I have been a bit obsessed with Angling since my old man first took me back when I was just 4!
Between the ages of 12 & 22 I was a keen match angler cutting my teeth on the local river Blythe, then moving onto captaining Birmingham Starlets and even having England trials at 14.
However as more and more matches seemed to be heading towards commercials I longed to get back onto the river! Holidays to the Severn were an annual treat and this is where I started to lose the urge to match Fish and just get out as often as I could, targeting by far my favourite of species...the Barbel. However, if it swims I will try and catch it, this has seen me already use many of Korum’s products from the Expert range of hooks, Rods, Chairs and the superb luggage, they cover pretty much all my angling needs so to be asked to represent the Korum team is an absolute honour!
Back to my fishing and the transition from match to specimen all-rounder! With time being tight as it is with most anglers due to work and family commitments I try to get out on the bank as often as I can, once maybe twice a week even if it’s only for a few hours. Over the years these short sessions have served me well amassing several Personal Bests that I could only have dreamt of when first starting out. British Carp to 40lb+, double figure Bream, Chub to 6-12 and 2lb+ river Roach to name a few but my most memorable capture is a fish of a lifetime which was a Barbel of 16lb 6oz from the Trent.
These species see me through most of the warmer months but as the temperatures start to drop I start to think about the predators as do many an angler, with Perch to 3-13 and Pike to 20+ I’ve not done too badly but with definite room for improvement I will enjoy trying to hunt them out with a Double figure Zander being priority this winter! I have also been lucky enough to have had some fantastic trips around the world from an early age, from Catfishing and Carping in Spain or France to Catching 11ft Sturgeon in British Columbia Canada, I've even had the chance to test myself against a Great White Shark which was awesome!!