Paul brings us another fantastic season of Hooked on Fishing with action from all over the world and covering many aspects of fishing. In Florida, he kicks off the series fishing for shallow water sharks before venturing to Northern Argentina to try for the spectacular Golden Dorado. Back home in Scotland he brushes up on his coarse fishing skills before heading to Northern Ireland for some Bream fishing. There's some epic fly fishing too including fishing for Atlantic Salmon in Russia with dry flies as well as successful trips to Norway and Chile for Trout and Salmon.
Returning to the Florida Keys, Paul teams up with Skip Neilson this time to try the warm, shallow waters for the ocean’s most famous predator, the Shark. So teeming with life are the Keys, however, that the catches aren’t limited to Shark and Paul hooks a variety of other shallow water species including Speckled Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle and Snook. That’s not to say the sharks aren’t plentiful though too, and Paul completes what Skip refers to as ‘The Shark Slam’.
South America plays host to Paul as he explores the Chilean coastline with professional guide, Michael Cole. Mike demonstrates some expert fly-tying before the two make for some of Chile’s most dramatic glacial scenery. And it’s here, just as the Salmon season opens back in Scotland, that Paul finds he can catch Pacific Salmon at such an unfeasibly southern latitude. And boy, can he! His first is a beautiful 25lb-er, and that’s just for starters...
Paul has the chance to explore the Belle Isle Fishery in Enniskillen, Northern Island, situated between the Upper and Lower Loughs of Lough Erne famed for its fantastic coarse fishing. Local expert Mark Theedom puts Paul through his coarse fishing paces as they search for Bream amid the richly populated Irish waters. Roach are also susceptible to Mark’s ground baiting, as well as the odd hybrid.
Captain Scott Stanczyk skippers the ‘Catch 22’ out of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. He takes Paul out for the day to seek out the many varieties of fish in the ocean waters off the Florida Keys. First stop is to secure sufficient bait to entice the bigger fish, then it isn’t long before the Dorado come calling, followed closely by some enthusiastic Black-finned Tuna.
Brown Trout are Paul’s quarry this time, in the shadow of the awesome Andes Mountain Range in Patagonian Chile. Rex Bryngleson, veteran of many pioneering angling projects on Patagonia’s west coast, and owner of the famous Posada des los Farios Lodge, donates his considerable expertise to Paul’s efforts, and together they make the acquaintance of many beautiful Chilean Brownies.
For his latest bout of coarse fishing, Paul returns to his native Scotland, and the Magiscroft coarse fishery which is situated half way between Glasgow and Falkirk. He meets old pal Jim Brown, an expert coarse angle. With a real mix of fish at this stunning fishery, Roach, Chub, Rudd, Bream, and Carp are just some of the fish they hope to attract and with Jim’s know-how, the action is thick and fast.
In this episode we find Paul on the River Tana, the longest river in northern Norway. It's inside the Arctic Circle, so in Summer the sun never sets, giving Paul plenty of daylight hours to fish for the Brown Trout and Salmon that thrive here. The Tana is home to the rod caught Atlantic Salmon world record of 80lbs, caught by a local postmaster back in the 1920's. Paul teams up with local angler Nils Roger who not only guides him to some fine Trout but he also gets into some Grilse and Arctic Grayling.
It’s an early start for Paul as he makes a dawn rendezvous with Florida fishing expert, George Wood. Before the sun gets too high in the afternoon, the team (including Richard Stanczyk) get some interest from the barracuda population. Returning later that evening, though, they head out to the area of the Keys known as ‘Channel Two’, and finally contact some Tarpon, although the powerful and wily fish ensure the subsequent battles border on the epic.
Paul heads north again to Russia’s Kola Peninsula, famed for its incredible fishing for Atlantic Salmon. But this time Paul is here for something else and hopes to find some Lake Char and Wild Brown Trout which rarely get fished for. The fish seem only too happy to oblige him, and Paul learns to re-prioritise the importance of his equipment when fishing in such a remote region.
Paul is in Florida with Captain Bill Keogh who has pioneered kayak fishing in the Florida keys over the last twenty years, and is the author of books such as The Florida Keys Paddling Guide. Though Paul has never previously kayaked, he promptly picks up the knack and lands himself a Lemon Shark, up close and personal. After that, it’s all aboard the "Gulf Lady" for a half day's bottom fishing on the reef just off Islamorada, known as the North Hole, to complete this latest Florida adventure.
If Paul had arrived at what is now Mere Beck fishery in Southport five years previously, he would have found a potato field. Instead, he discovers a thriving network of man-made waters, the perfect place to catch a rare landlocked Salmon. Founding partner of Mere Beck, Stewart Hayes, gives Paul a guided tour before letting him loose. As well as the Salmon, some charming Brown Trout also make an appearance.
Paul travels to the Kharlovka fishing camp in the Kola Peninsula in the hope of catching some elusive Atlantic Salmon. He meets camp commandante, Gordon Sim who explains the ‘bomber’ technique, attracting Salmon to take these dry flies from the surface. Paul has a wee demonstration before heading for the spectacular Kharlovka Falls. From there, it’s only a matter of time before it’s bombs away!
In Central Scotland, the delightful fishery, Swanswater, is the location for a bout of belly-boating. Alan Morrison fills Paul in on the joys of the Float Tube – the belly-boater’s vehicle – which Paul uses to great effect by connecting with some beautiful trout. Then fishery owner, Alasdair Lohoar explains the variety of trout species other than Brown or Rainbow to be found at Swanswater. Back on the water, Paul finds the perfect compromise between getting one’s hands wet and ‘armchair’ fishing.
The vast Parana river in northern Argentina is usually thought to be a veritable fund of game fish, but as Dicky Miles explains, a recent drought has murkied the waters, making fishing more difficult. He and Paul then, will have their work cut out, as they concentrate on tributaries, clear water marches and streams. They’re up for the challenge though and with Dicky’s local knowledge, they’re soon reelin’ in Golden Dorado, Dogfish and even a Piranha from the Parana.
In the company of Richard Stanczyk from Bud ‘n’ Mary’s Marina, Paul hits the Florida Keys for some sea fishing, primarily in search of Permit. These much sought after, hard fighting fish are normally found inshore in shallower waters, but will head out to the open sea in time for spawning. They are on board the 'How 'Bout It?' skippered by Captain Charlie Skobel, who is going to be taking them to some of the wreck marques along the coast. Other species they are likely to encounter are Baracudas, Rainbow Runners, Ceros and Black Groupers.
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