The Big Fish Off shows were first aired each Wednesday for five weeks during February and March, with weekend repeats. Now the whole of series 1 is being re-run on ITV main channel.
The planning of series 2 is well underway, likely to be shown early in 2016.
Already, as reported in updates in Angler’s Mail magazine, The Big Fish Off crew have been out with some celebrities, recording footage for future shows.
Comedian Bobby Davro and former football star Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock are amongst those whose appearances for series 2 have already been filmed.
The series is co-presented by Korda media chief and Thinking Tackle TV star Ali Hamidi, along with gold medalist and Olympic athlete Dean Macey, who also hosts TV’s Fishing Gurus series.
The pair coaching a variety of stars. These come from the worlds of sport, television and music in a series of head-to-head challenges, covering the highs, lows and humorous antics along the way.
The opening show with Tamer Hassan and Mick Norcross got off to a much-talked about start first time around, with comments galore on the Angler’s Mail Facebook.
The big majority of comments were positive, praising the new style of fishing show that draws on celebrities’ knowledge – and lack of knowledge – of our sport.
One of many people’s favourite episodes saw England and Arsenal football legend David Seaman show his skills with a rod and line, first targeting grayling with success, then turning to pike, and finally barbel and chub.
Ali, of course, got in on the act…with a cameo appearance in a classic Seaman ponytail and moustache! The episode re-runs on Tuesday, June 9.
Ali describes The Big Fish Off as one of the few fishing shows an angler could sit and watch with his other half and both enjoy: “We take celebrities out of their comfort zone – you could describe it as I’m A Celeb… meets a fishing show.
“We’ve had some excellent ‘game’ guests on the show in Mick Norcross, Tamer Hassan, Kirk Norcross, Julian Lewis Jones, Olly Locke, Dappy, David Seaman, Tommy Hill, Graham Napier and Scott Maslen!
“With people from the world of sport, reality TV and Hollywood, you can be certain you’ll be very entertained, plus with me and Deano’s competitive nature, it’s no surprise that you get fireworks!” concluded Ali.
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