Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Was Scary When Captain Said 'I Don't Think We're Going to Make It' IN THE HOTSEAT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Was Scary When Captain Said 'I Don't Think We're Going to Make It' IN THE HOTSEAT

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Actor, presenter and angler Robson Green, 49, has a string of successful dramas to his name, yet he's arguably best known for his fishing programmes. ROB LAVENDER baits his hook and reels in some info about the latest series, which airs on Freeview channel Quest this week Tell us about the new series of Robson Green: Extreme Fisherman WELL it was Extreme Fishing With Robson Green, but now it's Robson Green: Extreme Fisherman - so a lot of fishermen will think, 'Oh, you bloody well think so? You reckon you know a bit or two about fishing?' So I've kind of put my title on the line.

But I've been to some extraordinary locations, so I learned a bit about how to catch certain extreme species, and what I've learned over the past eight years of doing these programmes has come to bear in the new Discovery Quest show.

So what can we expect? WE'RE catching a lot of those 'holy grail' game fish this series.

We kind of go to the ends of the earth, off the map, to catch some of the most extraordinary species in the world.

We start off in Venezuela, journey through places like Okinawa, Solomon Islands, Ecuador, and end up in Madagascar, but, on the way, catch creatures most professional anglers only dream of.

Are there any species which have thus far eluded you? YES, the swordfish. It's called Xiphias gladius, the gladiator of the ocean. I saw one surface believe it or not in Okinawa.

We were just going to have a snack, so we put a lamp on the ocean and the squid were attracted to it - we were pulling them out, frying them and having them sprinkled with lemon juice which was just delightful - and a swordfish decided to join the party. We tried to throw a line out and get it but we didn't, so that eluded me. Also, I've never caught a haddock, my favourite tasting fish in the world.

Do you ever get scared while filming? NOT in this series - they're really good at health and safety, and sometimes because of the angles of the camera, things look a lot more dangerous than they are. But when you're fishing a billfish - say a 600lb marlin - and it's coming at you, that bill can do anything. …

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