I started fishing for carp in 1994 when I was 11 years old. My grandfather took me over to France for the summer holidays and I was lucky enough to fish some of the big public waters like Chantecoq and Salagou. We also did quite a bit on the Saone and Loire, too. More recently, I’ve fished around Shropshire, taken lots of trips to France and Spain, and I’ve caught quite a few good fish along the way. I took a short hiatus from fishing over the last couple of seasons so I could finish my PhD, but I’m back now and I’m keener than ever. I have taught at the University of Liverpool and Guangxi Normal University in China.
I’m not the sort of person who changes what I do depending on what the latest trend is, or because so and so has endorsed this, that or the other product. I’ve only ever used Mistral boilies, which is something I doubt many other people can say. My grandad always used to say of Mistral’s baits - “They’re as good as any, but better than most”, and he was right. What is the point in changing something if it’s always worked for you?
My baits of choice are Belachan Shrimp and Rosehip Isotonic. I’ve used them in combination with each other over the last 5 or six years, and they’ve worked everywhere; I just alter the ratios depending on the time of year – more Belachan in the summer, more Rosehip during the winter months.
I’m very proud of my unwavering relationship with Mistral Baits and long may it continue – Allan is the most knowledgeable bloke I know about bait, and he’s a gentleman, to boot!