I started fishing way back in 1979 at the tender age of 8. My late grandfather emerged from his loft with a dusty split cane rod, an old Intrepid reel filled with coarse nylon line and a bag of bits and bobs which included a few porcupine quills, some split shot and a few packets of hooks. I acquired an old margarine tub, punched a few holes in it and went digging in the garden for worms. Those early days saw me catching plenty of roach and perch from my local mere on what now seems very crude tackle. As my fishing skills improved, so did the tackle. The rod was exchanged for a state of the art fibreglass one and the reel was swapped for the latest Shakespeare model that didn’t squeak with every turn. The fish also improved, with bream and tench becoming regular catches as well as the odd carp. I encountered my first pike when reeling in a small roach. It was grabbed by a jack of about a foot in length.
As I hit my teenage years, I turned my attention to targeting specific species. Summer saw me carp fishing and when the winter arrived with the frosts, the boilies and hair-rigs were swapped for dead-baits and wire traces. I also caught many good pike on lures such as jointed plugs, spinners and spoons. A move to Cornwall in 2000 saw me swap freshwater for salt and I became predominately a lure angler.
I now fish specifically LRF style around the many harbours and piers in Cornwall, trying to catch the many mini species that inhabit our coastline with flimsy rods, really light line and tiny hooks. My favourite method is the split shot rig, but I’m also equally at home using a jig head or drop shotting.
I also spend time fishing abroad each year. When I visit Tenerife, I’ll fish LRF style for species such as Wrasse, Damsels, Pufferfish and Bream from the local marinas, rockmarks and even rockpools. When in the Caribbean, I fish for things like snapper, grouper and bonefish from the beaches and marinas. My favourite destination though is Central Florida, where I’ll spend many hours targeting the Largemouth Bass.
Wherever I am in the world, the one thing you can guarantee is that I’ll have a fishing rod with me.
Occupation: Company Director
Favourite species: Scorpion fish
PB: Pike 21lb 2oz
Fav venue: Mevagissey Harbour or The Butler Chain of Lakes, Central Florida
Most memorable session: Catching 13 Largemouth Bass upto 6lb 6oz on topwater lures, Lake Butler, Central Florida
Fav Lure: Gunki LS Whiz, or Gunki LS Kiddy, both in 5cm.
Fav Method: Split shot rig
Fav Reel & Rod: Gunki Reinbo 1-4g with the Gunki THG FV Reel 1000
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