in the studios in Bristol, so we are sure it will work for you too. It has been such fun making the series these past five and a half years and this film captures the enjoyment and laughter perfectly. I was very kindly invited onto the R.Test for the second year running by S&TA stalwart John Slader and we had a great day sipping tea and eating cake, in between having a few casts for the beautiful trout...and we caught lots too. After that treat I couldn't refuse the request to make four conservation films for them could I, so my next series is already lined up...and there was I thinking I might have time to go fishing! Dream on....


The series is called “Catching the Impossible”, a journey through angling, with specimen hunting at the heart of each film. Our story teller is that wonderful voice from “A Passion for Angling”, Bernard Cribbins, the difference being that this time he gets to fish, and with success and humour too.None of this would have been possible without my computer guru, Chris Wild, for he patiently steered me through the labyrinth of computer editing. He's a fishing pal now and I helped him catch this 2lb 4oz crucian, several others too, and during his first attempt at pole fishing – impressive. Trev and I enjoyed some wonderful sunny days too, in between finishing the final programmes of the series. Chris Yates is an angler, photographer, broadcaster, tea connoisseur and author born on 19 April 1948. He is a former holder of the record for the heaviest-recorded British carp, a 51.5lb specimen captured from Redmire pool in 1980. [1] Yates is a former co-editor (with Jon Ward-Allen) of Waterlog magazine, [2] and is a regular contributor to The Idler.


Went fishing with Martin in the summer for an Angling Times feature. Nothing unusual in that you might think, but this time the tables were turned. Martin was behind the camera and I was the one who had to catch a fish! But with Martin’s advice and deadly rig, I managed a couple of good barbel, though he wouldn’t give me ten pounds for the largest. I’ve since had a couple more of about the same size, on my own this time, and they are such splendid, hard fighting fish that I wonder why I don’t fish for the golden beauties more often. and adding the reasons why I made them. We hope you'll find them informative and interesting if and when you have time to view.Was also invited to the R.Test by Martin Salter and we caught some lovely roach. He also honoured us by inviting Sue and I to a dinner at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate his retirement as an MP. There were several other fishing pals there, including Fisheries Ministers and shadow ones too …. all mad keen anglers which is great for the future, regardless of who is governing us when you read this. But we sure will miss Martin and his energetic and forthright defence of angling and the environment in which fish live. Apologies if this has been spotted already, but I was watching Passion For angling today with my Son and I think I spotted a continuity error.

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