I’ve been an angler since I was 11 years old and I can vividly remember catching my first fish (a 4oz Tench) from the local lake. Over the next few years I tried most forms of fishing, Match, Fly, Predator, River, etc, before eventually finding carp fishing in 1988 and I’ve been predominantly a carp angler ever since. I fished locally for many years on a number of different waters, but Derbyshire isn’t the best location for big carp, so in 2005 I started travelling for my angling. That first year on the road proved to be a successful one, culminating in the capture of the Mother from Elstow 2. I started my writing for the magazines shortly after and clocked up well over 100 articles for all the UK and some international magazines. I have fished many big fish waters over the years including, Stonacres, Christchurch, Burghfield, Horton, Kingsmead, Wraysbury, Rockford, Bundy’s, Spice Pit, Irchester, St Ives, Wellington Country Park, etc.