From the age Tom could walk he has always been completely obsessed with fish and water! His Grandad took him fishing for the first time at the age of 4 and he has never looked back. Tom’s angling evolved from ‘pleasure fishing’ for anything that would take his bait, to competitive match fishing as a young teenager, then onto specimen carp fishing in his final years of school.
He left his home town of Banbury at the age of 18 and moved down to Hampshire to study Fisheries Management at the notorious Sparsholt College, where he left with a level 3 National Diploma in Fisheries Management.
He now works full time for ‘For Life Experiences’ as an angling coach and educational course tutor. He thoroughly enjoys his job and feels a great sense of reward for the work he does, helping to bring new anglers into the sport.
Tom also competes in various competition carp matches such as the BCAC and recently won the Media Carp Masters 2011 with his fishing partner Graham Mabey.
He is extremely excited about the opportunity to fish as part of the Gardner Tackle sponsored angler team, and hopes that both he and Graham can work together with Gardner, using and abusing our tackle, and flying the flag at competitions and in their writing for the foreseeable future. We are equally excited to have them with us and wish them luck in upcoming years.
Name: Tom Oliver
Nickname: Pocket Rocket
Location: Southampton, UK
Date of Birth: 30/05/89
Favourite Venues: New Forest Water Park
PB’s (lb): UK 44.08lb Mirror, 32.14lb Common – Europe: 46.04lb Mirror, 36lb Common.