Rumble in the Jungle
For the first episode of the third season of Hooked on Fishing Paul’s in the North Eastern part of Costa Rica, Bara Del Colorado, an area completely surrounded by lush, tropical rainforests. This is home to a wide variety of exotic wildlife, with over 130 species of snake. Fishing the mighty Rio Colorado may have a few dangers attached to it, but it’s home to the fabulous silver Tarpon. Paul’s fishing pal, Dan Wise and fishing guide, Fernando takes him down the river and his jungle adventure starts in one of the man made canals. Paul also tries his hand at fishing for Matchaka using fruit as bait, but then it’s off to catch the Tarpon and they’re keen to make an appearance.
Paul’s off to Stornoway, on the beautiful island of Lewis, on a fly fishing quest for silvery Atlantic salmon. It’s mid-July and the Grilse tend to be in the four to six pound class, but what they lack in size they make up for in fighting characteristics. Grimersta estate manager, Simon Scott helps Paul through the first day. Then head ghillie, Jason Lang takes Paul out on the loch and they prove to be an excellent team. The grilse are fresh from the sea and covered in lice.
Paul is hoping for some great sport on some of America’s Great Lakes. He’s looking for Steelhead on Lake Erie and to help him catch a few, Paul turns to Eric Sharp, a sports columnist and all round fishing fanatic. Joe Belonges, the skipper, takes them out on this huge freshwater lake and they get off to a brilliant start with a couple of Steelheads and several Sheepheads. Paul ends his trip in fine style, having caught the biggest fish of the day.
Chub on the Fly
Paul is in Sussex in the south of England and fly fishing on the river Rother. He is joined by fellow actor and angling journalist, Chris Sandford. This river holds a variety of fish, Dace, Rudd, Pike, Perch, Rainbow Trout and even the occasional Sea Trout. But this time Paul is in search of Chub, and Chris is going to help him do something he's never done before: catch them on the fly.
Paul is in mid-Norway near the small village of Grong to fish the mighty River Namsen. Famous for its runs of large Atlantic Salmon or “Lax” as they’re called in Norway. Harold Oyen tells Paul about the history of rod fishing on the Namsen and Ola Seem takes Paul out for spectacular days boat fishing. Paul catches a Namsen Salmon close to the magical twenty pound mark and later meets up with Harold again to try some conventional fly fishing on the island pool, but soon finds himself at the mercy of the weather and makes his way to Grong, to have a look at some Atlantic Salmon face to face.
Paul is at Cape Wrath in the Durness area of Sutherland, which is in the extreme North West of the British mainland. He meets up with fishing companion, Malcolm Muir and together they are going to be fishing for Salmon and Brown Trout. They start out on Loch Caladail, one of the four limestone lochs in Sutherland. The lochs here are a geological feature and this nutrient rich area not only provides a good fishing area, but the largest sea cave in Britain. After checking out this cave, Paul and Malcolm head off for a quick try at Loch Borralie, but end their day with a three and a quarter pound Trout back at Loch Calladail. It only takes one fish like that to make your day.
Wee Ku’s Wild Rainbows
Paul is in Southern Alaska. On the Alagnak River in search of Wild Rainbow Trout. This species was originally native to North America and can still be found on these rivers in their truly wild state. Katmai Lodge guide, Matt Heim shows Paul a few different methods on how to catch these Rainbows and takes him to a pool where the Rainbows swim side by side with some spawning Sockeye Salmon. These Trout are not easy to catch, but it's worth it when Paul lands an eight-pound wild Rainbow.
Norway Sea Angling
Paul is in Bessaker in Norway. Klass-Jan Jonkman takes him out sea fishing for a whole variety of fish including Cod and Pollock. Fishing at depths of between fifteen and two hundred metres, Paul very rarely pulls his line out with nothing on it. More often than not, both he and Klass-Jan pull out three varieties of fish on one line including a few Rosefish or Atlantic Redfish. If you've got three cod on your line that's a big weight to pull up two hundred metres, as Paul soon finds out. The sport is fast and furious and Paul ends his trip with a monster cod.
Paul finds himself in an idyllic little place on a freshwater river in the Caribbean foothills of central Costa Rica. It's an area that is remote and unique with a wide variety of fish species and to help Paul locate a few is Peter Gourinski. They're fishing for Matchaka, a fish that is similar to Shad, looks like Trout, but has very sharp teeth and is part of the piranha family. Paul and Peter start their fishing next to Mount Arenal, an active volcano that occasionally spurts out puffs of smoke and ash. Then the two raft down the rapids on the Saripiqui River to see what lies further down.
Clew Bay Sea Angling
Paul is on the west coast of Ireland at Newport on Clew Bay in County Mayo. He's putting himself in the capable hands of local expert Norman Dunlop who is taking him out boat fishing for a variety of species, including Thornback Ray, Dogfish, Bullhuss, Pollack and Coalfish. They are joining the only lady skipper in the country, Mary Gavin Hughes onboard Shamrock 1, she was born and bred on Clynish, one of the 365 islands that surround the bay, so knows every nook and cranny in the area. Paul starts with a mackerel strip bait, down on the bottom and is soon into a double hook up of a Pollack and a Coalfish, whilst Norman catches a "pan-sized" Dab on ragworm. On day two Paul heads out again with Mary and after stopping off to catch some fresh Mackerel for bait, Mary finds a marque famous for its giant Skate. But Skate can be notoriously slow to bite, so whilst they are waiting Paul shows Mary (and us) a video of a night time Tarpon fishing trip he did whilst in Florida the previous spring.
You'll find Paul in one of his all-time favourite fishing locations, Alaska! America's final frontier. Just outside Anchorage there are some beautiful rivers just teeming with Pacific Salmon. Donn Kerr introduces Paul to combat fishing, which gets its name from the fact that you have to fight for your spot on the river. Being a traditionalist, Paul takes on this type of fishing with his fly rod. In part two, Paul meets up with Terry Mathews, who helps him find a place among the crowd to catch a few Dog Salmon, but he is forced to abandon his fly rod and fish the way the locals do.
Paul finds himself forty miles from the Scottish mainland, on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It’s the beginning of June and Paul’s hoping to make contact with the area’s wild Brown Trout. To help him is John Kennedy, Donald Ghalagher and John Douglas. Not only do they have freshwater lochs to choose from, but also saltwater and in Loch Bee, a large brackish water it’s said that you can catch some of the biggest Brown Trout on the island.
Hi Ho Silvers
It’s mid-August and Paul is in southern Alaska. It’s a great time because in the estuaries the Silver Salmon or Coho are just about to enter the Alagnak River. Chrome bright and fresh from the sea, these fish are reckoned to be the hardest fighting of all Pacific Salmon and their sporting qualities are renown, especially when taken on the fly. Katmai Lodge guide, Matt Heim accompanies Paul on the river and helps him catch some magnificent specimens.
Norway River Trout
In search of wild Norwegian Brown Trout, Paul travels to the Sorley District of Eastern Central Norway, close to the Swedish Border. There he meets up with Gaute Nuland who has fished the area for seven years. Together Paul and Gaute fish the banks of the river before setting off in a Norwegian canoe for the Innerdal River. Gaute reckons night time is the right time to fish, but because they’re just out of the Arctic Circle, it doesn’t really get dark. It’s still a good time and the Trout are a sight to behold.
Paul is in Michigan State in America, where, Ron J. Spittler takes him Bass fishing. This sporting species has become an institution in America with over 20 million devotees’ nationwide, one of which is Ron. He’s one of the top tournament Bass fishermen and is keen to prove to Paul that Bass are definitely worth catching. Bass are found everywhere and as Paul soon finds out, when you start catching them; it’s hard to stop. Lake St Clair is teeming with Smallmouth as well as Largemouth Bass. This is just a little bit of the crazy world of Bass fishing in the United States of America.
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