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THE UNTAMED ANGLERS - ICONIC FISH
The concept and how we started!
Myself and Ripon's journey started back in 2015 when we somehow managed to become contestants on BBC's fishing programme Earth's Wildest Waters - The Big Fish. The programme consisted of 8 amateur anglers battling it out against each other over 6 countries losing 1 contestant each week. Despite being total strangers and in competition against each other, Ripon and I struck up a close friendship immediately to the point of shedding a tear on his exit in the quarter final. I was fortunate enough to make the final and actually win (somehow! Two long years later I had an idea, a few phone calls and conversations over a beer later, we decided to join forces and thus The Untamed Anglers was born. This time however the adventure would be closer to home and concentrating on the incredible fish we have on our doorstep.
As a lot of you know Britain has some truly incredible fish residing in its waters that do not get the credit or coverage they deserve. We want to showcase these species on film like never before and celebrate their status as an ICONIC FISH.
Joining us on our Iconic Fish adventure is a very familiar face and well-respected angler Mr Hywel Morgan. Hywel is one of the biggest characters I've ever met and has become a great friend over the last 2 years, even if we do bicker like a married couple constantly. Along with Hywel's wealth of experience and knowledge the humour and camaraderie is just another reason that guarantees this series has all the right ingredients to make great viewing.
So what is an ICONIC FISH? It was always going to be hard to decide what species can claim the title and justify it. Realistically every single species in Britain deserves the chance but we have however narrowed it down to our Top 10. This was done through our own research and with help from hundreds of anglers across the country. Our Iconic Fish will cover all 3 categories: Game, sea and coarse over 6-8 action packed episodes.
Each episode consists of 2 parts, These two parts including traveling to the new location and meeting some of the fishing world's most familiar and famous characters. All of these anglers we've selected have had their lives shaped and influenced by these ICONIC FISH. Our aim is to tell you their stories and share their fishing secrets.
Our first part of each episode consists of our species expert giving all 3 of us a crash course on tactics and equipment to help us catch our chosen quarry. We will also learn about the fish's history, habitat and feeding, aiding our quest to catch the target species. Our guest will also have their say as to why they belive that species can be celebrated as one of Britain's most iconic. So our task is to not only target and catch these fish but also weigh up the pros and cons of why it's a contender, the history and lifecycle of the species and techniques and methods used to target them.
This series is nothing without the right production team and we are lucky enough to be partnered with the extremely talented Jonathan M. McGee, Managing Director of Jonathan M. McGee Photography and Media. Jonathan already has a huge interest and understanding of angling and the outdoors sector which is a massive thing to us and the series not to mention his credentials and flawless camera work.
Meet the Cast!
Ripon is an absolute certified coarse fishing fanatic with his favourite fish being chub and barbel. Out of us all Ripon was the earliest starter, fishing from the incredible age of 3 where he was taught to fish by his father who had learned to fish as a child in Bangladesh. Ripon’s love of fishing is connected to his family’s roots where being able to fish meant being able to eat. Rip was also a contestant on BBC's the Big Fish and this is how we met, it was always meant to be.
Hywel is the son of Welsh fishing guru Moc Morgan and perhaps unsurprisingly he was introduced to the pleasures of fishing at an exceptionally early age.
He first wet a line at just two and a half years of age and spent his early years fishing the Rivers Teifi and Ystwyth for wild brown trout and sea trout. Since then he has fished extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and in the USA.
Starting at local country fairs, then progressed to the CLA Game Fair where for three successive years he won every event. As a result he was asked not to compete any more so that others could have a chance of winning... and all this before he was sixteen years old. He then turned to the British Casting Association and started to compete at British, European and World casting championships. During this time he amassed the following titles:
World Games Accuracy Casting Champion European Distance Casting Champion European Silver Medallist (Accuracy) 14 British casting records 6 times All Round British Champion Over 100 British Individual titles World Record holder for multiple casting (66 rods cast simultaneously)
Jonathan M. McGee - Managing Director of Jonathan M. McGee Photography and Media.
Jonathan is the owner of Jonathan M. McGee Photography and Media founded by himself in 2010. Based in Leeds, he creates exceptional film and photographic footage of all manor of clients around the globe. Even though Jonathan has predominately produced commercial and lifestyle films his huge personal interest in the outdoors really allows for a true perspective of our days fishing. We are confident with Jonathan's teams help this series will be incredible viewing.
Where and when can you watch it?
Why we have chosen Kickstarter?
Risks and challenges
This series does hold some challenges especially due to the fact we are dealing with living creatures that have the capabilities of making there own decisions as all anglers know to well. We have enrolled and selected some of the best anglers from around the country who will help us target and catch these fish along with the areas and locations to catch them, with back up's just incase.
Another risk is as always the weather, nature is always constantly throwing different weather conditions at our country with effect not only the fish but the water live in, to combat this we have selected times of the year that is less effected by the conditions along with extra days put aside to cover any lost ones.
We have thoroughly researched all species, assigned dates and locations to make sure we give ourselves the best chances of catching and making an incredible series.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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