|44lbs 4ozs of classic common carp, stalked in the margins with a float|
There is nothing that is ‘impossible’ of course, not when it comes to freshwater fishing … and Martin Bowler and friends proved this when we made our series of nine films for Ch 4.
|a tench fishers double delight|
|an estate lake tench for Bernard as described in our book|
Our name ‘Catching the Impossible’ was part catchy title and part a challenge to see if we could catch huge fish to order, preferably with under-water images to match … but the idea of a three-pound river roach was our most wildly optimistic target.
|the incomparable Terry Lampard with our 3lb5oz River Stour roach|
The fact that our close friend Terry Lampard actually achieved that impossible task on film is testament to his skill and determination, for it equalled his PB and at the time was probably the only three-pound roach in the River Stour. It was an amazing day and will always remind us of our sadly departed friend.
|yet another 7+ chub for Terry and our cameras|
Martin Bowler probably matches Terry in his angling skills and perseverance as well as proving to be the best possible company in our long quest for the targets. He started well, landing our fifteen-pound barbel on the upper Ouse within a few hours of our cameras rolling.
|our first days filming beside the Gt.Ouse - what a golden start ... but it wasn't always as easy!|
|at 5lb4ozs a simply awesome perch|
|another catch from our book with film clip details|
The size of carp has increased so much since then that I guess we would have set our ‘impossible’ target at fifty pounds but one fish that would always be a challenge is a thirty-pound pike, not from a trout reservoir but an ancient estate lake.
|job done and at 32lb 6ozs an 'impossible' pike that graced our series|
When we finally landed that monster we knew that our four years of filming was complete … and in spite of all the difficult challenges of big fish and poor weather we hardly had a cross word and remain the best of friends.
|happy days with Chris Yates plus roach and perch|
It was a remarkable and unrepeatable adventure and one that lives on to this day in the three DVD’s that Martin is selling in his on-line shop. There are three one-hour films on each DVD and all are narrated by the incomparable Bernard Cribbins.
|Bernard's 22lb plus of hard fighting pike|
He appears in many scenes and never let us down when we needed him to catch. We’d have included him in every scene as he and Martin got on like a house on fire but sadly, Bernard was busy filming Dr.Who at the time, [I think he got his priorities wrong!] along with TV and theatre work, so wasn’t available.
|the boxed set of great fishing and wildlife which ... so we're told, won't dissapoint!|
If you want to share our triumphs and disappointments, the three DVD’s are available individually … and when we have made some more copies of disc 2 [it sold out] we will sell the series as a boxed set with a slip case.
|friend, relation and jammy bar-steward John Wilson with Oulton Broad's biggest pike|
DVD’s = £14 each + p&p
DVD’s X 3 = £42 for the set + p&p
Martin also has copies of ‘A Passion for Angling' for sale.