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...
At 29, some might say that you’re in the prime of your life (or already past it, if you’re Elliott) and we reckon that’s just about right for #CYP029. The sheer diversity of fishing that we’ve crammed into the show is quite something to behold…
Where better to kick it off, than with another round of Big Pit Tales from the living legend that is Dave Lane. This time Dave turns his attentions to the awesome power of Mother Nature, and the disruption and mayhem that she can cause… especially if you’re as accident-prone as Dave!
Away from the big pits of myth and legend, the familiar surroundings of Linear were no less enthralling when we joined Tom ‘The Machine’ Maker in the middle of an incredible, 52-fish hit on Hardwick Smiths. In a film that would be tough to repeat, even for Tom, we get right to the heart of a session that set the grapevine alight in January. He walks us though everything he’s doing, in detail, to keep those mega Linear carp coming, and trust us when we say, this shoot is bloomin’ packed with ‘em!
If you’re going to do a winter campaign and film it, then starting it off with mirrors of 42lb, 39lb and 35lb is probably about how you’d script it, right? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Elliott, when he began his love affair with a quiet Cotswold pit, about 1000 miles from home! You get exactly what you’d expect from our man, warts and all, highs and lows, beers and BBQs and we think you might just love it…
After such a mega response to part one of his diary, Nige Sharp is back with the follow-up, and it contains exclusive footage of some more of the A-Team that his Berkshire target water holds (think a 40lb mirror, a stunning big common and several thirties to boot), as well as a privileged look at Frimley, a syndicate that’s close to his heart, and details of a new challenge for the colder months.
If that little lot wasn’t enough, then how about this little eclectic selection to cap off issue 29? Jonny Mac tells us about the time he made a schoolboy error, the urban legend John Lamb reveals his catch of a lifetime, Joe Morgan has an epic tale of woe in The One That Got Away, and finally, Tom Gibson takes us to casualty with his brush with A&E!
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