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Matt Hayes Great Rod Race (Eps 10-12) (DVD)

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June 2004
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Matt Hayes, widely regarded as one of the best all-round anglers in Britain, and Mick Brown, a predatory angler with an excellent knowledge of UK fishing sites, take up the challenge to catch every species of freshwater fish found in Britain at different locations. 35 fish in 30 days.

With less than a day to catch each fish, Matt faces an uphill struggle. Some fish, such as the ferox trout, stone loach and wild carp are virtually impossible to find let alone to catch. Some of the fish are so small - like the bullhead or miller's thumb - that anglers would not normally attempt to catch them. Plus there are foreign, big fish like wels catfish, ancient fish such as eels, and tiny fish including sticklebacks.

To catch each species Matt uses diverse styles of angling, from fly-casting for trout and salmon to legering with modern paste baits for carp. He demonstrates classic styles such as free-lining and trotting with floats, plus he uses cut-down tackle for the mini-species, such as loach and sticklebacks.

Matt and Mick make their journey around the UK in a custom-fitted van complete with bunk beds, a small stove for cooking and special storage for their tackle. The van itself is a state-of-the-art fisherman's haven, fitted with rod racks, trays, compartments and even a fridge-freezer for bait.

Day 21 of Matt and Mike's challenge and the targets are arctic char and pike. After local angler Derek Bell shows Mike some special techniques, the arctic char is caught in only 20 minutes! Staying at Lake Windermere they now focus on catching pike, using a variety of tactics and lures to combat the ever changing weather. Stickleback and ghost carp next and Furnace Mill is the location for the dynamic duo to bag both in style.

After a successful catch of ruffe on the River Severn, Bewdley, Matt and Mike travel on to Catton Park, Tamworth, in search of bream. Matt, using a combination of tactics, is soon rewarded for his efforts; so much so that Mike follows suit with equal success.

The two are now confident they'll meet their challenge - but will they?

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