What can we say? His technical knowledge in tackle production and valuable big fish catching skills makes Lewis an invaluable member of the Gardner team, from his early exploits on Yateley in the 80’s and 90’s to his recent successes at Frimley. A number of 40lb+ Carp to his credit, culminating in the famous Heather the Leather from Yateley’s Car Park lake at a weight of 47lb 12oz. A really well known character within the big fish world, who also has a number of big Barbel, Tench and Bream under his belt, Lewis is in charge of Marketing and Product Development here at Gardner.

Fact File

Name: Lewis Read
Nickname: Mavis or Millhouse
Location: Yateley, Surrey
Date of birth: 06/03/1971
Favourite venue: Hertfordshire Club Lake and Welly
PB: (UK) Leather 47.12Ib, Mirror 52.10lb, Common 54lb, ‘Ghostie’ Common 37.08lb


  • Backleads – Lewis Read

    Backleads – Lewis Read

    If you like to stay discreet and keep your lines away from your cautious prey, then using backleads can give you a definite edge. Lewis Read gives you the low-down on what, where, how and why. With the increase in popularity of fluorocarbon line, you could be forgiven for thinking that the days of the good old-fashioned backlead...

  • Up Close and Personal – Lewis Read

    Up Close and Personal – Lewis Read

    “All my target fish are special” He’s caught some of the most desired carp in the land. Here’s what Gardner’s Lewis Read has to say. LEWIS Read has fished many of the country’s toughest waters, including the tricky Car Park Lake, where he caught his personal best – the famous Heather the Leather at 47lb 12oz. UK Carp spoke to him...