Filming a fishing programme is not the most glamorous of activities. Typically the day starts before sunrise, and in high summer this means we’re up at 3am and we down tools just after sunset. We’re out in all weathers, and this year in particular that meant very little sunshine and lots of wind, rain, hail, more rain, more wind etc etc.

Travelling to multiple destinations in a day, chasing the fish, waiting on a break in the weather, wading waist deep in (very) cold water to capture underwater shots and rescue the odd float – it’s an unforgiving environment and stressful in the extreme when you’re blanking despite the fact that the cameras have been rolling for 10 hours and you’ve plunged half a ton of maggots into the lake.

Where we were most fortunate this year was in having such a great relationship with the good folk of Kingfisher Lakes and Apartments. John Bailey is Director of Fisheries at this great venue and we were able to do a good amount of filming on location there.  All of the lakes are just a few minutes walk away from high-spec apartments, replete with hot tubs! Our crew have never had it so good, and we owe it largely to the restorative effects of a quick half in the on-site bar followed by a hearty meal cooked in the well-stocked self-catering apartments.

Huge thanks to Paul, Sam, Cheryl, Ian and the rest of the fabulous team at Kingfisher. Whether you’re a fisher or not we can wholly recommend you base a visit to Norfolk at these apartments. For more information take a look at their website.