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All-rounder Simon Hartop has a dedication and angling style that suits him perfectly…read on:

I love angling for most species, but carp fishing allows me to spend more time in the wild. It’s the ‘cat and mouse’ nature of the chase; especially on the pits I choose to fish. Carp never cease to amaze me in how they can keep the even the best anglers on their toes.

Every adventure is different, but the journey always ends with the same emotions, elation, achievement and relief. It’s difficult to explain what actually makes me go angling but it annoys me some people say ‘Oh, it’s good to have a hobby’. For some, I’m sure it is, and that’s absolutely fine of course, but to my family, friends and myself, it is a way of life.

I get quite irritable if I don’t go fishing for a few weeks and Joss will be the first to notice, giving me the ‘nod’ to get out there. In all honesty though, the irritation is more to do with not being outside. I just need to be outdoors; the fishing is a close second.

Fact File

Name: Simon Hartop
Nickname: Squid
Location: Colne Valley
Date of Birth: 04/06/70
Favourite Venues: The Thames – http://www.thamesanglingadventures.com
PB’s (lb): Carp 46.2 , Perch 4.12, Chub 7.3, Barbel 14.1, Bream 11.14, Roach 2.1