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162 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
Orellana with Alan Blair & Dan Yeomans - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 93
This week in the studio we have none other than Mr UrbanBanx himself Alan Blair and our very own Nash Tackle Media manager Dan Yeomans. The pair are into talk about an awesome trip to fish Orellana in Spain along with the legend that is Samir and videographer Bastl. There’s plenty of goings on during their time on the huge expanse of deep water including jet skis, 50lb+ carp and kebab related incidents to name but a few! Trust me you don’t want to miss this podcast, not to mention there is the corresponding video live for you to watch now available on NashTV. What a place, what a trip and what a bunch of lads, Enjoy!
128 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
Hugh Miles - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 92
This week the podcast welcomes multi time BAFA winning Wildlife Cameraman, mad keen all round angler and Director of the iconic “A Passion For Angling” TV series Hugh Miles. Hugh talks about his life-long obsession with nature and how this led to him traveling as a world leading wildlife photographer and cameraman. He has worked on numerous groundbreaking programs for the BBC including various David Attenborough series. He shares his wisdom on how he can gain animals trust which leads him to capture footage and images that we gasp in awe of. Onto fishing and Hugh talks about his obsession with everything that swims. He shares his carp fishing stories as well as talking about his love for other species such as roach and tench. Hugh recalls how a pilot program filmed with Chris Yates and Bob James turned into the iconic “A Passion For Angling “series which influence a huge amount of people over the years. He then goes onto talk about his friendship with martin Bowler and how this led to the more modern day fishing TV series “Catching the Impossible”. Finally, Hugh talks about his plans for the future as well as his fears in terms of the amount we are doing (or not) in terms of conservation and the future of wildlife and angling. This podcast is hugely varied but incredibly interesting, you can’t help but be inspired by such a talented expert in his field like Hugh.
145 minutes | Jul 24, 2022
Chris Yates - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 91
This weeks’ podcast guest is quite simply a living legend of carp fishing, a true maverick, original and a man who is so timelessly unique in ever single way. We can’t quite believe that we managed to get him on the podcast but here he is, it’s the one and only Chris Yates. Chris talks in depth about his upbringing and what has shaped him, his lifestyle and his angling choices of vintage tackle and places off the beaten track. He talks about his love for wildlife and how he “feels” his way through life. On the infamous Redmire and Chris share his timeless experiences on the famous water including his friendship with Rod Hutchinson, his capture of the then British Record Carp “The Bishop” at 53lb+ and a host of other recollections about his time on there. Chris talks about his venture into filming including the famous series “A Passion For Angling”, filming for Sticky Baits “Reflections” and his recent work on a YouTube video for Adidas! He also shares his thoughts on his angling moving forward as well as talking about his writing projects that are currently keeping him busy. This podcast just like the man is both charismatic and enchanting, they certainly broke the mould when they made Chris, sit back and enjoy over two hours in the company of a living carp fishing legend.
173 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
Viv Shears - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 90
This weeks’ podcast guest is one the busiest people in our trade, with his time being split between VS Fisheries, Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme, Sea Fishing Charter Boat, Guiding/Coaching as well as his own fishing, it’s the one and only Viv Shears. Viv talks about his carp fishing and how he discovered the sport. His angling hasn’t been publicly talked about being modest but in this podcast, he talks about a special capture on a Hampshire lake as well as his subsequent angling on some of the most historic and iconic of waters. Admittedly a huge amount of his angling has been during his fishery management work for RMC and later VS Fisheries with Simon Scott but its non the less impressive. Viv talks about stories of the very best anglers such as Pete Springate, Jim Shelley and Rob Maylin whilst working at Horton, Wraysbury etc in his RMC days. He shares his thoughts on fish farming and the realities of VS Fisheries on a working level. Viv has a huge passion for sea fishing, and this has led to him running a charter boat. He shares stories about targeting bass as well as a new venture fishing for huge blue fin tuna that now frequent our shores. Finally, Viv talks about our responsibilities environmentally as anglers in reference to the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme and a new project aimed at a bigger community in helping clear rivers of litter. Viv is a hugely well respected man who has a real sense of empathy towards our sport and those involved. He is selfless and has not only helped shaped the future of carp fishing in our country but is also trying to elevate the sport as a whole.
148 minutes | Jul 10, 2022
Ed Betteridge - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 89
Joining Hassan this week for the podcast is current Prologic Marketing Manager and serious big carp target hunter Ed Betteridge. Ed shares how he came to adopt the big fish target carping approach and what that means to him. His cv is littered with some of the best big carp that have swam in our waters and he shares some incredible stories about how he was successful on a number of notable campaigns /captures such as “The Mother” from Elstow 2, “Roids” from RK Leisure’s The Island Lake and “Choco” from Stoneacres. Ed talks about his approach towards rigs, bait and long periods of inactivity when fishing on low stock waters as well and how he goes about putting himself in the best position possible to catch those big special carp. Working in the trade for a long time Ed talks about how things have changed for him and how he has now had to adapt his angling to fit his lifestyle and expanding work commitments. There’s one thing for sure Ed is an incredibly driven man who has a passion for the toughest of angling tests which to this very day despite all his captures still burns as bright as ever.
161 minutes | Jul 3, 2022
Mike Holly - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 88
Joining host Hassan this week is a man who’s also comfortable hosting his own podcast for Baitworks as well as an incredibly gifted big carp target angler especially in and around the Cotswolds, this week the podcast welcomes Mike Holly. Mike talks through his upbringing and how he developed his love for big low stock wild waters which ultimately led to him targeting various special, off the radar non publicised carp in the Cotswolds Water park. Mikes shares his opinions and expertise on how predation has affected the water park over the years he has fished there. He shares his thoughts on how he managed to catch on these low stock big waters as well as highlighting how his “obsession” for his target carp can drive him to extreme levels of dedication. Prior to his current role working for Baitworks Mike talks about a completely different career working in marketing for various Charities including UNICEF. He talks about some stark and horrifying experiences of other people’s realities across other countries and how this has shaped his positive attitude and love for life. Mike talks about a few of his successful campaigns in recent years and how he has managed to even in the middle of winter catch some of the finest carp in the area on limited time with a busy job and homelife. One thing is for sure Mike is an incredibly intelligent, driven and articulate man who has used his experience, upbringing and passion to achieve things that on the face of it seem almost impossible to most of us.
69 minutes | Jun 26, 2022
Steve Briggs Hot Seat Q & A - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 87
This week we welcome another new format to the podcast in which your questions are put to our chosen top angler whose in the hot seat. As its our first episode of this format who better to answer the weird and wonderful questions asked by you guys then the man, the myth, the legend that is Nash Tackles very own gentleman Steve Briggs. Sit back and enjoy we hope you like the new format!
157 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
Chris "Bones" Holmes - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 86
This week joining Hassan in the studio is Carp Team England Gold Medallist, the face of Trakker and the all round personality that is Chris “Bones” Holmes. Bonesy talks through his early years and how he discovered carp fishing whilst heavily involved in skiing would you believe it. He also had a heavy interest in motorsport but as soon as he got involved with Rob Hughes and the British carp angling Championships his life and career would become immersed in his true passion carp fishing. Bonesy talks about his philosophy of angling and the importance of the social side of angling to him. He has only ever had one syndicate ticket and loves the feel of day tickets homes and abroad. He talks about his very successful match fishing career winning gold with team England and his successful partnership with Neil Rivers. Bonesy also shares his love for fishing matches on the seatbox nowadays too. Finally talks about his career and how things have changed including him leaving Trakker only to come back to the company very recently. Throughout the whole podcast there’s loads of banter, humour and personality in abundance as you’d expect. Underneath it all Bonesy shows just what hard work, passion and drive can get you.
76 minutes | Jun 12, 2022
The Slovenia Trip - Alfie Willingale, Henry Lennon & Tony Waghorne, Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 85
This week Hassan is joined by Nash Team members Henry Lennon, Alfie Willingale and senior videographer Tony Waghorne to talk about their incredible trip to Slovenia which is also available for you to see in video form on the NashTv YouTube channel. When it comes to big fish and sheer numbers of them the boys first location “Bear Lake” Slovenia certainly delivered. Speak about being organised and travelling to the destination the boys couldn’t believe how incredible both the place and the fishing was. Despite a slow start Henry and Alfie made a few tactical and technical changes that resulted in then catching a huge number of big carp including a 50lber each over the course of their time on the lake. Tony gives a great insight into the work that goes on filming these trips as well as a few behind the scenes humorous tales of a certain “diva” on the shoot. The team then moved onto fish the river in the centre of town once again with some success in amongst free beer and bakery food brought to them by the locals. In fact, the trip overall was eventful, action packed and idyllic. One thing is for sure it will have you racing to book your own trip to Slovenia.
72 minutes | Jun 5, 2022
The Debate (1) - Oli Davies, Henry Lennon & Alfie Willingale - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 84
This week we bring you a new format and style of Nash podcast called "The Debate". Joining host Hassan we have three other members of the Nash Tackle team in the shape of Oli Davies, Alfie Willingale and Henry Lennon.The episode is exactly what it says in the title, each anglers gives their opinion on four different topics and argue the case as to why their opinion is correct. The subjects covered in this first episode include the best UK carp, The best country for carp fishing, The best Uk venue and finally the best piece of fishing tackle in the last ten years.As to be expected the chat is lively, opinionated and funny. So sit back and we hope you enjoy the first Nash Debate!
152 minutes | May 29, 2022
Pete Castle - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 83
This week on the podcast we have top carp angler, media guru and former TV star Pete Castle. Pete has been a carp angler for decades and he talks about his favourite chapters in his own angling around the UK over the years including fishing venues such as St Ives as well as many iconic venues around Norfolk and Suffolk. He talks about his style of angling and his opinions on rigs and bait and where he feels his strengths are. Pete has an incredible mind, and he shares how his insomnia coupled with his constantly idea filled brain have led him to develop and create amazing innovative products over the years, a lot of which he hasn’t received the credit for. He is incredibly gifted and a constant source of information which goes a long way into explaining how he can have such great results in his angling fishing short concentrated sessions as well as fishing longer session on big European waters. On the theme of Europe Pete talks about his foreign fishing including recent personal bests from Parco Del Brenta and his guided trips on the venue. He also shares his unique stance in not having any sponsors and his choice to concentrate on craving his own path and helping other anglers with his film and photography weekend courses. Finally, Pete talks about his amazing experience working in the industry for the likes of Korda, Free Spirit and Dynamite to name but a few. He talks about his TV career featuring on Matt Hayes Total Fishing and him winning “Kingfishers” a series which is still available to view to this very day. Pete is incredibly unique, down to earth and talented. This podcast jumps everywhere and is so varied it a real testament into how Pete has followed his passion and talent and forged his own path in the industry, a truly fascinating bloke.
154 minutes | May 22, 2022
Shaun Harrison - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 82
Joining Hassan this week is a carp angling hall of famer with over 40 years carp fishing experience, a true outdoorsman who has always carved his own unique path in carp fishing, former Nash Tackle sponsored angler Shaun Harrison. Looking back to 1970s Shaun talks about his beginning carp fishing and how the influence of punk rock would shape him over the coming years. Being from the East Midlands Shaun didn’t have access to an abundance of carp fishing until he learnt to drive and then the carping world was his oyster. Into the 1980’s and 1990’s Shaun fished venues such as Baston, Savay, The mangrove as well as various trips abroad to the likes of Cassein. He was incredibly successful and thus became recognised by Kevin Nash and brought on board as a sponsored angler back in the early beginning of Nash Tackle. He talks about his relationship with Kevin and how things ended with the company. He also talks about his long standing work within the trade at walkers Of Trowel where he spent over twenty years. Shaun also talks about becoming a member of the British Carp Study Group and how he is still involved to this very day. During his time angling other species in particular Catfish have really taken Shaun’s’ time and attention. He talks about targeting the biggest catfish at the time and capturing numerous big cats over the years. He also reminisces about friendships he’s made with angling greats such as Tim Paisley, Jan Porter and various other carp fishing legends. Finally, Shaun talks about his formation of Quest Baits, his writing and media work as well has his unique outdoorsman style approach to life. He also comments on his feelings about modern carp fishing and how things have changed over all the years he’s been involved in carp fishing. Shaun is an incredibly knowledgeable carp angler with a real unique character and style. He is very much his own man which is reflected in his angling and he has been hugely successful doing things his own way on his own terms, the podcast is a very open honest and interesting look into his world.
238 minutes | May 15, 2022
Lee Jackson - Nash Off The Hook Podcast- S2 Episode 81
This week host Hassan welcomes an incredible carp angler with over 50 years experience, former British Carp Record holder, former World Carp Fishing Champion and a man who has caught both a 60lb+ mirror and common in the UK, it’s none other than Lee “Jacko” Jackson. Starting back in the 1970s through to the late 1980’s Lee talks through his time fishing his local Kent waters including Darenth, Brooklands and Horton Kirby to name a few. On such places he rub shoulders with angling legends, founding fathers such as Peter Springate, Kevin Maddocks, Martin Locke and Paul Forward. Lee goes on to talk about how he discovered the game changing hair rig and how carp fishing was both very secretive but also very social at the same time. Moving on a Lee talks about a captures which trust him into the lime light when his managed to land a 40lb unkown fish from the Colne Valley. This capture along with his quest for Favershams “She” which would be the first big carp he would choose to target lead him to find himself on the historic Conningbrooke in search of the biggest carp in the country at the time, the mighty “Two Tone” Lee talks about how his time progressed on Conningbrook and how the rock hard fishing made him almost give up when at his lowest moment the bite he’d been working so hard for finally came. He talks about a technical/tactical edge using bread which also led to the capture of his Brtish Record 60lb+ mirror in the shape of Two Tone. Lee talks about his big carp match fishing including why he has been so incredibly successful and consistent. He talks about his BCAC win in 2001 and his subsequent wins on the St Lawrence river with Ian Chilcott in the World Carp Championship 2011 and his most recent World Carp Classic win on the mighty Madine with Tim Paisley in 2017. Lee talks about his involvement over the years in carp fishing media. From writing articles and his book to working on Sky Sports Tight Lines show and his legendary Tel & Jacko Go Carp Fishing videos fishing with the legend that is Terry Hearn. He goes onto talk about his 30+ years working at The Tackle Box in Dartford and how this came to an end for him. In a final section lee talks about his recent fishing including the capture of a 60lb+ common and subsequent very recent repeat capture of the fish on his Kent venue. He also talks about his opinions on the modern carp fishing scene and the cost of big carp fishing to him personally in the form of his alcoholism which he has manages to very inspirationally over come being sober for 9 years now. When you talk about anglers who will be forever remembered in carp fishing history Lee is very much up there on that list. His lifetime dedication to carp fishing has seen him influence a huge amount of angler, catch incredible fish, win huge international competitions and still to this very day his passion and drive for it all hasn’t remotely subsided. The man is an inspirational force.
160 minutes | May 8, 2022
"The 24" Series 2 - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 80
This week the podcast is all about the latest Nash 24 Series 2 video series. The series features a host of Nash anglers including Oli Davies, Tom Forman, Alfie Willingale, Finley Todhunter, Jacob Worth and podcast host Hassan Khan himself all trying to catch as many carp as possible in 24hours whilst concentrating on a particular style/method/theme of angling. Each Monday a video is released and available for you to watch via the NashTV YouTube channel. This podcast discusses with each angler in depth on a technical level why they chose their particular theme for their 24, what happened and recommendations for anglers that might find themselves in similar situations in their own angling. Starting with the one and only Mr OD Oli Davies who chose “Edge Fishing” as his concept Oli talks about his thoughts on a subject which he is truly the master of. He talks about his episode and debriefs what he feels went well and what could have gone better. Next up a new member to the Nash team already making huge moves it was Finley Todhunters turn to talk through his episode all about fishing three rods on a spot. Finley talks about the reasons why he chooses to fish like this on venues such a Linear Fisheries Oxlease where the episode was filmed. He also talks about how to fish really tight on a spot and how this effects his baiting and rig choice. Finally he talks about his experience being filmed as part of the Nash team in his first shoot. Onto a man who enjoys the hustle and bustle of busy urban fishing in London, it was Jacob Worths turn to talk all things travelling light. He talks through how he organises his kit to travel light around various London venues in his episode. He shares some great tips that everyone could use no matter what type of venue you fish that will help you be more proactive, move quicker and hopefully catch you more fish. In the final section our 24 surface fishing dream team of Tom Forman and Alfie Willingale talk about their incredibly prolific surface fishing episode. They talk through the secrets to their success as well as a general guide to their experience and thoughts on surface fishing. The pair then discuss with Hassan why he chose to pick “Fishing In Weed” as his 24 episode topic. Hassan talks about how his session unfolded and about how he approaches fishing weedy venues both locating clear areas and catching fish in the weed itself. Overall the podcast is hugely informative and hits on a lot of topics which anglers will find hugely relatable when they are on the bank over the course of the season. Their a great about of tips and hints to help you as well as a good insight to behind the scenes on filming this series.
90 minutes | May 1, 2022
Max Hendry & Gary Bayes "Talking Particles" - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 79
Joining Hassan in the podcast studio is the NashBait dream team of Gary Bayes and Max Hendry. With launch of the brand new range of NashBait Particles and liquids is imminently upon us and this podcast talks in depth about the development of the range, how to effectively fish with particles and a whole host of further tips and edges to hatch you more carp utilising particles. Max and Gary share their own particle fishing experiences across a spectrum of different venues including rivers and busy day ticket complexes. They talk about the choice of particles they have used at various times of year and how this impacts on fish feeding. They both also talk about the effect this has on hookbait selection as well as rig choice in a fishing situation. The pair then go on to talk about how they developed and built a purposed made additional Nashbait particle factory to produce the new particle range. They talk about what sets NashBait particles apart and how the complementing liquids are something hugely unique and exciting to the bait world. If you wanted to brush up on your particle fishing, take a look at the new particle range or get an insight into the advancements in NashBait by two of the greatest bait boffins out there then this podcast is certainly for you. An incredible amount of experience, expertise and knowledge runs throughout all of this podcast and its sure to all combine to help put more fish in your net.
113 minutes | Apr 24, 2022
Rob Hales - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 78
This week the podcast welcomes Midlands based seasoned big carp angler and RH Fisheries owner Rob Hayles. Rob maybe known more now for his fisheries, fish farming and imported strains of big carp however he has very much been involved in fishing some of the most prestigious waters in the UK over the past few decades including the likes of Patshull church pool, Saavay and Harefield to name but a few. He has also mixed with a number of the carp fishing elite including a close relationship with one Kevin Maddocks. There has always been a passion for foreign fishing adventures and to this day Rob still plans a couple of trips abroad to special venues. He’s fortunate enough to have fished the likes of Cassein, Salegou and Rainbow for many years and has been incredibly successful capturing 60lbers from Cassein as well as the first ever 90lber from Rainbow. He talks about a number of funny trips and incidents when fishing these venues with Des Taylor back in the good old days and how he approaches these waters now. Working in his family business (Red Bear toy company) under his dad Rob talks about the decision behind him leaving this incredible successful career in order to carve his own path in fishery/fishery management and fish farming with his own lakes. Rob is now a renowned fishery owner with an incredible portfolio of lakes holding an incredible number of big carp all of which he has now bred and reared himself. Rob has made no secret of him importing carp from Israeli, Hungarian and Croatian strains in his attempt to see if they could reach the same size potential as they do in Europe. Rob talks about how the opinions on his fish being classed as “wrong uns” by a few effect him and also how the “BIG RIG” 69lb capture from Tom Doherty and subsequent British Record claim saga played out. Onto more recent times Rob talks about developing his fisheries including his new fishery The Mere and RH Baits in his continued unrelenting quest to produce the very best fisheries for today’s anglers as he can. Rob is incredible passionate about carp; he also is equally passionate about business and also making the average working man with limited time dreams come true on his fisheries. He is hugely open and honest in this podcast and doesn’t shy away from his opinions. You can certainly see why he has been so successful and has certainly played a huge role in carp fishing history especially in the midlands with a legacy that will live on long into the future.
187 minutes | Apr 17, 2022
Sam Toro - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 77
This week joining Hassan is one of the North Wests most understated but deadly big carp catchers and a man who has put northern carp fishing history in print with the recent release of “The Northern Chapters”, the podcast welcomes Sam Toro. Sam being born and bred in Salford has spent the majority of his angling life targeting the largest carp in the north west. The northern big carp scene is very different when compared to the sheer abundance of waters and big fish that are present in the south. Sam talks about the northern “circuit” waters and how the whole scene is different to the south. The Manchester Park Lake has been a place that Sam started his big carp exploits and has continually drawn him back. He shares stories about how on a very tricky venue his experimentation and tactical changes allowed him to capture “Mr Angry” a real significant North West history carp on two occasions. He also talks about the park lake goings on and the fish that have evaded his capture on the venue. Moving onto The Dear Park Sam talks about his spells “guesting” this infamous water on his hunt for an ultra-special pair of fish namely The Barrel and Jim’s Fish both of which where over 40lbs. The venue is filled with no fishing zones, rangers patrolling and with a huge expanse of water that the fish could reside in, it’s a place even the most hardened of carp anglers could spend the rest of their lives on trying to capture these fish. The events and incredible capture of Jim’s fish is a story to behold and Sam shares this in such a poetic eloquent way its sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Sam talks through other significant captures in his angling such as the capture of a big leather from “The deep Hole” lake and fishing Pennington Flash which is at over 170n acres a pretty daunting prospect. There’s more than a few twists, turns, funny goings on and incredible manoeuvres that occur along the way that will leave you with a great appreciation as to how hard the northern scene can be and to how devoted and determined an angler Sam is. So overcome by his quest for these special carp it has even cost Sam a marriage which he also discusses. Sam talks about the other huge influences and loves in his life which are music which forms his full time job and also the compilation of the book “The Northern Chapters” with the help of Gaz Fareham and the anglers that submitted chapters. Finally, Sam talks about his chapters travelling down south to fish including his capture of The Big Plated from Linear Fisheries St Johns as well as his current choice of water the mighty Burghfield. Sam is an incredible humble, driven angler with a real passion for his roots in the north west. He doesn’t crave fame or recognition but enjoys taking on what most would consider frankly crazy big carp targets on limited time.
157 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
Ali Hamidi - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 76
This week joining Hassan has cemented his place in carp fishing history, from putting fishing on TV through to transforming media within the industry and catching incredible carp both home and abroad along the way it’s none other then “One More Cast” Ali Hamidi. It was surreal and a privilege to have Ali over at Nash HQ and to sit him down and explore the man behind the myth. A huge amount (if not all) of Ali’s angling exploits have been documented over the years and this podcast pays homage to his standout chapters on the bank, however the main focus is about what makes Ali tick, why he chose to leave Korda, his secrets to success and what drives him moving forward. Starting with Ali’s childhood in the warzone of the Iran Iraq war he talks about family and him moving to England. He talks about his introduction to fishing and also dealing with challenging aspects of adjusting to life in the UK especially. Ali goes on to describe his early angling exploits in Essex on venues such as Layer Pits. Pursuing his media career moving up north to university in Cheshire Ali talks fondly about his time immersing himself on the northern carp scene in amongst the like of Frank Warwick and Gaz Fareham. At this time Ali also found himself fishing the historic Redsmere and how writing a chapter on silty meers led to him being published in Carp World. Ali then goes onto explain how via work experience at Sky Sports and a brief very successful spell within another industry lead him to get the job as head of marketing at Korda. He talks about his time at Korda both behind the rods and in the office as well as his relationship with other members of the team. He also talks about the changes he made with regards to media which have shaped a lot of what we see now from media within angling. The decision of Ali to leave Korda a year or so ago sent shockwaves across the angling industry and community that’s for sure. Ali talks in detail about this and his aspirations with regards to his new company One More Cast. He openly talks about his start at OMC with regards to Bobby Zamora, Ray Kelvin, Nic Warner and The Grand Fishing Adventure to name but a few. The reality and challenges of starting a new business as well as Ali’s incredible drive and work ethic are highlighted in this section also. Finally, Ali talks about his future aspirations and what drives him. Ali is an incredibly driven, humble and knowledgeable man with an unrivalled passion for fishing and the promotion of the sport on a wider level. He has always remembered his roots and those that have helped him every step of the way and despite being so successful he never takes anything or anyone for granted. This podcast in a very open, honest and frank depiction of the man himself.
187 minutes | Apr 3, 2022
Garth Ethelston - Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 75
This week joining Hassan is a man who has been a huge part of the fishing industry for over 20 years. He’s a very modest understated man who has caught incredible fish from rivers and lakes across the UK both back in the “good old days” and he’s still out there doing it today! Now an integral part of Blakes Baits it’s the one and only Garth Ethelston. Garth is somewhat of a “secret squirrel” with a huge catalogue of incredible carp captures from iconic history waters such as Horton back in the 1990s through to modern day non publicity waters. He also has a huge number of funny tales about the great and good of carp fishing who he’s shared the bank and worked with over the years. In the podcast he finally speak about it all. Starting with his days fishing around Derbyshire where he was born, he talks about discovering carp fishing with his brother as well as his ever present love affair with river fishing, a passion which he takes with him onto the Thames where he targets the chub and barbel now. Garth talks about Horton and how this became a huge influence on him and how he found himself on there doing work experience as a schoolboy. During his years spent on there whilst doing his university degree he talks about his angling and the infamous great anglers he met on there as well as the crazy times down the local pub. He talks about the sadness of the big fish kill and how he fished the lake after this managing to catch iconic carp including shoulders. Garth continued his angling quests under the influence of Ian Russell who he met and befriended him on the Horton Complex. Garth shares a number of stories about the more “interesting” antics the pair go up to as they fished Summerleaze and Fox pool together post Horton. Garth also accredits a huge amount to Ian in terms of him influencing his angling and getting him into the fishing industry as a career. Garth talks about his more modern angling and why he has chosen to go down the non-publicity water route. He does share an awesome chapter on the North Herts Club water which lead to him capturing some incredible carp whilst suffering from a heart condition which required three separate surgeries to fix. Finally, Garth talks about his career from his early days at Gardner, DHP, Korda and now his work at Blakes Baits. He talks about his life, the future his passion for the river and how he splits his precious time between carp fishing and the river. Gareth is a brilliant storyteller, such a humble and well respected bloke (rightly so) and this podcast has everything you could want in terms of humour, history, mega carp and everything in between.
255 minutes | Mar 27, 2022
Oz Holness - Nash Tackle Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 74
This week’s guest is one of the finest, most driven big carp anglers that have ever cast a rod and he’s an incredible storyteller to boot, it’s none other than former British Carp Record holder Oz Holness. When it comes to Oz there’s one thing that sets him apart from allot of other anglers and is undoubtably the reason for such an incredible host of big special carp captures over the years and that is his mindset. He talks about exactly what mindset is for him, what it means in an angling sense and being in the fire service for over twenty years shaped this. He talks about “wanting it” which meant that despite a missus and a full time job he would ensure that he visited the lake as much as possible even if it was just to look at the water for an hour and not fish. Over his career he has captures some truly awe inspiring jaw dropping carp form venues big and small. Oz shares his thoughts on bait, rigs, spots, watercraft and his fishing on limited time. The real stand out jewels in the crown of Oz’s captures have to be the Burghfield Common as well as the British Record at the time in the shape of Two Tone from Conningbrooke. He talks in incredible details about the lead up to these captures and exactly what it took for him to achieve these goals despite working full time. Being a Kent local for all his life Oz also talks about his friendships with other anglers such as Paul Forward and Si bater who helped him developed as an angler and see that nothing was impossible. He recalls the capture of three incredible full scaled mirrors from Kent off the back of him applying himself to the lake where these fish resided. Finally, Oz talks openly about his future and what still drives him to target the most tough, sort after special carp out there despite the changes that have been seen over the years in angling. This podcast is a true insight into the very elite of carp anglers and shows first-hand the passion, sacrifice and believe it take to capture these super special creatures but by the same token how this can very much be done by the average working man as Oz has shown time and time again.
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