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Matt Hayes Great Rod Race (Eps 13-15) (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.

Matt and Mike have now travelled 3,200 miles in pursuit of their quest. Now on Day 25 they are after chub and bleak on the River Thames. The bleak is bagged along with minnow and a day later still on the River Thames in Oxford they catch a couple of good sized chub.

Now they're on to barbel, and the Lower Severn is the location, but it's not until the weather changes that they are rewarded with a magnificent 9lb barbel. Just as the light is slipping away Mick manages to catch a zander, making a victorious end to the day.

Worn out after only two hours sleep and with time running out on the last day, the search for the grayling is on. Matt and Mike divide forces, Mike using the stick, float and maggot method, and Matt fly fishing. Will they complete the challenge - just you wait and see!

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