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...
It simply doesn’t get more ‘big-carp’ than this month’s lineup! We grabbed the cameras and headed to the wilds of Lincolnshire (ok, it wasn’t that wild) to film a gripping interview with Jason Hayward, a true big-carp man who’s perhaps best known as the first man to bank the Black Mirror. Now, while our chunky interview concentrated on many aspects of Jason’s life and fishing, we just couldn’t resist having him tell the story of that monumental capture for you to enjoy. The capture was iconic, and the tale is suitably epic too! We also got his thoughts on hook sharpening, rigs (and he’s a serious secret squirrel too) and the mentality that makes him so consistent.
Our Session film took us to Reading & District Angling Association’s unique Junction 12 lake, with another angler that dared to do what other only talked about and crossed paths with the Black Mirror… Jon McAllister. As well as being quite the character, Jon has amassed a CV of big, history carp that would rival anyone, and we made sure to record exactly how one of the finest big-fish men of his generation goes about his fishing. Now, while filming our session, things took a surreal turn in the best possible way, when we got a call from former CYP guest, Jimmy Armstrong; he’d bagged a new PB, and Elliott and Dave hightailed it to record the event. Not to put to fine a point on it, what awaited them when they reached James is frankly one of the best commons in the UK right now, so you're in for a treat!
If that wasn’t enough live, big-carp footage (told you this was a BC issue…), we also caught up with Darrell Peck just in time to film him hoist an incredibly beautiful 40lb mirror for the cameras! What followed is a fascinating insight into his winter tactics which, let’s face it, seem to work pretty well!
The rest of CYP 015 features the welcome return of Elliott’s Cypographer diary, Mark Bryant’s brush with A&E, Martin Pick’s best blag, Simon Bater’s game changer, the moment that made Dave Levy exclaim, “What the f*@k?” as well as a review of new kit from Thinking Anglers and a life hack to keep you warm this winter!
Phew…. take a breath…
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