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24 September 2014
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Five Live Hooks Hancock For A Half Hour of Fishing

Nick Hancock, the comedic presenter, is to join BBC Radio Five Live to present Fish on Five, a new programme for fishing fans from Saturday 6 April.

Nick, an amateur fisherman himself, will ask the experts the burning questions about the sport, get the best tips for listeners, and provide all the stories from every level of sea, coarse and game fishing. He’ll also be out and about visiting some of the best fishing venues in the UK and abroad, exploring the cheap and cheerful and the more exotic places to fish.

Nick said: "It’s rather exciting to come to a subject as a relative novice and see if the expert help I’ll be enlisting is actually worth anything. The pressure’s off me and firmly on the shoulders of our nation’s fishing gurus. Hopefully the show will appeal to the cognoscenti who revel in the impenetrable language of fishing as spoken by the experts, and to newcomers like me whose main thrust is 'speak in English and help me catch fish'."

Experts joining Nick on the show will include coarse angling expert Andy Little, who will be showing newcomers to coarse angling the ropes, as well as providing tips on how experienced coarse fishermen can catch more, and bigger fish.

Mike Thrussell, who has fished all over the UK and is particularly good at simplifying sea fishing techniques, will provide a "Fishing Forecast" telling listeners of the good spots to fish, what baits to use, and what species are showing themselves.

Additionally, Paul Arden and Nick Hart, both young fly fisherman, will be on hand with cutting edge advice to help people learn or improve at this sport. They’ll also tell listeners the best places to cast their line around the country.

Moz Dee, Five Live’s Commissioning Editor for Sport, said: "Five Live is dedicated to providing a programme about one of the nation’s favourite sports. Fish on Five brings a new, fresh approach, and we think with Nick at the helm it’ll be fun and accessible to fishermen and women at all levels of the sport."

Fish on Five will go out at 6.00am on Saturday mornings for half an hour. Listeners will have a chance to interact with the team on Five Live Online, where they can ask their questions, read up on subjects covered in the show, and post pictures of their catches on the site at

Notes to Editors

Radio Five Live attracts 6.25 million listeners every week.



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