I first discovered angling when I was 6 years old, ever since then I’ve been hooked, I started out as most of us do with match fishing then the fish got bigger and bigger and so did my ambitions.

I cut my teeth in the Lee Valley, being part of task force means I’ve fished all of the pits landing some of the Valley’s most sort after fish including Little Bent Head, Baby Baz, Moonscale and Chub Common to name but a few. I really enjoy my adventures across the channel fishing the big publics.

In my fishing I’ve always done my own thing. As a business owner, husband and father means time can be precious, anyone who knows me knows that I put a lot of effort into my fishing and mainly fish work nights, right time of the year I’ll do 2-3 work nights a week. I spend an awful amount of time walking and watching and water craft is a key asset.

I aim to keep pushing myself and targeting specific carp and fishing big name venues. Busy day tickets waters are really not my cup of tea.

Fishing is my passion as well as meeting decent people along the way.

Fact File

Name: Ben Cooper
Nickname: Coops
Location: Ware, Herts
Age: 33
Occupation: Bricklayer owner LB brickwork
Favourite Venue: The Road Lake
UK PB mirror: 46lb 12oz
UK PB common: 44lb 4oz
Most used rigs: Hinge Stiff, D-Rig
Highlight of angling career: Catching Eric’s Common at 88lb just shy of the world record at the time
Top carp fishing tip: Never give up stay keen and safe, but most importantly watercraft keep them eyes on the water

PB’s: (lb) 48.2 Mirror, 41.2 Common for products that don’t work, and that’s why hooks like the chod and Mugga, lines like GT80 and Disruption hooklink are his number one choice.