Carl has been carp fishing for over 30 years, starting at Newbury specimen club waters before switching to syndicate waters from his mid-20s. Carl has never chosen venues purely on the size of the fish alone. Instead, always based on the level of intimacy and friendliness, but most of all they must be challenging and have cared for and special looking carp. From 7 acre very low stock waters, to large unknown 300 acre pits. He always focuses on one or two venues at a time, usually staying for 2-3 years. Carl thrives on that cycle of starting from scratch and building up knowledge, until such time you know it’s time to move on.

To catch carp from a 300 acre boating lake between 2007 and 2009 was special, as the effort pre-baiting and walking was off the scale. But Carl still regards catching 18 of the 27 carp over a 9 month period from a very tricky and weedy 7 acre pit in 2006 as an angling highlight. At that time, Carl was lucky to have that pond almost to himself, as he did when he moved onto a lake on the Wasing Estate in 2010-12 which ended with similar results.

On most venues, Carl gets amongst the larger residents in the end. He puts that down to the approach to build on that cycle of knowledge, while trying not to let historic results pre-determine and influence swim choice.

2020 will see Carl bouncing between two large but very different 35+ acre pits. One in the Cotswolds and the other on the Wasing Estates.

Maintaining a healthy work/lifestyle balance, always important. Carl has two young boys, Ellis and Zach and a very supportive girlfriend, Maxine.

Fact File

Name: Carl Udry
Nickname: Carlos
Location: Thatcham, West Berkshire (UK)
Date of Birth: 29/09/73
Favourite Venues: Wellington Country Park
PB’s (lb): 54lb Mirror (UK), 51lb Common (UK)