Lee has been fishing since a very young age. He used to get dragged around by his old man everywhere, starting off with float fishing; he then progressed to feeder fishing, etc. However all that changed when he started driving…
Lee says “Going out to lakes on my own was quite daunting at first but with the help of more experienced anglers, in fact 2 anglers in particular, 1 called ‘Dusty’ a retired fireman and another whose name escapes me, I soon found my feet. They introduced me to hair rigs & PVA from their tackle box! It was a quiet session for me until their help at Parkers Lakes that day in 1997, but I ended with a 17lb 10z carp in my arms and me with a huge passion for carp fishing. I have now developed into quite a technical angler with some good captures under my belt (still have a long way to go and a lot to learn).”
Lee loves to find, and use, information from previous sessions, mistakes made and fish caught, to build a up a profile of movement patterns of his quarry on the lake. Lee likes nothing more than creating spots to watch the fish feed on.
He remembers with fondness, the day he was helped by a stranger who tied a rig and gave him end tackle. “To me that’s a rarely seen and sadly under used side of fishing, and the more experienced anglers we get with that inclination on the bank, the better it is for our sport. The importance of experienced anglers helping new anglers to fish safely and effectively for these old creatures can only be good for fish welfare if nothing else and if you’re a true carp angler, fish welfare is paramount. Don’t forget we were all “noddies” once! So to that end i will always ‘strive to help anyone who asks for it with honest well sourced answers’”.
2013 promises to be a good year for Lee, who will update his Facebook page and twitter with any snippets, highlights or rig breakthroughs. Also keep an eye out in the top Carp mags for some exciting new features when he chances his arm at article writing this year!
(Note: Do not come and ask for help after he has lost a fish, you could get wet!)
Name: Lee Wagner
Nickname: Bear Grylls
Date of birth: 19/11/1979
Favourite venue: Those that have nice carp!
PB: (UK) Leather 46lb 2 oz, Mirror 39lb 10 oz, Common 38lb 14 oz, Tench 10lb 10oz, Bream 12lb 12 oz, Catfish 63lb 9oz