Having fished since I was young enough to do so, starting out in the parks and canals close to my East End home in Stepney Green, I got the bug for carp fishing after seeing some older boys catching them in Victoria Park. Since around 1989 1 have been concentrating on this type of fishing, at first in and around the Darenth Valley where I was influenced by some fantastic anglers. These include Lee Jackson, Bob Morris, Micky Sly and the late and great Alan Smith. It was here that I caught my first 30, a carp by the name of Arfur at 301bs and 80zs from the Small Lake at DDAPS Sutton at Hone. From catching 30’s here I moved onto numerous venues in Essex including the infamous Manor Farm in search for some 40’s and it was here where I caught my first English and Winter 40 known as the Northem Linear at 461bs 40zs. I moved off of Manor Farm after capturing a few of the 40’s and onto Cotton Farm in Kent run by Lee Jackson to fish for those Dark and Golden Commons. After achieving my targets capturing the largest resident known as Little Big Common at 371bs 140zs and Goggle Eye Common at 351bs 80zs to name a few. I am a Consultant for Mainline Baits, Phat Fish Clothing, Advanced Technology Tackle and G-Force Tackle.
Being a family man my typical UK fishing consists on average of one overnight session a week that can be anything between 12 and 24 hours. I hope to achieve a new target of catching a 40 pound Common this year.
I also like to travel to France and usually manage that at least once a year for a week session. Over the years I have fished a number of venues that include Maleon, Domaine Des Iles, Etang Le Fays, Mar Peche, Les Quis, Les Teillatts, Lake Serene, Lac de Premiere, Abbey Lakes and the River Yonne-
Personal Bests UK Mirror Carp: 461b 40z UK Common Carp: 391b