LEWIS READ

YEAR BORN: 1971
OCCUPATION: Thinking Anglers Product Development 
UK PB MIRROR: 54lb 4oz
UK PB COMMON: 54lb 0oz
FAVOURITE WATER: Wherever I am obsessed with ‘now’
AVERAGE LENGTH OF SESSION: 1-2 Nights
 

Lewis has been an angler ‘forever’, or at least as long as he has any memory of…

Ever since the day he caught a lovely little Gudgeon from the Barge-walk from ‘Ye Olde Father Thames’ at Kingston, just a few days after his 5th birthday, it’s been much the same…

He caught his first carp by design when he was about 8, fishing amongst the lush stands of pads on the Leg of Mutton pond in Bushy Park with a fibreglass match rod and one of his dad’s cast off Mitchell reels. The bait was a balanced bread hookbait, that he had read about in some encyclopaedia of coarse fishing that had been handed down by someone in the Read family. Throughout this time, Lewis enjoyed any and all aspects of coarse fishing, fishing for the Thames Bream, or if he was really lucky getting a lift to a day ticket lake somewhere within reasonable radius of his family home in Tolworth, but there was an extra level of excitement before a trip to the Leg. In hindsight it was almost certainly the exciting ferocious bites, that would see the rod nearly being dragged in by one of the prolific population of rocket fuelled commons.
Of course there have been distractions along the way –  but Lew has been very lucky to have enjoyed a blessed life being with his ‘Mrs’ (the long suffering Tracy) since they were young’uns, having first ‘got it on’ when they were just both 16 and having been together ever since. She really has the patience of a saint!

Carp-angling-wise, Lewis progressed gradually through local waters learning a little and enjoying himself a lot. The underlying motivation was always to inch up his PB and to gradually learn all the necessary aspects of angling to be reasonably successful wherever I fished. This included watercraft, rigs, formulation of (food) baits and application. These are lifelong goals and I’m pleased to say that I haven’t mastered any of them yet!

In terms of venues he’s fished, the natural progression inexorably led him to waters a little further afield and that were a little more challenging – but always step-by-step. This ultimately meant that he fished a wider range of venues, learning about a range of methods that seemed to work and a solidifying a bit more understanding of what he needed to do to catch a carp or two occasionally. It’s also taught him to recognise when an approach isn’t working and when it is time to adapt and change.

“It’s certainly true that you learn almost as much retrospectively considering your failures, as you do from those wonderful (rare) red letter days – when everything is easy.

It would be remiss of me not to mention all the friends that I have been lucky to make whilst angling, and it’s not a small part of what has made the life long experience so captivating.

Luckily, I just love fishing – any fishing! I always have, and suspect that I always will. It’s so much more than that childlike fascination with any bit of water has endured into adulthood (!) and manifests itself in many ways. Ultimately though it’s expression for most of this time has been as a slightly eccentric carp angler. Having said that, if I can’t go carping, if the lakes are frozen, you’ll invariably find me down the river trying to pester a chevin with a bit of greasy old cheese paste or a bit of flake. However, I have a terrible admission. I’m crap at Perch fishing, but you have to be ‘proper carpy’ to be good at that!”

Meet the Team

James Timberlake

'Timbers' is a talented weekend angler, who angles for a variety of species throughout the year.

Dan Wildbore

Dan Wildbore tirelessly travels the country, fitting in his own short sessions between filming and photographing, some of the countries most beautiful carp.

Joe Atkinson

Joe Atkinson, known around the big-fish circuit waters in Essex, now opts to angle on the quiet lakes where the fish are not as big, but just as beautiful.

Jake Wildbore

Jake Wildbore holds a few special tickets in the UK with the carp to match, preferring to fish the quieter venues for the foreseeable future.

Liam Duncan

Liam Duncan, an angler who goes quietly about his business both on and off the beaten track, who fishes mainly weekend sessions with a busy work life.

Mitch Hammonds

With a host of captures from a range of demanding waters, Mitch Hammonds leaves no stone unturned in his search for the carp he desires.

Adam Smith

Come rain or snow, Adam Smith has spent the last few years chasing some of the most breathtakingly beautiful carp in Oxfordshire.

Scott Karabowicz

Scott Karabowicz, and his meticulous and precise approach to all he does has served him well on those notorious, historic and pressured lakes.

Myles Gibson

Myles Gibson, one of the country’s best up and coming big-fish anglers and has travelled the country in search of some of the biggest and best-looking carp.

Si Bater

Si Bater, an angler with a natural born hunters instinct. Passionate, focused and driven, he has an impressive portfolio of captures from around the country.

Marcus Howarth

Fishing is a huge part of Marcus Howarth and there isn’t a day goes by that he doesn’t think about it. It's not just carp either, but chub and barbel too.

Oz Holness

Oz Holness is a former British record carp holder with drive and passion that takes him across the country, in pursuit of the finest carp in the land.

Ben Hamilton

Ben Hamiliton, is a careful and ever consistent angler, whom builds his chances and opportunities around his work life with regular quick overnighters.