My dad loves fishing, and so did his dad before him, so I was only ever going to end up the same! From an early age I planned on forging a career in fishing. In fact, following a holiday tuna-fishing trip I decided that I would be a deep-sea fisherman in America aged 10! This was until the next time I went out on a boat and experienced seasickness!
Although my mind had turned to other things in the meantime, just before I left school I got back into carp fishing, which I’d been obsessed with for the first two or three years of senior school. The bug never truly dies if you love something, and from the day I left school, it’s all I’ve ever channelled myself into.
I became good friends with Derek ‘The Don’ Richie that year and he was an inspiration to me in some ways; although certainly not for the horrendous trance music he listens to, but for the way he lived and breathed carp fishing, and made his living out of it at the time. I came from a relatively well-to-do background, so you can imagine their dismay when I told my parents that I wanted to become a carp fisherman, and earn my living that way. As parents should, they tried their best to guide me away from that choice and it caused us a few problems at first, until they grasped how truly serious I was about it all. It’s a strange old pastime and I’m sure that the way it can take over your life is a bit scary to normal human beings! My parents are, however, people that had succeeded by doing what they love and with time they embraced my plans, and have supported me ever since, for which I owe them a lot, as support from your family is like no other.
Eventually I landed myself a job at Korda Developments, who need no introduction, and it was there that my life in the industry began. I was a right pain in the arse, constantly breaking the rules, turning up late, doing and saying things I shouldn’t, but it was a proper job, in a man’s world. I should’ve been sacked a few times I’m sure, but my passion for carp fishing was never in doubt and this never went unnoticed. I also loved writing and photography, and was eventually given the opportunity to embrace it, moving into the marketing department, and honing all sorts of new skills.
As times changed and the company grew, the filming became a huge part of my role, and being the creative mind that I am, I loved this new world. I learned so very much during the 8 years I spent at Korda and they turned me from an immature young boy with a love for carp fishing, into a man with proper life skills, some direction, and an even stronger love for carp fishing, which I will always be grateful for.
I’ve always envisioned going my own way and it was inevitable that I eventually began to look at the industry and work out how I would not only be able to make my mark, but also at how I would truly be able to see my ideas come to life. I want to inspire people, as people have inspired me, and in order to do that, you need complete control of your own destiny. The rest is history, and Cypography is my chance to create something I can be proud of, my chance to inspire people, and entertain. I’m a happy guy, who knows what he loves.
I don’t produce this alone. During my time at Korda, I met Richard Stewart; he’s one of the good guys, and is now one of my best friends. With years in the industry under his belt too, a love for angling of all kinds, and a talent for both the written word and anything that involves cameras, he was the obvious choice when it came to finding a helping pair of hands. He’s been my shoulder to lean on for many years, we’ve worked together at Korda and now we’re working together again, which I’m very pleased about. They say you shouldn’t mix business with friends, but this is more than work, and hopefully this will come across in our films.
IN THIS ISSUE...
There are no half-measures here at Cypography, so when it comes to smashing the record for our longest issue we thought we’d do it by absolutely miles! So, issue #026 weighs in at a heavyweight FOUR HOURS, and features a knockout list of contributors to match, including Jim Shelley, Dave Lane, Nigel Sharp, Simon Scott, Myles Gibson, Jack Reid, Martin Pick, Joe Morgan, Lewis Porter and Chris Ball!
So, here's what you need to know…
Jim Shelley’s Hunter series just gets better and better, and this one is feature-length, as we follow him through a live session at the Woolpack Fishery in Cambridgeshire. Those of you looking for an insight into Jim’s tactics, as well as details of his extensive history at one of the finest fisheries in Cambs will be well catered for here. Jim and Elliott cover his Woolpack campaign, from encounters with all-time-great fish like Paddle, to more recent campaigns for some of the best looking fully-scaled mirrors around (SPOLIER: there’s footage of a mind-blowing fully in here, that Elliott describes as “One of the best alive”).
We have new series from two legendary big-carp men, in the shape of Dave Lane and Nigel Sharp, across two very different formats. Dave starts Laney’s Big-Pit Tales, charting his colourful campaigns for some of the biggest carp, on some of the wildest waters we’ve known. Of course, there are disasters along the way too; it just wouldn’t be Laney without that, would it?
Sharpy starts his Sharp End diary, for the purposes of which we furnished him with a camera for him to capture the moments, good and bad, along the course of his latest campaign, and hopefully beyond! He’s already managed to bag us a few of the A-Team on his chosen water too, so for an insight into his big-fish angling, this cannot be missed.
We managed to secure one of carp angling’s great historians for this month’s For The Record; the inimitable Chris Ball. The master storyteller carries us along on a journey that started over fifty years ago, along the course of which, he rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the sport, and photographed some of our most legendary giants too. We just know that you’ll be hooked from the first minute, until the breathless last.
The killer fillers this month come in the shape of Martin Pick’s embarrassing schoolboy error, Joe Morgan’s watercraft tip, Jack Reid’s brush with A&E, Myles Gibson’s game changer, Simon Scott’s strange occurrence, and some words of wisdom dispensed by Lewis Porter.
If that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got an unsponsored review of Fox’s unleaded leader, Came Submerge.
(We won’t be making the next one five hours, before you get any ideas…)
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