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Ian Hilton

My earliest fishing memories are a group of dads and lads in flared jeans on the canals around Tamworth catching all shapes and sizes of Roach, Perch, Gudgeon and the occasional Rudd. A bottom bait was ledgering with an Arlesey bomb and mid water was a float. As I got older it was rods, rests and nets tied to the crossbar of my bike putting in the hours before and after school. I couldn't afford loads of gear so it was very much a local hobby, simple rigs, simple bait, float fishing for Chub, spinners, plugs and dead baiting for Pike in the winter. Then on a fateful day fishing the canal in Alvecote I caught my first Mirror Carp totally by accident on 1.5lb line and a size 20 hook to nylon spade end. That is when my love of Carp fishing began. I have fished all over the UK for Carp. Mostly day ticket or various angling association waters. Those early short of money days taught me water craft, simplicity of rigs and a good bait are what counts when trying to catch fish. I do not concern myself with a particular style or a particular rig, I don't turn up with a pre conceived idea but prefer to study the lake, the fish and the conditions and I'm happy to catch any size and shape. I have tried pretty much every make of boillie, pop up, dip, glug and spray but the bait that has really stood the test of time is Richworth. It has caught everywhere for me in all conditions and on all sorts of lakes. It is an absolute pleasure to join the Richworth team, a real quality bait successfully catching Carp for over 30 years.

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