The angling world has this week united in slamming the recently aired TV programme ‘Extreme Fishing with Robson Green’ on the grounds that it was poorly presented, had little relevance to UK viewers and showed shocking scenes of fish cruelty.
The four-part series, which was shown on Five and concluded last week, followed ‘housewives’ favourite’ Robson as he travelled to a number of far-flung destinations in search of exotic species including barracuda, hammerhead sharks, marlin
The actor, who briefly admitted to being a keen fly angler, enraged many viewers with his over-the-top presentation style, but it was the total lack of respect he showed for his quarry which caused the greatest uproar.
Most of the fish he caught appeared to suffer a painful death after being caught on barbaric methods such as ‘bow fishing’.
Highly acclaimed film maker Hugh Miles, who is currently trying to get terrestrial airtime for the long-awaited Catching the Impossible series he has been making with Martin Bowler for the past four-and-a-half years, was saddened by what he saw.
“I was genuinely hoping to enjoy it, but was left feeling very disappointed. His performance each week was very over the top and ‘in your face’ – I would have expected more subtlety from an actor. More importantly, the sheer lack of respect he showed for the fish was appalling. He ‘caught’ some beautiful fish, the
welfare of which was clearly a secondary consideration.
“The episode with the marlin began well, with respect and awe seeming to be shown to these magnificent creatures, but then, when they supposedly caught it, I was concerned at where it was hooked and how it struggled to swim off at half-tilt at the end.”
Hugh’s sentiments have been echoed on the country’s numerous angling internet forums, but when Angling Times contacted Five to relay the concerns, the broadcaster was standing firm.
A spokesman said: “Five is always mindful of the sensibilities of its viewers, and would not intentionally broadcast harmful or offensive material. In this instance, the vast majority of our audience appears to have enjoyed the programme, and to have taken it in the spirit in which it was intended – namely, as an exploration of the many extreme salt and fresh water fishing practices which exist around the world – not merely angling within the UK.”