Angling: Television angling shows are a monster attraction

Jeremy Wade holds a wels catfish weighing 163 pounds and measuring 7 feet, 4 inches.
Jeremy Wade holds a wels catfish weighing 163 pounds and measuring 7 feet, 4 inches.
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Over the years, anglers have been very well catered for with a plethora of films on TV and they have been both instructional and semi-documentary-style.

The offerings from the legendary John Wilson must be at the forefront but other contributors such as Matt Hayes and his angling friend Mick Brown have, for many years, made a huge contribution.

But some of the films still being shown on Sky are well over 20 years old.

Recently, a new set of presenters have emerged with such as ex-Olympic athlete Dean Macey leading the way.

Other personalities who are regularly featured are Tommy Pickering and Steve Ringer – showing new skills for the camera.

There is, however, a slight difference here for the films made by John Wilson were for a long-running series made for Anglia TV, and ran for many years whilst the modern ones are made and sponsored, I believe, by fishing tackle manufacturers.

They are extremely well made and are beneficial to all anglers, but obviously the whole point of the exercise is to promote their latest products.

All of these films are shown on the Sky Sports channel, so unless you are a contributor you will not get to see them.

But now there is a ‘new kid on the block’ and his programme, which is on ITV on a Tuesday evening, is attracting huge audiences.

The star of the show, who was an unknown a couple of years ago, is a chap called Jeremy Wade, an Englishman from Somerset, who hosts and presents the River Monsters Show.

In it he travels to exotic locations in the pursuit of fish which are sometimes only local legends claiming that man-eating specimen still exist in their rivers and lakes.

Wade is fluent in several languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, and so is able to communicate with the locals.

But the main object of the exercise is to try to catch one of these monster fish, and some of those that he has managed to reel in are really ugly specimens, some with more and bigger teeth than a great white shark.

His favourite destination seems to be South America, as parts of the Upper Amazon remain totally unexplored.

The ITV people must be delighted with the success of this programme for their latest viewing figures show that over two million people tuned in to the latest offering.

Closer to home, and I had a surprise press release from the Leeds Club last week which read as follows: “Leeds and District ASA have acquired the commercial fishery known currently as Carpvale Pools from the owner Kevin Whincup.

“The fishery is situated in the village of Moor Monkton and part of the agreement is that the fishery will be re-named to allow Kevin Whincup to retain the name ‘Carpvale’ for his commercial fish farming business.”

It is understood that the fishery is well stocked to commercial standards and is well booked for matches, and that bookings for the 2015 season will be honoured.

The Society is believed to be re-assessing the price structure at the venue on a yearly basis with a £10 annual fee a bargain for this type of fishery.

More on this next week.

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