Name: Gary Palmer
- Age: 51
- Location: Gloucester
Visit Website: www.river-guide.co.uk
Occupation: Pro Fishing Guide
Bio: I started fishing at the tender age of
eight and by accident almost broke the British record for a Silver Bream before
the age of ten. I have fished every opportunity I can get since then. Over the
years I have targeted many species both fresh water and sea and my successes
include plenty of 2lb plus roach and double figure Bream as well as Carp to
over 20lb, Monkfish of over 50lb and numerous Shark and Tope.
In 1994 an
accidental Zander capture whilst night fishing for Eels on the River Avon,
fired my imagination and within 3 months I had moved house to Tewkesbury so as
to not waste time travelling. All my fishing in those days was using baits. The
big fish tally soon started to grow including several fish in the 17lb bracket.
In 1997 these fish were within ounces of the British record. Perhaps the
highlight was an amazing 5 hour session which produced 5 double figure Zander
from the river Severn.
using all methods for predatory fish. I now prefer using lures as my main
method of attack, and have landed fish to 127lb (all be it a Nile perch!). I
have had plenty of specimen Pike and numerous Perch over 2lbs but is best known
for my success at catching Zander on lures of all types. With a tally of over
100 double figure Zander over the years inc 3 over 15lbs and 2 at 17lb I is one
of the most prolific Zander anglers around.
With the exception of the Gloucester canal most of my lure angling is
done from my boat on both the Avon and Severn and a few select still waters, using
all methods but mainly trolling and vertical jigging. With bigger fish still
out there, who knows the size of fish that will be caught this year. It is
possible to book me for a dayís guiding on either the Severn or the Avon please
email for further details.
Angling Achievements: As a guide helping any guest achieve
their ambitions. Getting within 2ozs of the British Zander Record, Nile Perch
to over 100lbs, Monkfish at 53lbs, Porgies to over 100lbs. However I would say
my biggest personal achievement is getting more kids fishing.
Memorable Fishing Trip: Fishing Lake Nasser the week after 9/11. The flights
were deserted, hotels empty, ten anglers were booked to go yet only two plus
John Wilson (The Guide) ended up on the trip. Averaged 10-4-lb plus fish a day
the largest coming in at 90lb off the rocks on a 10lb Mono.
Sunline Products Used and Why: Sunline PE is an absolutely bomb proof
braid, a real workhouse line, smooth, quite easy to knot, all in all a
fantastic braid across all breaking strains ideal on bait casters etc. I use
Castaway and Momentum 4x4 on all my fixed spool outfits, since changing over to
these wind knots etc. are a thing of the past.
Your Top Line and Lure Fishing Tip: Momentum 4x4 in yellow for vertical
jigging, watch the line where it enters the water, look for sideways movements
in the line not just lifts and pulls.
Favourite Fish to Catch and Why: Zander, I have always been fascinated
by them, everything about Zander says predator, the pack mentality of the
Away from fishing what do you like to
do: Talk about
fishing, read about fishingÖ Seriously being a Pro Guide I look forward to just
getting out and fishing for pleasure.
Tell us something most people donít
know about you: I
have never managed to catch anything on a fly even trying little novice pools
with youngsters catching all around me.
Lure Fishing hopes and dreams: One day to fish Murchison Falls,
however my greatest hope is that my children continue to love fishing as much
as I do.
Newcombe - Age: 29
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to fishing as a child by my Grandfather, always carried a spinning rod with me
when bait fishing and developed a love for lure fishing 3 years ago. Now a Ďlure
onlyí angler and love it.
Taking 1st place and biggest fish in the Trophee Rockfish
competition in Benodet, France 2011.
Fishing Trip: 2011 trip to France (see above) with a small gang of like
minded lure anglers. Nailed some Nice Fish! on very light tackle.
Sunline Products Used:
Momentum 4x4, Rockfish PE, Small Game leader. I use these lines because I can
trust their quality, even when the going gets tough.
My Top Line &
Lure Fishing Tips: Rockfish PE. Always think outside the box, never be
afraid to try something new. Adapt and overcome!
Favourite Fish to
Catch &Why: Bass & Wrasse. Two of the hardest fighting fish we can
target on lures in the UK. Both packed with attitude and aggression.
Away from Angling?
Photography & real Ale.
Something You Might
Not Know About Me: I am scared of spiders. Yuk!
Fishing Hopes & Dreams: Keep on searching
out those lunker fish. Catch those lunker fish!!
|Name: Paul Gunning
- Age: 32
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Location: South West Devon
(Bantham) & West Cornwall (Penzance)
Occupation: RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor
Bio: Started fishing with
lures in 2010, as a pastime when the waves were flat. I quickly became very
interested in the different species of fish, and different fishing styles
possible through using lures. I like to fish with light tackle, finely tuned to
suit my own style and fishing environment.
Angling Achievements: 5lb+ Bass taken on ultralight gear, catch and release.
Most Memorable Fishing Trip: Meeting up with 20 other like minded lure
fishermen, and bumbling the Cornish coastline, sharing ideas and techniques, as
well as landing the occasional fish.
Sunline Products Used: Sunline Small Game 3lb Fluoro - This is the line I use with ultra light
jig heads and tiny soft plastic lures. Great contact feel with the lightest
tackle, and a good sink rate. Sunline Small Game 0.4PE - I use this line when
plugging with very small hard plastic lures. Very fine, with great strength,
allows me to cast light lures far, and feel exactly what the lure is doing on
the retrieve. Sunline Castaway 0.8PE - I use this line with larger soft
plastics, mainly fished off the bottom, or drifted in current. Good abrasion
resistance, and a lovely line to fish with on a slow retrieve. Sunline Momentum
4x4 01PE - I use this line for my general plugging. Great bright colour, and
casts really well, and behaves nicely in windy conditions. Sunline Siglon
Fluoro - I use this for leaders, in various breaking strains. Good resistance
to wear, and knots really well, giving great confidence that when hooked, the
fish will be landed safely.
My Top Line & Lure Fishing Tips: With the fine braids available now, I like to
use a reel with a shallow spool, which are slowly becoming more available. The
shallow spool means you do not need to fill it up with backing before you load
your braid on. Most of my spools only have a minimal amount of backing, to
allow the braid to spool without slip. With lures, especially the soft
plastics, I often find that less action equals more fish landed. Slow retrieves
with long pauses, or leaving the lure deadstick on the bottom, often allows the
fish to find the lure, resulting in great takes. Slowing the game down in the
right conditions can be very beneficial.
Favourite Fish to Catch &Why: I really enjoy the targeting of Wrasse around
the rugged coastline where I live. Great variety of sizes and colours means
each fish is a joy to see. When targeted on light tuned tackle, the scrap they
give is great, and it's a species I can fish for all year round.
Away from Angling: I like to keep fit, as it's a large part of my work. This is either
through time at the gym, or in the
pool. It also helps out with my other pastime of surfing. Working in a beach
environment, I get to spend a lot of time in the sea, and also scope out new
potential fishing marks, and keep up to date with coastal conditions.
Something You Might Not Know About Me: I am a team rider for Luke Young Surfboards.
Have been surfing for 27 years.
Lure Fishing Hopes & Dreams: Hoping to land my first double figure Bass at
some point. Would like the chance to fish with good friends away from my home
spots, learn some new techniques and see some different terrain and species.
Name: Will Harding
- Age: 26
- Location: Dorset
Occupation; Precision CNC programmer,
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been a non stop fishermen since the age of 10, fishing local lakes around the
Dorset area for all manner of course fishing species. I soon followed my career
to Weymouth where I found the ocean held so many more adventures an challenges.
I started off bait fishing marks like the local piers an the mighty Chesil. At
the age of 21 I had a lure rod dropped in my hands and since then I`ve never
looked back. I've chased bass from Lyme Regis to the great ledges of Kimmeridge
and hunted wrasse from rock marks around the island of Portland. It wasnít long
before I had a growing passion for LRF (Light Rock Fishing) when I realised that
anything can be caught on lure. Suddenly the ocean became a whole lot bigger...
Looking back five years ago I would never have thought I would be successfully
targeting all manner of species like Wrasse, Blennies, Scorpion fish and
Flounder all using light lure tactics, but thatís what has captivated me.
Anything is possible. I
pride myself in practising catch an release an safe unhooking at all
Convincing my girlfriend that fishing is the best thing on
Most memorable Fishing Trip;
a bad day at work all I wanted to do is get out and go fishing. I was confined
to walking distances as my car had broken down, so a five minute walk to the
pier was my only option. Within my first dozen casts I thought I had hooked a
steam train! After a short but epic fight a stunning bass of 9.4lb came to the
surface. I knew straight away this had beaten my PB by double and was a moment I
will never, ever forget.
Sunline Products Used And Why?
Game PE. This PE line is an incredible casting line that offers maximum
sensitivity which is perfect for presenting small lures to mini species. The
vibrant pink colour makes it a dream to use at night especially when tying
RockBite Fluorocarbon. This Fluorocarbon mainline is fantastic on
windy days when a PE line is too light. The broken up colour pattern of the line
is an incredible help when jigging or OTD methods as the colour pattern can be
used to keep your lure at the depth where the fish are feeding.
Braid. I use this all purpose braid for both my plugging and wrasse fishing.
Knot strength is fantastic and casting is silky smooth. The bright green is
brilliant especially when night plugging for bass.
Game FC. This line is fast becoming my go to line for all my LRF angling. The
added abrasion resistance of fluorocarbon allows you to get in the roughest
grounds with the confidence your line wonít let you down.
Your Top Line and Lure FishingTip?
mainlines and replace leaders after every session. If you hook in to a nice fish
that snags you up check that leader and replace at the first sign of damage.
Your next cast could produce the fish of your dreams. Why take the
lure fishing go the extra mile. Long hikes, early mornings and late nights will
catch you more fish. Thereís is miles of shoreline to be discovered, your new PB
could be round that next corner.
Favourite fish to catch and why?
my favourite fish to catch will always be the bass, especially when caught on
the lighter tackle.
Away From Fishing What Do you Like To
Hiking, Geocaching and photography
Tell Us Something Most People Don`t Know About
itís not Heavy Metal then you wonít catch me listening to it!
Lure Fishing Hopes and Dreams;
the Lure fishing scene in the UK reach its full potential like in America and
Japan. Bring all like minded anglers together for catch and release competitions
Name: Bertrand Ngim
- Age: 34
- Location: East Midlands,
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
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Angling Bio: Avid/enthusiast level
'multi-species' freshwater angler (from black bass to zander) and a tackle
buff. Lure fisherman from day one. I have fished in the UK and all over the
world. Iím a freelance photographer and angling writer for fishing magazines in
the UK and abroad.
Angling Achievements (biggest
fish caught. Pike, Perch, Zander, Chub?):
Caught a 4 lb plus perch on a 1/8 oz spinnerbait in an East Midlands canal.
Caught a 53 cm largemouth bass on a 1/4 oz jig in Southern France.
Fought and landed a 75 cm northern snakehead on light tackle in Eastern China.
Won a 10 minute fight with a 12 lb giant snakehead on light tackle.
Most Memorable Fishing Trip:
2006, Lake Air Kuning, Malaysia: Caught several 50 cm peacock bass, a 12 lb
giant snakehead and a 14 lb Asian carp all in one day on light tackle with 10 lb
Craft rods Used & Why?: Days Series (DC-662MH) for
cover spinnerbaiting, light jigs and light Texas-rigs. Beneyro Series (BNC-682H) for 1/4 oz to 1/2 oz jigs and pitching in
heavy cover and small swimbaits. Beneyro Series (BNS-642L) for 1/16 oz jigs, small worms and small
Series (DC-652MG) for crankbaits.
Sunline Products Used & Why?:
far it has got to be the Sunline Basic FC fluorocarbon line (period). In terms
of price to performance ratio, nothing on the market comes close. Iím in the
process of testing various Sunline braids and fluoroís at the moment.
Therefore, this section of my bio will be updated as soon as Iíve thoroughly
tested the lines in order to give a considered opinion.
My Top Fishing Line & Lure
Basic FC. Understand the conditions and the behavioral characteristics of your
targeted species. Always establish a pattern and never fish on your own terms.
Fish bite what they feel like biting and not what you think you like. Importantly,
be open minded.
Favourite Fish to Catch &Why:
bass, perch and peacock bass. They may not the hardest fighting freshwater
species on the planet but the way they respond to baits in different conditions
and situations is what motivates me to go in search of them.
What do you like to do away from
country mountain biking.
Something You Might Not Know
am a self taught cook and food enthusiast.
Lure Fishing Hopes & Dreams:.
one day run a sport fishing related business.
Fitzpatrick - Age: 31 -
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Bio: I began
fishing as a child and still remember catching my first fish, a lovely little
brown trout from my local river. Since then I have tried my hand at all sorts of
different styles of fishing in both fresh and salt water but in recent years I
have focused my efforts on lure fishing and
the lighter end of things in particular.
However I still fish for those same brown
trout that captured my interest in angling
all those years ago.
Fishing Trip: The first time I had the
pleasure of fishing the Dingle Peninsular in Kerry, a truly breathtaking
landscape with some excellent fishing, that has kept me coming back year after
Used: Momentum 4x4,
PE, Small Game FC, Super PE, Siglon FC and Siglon FC
leader. Top quality fishing lines that I can trust.
My Top Line &
Lure Fishing Tips: Rockfish 0.3
PE for the light stuff and 16lb Momentum
4x4 for the heavier stuff. Never be afraid to experiment and to try different
techniques and approaches.
Favourite Fish to
Catch & Why: Too many to choose
from but Bass have got to be up there, such a beautiful and hard fighting fish.
Angling? Supporting Leinster
Something You Might
Not Know About Me: I'm not a fan of
Lure Fishing Hopes &
Dreams: I'd love have the opportunity to do more fishing
abroad, be it Stripers in Montauk, Bonefish in the Bahamas or maybe a trip to Norway, the list goes on and