I started carp fishing when I started earning from the age of 18, starting off fishing on local specimen club waters, before ‘upgrading’ to syndicates from my mid 20s. I have never chosen these venues by the ultimate size of the fish. Instead, it has always been based on the level of intimacy and friendliness, but most of all they must be challenging and have been cared for and special looking carp.
Over the last 25 plus years, I have fished a range of venues, from 7 acre very low stock waters to large ‘unknown’ 300+ acre pits. I have always focused on one venue at a time, usually staying for 2-3 years. I’ve only stayed on for a 3rd year if that fire is still in my belly and I have unfinished business. I thrive on that cycle of starting from scratch and building up knowledge, until such time you know it’s time to move on. It’s that cycle that drives me.
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 I still regard catching 18 of the 27 carp over a 9 month period from a very tricky, very weedy 7 acre pit in 2006 as an angling highlight.
At that time, I was lucky to have that pond almost to myself, as I did when I moved onto a lake on the Wasing Estate in 2010-12 which resulted in similar results. At that time, the intimacy provided opportunities for some really memorable results whilst stalking from under the rod tip.
On most venues I fish, I get amongst the larger residents in the end. I put that down to my approach to build on that cycle of knowledge, while trying not to let historic results pre-determine and influence swim choice.
Maintaining a healthy work/lifestyle balance, has always been important so when I was offered a ticket for Wellington Country Park in 2016 I knew it would bring pressured, but hopefully memorable times, especially now I have two young boys, Ellis and Zach. Boy oh boy, what a time it has been! I have absolutely loved fishing in the Park, but it’s time to move on.
From 2019 I have my eye on two waters; one that’s unfinished business fishing for a rather large un-caught common (the last one I need to complete the set). The other, offers a much bigger unknown challenge… I can’t wait.
Name: Carl Udry
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)