Fogle's new show the reel thing
Published 24/06/2015 | 12:11
The BBC will be hoping Ben Fogle can lure a big audience to a new fishing series starring amateur anglers from around the UK.
The show stars Fogle alongside professional angler Matt Hayes as the pair cast their eye over a team of talented anglers challenged to fish their way around the world.
They will travel across four continents over six episodes with the results shown on BBC Two.
Fogle said: " I used to fish with my grandfather as a child and have happy memories of fishing as a boy. I may not be an expert but I can completely understand the obsession. Fishing takes you to places in nature that you would never normally go.
"I'm really thrilled to be a part of the series to see how these fantastic fishermen get on in some really tough places, learning to fish the way the locals do and facing some pretty extreme water around the world. We will be immersed in the countries we are staying in, and will hopefully come face to face with some phenomenal fish."
Hayes said he was "thrilled" to be taking part.
He said: "Working with the BBC is a dream come true and I'm looking forward to teaming up with my co-presenter Ben Fogle and the vastly experienced crew on the show. It's going to be as much of a learning curve and an adventure for me as it will for those bidding to become our first ever champion angler."
The show, which has a working title of The Big Fish, will be broadcast later this year.