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Matthew Wright is a British TV presenter, journalist and broadcaster who has been hosting the daily debate show The Wright Stuff on Channel 5 for 18 years. He’s also appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and he presented The Big Benefits Row for Channel 5. He’s a life-long angler, with a particular passion for fly fishing. He is also a Vice President of the Wild Trout Trust and a keen conservationist.
Matt may just be the most well-knonw angler in the UK, having hosted and starred in more fishing TV series than it is easy to count. An all-round angler, Matt’s passion for all forms of angling is second to none, though these days he tends to focus more on fly fishing for salmon.
Some of the best known faces and names on the Tampa Bay fishing scene – whenever these guys make an appearance its a roadblock! Also 2/4 of the Flats Mafia crew.
A keen angler since the age of seven, Steve Starling began writing for fishing magazines in 1975, during his final year at high school. By 1981, he was editor of Australia’s top-selling fishing publication: “Fishing World”.
Through the 1990s, Steve gained a much wider audience as a co-presenter on the iconic “Rex Hunt’s Fishing Adventures” television series on Channel 7. Today, Starlo presents weekly fishing segments on “The Offroad Adventure Show” for Network TEN and ONE HD, fronts the made-for-television “AFC Outdoors” tournament series, and has just launched his own show entitled “A Fisherman’s Life With Starlo”
Born and bred in the United States, Kate Fensterstock has been committed to the outdoors ever since growing up on the beach in South Florida and spending summers teaching wake boarding in Maine. Pursuing a career in fieldsports journalism and media in the UK, she tried fly fishing for the first time 4 years ago and she hasn’t put a rod down since then. She can be found chasing species all over the world, with a special passion for saltwater. Kate lives in London, but tries to spend as much time in the countryside as possible. She is also committed to fitness, health and wellness and volunteering for wildlife charity initiatives.
Young energetic and passionate about fly fishing, Rhuan is one of the presenters on the WildFly fishing series, showcasing some of the best fly fishing destinations in Africa and the Indian Ocean. He is happy to throw a fly at anything that swims but his primary targets are the freshwater predators of Africa.
Keith is a lifelong angler who has forged a career first as a fishing journalist and later as a TV presenter and radio show host on Sky Sports’ Tight Lines and TalkSPORT’s Fisherman’s Blues respectively.
Dallas grew up with a spinning rod in her hand but in 2014 she was converted to fly fishing by her fiance and never looked back. She now runs a guiding service in the Kenai peninsular, helping guests to hook that magical 30″ rainbow, king salmon or sockeye.
Harry is a young British angler who stunned the carp fishing world by beating five of the best carpers in the UK to the Carp Wars Series One title.
Geir Sivertzen aka Dr.Hook is a Norwegian all round angler, although he is best known for Arctic Deep Sea Fishing. He worked for 16 years in the marketing department of the fish hook manufacturer Mustad, and 10 years as product development manager where he earned his nickname. He was Captain for TeamMustadNorway, fishing in more than 40 countries, working closely with fishing magazines from all over the world and participating in close to 20 film/TV productions.
An enthusiastic young angler and fly fishing guide who has gained fame through documenting his exploits on London’s waterways though his instagram account @Londonflyfisher.
Cindy (“Sid”) Nguyen comes from a long lineage of fishing, tracing her family history to fishing villages in Vietnam. Born and raised in Houston, Cindy grew up with a rod in her hand fishing off the beaches, piers and jetties in Galveston with her family. Cindy has caught over 60 species of fish, and has combed the waters from the Gulf Coast to Mexico, down to the Bahamas in pursuit of the catch.
“My goal for fishing is not to be the best angler, but rather to share my passion for the lifestyle the best way I can and encourage others to get outside,” she says.
Iain is one of the UK’s most popular carp anglers. He is probably best known for his carp fishing tuitions, and for his succesful DVD The Tuition in which he shares his extensive carping knowledge. He also appeared in series 2 of Carp Wars.
TV presenter and carp fishing expert Rob Hughes is one of the best known faces on the UK and international carp fishing scene. He’s host of the BT Sport show “On the Bank” and was the inaugural winner of the World Carp Carp in 1996. He also founded the British Carp Angling Championships in 1999 and is now the manager of the England carp fishing team. He has recently landed six carp over 50lb in 48 hours.
Fiona Armstrong is a television journalist who worked as a reporter on ITN News at 10 and presented the breakfast news programme on BBC World and is currently reporting and presenting for ITV’s ‘Border Life’ programme. She’s also fronted various lifestyle programmes, including Fiona on Fishing for ITV Border, including ‘Fiona on Fishing’. She’s one of the UK’s best known female anglers and has written two books on the subject and appeared on Sky TV’s ‘Tight Lines
Lee is a popular carp angler from the UK, having appeared in numerous videos and films on the subject. He appeared in Carp Wars 2 as a last minute replacement for Ian ‘Chilly’ Chillcott and surprised everyone by reaching the final. His effervescent character and nervous energy made him a hit with viewers.
Katka is a passionate fly fisher who has travelled the world with her fly rod. She travels with her flyrod as much as possible, having visited Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Australi, South Africa, Guatemala, Belize, the Maldives and Mexico in recent years. She is also a freelance fishing journalist, and competes for time to time, havimg neem Czech womens flyfishing champion five times! She will soon be representing Czech Republic in the European fly fishing championship.
Al is one of New Zealand’s best known chefs and restauranteurs. In addition to his acclaimed restaurant Depot he’s written several books, including ‘Go Fish: Recipes and stories from the New Zealand Coast’; he’s also hosted several TV series and was the head judge on Masterchef New Zealand.
Ashley Rae is a year-round multispecies angler residing in Ontario, Canada. She is a newspaper/magazine columnist, freelance writer, blogger, and occasionally presents seminars at sports shows and events. She has hosted and has appeared on fishing television shows on the World Fishing Network and beyond. In 2016, Ashley was named as a “Game Changer” and “one of 11 outdoorswomen transforming the face of hunting and fishing” by Field & Stream. You can follow her adventures through her blog, Shelovestofish.com
An inspirational young angler from Florida who’s on a mission to change disadvantaged kids’ lives through fishing. She’s also appeared on Saltwater Experience and works closely with Florida Sportsman magazine.
A former paratrooper, Dave leaves nothing to chance when it comes to his carp fishing. He has recently appeared in the second series of Carp Wars, as well as published his first book on Carp Fishing, to much acclaim.
YouTube kayak fishing star with over 81 thousand subscribers and more than 13 million views.
Multi-species and multi-style angler who specialises in big carp on the fly. If it swims, he will catch it! Recently featured in a Facebook video that garnered over 14 million views!
Pro angler and host of Brazil’s most popular fishing show, the Show de Pesca.
One of the finest alligator gar guides in the world, an IGFA world record holder and the man who made alligator gar fishing famous in America with his appearance on the popular show River Monsters.
Some people are born anglers. April isn’t from a fishing family, but nevertheless she was a keen fisherwoman by the time she was a toddler and by her teenage years was devoting all her spare time to catching fish.
She is now one of the most recognisable names and faces in the world of fly fishing, having appeared in numerous fishing TV shows and short films, as well as hosting her own series ShoreLines with April Vokey,looking at the rich history of fly fishing and the people who love it. She also has her own podcast: Anchored with April Vokey. In addition to all of this her writing has appeared in some of the industry’s leading magazines.
She’s a qualified casting instructor, enthusiastic conservationist and is keen to promote fishing to a diverse audience. Given her own beginnings in the sport she’s proof that fishing can grab anyone, even if they’ve no previous experience.
James Murray is an English actor who has appeared in numerous TV dramas, including sci-fi drama Primeval, award winning drama Cucumber, Netflix’s Medici Masters of Florence, Him and upcoming BBC drama Age Before Beauty. He is married to fellow actor Sarah Parish, who stars in the ITV crime drama Broadchurch.
James is a passionate fly fisherman and now lives in Hampshire where he can indulge his hobby on the famous chalkstreams of the South of England. He also enjoys salmon fishing wherever he can get it! He recently narrated the documentary made by FishingTV about these rivers: CHALK. He’s on the record as saying that his perfect evening involves “standing in the middle of a river as the sun goes down casting at a fish that probably isn’t there”, and that the best day of his life was the day he landed his first Atlantic salmon despite the fact that “people think fishing is an old man’s pastime, a retirement ground for surgeons and aristocrats. It’s not. It’s a dynamic sport that should be enjoyed by men and women of all rank and age.”
In 2008 James and Sarah’s daughter Ella-Jayne was born with a congenital heart problem before sadly passing away 8 months later. In her honour they started the Murray Parish Trust to raise funds for Paediatric facilities at Southampton university hospital , to date raising £3mil.
Perhaps Germany’s most famous angler; an all-rounder with a passion for predator fishing, she’s appeared in numerous fishing shows over the years and will be a familiar face to many.
James is a professional fishing guide and winner of the BBC show ‘Earth’s Wildest Waters – The Big Fish’.
Since winning the show he has been developing his media profile and is currently shooting a new series called ‘Untamed Anglers’ with fellow contestant Ripon Kahlique
Andy is best known as one half of the presenting team for the BT Sport TV show On the Bank, which he hosts with fellow WFD Ambassador Rob Hughes. Andy is an enthusiastic fly fisherman, but enjoys all forms of fishing, saying “fishing is fishing […] no matter what discipline you’re involved with.”
Having learned to fish at her mother’s knee, Marina picked up a rod again in her mid-twenties when the London life began to take its toll. Looking for a break from the mad rush of city life she discovered that for her, fishing offered a tranquil escape, a moment of mindfulness in a hectic world.
She began documenting her fishing adventures via social media which led to a role as a Brand Ambassador for fly-fishing brand Orvis. In recent months she has been able to quit her desk job to pursue a career in fishing.
She now works as a fishing guide and host, which takes her all over the world to fish. She’s hosted trips to Belize and Norway, as well as guiding clients on the famous chalkstreams.
Although she grew up catching trout, salmon and sea trout she’s now expanded her repertoire to include several saltwater species and she even targets carp on the fly.
Marina is particularly keen on helping children and women get into the sport, and to dispel the myth that fishing is an old man’s game.
Julian is a Welsh actor who has appeared in movies such as Invictus, Justice League and Zero Dark Thirty, and in TV series such as Sky 1’s Stella, and The Tudors.
Julian grew up fishing the waters off the coast of his native Angelsey, and has also presented a popular fishing TV series on the Welsh-language channel S4C.
Brought up in the East End of London by parents who worked on the busses, Rae had a successful amateur boxing career before the chance to sing with a soul band took him on tour around the UK and to the US.
Upon his return to the UK he decided that he needed a ‘proper job’ and qualified as a quantity surveyor, before founding Borras Construction in 1980, now one of the most successful privately owned construction firms in the UK.
Throughout this time Rae indulged his passion for fishing, which was born through a childhood spent fishing whenever and wherever he could, especially the canals of his native London. When he caught a 27lb salmon from the Hampshire Avon he discovered a passion for the sport of salmon fishing that has now seen him bring more than 1000 silver tourists to his net. He has fished all over the world and while fly fishing is his preferred technique he is just at home float fishing or on the salt.
FishingTV was born out of a desire to see more – and better – fishing content on television, which first resulted in his appearing in The Compleat Angler with Geoffrey Palmer, and then the creation of FishingTV as a video on demand platform. Rae has gone on to present several further series for FishingTV, including The Game Fishers’ Diary, The Great Rivers of Britain, and the FishingTV Show.
Chilly is a familiar face to all in the carp fishing world, having been writing for the UK carp press, making TV shows, DVDs and writing books about the subject for years.
He’s always keen to share his thoughts and experience with newcomers to the sport, and has been teaching novices and improvers for many years. There’s no doubting Chilly’s carpy credentials – he’s hooked some of the UK’s most famous and sought after fish, as well as bagging a fair few big ones from overseas as well.
Ant learned his fishing with his father as a wee lad and has been a keen angler ever since. His distinctive beard and passion for classic rock, metal and southern rock make him one of the most recognisable and loved faces on the UK fishing scene.
He’s a predator fishing specialist who has appeared in TV shows for Sky and the BBC, and is very active on social media. One of his passions is encouraging youngsters into the sport, and he works with angling charities to help introduce young people and their families to fishing.
Thom Hunt is a TV presenter and professional angler who has worked alongside the TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall, amongst others.
He’s an excellent predator angler, specialising in Pike, Perch and Zander.
Charles Jardine is one of the most well-known names in the UK fly fishing world, having been a writing about the subject for over 30 years. He’s also a highly respected painter, with his works to be found in private collections the world over. Charles has written four books on fly fishing and has illustrated more than 20 more on wildlife and fishing.
Charles is also the founder of the Fishing4Schools charity, which uses fishing to help children get back in to education.
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