My early fishing years were spent on canals and small farm pools. In my late teens I started to fish Cop Mere where my love of fishing for really big fish was born and I still enjoy fishing off a boat there as much as any fishing I do. For many years my fishing was in and around Staffordshire with holidays to the Hampshire Avon and Norfolk Broads. Gradually I started to travel further afield on a regular basis, especially with the abolition of the Close Season as many of my local waters remained closed. Despite travelling more I still retain a love for Cop Mere and am proud to have run the Copmere Anglers syndicate for over 20 years.
Since my first trip to Oxfordshire when I broke my bream personal best three times in two nights I have spent many sessions on gravel pits in a variety of counties mainly targeting tench and bream. Along the way I’ve landed some fish that I never thought I’d see let alone catch, and just as importantly, I have met some great people. The phrase “fish of a lifetime” is over-used and over recent years I have had to re-evaluate what is the fish of a lifetime.
I never imagined I would become a tackle consultant but in 2008 I was invited to join Korum and Sonubaits and enjoy playing a role in developing new tackle and baits. I have written a number of magazine articles, made a number of DVDs for Korum (here) and contributed a chapter to the Tenchfishers book TINCA TINCA. One of the higlights of my angling career was winning the Drennan Cup in 2016 following captures of 8 double figure tench in a session, a 14lb 12oz tench and a 20lb 10oz bream.
Whilst tench and bream are my spring targets the rest of my year is spent targeting other species and I love fishing running waters from small streams right through to large rivers. As an all-round specialist angler there are always new targets and challenges, and currently I'm particularly enjoying doing lots of float fishing. My biggest challenge however will be changing career to become an angling guide and tutor.
My personal bests include tench 14lb 13oz, bream 20lb 10oz, barbel 14lb 2oz, chub 7lb, perch 4lb, pike 28lb 14oz, roach 3lb 7oz, dace 1lb, eel 4lb 6oz rudd 2lb 9oz, grayling 2lb 13oz and carp 33lb 4oz. For year's I've tried to beat one PB each year though this is becoming increasingly difficult and nowadays how I catch something is as important as the size.