As a lifetime angler i have fished for most species over the years but particularly big tench, carp and pike. I have also been heavily involved with other specialist anglers in the politics of fishing, involving the Environment Agency and many others, to represent the best interests of anglers.
Having targeted a number of species over the years I now prioritise float fishing in particular, with roach being made first choice.
I was introduced to fishing at the age of 5 and was immediately bitten by the bug, as soon as I was able, I joined my local club and continued with them until I joined Essex Police in 1980.
I retired 5 years ago, having served over 30 years. Throughout my service I was involved with the Police coarse angling section and have Captained the match team for over 20 years. I continue in the role of Captain of both The Essex Police and Colchester Police teams to this day.
Throughout my early teenage years you would find me at every opportunity along the banks of the river Lea in Hertfordshire or a private lake that held some amazing Roach and Rudd. But it was during my local club match competitions (Ware Angling Club) where I really began to learn different techniques to target specific species from the more senior match men who had been fishing for years and were willing to share their knowledge.
Family and work life put my angling adventures on hold for far too long but with a son and daughter who were keen to go fishing, I had the reason to rekindle those memories and was soon back into the swing of it (albeit with a number of new techniques to learn).
I am now keen to see the younger generation out in the countryside and have the opportunity to experience a relaxing, challenging and exciting past time that once ‘hooked’ will last a lifetime as many have found.
I was introduced to fishing at the age of 5 / 6 by my father and was soon ‘hooked’, as soon as I could I joined the local club (Blunham Angling Club). I would fish most weekends entering several Junior Club matches. I then joined the Army (9 years) which was then followed by 25 years in the Police Service. Towards the end of my career I started fishing again, although there were new techniques & methods, I soon picked it up and was enjoying time on the bank again. I became a member of the Essex Police Angling Team, competing in several local & national matches.
My father suffered a severe stroke some 4 years ago, he has made good progress and over the last couple of years, I have repaid the debt and introduced him back to fishing – it is just fantastic spending time on the bank with my ‘teacher’.
I was introduced to fishing while on holiday with my 2 young children, when they wanted to play football with some friends children. I looked after my friends rods for a while, caught a roach, and that was that! I have been fishing since, some 40 years now, mainly coarse fishing, the odd match, and some shore fishing. I re-joined my local club when I retired and started coaching with ACI last year. I really enjoyed seeing youngsters enjoying catching fish and learning to respect their environment, and went on to achieve Level one coaching award in Angling later in 2018.