My first fish, a small perch, was caught from a small stream in Warwickshire. Since those far-off days I have been totally in love with fishing. For the last forty-five years, I have lived in the Severn vale in Gloucestershire where as an angler it is impossible to avoid the lure of the River Severn. But although running waters are my first love my attention is drawn in so many different directions as different challenges and mysteries present themselves. Fishing has taken me to some amazing places throughout Britain and Ireland that I would never have otherwise visited. There is always somewhere new to fish, some new technique to master or another type of fish that I fear I am stuck forever in a world of rivers, streams, lakes, pits, drains, loughs and lochs. Whilst I am irresistibly drawn by the endless variety of fishing I do realise that It does mean that those who specialise develop a deeper understanding than I will ever achieve. But that is the brilliant thing about fishing, you can set your own limits and what works for myself may not work for others. I have long learnt to fish for myself and to put as much into it as I want to. When I stop enjoying it I pack up and go home. However, it does seem that whether in a boat on a windswept lough, or on a muddy riverbank in the dark in the pouring rain, I rarely stop enjoying it. But I do have favourites and big waters in general and big rivers in particular continue to inspire my imagination. As for the fish, I pursue barbel, pike and tench have remained long time favourites. But in more recent years I have discovered how fascinating zander are as well. And so, the journey continues......... Personal bests include pike to 41lb 12oz, zander to 20lb 10oz, barbel to 15lb 7oz, tench to 8lb 11oz (could do better!!), roach to 2lb 8oz and river carp to 21lb 14oz.
I've been carp fishing for nearly 40 years now. As I'm from Essex when I started carp fishing I would fish waters such as The Chase, Hainault and south weald, great waters in their day with a lot of history. I've also fished many waters abroad including The Orient, Madine, Lamonce, Abbey lakes, Iktus, St Lawrance river (New York state), La Folia, parco de brenta(Italy) plus many more. As I work full time as an overhead linesman most of my fishing is based on overnighters between work and fishing throughout the year. UK PB: 50lb 80z Common and 48lb Mirror Foreign PB: 76lb 8oz Mirror and 54lb 8oz Common
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 I 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 30lbs and 8ozs 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 Northern Linear at 46lbs 4ozs. 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 37lbs 14ozs and Goggle Eye Common at 35lbs 8ozs to name a few. 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: 46lb 4oz UK Common Carp: 39lb
Rob Marsh has been carp fishing for just over 40 years now and has seen many changes over that time. He has been very successful on the big carp scene with huge fish from not just the UK, but all over the world. Along with his fishing partner Lee Merritt a formidable mainline competition team was formed, which resulted in many successes over the years they competed. Rob is not a full-time angler and runs the family business and has a wife and 2 kids and juggles all 3 together, but still manages to catch some stunning carp during the year. Rob says When I was asked to join Cotswolds Aquarius team it was a great honour as the brand has been renowned in the trade for supplying top quality fishing luggage made in the U.K. And built to last more than just one season! I am lucky to be involved as a consultant for some of the best companies in the carp trade and adding the Cotswolds vast range of dedicated carp luggage was the final link. Using top quality products designed by anglers for anglers!
I have fished from the age of four and as a young lad was encouraged to fish all sorts of venues in the UK. From salmon Rivers and Lochs in Scotland and Ireland to large East Anglian gravel pits angling for Pike and Perch. Welsh valleys stalking Brown Trout and local Hertfordshire lakes for Carp, Rudd and Roach. I finally found an obsession for the Carp of the River Great Ouse. I have found great interest in the last decade chasing these nomadic creatures and the peace and serenity of their surroundings simply adds to the touch. I have also fished other Stillwater lakes in the Ouse valley and find myself at home now on the brilliant St Ives lakes complex. Wind swept gravel pits and mile long waterways add to the immense passion that is Carp fishing and I enjoy dearly writing on the subject. Personal Bests PB mirror 47-4 PB common 41-4 River PB 35-8
Gordy Howes has spent his working life within the fishing industry, after leaving school in 1986, he worked at the Lakes he now manages at St Ives for a two year period. Afterwards he joined the Anglian Water Fisheries Department, which subsequently became the Environment Agency. After 20 years working on the Ouse and Tributaries and later in the Welland and Nene area, he finally got the chance to manage St Ives Lakes full time. His angling has taken him all over the world but his true love lies in old scaley British Carp. hes caught many large carp from various lakes throughout the country and his personal best is the mirror 'The Fat Lady' from the famous St Ives lagoon, landed after a 4 year quest at 51-08. He loves the challenge of a Big water, and is currently spending time on the meadow and Fjords lakes at St Ives. Watch this space!! In addition to the love of carp, he also operates his own boat 'Waterland' with which he takes clients out in the fens mostly, predator fishing with personal bests coming to many happy anglers. In between Carp at fishing at Stives, Pike fishing on Reservoirs up and down the country, he is also well known as an illustrator, having been commissioned to illustrate the book Finding The Time to Cast, as well as writing a chapter on the magnificent Carp known as The Woolpack Fish from Ferry Lagoon in Cambridgeshire at 42lb....... The coming spring should prove to be quite eventful for Gordy at St Ives, and we look forward to hearing all about his progress over the coming year....
Hello, my name is Axel Doberenz, I am nearly 50 year´s old and have been carp fishing for more than 40 Years mainly in my home country of Germany. My first Carp were caught on freelined paste and Sweetcorn with Floats. In 1986 I was introduced to fishing with Boilies and Particles as bait. Over the Years, there isn’t a day goes by without thinking about my carp fishing….it´s a little Piece of my Life. I have met so many nice People, and with most of them I have a very good Friendship. I Love to fish with them, meet them at the Carp shows, etc. Most of my fishing is in Germany near my Hometown, but also in France, Holland, Hungary, Croatia and on my Plan, is Bosnia and Italy. I fished in France for many Years, the River Rhone, Lac Du Der, Foret Orient, Salagou, Les Teilatts, Etang 5 and a few other Lakes… I am searching and fishing for a chance of big Carp. On my Travels to the European Waters I need the best protection for my Tackle. A few Years back I found Cotswold Aquarius and I trust this Luggage 100%. All my Tackle is now, organized…. Baits stay fresh and dry; Rods and Reels are safe… Clothing and Sleeping Bags are dry and ready for storage for the next Session. For me it is a very big pleasure to be a Consultant of Cotswold Aquarius now, and I am Very happy to work in this team with Jamie Kemp and Angela and all from Cotswold Aquarius.
I caught my first carp at the age of twelve. At that time, I did not realize that due to that carp a passion was born. That carp was caught with a float, now many years later my fishing has completely changed. In the meanwhile, I fished in several countries, Germany, UK, France, Belgium and Holland. My fishing is my relaxation and escape from the daily grind. Nature, piece and my surroundings are central in my passion for fishing. Most of my sessions, I am fishing alone as I want to be free and 100% flexible. I am absolutely not a target hunter, but as everybody, I do love big lumps. My fishing is quite widespread. Everywhere the carp are, I will be. Public waters are my favourites. My newest challenge is carp fishing from the boat on the rivers and large waters. A totally new fishing experience, enriching my passion for carp. One of my latest challenges is catching a carp from one of the largest lakes in Europe. When I was asked to become a Cotswold Aquarius consultant I was really honoured. Cotswold Aquarius has top quality luggage and the products are all made within the UK. I especially love the Woodland Camouflage Range. The products are often copied but never equalled.