Matt Hayes to host new BBC fishing show

Fishing is back on the BBC after bosses revealed that a brand new show starring one of the sport’s biggest names is set to hit our screens.

The corporation has revealed that BBC Two will be the new home of the series that currently has the working title of ‘The Big Fish’ and stars angling legend Matt Hayes.

Some of the world’s best producers and cameramen have been instrumental in putting together the six-part series that will see eight amateur UK anglers join Matt and well-known TV presenter Ben Fogle, who will be heading up the show, to take part in a series of fishing challenges.

Filmed across four continents ‘The Big Fish’ takes the team to some of the planet’s most stunning and challenging fishing locations, where each week the contestants will be under the critical eye of Matt along with a local fishing specialist who is familiar with the waters of the host country.

Officials have announced that the programme will air in the coming months. Matt told Angling Times: “This is the most significant fishing programme to be released since ‘A Passion For Angling’ – a huge platform from which to display our great sport.

“Our eight competitors travel the world getting involved in various fishing challenges, and each week one of them is voted off. You get to know the personality of each angler and you’ll soon have your favourite, making it perfect viewing for anglers and non-anglers alike.

“The BBC has thrown its top team at this, with some of the world’s best producers and cameramen working to make this a huge success.

“It’s high up the list of priorities at the BBC and it couldn’t have done more to help promote angling,” he added.

Ben was equally enthusiastic about the new project. He said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of the series to see how these fishermen get on in some really tough places. I’m looking forward to learning to fish some of the planet’s most challenging venues.”

It is hoped that the new project will help engage thousands of non-anglers with the sport, and executive producer Tim Martin added: “Fishing is a hugely popular pastime in Britain and the BBC wanted to reflect this.

“We hope it will appeal to a broad audience, with the stunning wild landscapes and incredible fish almost certain to be of interest to everyone who tunes in.”