Sky Sports set to air more fishing TV programmes

Sky Sports is to screen more UK fishing shows in 2010 than ever before, Angling Times can reveal.

The media giant already broadcasts the Fish O’Mania final, the British Carp Angling Champs, Thinking Tackle and the ever-popular Tight Lines. But it has now committed to air even more fishing content, including an extra Fish O’Mania contest, the UK Champs and the return of The Extreme Carp Show.

It caps another positive week for angling following the announcement of the Match This £100,000 competition, and can only serve to further strengthen the sport’s profile.

The hectic new Sky Sports schedule includes:

The Fish O’Mania XVII Final and Fish O’Mania Champion of Champions Final on July 17 and 18, 2010.

Four 30-minute programmes covering each round of the UK Championship.

Three hour-long shows covering both semi-finals and the final of the British Carp Angling Championship.

Six hour-long episodes of the new The Extreme Carp Show. 

Most of the programmes will go out between August and October, including The Extreme Carp Show which returns after four years. It will be produced by Rob Hughes and his Rhap Media team.

“Extreme Carp is a fast, punchy, magazine-style show filmed on the bank. One new feature is ‘Myth Busters’ where I’ll be going underwater to prove or disprove some of fishing’s greatest myths. For example, does red line become invisible underwater?” he said.

It will also be the first time since the ‘Hooked’ shows that a series of matches have been covered, with the screening of all four rounds of the UK Champs, where Rob will analyse the tactics and tackle employed by the key anglers.

“Sky Sports is a great channel for fishing and the relationship between the two is looking bright. I’m also hoping to secure a slot to cover the 2010 carp anglers versus match anglers showdown,” added Rob.

Sky production chief Andy Melvin said: “Angling is the UK’s biggest participation sport and we should reflect this. We’ve been at the forefront of angling coverage for years and in 2010 there is more than ever, spearheaded by Keith Arthur’s Tight Lines. Competitive angling is also important and programmes such as the Extreme Carp Show and Thinking Tackle get down to the nitty gritty of coarse fishing.”