Ev­ery pic­ture tells a story – here are some truly iconic im­ages


THE lat­est in­ter­net craze has seen an­glers share thou­sands of their most trea­sured pic­tures with the world on so­cial me­dia.

The ‘ten in ten days’ fea­ture has seen some of the sport’s big­gest names dis­play im­ages from mo­ments in their ca­reer that still live strong in the mem­ory.

An­gling Times this week looks at 10 iconic im­ages from 10 stars and finds out more about the story be­hind their favourite snap­shots.


One of the river leg­end’s most mem­o­rable mo­ments was in 1986 – his first-ever 100lb catch of roach.

“It won me the ti­tle of ‘King of The Cole­brook’ in North­ern Ire­land. There wasn’t much pace in the river where I was so I tack­led up with 7m and 8m poles, fished with long lines to hand, 3g and 4g floats, 6lb line and a size 12 hook!” said Dave.

“An­other thing I re­mem­ber about the day was the num­ber of lit­tle skin rips on my left hand from swing­ing in so many fish. The hook point of­ten goes into your catch­ing hand!”


Even a four-times World Champ has to work his way up from the bot­tom.

One early vic­tory stands out for the Brown­ing-backed star.

In the Mo­tor Com­pany Open on the River Wen­sum in Nor­wich, he put to­gether 11lb 13oz of small roach for the win. Three fel­low Es­sex lads fol­lowed, leav­ing the Nor­folk faith­ful ag­grieved at the hit-and-run raid from the South.


The 2015-16 Drennan Cup win­ner has caught fish that most an­glers can only dream of. But it was an 11lb bar­bel from the late 1990s that he rates as one of his best mo­ments.

“I’d heard that the tiny River Sow, three min­utes from my house, was pro­duc­ing a few big bar­bel. When I got it sussed, in one mem­o­rable fort­night I had five dou­bles plus a cou­ple of nines,” he said.

“The best two both weighed a pb 11lb 8oz, and it was great hav­ing such qual­ity fish­ing so close. In fact when they were hav­ing it I had a fish in a short ses­sion dur­ing my lunch break.”


When Ian won gold in the 1976 World Champs ev­ery­body wanted a shot at beat­ing the man of the mo­ment.

But Ian told for­mer An­gling Times cor­re­spon­dent Ray Baze­ley in no un­cer­tain terms: “Use what pole you want and I’ll still be able to beat you with a piece of line tied to a branch.”

The chal­lenge was on, and on the Ox­ford Canal Ian’s trusty stick saw off his op­po­nent with a net of gud­geon.


This fresh-faced bag­ger is none other than Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Dar­ren Cox when he was just 14 years old.

The Gar­bolino UK boss showed huge prom­ise, bank­ing a win­ning net of roach that gave him the An­gling Times Rod­ben­ders Bri­tish Ju­nior

Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

“Eighty of us went over to Den­mark to com­pete on the Sk­jern Canal,” he said. “I weighed 24lb 15oz and won a Sun­dridge Kevin Ashurst 12ft wag­gler rod and some floats. I en­tered a ground­bait throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion and I won that too!”


The Bait Doc­tor’s first-ever fea­ture for An­gling Times will be one he and for­mer pho­tog­ra­pher Mick Rouse will al­ways re­mem­ber, as Paul ex­plains:

“Back in the 1990s I was fish­ing a lake in Cam­bridgeshire for its huge rudd. For me it was a five-hour drive ev­ery Fri­day night and the same again on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“I think Mick was a bit dubious when I promised him a three­p­ounder for the cam­eras, but the fish­ing gods smiled on me with not one, but two gi­ants. I’m proud to have been writ­ing for An­gling Times on and off since that fate­ful day.”


An­gling’s out­spo­ken com­men­ta­tor has trav­elled the globe, but one of his top ses­sions was a lot closer to home.

“I’d gone for a week’s hol­i­day to The Roy­alty with my mate Brian. We had two gal­lons of mag­gots de­liv­ered by train ev­ery day and stayed in a guest house yards from the fish­ery,” he said.

“Dur­ing the best ses­sion I had three bar­bel and six chub caught wad­ing the shal­lows and trot­ting the deeper wa­ter against the far bank. We fed via bait drop­pers. My rod was a tubu­lar steel Apollo Taper­flash with a Match Aerial reel and a new ‘fluted float’ de­signed by Dick Walker.

“The year was 1966, when Eng­land tri­umphed in the World Cup.”


One of the Korda star’s finest mem­o­ries is the day he banked his first dou­ble-fig­ure fish.

He was only 12 at the time, and writ­ing in his hit book ‘The Carpers’ High’ he said: “I can barely re­mem­ber the fight, be­cause the adren­a­line was at an all-time high. What I do re­call was that when the fish broke the sur­face it was huge.

“I was think­ing of all the glory, all the adu­la­tion that would come with this. I was clearly a mas­sive deal on the carp scene now!”


Still sport­ing the same hair­cut, An­gling Times’ very own Des Tay­lor re­calls how much carp fish­ing has

changed since the cap­ture of his first ever 20-pounder: “I caught the 20lb 14oz fish from Llan­drindod Wells on June 17, 1977. It took liver paste in a swim at the bot­tom of the fa­mous ‘Av­enue’.

“In those days a 20lb carp was quite a rare fish but that sea­son I also caught 17 more dou­bles. Nowa­days carpers catch that many in a day!”


River spe­cial­ist Bob Roberts was still in the pomp of his match fish­ing ca­reer 25 years ago. “I was in my ‘hy­brid’ pe­riod back then, still match fish­ing but des­per­ate to try all the sweet­ies in the shop,” he said. “At 12lb 7oz this was the third­biggest bar­bel ever from the Great Ouse at the time. I had it from Haver­sham, and it pre-dates all those cir­cus an­i­mals from Adam’s Mill. It went 12lb 7oz and I had it on float­fished bread. “When I ar­rived there was only one other an­gler fish­ing, in the very swim I’d fan­cied. He told me he was pack­ing up shortly so I could move in. “Let’s see what an ‘ex­pert’ can do!” he sneered as he packed away his gear. “I of­ten won­der what he must have thought when he saw me beam­ing out from the cover of An­gling Times a week later.”







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