Series 3 - Episode 10: India and the Maldives

Episode 10: India and the Maldives

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As he arrives in the city of Kochi on the south-west coast of India, Robson has high hopes for this leg his journey. “I can’t wait to discover what treats lie in store for me,” he enthuses. The fishing starts immediately in the medieval port town of Old Kochi, where local fishermen continue to use a technique introduced in the early 15th century.

Known as Cheena vala, the system involves giant cantilevered wooden structures attached to large nets. Working from the shore, the fishermen lower the nets into the water with the aid of ropes and stone counterweights, then bring the nets back up after just a few minutes in the water.

Robson’s first attempt at Cheena vala fishing lands him a few tiddlers, including tiny catfish, sardines, baby tigerfish and an unusual-looking frogfish. After a few more tries, Robson accompanies his guides to market to sell the day’s catch. “It’s a great team effort,” he says. However, while the Geordie seems competent at landing the fish, he is less experienced when it comes to trading.

In the end, he sells the entire catch for a measly 20 rupees, but promises to make up the difference from his own wallet. “I’ve clearly got a lot to learn about selling fish in this country!” he reflects.

That evening, Robson gets the opportunity to brush up on his acting skills when he takes part in a kathakali performance – a mix of dance, drama and music. Once suitably kitted out in colourful costume and makeup, Robson takes on the role of a small female fish and performs a bizarre dance in front of a bemused audience.

The following morning, the intrepid angler embarks on a fishing trip from the popular Alappuzha resort. Robson’s quarry on this occasion is the helicopter catfish, a giant, aggressive freshwater predator. A local guide takes his Geordie guest out onto the river in a luxurious wooden boat, but the fish are nowhere to be seen. After hours of fishing, the pair have caught nothing for dinner and must rely on the wares of a passing fisherman. “I have seen some prawns in my time, but none that size!” says Robson as he buys a kilo of huge crustaceans. But these giant decapods are the closest Robson comes to a fish all day. In fact, after two days spent in Kerala with his guide, Robson nets nothing.

Hoping for a change of fishing fortune, Robson heads off to the Maldives. Upon arrival at the beautiful Hanifaru Lagoon, he gets straight into his snorkelling gear and is soon swimming amongst 20ft manta rays. “That has to be one of the most mind-blowing sights I’ve ever seen,” he says. But the treats are not over for Robson, as he returns to the water just in time to witness a vast whale shark drifting by. “That’s got to be a good omen!” he says.

However, Robson’s optimism does not last long. The next two days bring with them a rare spell of terrible weather, during which it would be too dangerous to go out to the open ocean. Robson joins local expert Atif, but only manages to land a small grouper on a miserable trip to the nearby reef.

Refusing to be beaten by the rain, Robson returns to the water with Atif on the last day of his trip and determines to stay out until he has caught a good fish. “This weather is not going to beat me!” he says.

It takes time, but Robson’s resolve eventually pays off when he brings in a beautiful red snapper. “They’re coming – at last!” he yells. Will this brightly coloured specimen signal a change in Robson’s luck?

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Comments (28)

  • Helle

    almost 2 years ago

    Helle

    Helle Harris Absolutely love the show, my teenage boy & I live to watch your show every thursday, love the humour, the locations, the fact that you don't always wins, thank you for a great show.

  • ed stark

    over 2 years ago

    ed stark

    I caught a 675lb black marlin yesterday... next time robson..

  • Debra Shultz

    3 years ago

    Debra Shultz

    Hello Robson. Can't watch your episodes from MO USA, but do enjoy watching you explore the world. Now twit me back so we can talk....please!!!!

  • Bob Sapp

    3 years ago

    Bob Sapp

    I think this is a great show, but Robson really acts like an idiot most of the time. I think if he was a little more serious, with less swearing and play acting like a child, it would be a much better show.

  • Lorna

    3 years ago

    Lorna

    Robson is fab, all the ups and downs of reality fishing - was never into fishing til I watched this and he's just a hoot!!

  • VERY UNHAPPY

    over 3 years ago

    VERY UNHAPPY

    WHY DOES IT SAY SERVICE IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ?????

  • BORO PAUL

    over 3 years ago

    BORO PAUL

    Awesome show and Robson has me in stitches, I watched the last series and this series and will probably watch every series. And if I win the trip to Costa Rica can I take Robson as I can't even fish

  • CJCarp

    over 3 years ago

    CJCarp

    Who's a lucky boy then!!! Don't forget, "Fishing keeps you sane!". Can not wait for the Florida episode. Tight lines.

  • boringoldfart

    over 3 years ago

    boringoldfart

    didnt think fishing could be so entertaining and sexy but robson has me hook line and sinker well funny he gets so excited brilliant programme

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  • Five player sucks

    over 3 years ago

    Five player sucks

    five player useless. great show ruined by amateur IT set up.

  • Dave Nicol

    over 3 years ago

    Dave Nicol

    Oh Dear, just watched episode 10. Great program spoiled by spoiled kid - amazing places to fish and all he can do is whine. Man-up Robson!

  • dissapoi nted viewer

    over 3 years ago

    dissapoi nted viewer

    five crapPlayer

  • Tom Taylor

    over 3 years ago

    Tom Taylor

    i love Robson hes awsome i would love to go Carp Fishin with him!!! :) if you ever see THIS Rob HEY buddy :) keep up the good work:) Tommy :)

  • rafboy

    over 3 years ago

    rafboy

    Will it get any better in time?

  • Ben

    over 3 years ago

    Ben

    all i get is ads and video not available, thanks for the 90 secs of rubbish before telling me that !. this site is pony - Ill watch elsewhere.

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  • si

    over 3 years ago

    si

    cant wait to see what that best is he catches in florida, robson,you wanna swop jobs?

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  • VERY UNHAPPY

    over 3 years ago

    VERY UNHAPPY

    WHY IS IT NOT AVAILABLE? I WONT BE USING THIS SERVICE ANYMORE

  • steven skudder

    over 3 years ago

    steven skudder

    well funny, love the way it looks like he's just along for the crack like most people going fishing.. keep it up!

  • robert sellars

    over 3 years ago

    robert sellars

    i love robson green, funny as he's the only reason i got into fishing in cornwall uk

  • Very british viewer

    over 3 years ago

    Very british viewer

    Hope we get a full Maldives trip in Series 4. Looked great - but India was a disaster! Can't wait for Florida! Those americans crack me up.

  • merrky_boy

    over 3 years ago

    merrky_boy

    Great show, but he does moan a bit.He gets free fishing trips all over the world, stop moaning about how the foods no good, he's tired and his arm hurts. x x x Still love the show

  • holli

    over 3 years ago

    holli

    i love robson green, funny as he's the only reason i got into fishing x

  • Sad Viewer

    over 3 years ago

    Sad Viewer

    Except it's not available to watch yet =[

  • Excited Viewer

    over 3 years ago

    Excited Viewer

    ITS 9PM ON MONDAY! U KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!!!

  • harry robertson

    over 3 years ago

    harry robertson

    love the show robson mate

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