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    Default TV Fishing Good or Bad

    Are fish now just a commodity to be used and abused for profit and will it be the death of fishing. With TV programmes like Carp Wars, Predator Wars, Match Fishing ones where all that counts is who can fill up their keep net quickest.

    It seem to me now that fish are being used no differently to performing animals in a circus and we all no what happened to performing circus animals they got banned.

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    I'm no lover of modern angling programs. People call JW for his laughing and short shorts etc but i'd rather watch repeats of his programs than watch the modern shyt that gets aired on the box nowadays.

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    Personally I don't like these new "modern" approach to angling type of programmes . . . . so, I exercise my own censorship and simply don't watch them.

    To my mind you cannot better the Hugh Miles' P4A, and follow ups, as I think they portrayed us anglers in a far better light than the modern equivalents.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

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    Of course fish are a commodity especially with the commercial explosion.
    To be expected really with the amount of money that commercial owners plough into their waters.
    Anglers either love or hate them. Any dislike can easily be rectified, if you don't like them stay away. I only whish I had the choice.
    I still think I used to enjoy 5 to 15lb of roach from the Tidal Trent more than the amount of silver fish I can now achieve from the fishery I'm addicted to now.
    At first this new commercial was a real struggle for me but I reckon I'm starting to get to grips with it now.
    Even so I still yearn for my lost river days, a world out of reach for me now.

    Is fishing natural venues any cheaper to fish. I believe definitely not, not in my case, had I been still capable of driving to the rivers and drains I used to frequent.

    OK I got the wrong end of the stick and without thought dismissed TV programmes. I have mentioned before I never bother with angling programmes because I consider them all to be tripe.
    I think my short synopsis of my angling still covers angling being a commodity.
    Last edited by rayner; 17-09-2017 at 11:39.

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    Default Re: TV Fishing Good or Bad

    Whether I like it or not is another matter, but I'm content that some TV fishing is better than none.

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    Default Re: TV Fishing Good or Bad

    Me neither don't like the new formats watched 10 minutes of carp wars once that was enough. Same with a lot of these YouTube videos couple of minutes or even seconds in then no thanks. I do like the older videos JW, Bob Nudd etc they seem more about the whole angling experience the joy of the catch,the tactics . Not the yank it and bank it approach of a lot of modern tv/vlogs

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    Default Re: TV Fishing Good or Bad

    Today's fishing programmes very much reflect tv in general, with a few exceptions, a load of rubbish.

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    I agree! To my mind a fishing programme does not have to emulate reality TV which is all unadulterated tripe and not worth watching so I don't! I like the Matt Hayes programmes and the earlier JW ones and the old guy sat in his shed whose name I cannot recall!

    I don't dislike DF or Ali Hamidi but the inane grinning and Essex twang and vernacular of DM I find very irritating!

    Iain T shall I take up the Meldrew avatar???

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    Well it's clear that TV angling on the whole is not considered very good.
    If this is so then who tunes in to these programmes because without ratings these poor quality efforts would not get air time and they obviously do.

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    IMO angling programmes should be just that, it is possible to make an angling programme that isn't trying to please none anglers as well to try to raise viewing numbers Passion for Angling showed that I think even my wife watched it with me although I did find some of the dialogue a bit false, Catching the Impossible is another and its no coincidence that Hugh Miles was involved in both series.

    I find today's modern angling programmes brash and full of things that would give the none angling public completely the wrong idea of what angling is about and remember its from those programmes that the public will form their opinions of anglers not from sitting quietly by a pool or river, imo they do angling a great deal of damage.
    •The crow may be caged, but its thoughts are in the cornfield

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