Series 3 - Episode 6: West Africa

Extreme Fishing

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Robson heads to the coast of west Africa to take on the monsters of the Atlantic in a trip filled with thrilling fishing firsts, a broken rod, some mammoth catches and a surprise appearance from a large shark.

Robson flies in to Dakar in Senegal, then faces a bumpy five-hour drive across the country to the port town of Saint-Louis. There he visits a horribly flyblown fish market – evidence of the teeming marine life off the Senegalese coast. However, Robson is keen to land some big game fish, so is soon on the hunt for the Atlantic sailfish. These brutes can weigh up to 140lbs and reach speeds of 60mph. Robson is so excited by the prospect of landing one of these beauties that he practises his technique in his hotel room the night before with a broom and pillow.

Due to the size and strength of the sailfish, timing is crucial. After getting a bite but receiving conflicting advice from his instructors, Robson does not strike soon enough and loses the prize catch. Luckily, a floating piece of whale blubber attracts a feeding frenzy and three fish are snagged at the same time. "We’ve got a pack attack here!" an excited Robson shouts. These transpire to be large-sized dorado
fish – will Robson be able to reel them in?

Robson’s next stop is Guinea-Bissau, a country about which he is completely ignorant. "I have no idea where it is – it’s a heck of an adventure even getting there!" he says. The remote country is an hour's flight from Senegal. From there, Robson has to complete a five-hour bus journey, then travel a further three hours by boat to the desert island of Unhocomozinho. "This is Extreme Fishing with Robson Crusoe," the actor quips as they land.

Robson has made the effort to come to Guinea-Bissau to fish its teeming waters for red snapper and
barracuda. Within seconds of casting his line, he hauls out two red snappers, followed by a bigeye jackfish, giving the Geordie a rare fishing hat trick. "Three casts, three fish – get in!" he jubilantly crows. The fish are so abundant off the coast that it is reportedly possible to fish straight from the shoreline. Robson tests this theory and soon lands himself a marbled grouper, renowned for being one of the tastiest fish to eat in the world. He sets up camp and puts the fish on a barbecue, setting himself up for the next day’s activity.

The following morning brings with it a trip to a large wreck known as the chimneys due to its mast structures that protrude from the water. As the wreck has been colonised by coral reef, the area is full of sea life. Before long, Robson manages to snag himself his first barracuda using a hook and line. "It really doesn’t get any better than this," he says, just as his rod breaks due to the size of another catch. No sooner has Robson replaced his broken rod and returned to the water than another of his fishing party hooks a huge nurse shark. Will the intrepid fishermen decide to bring the potentially dangerous animal onto the boat? And will the Geordie lad be able to hold his nerve if they do?

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  • Brandon Bowers

    almost 3 years ago

    Brandon Bowers

    i hate the adverts there so annoying but i love robson green he make me and my family laugh =)

  • Jordan Ware

    over 3 years ago

    Jordan Ware

    can you tell me where Robson got his Retro Newcastle United shirt from Series 3 - Episode 6. My Dad wants 1 for christmas, can't find one the same anywhere. Thanks

  • paul hilldrith

    over 3 years ago

    paul hilldrith

    this is crazy. it stops every few seconds and i only have till the 20th of december to wach this programe help ! fix it please

  • paul hilldrith

    over 3 years ago

    paul hilldrith

    i am also haveing real problems watching this, plays for a few seconds then stales!!!! please sort it out , its a great programe.

  • andy

    over 3 years ago

    andy

    this web site is crap, all ads and broken links. If you want fishing videos try tight lines on Sky

  • Timi

    over 3 years ago

    Timi

    Yeah its too slow to watch.

  • fish 4 life

    over 3 years ago

    fish 4 life

    this website is crap im watching this on a top of the range £3000 laptop and its stoping and starting its crap love the show but crap website !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fish 4 life

    over 3 years ago

    fish 4 life

    this website is rubbish would not recomend it to anyone im watching it on a top of the range laptop and its stoping and starting this is crap !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OCEAN HUNTER

    over 3 years ago

    OCEAN HUNTER

    GOOD JOB ROBSON , GREAT TO SEE IT ON TV I ENJOYED THIS PLACE SOW MUCH 2 TIMES ALLREADY ONLY THE TRIP TO THERE IS A XXXXX I LANDED I 4 METER MAKA CLOSE TO THE CHIMNEYS AND GIGA JACKS TO ME ONE OF THE HOTSPOTS IN THE WORLD A MUST DO FOR ALL ANGLERS 10/10AND ALLOT CHEAPER THEN MEXICO OR FORIDA ...GRTS FROM MARBELLA

  • Shawn

    over 3 years ago

    Shawn

    Ive just read some of the comments. I am a catch and release angler as well as an avid diver with over 300 dives. I am a firm supporter of protecting the environment and am firmly against shark fishing on a mass scale. Saying that the tribe of 80 people live off the ocean I have no issue with them taking one for the pot so to speak. Besides it was not Robson that caught the shark. I see no issue with a "native" catching fish for food for the village. It is a 3rd world country. Believe it or not a village of 80 people cannot sustain Mc Donalds or a Tesco. Wake up folks. A further point to your concerns. They did not catch 20 sharks, they caught one for subsistence purposes. It was not a huge trawler or a poacher with dynamite but a guy with a handline. I do think that Rex Hunt had it right thoguh. Kiss them and throw them back unless you going to eat it. Robson, keep less and be sensible

  • Shawn

    over 3 years ago

    Shawn

    I have to go to this location. Please can you send me some details of who to book it through

  • Demand_FIVE

    over 3 years ago

    Demand_FIVE

    Thanks for making us aware of this issue. We are experiencing a technical problem with our video at present. It is being investigated and we’ll get this restored as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience.

  • ALAN PETRIE

    over 3 years ago

    ALAN PETRIE

    Only plays ads then stops. Sort it out!!!

  • andy

    over 3 years ago

    andy

    this is now a joke five you obviously dont care about your viewers or you would have sorted this by now 2 days later several complaints about it yet you still dont sort it i recommend every one go to bbc i player at least it works.

  • Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Anonymous

    load Tosh watched ADDS 5 times and fish wont COme back too Virgin i thinks LAter suckers

  • geordielad

    over 3 years ago

    geordielad

    The buffering issues are very frustrating. You've had plenty of complaints about it so why not comment on it.

  • fishman

    over 3 years ago

    fishman

    tried for ages to get this on,not working ,10 seconds then have to wait 10 seconds for the next 10 seconds,is it a download thing,cos its most annoying,last season was bad if u tried to watch full screen and i have a good pc. channel five servers prob the problem. his fishing is extreme tho cos he hasnt got a clue ! lol fishman.

  • chuckaroo

    over 3 years ago

    chuckaroo

    absolutely no downloading problems for me wotsoever. works every time! i think yous guys with the problems need a new laptop! best show on the box. brilliant

  • lepplin

    over 3 years ago

    lepplin

    worked fine for me :0 i love this program :D

  • ramon

    over 3 years ago

    ramon

    why it doesnt play,

  • PA

    over 3 years ago

    PA

    Y does this not work - SORT IT CH5

  • Angrystrudel

    over 3 years ago

    Angrystrudel

    Just worked for me so try again ppls =]

  • Large

    over 3 years ago

    Large

    I can always watch the adverts never the programme! Sort it out!!!

  • Tiam

    over 3 years ago

    Tiam

    ok, mine just keeps on buffering but apart from that its great, what amazing fish... A bit different to the 6lb rainbow i caught at the weekend:)

  • shawcoss blue

    over 3 years ago

    shawcoss blue

    result!!! just got it and it was ace! does the geordie want a yorkshire companion to fish the world with? a job!!!

  • lee

    over 3 years ago

    lee

    Off to watch bbc I player, atleast that works!

  • Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Anonymous

    since change over in one word crap

  • Miles

    over 3 years ago

    Miles

    It's happening to everyone...I'm sure they'll fix it :p As for the whole catch and not release policy... personally, as I said, I am a carp fisherman and I catch and release everything but although I would never personally kill the fish I catch I can see the reasoning behind it (i.e what's the difference between catching and killing a fish with a large net and killing it with a rod). I know where you're coming from but overfishing doesn't happen because sports fisherman chuck out a few rods every other day. You'll probably find if you went to these areas that the fisherman are the ones setting up the conservation systems. For example, the last episode (5), where arapaima were being overfished until one of the fisherman helped set up a quota system. Now their numbers are growing...

  • swadds

    over 3 years ago

    swadds

    and I thought it was my knackerd old computer that was the problem to not being able to watch the program. got the advert at the start then sod all complete pants wont be back

  • Caz

    over 3 years ago

    Caz

    six attempt to watch this and nothing come on demand five, you used to be better than this.....

  • cato

    over 3 years ago

    cato

    like everyone else, I tried to watch this since I missed it last night. I got through 21 mins then it died. tried to reload and all I can get is adverts. RUBBISH

  • Connor

    over 3 years ago

    Connor

    this is a shit website it keeps stoping

  • connor

    over 3 years ago

    connor

    is rubbish does not even work

  • shawcross blue

    over 3 years ago

    shawcross blue

    all adverts and no fishing, sort it out 5!!!!!If i don't get my fix i'll be a very angry bunny!

  • terry

    over 3 years ago

    terry

    why aint this workin i can not get it too up load sort it out!!!!!!!!

  • Fried Egg Fred

    over 3 years ago

    Fried Egg Fred

    I surely do not watch this type of programmes, unfortunately I happened to cross this channel and saw a shark. I have been lucky enough to dive with sharks swimming free and thankfully im not as blind as some people are to the problems affecting our planet. Selfish views and acts like 'extreme fishing' will just destroy what is left of this planet and future generations will have nothing left but stricly and x factor

  • DEL

    over 3 years ago

    DEL

    The above are lucky. I didn't get to see anything. Adverts continuety tops ! adverts clarity Tops ! Program non existant ! I wouldn't say 5 do better. 5 JUST DO SOMETHING !!!

  • joe

    over 3 years ago

    joe

    fried egg fred and aqua_girl need to grow up and realise that this is an extreme fishing programme where people catch extreme fish!!!! get real and watch something else like strictly come has beens if you dont like it

  • carnage

    over 3 years ago

    carnage

    adverts play then nothing??? come on sort it out!!!

  • Fried Egg Fred

    over 3 years ago

    Fried Egg Fred

    Angry Strudel. You might have turned the TV off if a programme was about overfishing, but hopefully not everyone would have. Hopefully someone else would have got the message that the oceans and the planet need attention NOW and not tv presenters fishing endangered species

  • Angrystrudel

    over 3 years ago

    Angrystrudel

    Aqua_Girl - If we had an hour of Robson sitting at a desk discussing overfishing I would turn the TV off. Also, there's no way he'd be that focused...he'd break into song after 10 minutes and start talking about Newcastle and/or his geordie roots. The show's great! But it doesn't load =[[[

  • Aqua_girl

    over 3 years ago

    Aqua_girl

    I am absolutely disgusted that a nurse shark was landed in the name of entertainment. Your TV show should be more responsible and discuss the issues of overfishing in our oceans.

  • Fried Egg Fred

    over 3 years ago

    Fried Egg Fred

    You should be ashamed of yourself for showing a shark being killed for the sake of it and for giving a prize of 'Shark fishing trip'. Sharks are endangered everywhere and our oceans fish stocks are completely depleted. Shame on you Five for showing such a programme.

  • Joe

    over 3 years ago

    Joe

    come on, this takes the micheal just a bit so far watched 3 minutes of the show in the space of 28 minutes, not good at all!!!!!!

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  • Carl

    over 3 years ago

    Carl

    come on five, wake up, its taken me half an hour to watch 8 minutes. you neeeeed to sort this out.

  • andy

    over 3 years ago

    andy

    y do adverts play perfectly then when show it stops every 30 seconds or so for buffering taken me 8 minutes to watch 0.59 seconds come on five.

  • swlindley

    over 3 years ago

    swlindley

    I am always happy after watching this show. There are cultural insights of parts of the world I've not thought about and it is great fun watching someone who is having the time of their life, doing something they enjoy. Thank you Robson, the extreme team and channel Five for the shows. - Sharon

  • Les

    over 3 years ago

    Les

    Puts a smile on my face, when i watch it. Get in" Robson does things i would love to do. Untill then i guess its just around the UK. Thanks Robson for a great show.

  • John

    over 3 years ago

    John

    whats with all the buffering issues taken me 10 minutes to watch 1 minute so far?

  • Jamie

    over 3 years ago

    Jamie

    Love this Big Robson Is great!!

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  • Emmett Mc Ateer

    over 3 years ago

    Emmett Mc Ateer

    Best fishing program for years. No doubt. Thanks Robsin lad

  • it doesnt work?

    over 3 years ago

    it doesnt work?

    it doesnt work

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  • scott macrae

    over 3 years ago

    scott macrae

    what a show nice one robson

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  • Cam

    over 3 years ago

    Cam

    when is this available to watch here?

  • ddd

    over 3 years ago

    ddd

    i think it was disgusting how the got the dorado on board the boat. not very humane

  • rotheryjones123

    over 3 years ago

    rotheryjones123

    tell me aboot it, its a great programe

  • Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Anonymous

    ow why in all the episodes of ex fishin on :-(

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