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Mark Pitchers, star of The Challenge, which has proved a huge success on YouTube.

Mark Pitchers, star of The Challenge videos, which have proved a huge success on YouTube, and won many loyal fans amongst the Angler’s Mail magazine readership.


The Challenge series by Fox Fishing TV draws from challenges laid down for Mark Pitchers on the Fox Facebook page. The guys from top tackle firm Fox then choose one challenge for Mark to tackle when the cameras are on him.

The range of challenges range from the sensible to the bizarre. Never easy, each one is tackled with good humour and no little skill by the North East-based carp fishing expert, a former England youth international matchman.

First up, back in May 2014, was a challenge from Mark Bacon, which involved Mark catching on three different lead set-ups.

That episode 1 got well over 100,000 views, making it one of the biggest YouTube angling hits in 2014/15, and the series got a look in the Angler’s Mail review of 2014 best carp fishing videos.

The series has gone on to get better and better, in the eyes of many carp anglers. See what you think!

Watch episode one below, and scroll down to check out all six other episodes of The Challenge…

Episode 1 – Catch on 3 Lead Set-ups

Episode 2 – Top, Middle and Bottom – Linear Fisheries

Mark attempts to catch a carp off the bottom, on a zig and off the surface in 36-hours – and all fish have to be a minimum of mid-double. Oxford’s popular Linear Fisheries complex is where he took on  the challenge..

Episode 3 – River Carp

Mark has been set the task of catching a carp from a river! Having never caught a carp from a river before this is certainly going to be Mark’s hardest challenge to date…

Episode 4 – Supermarket Baits

Mark is set the task of catching 3 carp on 3 different baits that he has to purchase from a supermarket…

 Episode 5 – Bait Bucket Roulette

Mark visits Mallard on the Stanwick Lakes complex in Northamptonshire to attempt the Bait Bucket Roulette challenge…

Episode 6 – Roll Your Own Boilies

In the first Challenge of 2015,  Mark re-visits the Linear Fisheries complex in Oxfordshire to try and catch a 20lb+ carp on bait that he has rolled himself on the bank. It’s February, the lakes were frozen when he arrived…

Episode 7 – Harry’s Revenge!

Released in April 2015,  film maker Harry Charrington gets to takeaway ten items of Mark’s tackle to hinder him for catching his target 20lb+ carp. the venue is Cottington Lakes in Kent, and Mark has 24-hours to complete it…


Fox have Volume 3 of their Carp Fishing Edges DVD coming into shops for free in May 2015. And it will also be put online.

For the DVD, they have filmed a special, feature-length Challenge with Mark Pitchers, and in their words it is “what we believe was his toughest one to date.”

Here is a taste of what to expect…


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