Some of my earliest memories as a child are with a fishing rod in hand accompanying my father on one of many trips from our Norwich home to fish one of the Broadland Rivers nearby. Much water has passed under the bridge since those early days, having served my angling apprenticeship on the Norfolk Broads I had become an accomplished angler in my own right. After winning my first match at just 14 and being a member of several local clubs I eventually joined the open match circuit. Whilst enjoying the competition of the match scene, I had always tried whenever possible to pleasure fish, far from the madding crowd and in the peace and solitude of our beautiful countryside.
The fish that was to change my entire perception of angling and the enjoyment I get from it was the Barbel, from the time I landed my first one over 20 years ago to the present day, I still savour every one I catch. Having caught in excess of 3500 Barbel and with a personal best of over 17lb, each one holds so much personal satisfaction for me. Over the last few years, I have caught barbel from 8 different countries and over 20 different rivers
I have not fished a match for the over 7 years now preferring to spend my time on the bank both taking in my surroundings and in pursuit of specimen fish. Although I consider Barbel to be my number one species I often fish for specimen Carp, Bream, Tench and Pike.
Over the last few years, I have been lucky enough to travel to various parts of the World in pursuit of specimen fish. In Egypt, I managed to land a Nile Perch of over 100lb and also whilst in India I fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition by catching some specimen Mahseer to over 80lbs.
One of my hobbies is digital photography and what better to combine that with my passion for angling and I never go fishing these days without a digital camera. Photographing fish is fine but being able to capture the mood and the moment are also important, what better place to be than a misty Tench lake, fishing as the sun rises and being able to capture that image for all to see.