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...
We're marking a quarter century of issues with thirteen chapters of carpy goodness, across two and a half hours; it’s a powerhouse of an issue – here's the lowdown:
Neil Spooner and Myles Gibson both kick off new series in this month, in the shape of Myles' Ahead of the Game, and Neil's End Game – The Miracle Baby. Neil takes us deep into the heart of his latest big-fish obsession, as he zeroes in on James, 'The Miracle Baby’, one of the most sought-after carp in Essex. We're live on the banks of James' intimate, rural home, as Spoons walks us through his campaign to date and even catches one for the cameras.
Myles is reckoned to be one of the best big-carp men of his generation, with good reason. Despite being relatively young still, his focus and drive are massive (and his album’s tidy too). In his new series we're going to investigate each element that makes him the force of nature that he's turned out to be. Episode one kicks off with his take on mobility and harnessing the deep desire to be on fish; buckle-up for a fascinating insight into Myles' mind and fishing.
Our third headliner is, cough, a little older than Myles, but has no less enthusiasm or drive. Terry Dempsey has lived and breathed carp fishing since he was a boy, experiencing great hardship and great glory in the decades that followed him opting out of a normal life. Our For The Record interview charts one man's rise from rolling bait by the ton on the bank, to owning a big bait company, and even an appearance on Dragon's Den! You just can't miss what turned out to be one of Elliott’s favourite interviews ever.
The ever-entertaining Scott Lloyd brings us some new content with a distinctly social-media flavour this month, in the shape of his first Essential/Nonessential feature, in which he delves into the tackle bags and boxes of poor, unsuspecting anglers who had the misfortune to simply be set up near him, and exposes the tackle triumphs and disasters that are contained within!
We've also got Martin Pick's brush with A&E, Jack Reid's best blag, Lewis Porter’s schoolboy error, the one that got away from Jonny Mac, watercraft gems from Si Bater, Scott Lloyd's words of wisdom and the thing that made Jake Wildbore say, "What the f*#k?” as well as genuinely unbiased reviews of the new Korda Kontour fluorocarbon and Nash Dot Spods on long-term test.
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