Earth's Wildest Waters - The Big Fish

Confirmed for BBC Two on 11 October at 8pm to 9pm

Ep 1/6

Sunday 11 October



Presented by Ben Fogle, Earth’s Wildest Waters – The Big Fish will see the anglers face extreme temperatures, violent storms and raging currents, as they battle to impress fishing legend Matt Hayes and an expert from each country, who will decide which angler heads home each week.

Eight British anglers will embark on a worldwide expedition, testing everything they know about fishing as they visit six countries in pursuit of extraordinary fish in the wildest places.

Their first expedition is to the wilderness of Iceland, where the eight anglers brave extreme cold, wind and rain to fish in some of the most challenging conditions they have ever faced.

Judge Matt Hayes is partnered with Vala, an Icelandic fishing expert who will help him judge the intrepid eight over their first three fishing tasks.

Their initial test of endurance will be to fish in the frozen fjord for as many species as possible in just three hours… but this must all be done from a kayak on the freezing water. Ben Fogle helps them through their ordeal, learning about fishing along the way. Whoever wins this task gets the chance to choose their team for the next part of the expedition.

On day two, the anglers must swap sport fishing for commercial fishing. Working in teams, the anglers will be fishing for cod the traditional way, using the sustainable quotas Iceland is known for.

For their third and final test, the anglers journey south to Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvillr. Heated by geothermal activity, the unique conditions have created some of the largest brown trout in the world. The anglers battle the elements, and each other, to catch the biggest brown trout they can.