Reflections and Aspirations

Posted by: Team Trakker on December 28th, 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, we asked members of Team Trakker to regale us with their highlights of 2016, and also tell us what targets they’ll be setting for themselves in 2017.


 

Dave Levy

There’s been a lot of highlights to be fair – 2016 has been amazing for me! I landed a string of big carp including seven over 40lb, the biggest of these being a 51lb 10oz grass carp, and a 46lb 12oz mirror from Horton.

There’s still a good few I’d like from Horton so I’ll be doing another year on there, but I’ll also be dabbling on a few other waters around the complex. I have no targets other than getting as many bites as I can, and hoping a really big fish slips up.

My best mirror from Horton in 2016 at 46lb 12oz.

My best mirror from Horton in 2016 at 46lb 12oz.

 


Alex Bransby

I can’t say 2016 was an absolute standout year in my angling career, as with a very busy work and family life my time on the bank was mostly made up of the odd last-minute midweek overnighter. Even so I did however mange to catch a few cracking-looking carp from a tricky syndicate water, including one of the target fish on my list at 37lb 10oz. It’s a fish that usually goes 40lb plus at the right time of year, so I guess that particular capture was my angling highlight of 2016.

I’m already really looking forward to my time on the bank in 2017. Although I don’t really like to set goals as such I would really love to beat my long-standing personal best for a common, which currently stands at 45lb 12oz this coming year. A tall order perhaps on limited time, but sometimes it’s nice to dream!

The Long Common usually goes 40lb+ at the right time of year, but even down in weight at 37lb+ she was a clear highlight in a year where hours behind the rods have been limited.

The Long Common usually goes 40lb+ at the right time of year, but even down in weight at 37lb+ she was a clear highlight in a year where hours behind the rods have been limited.

 


Martin Pick

Obviously the highlight of 2016 for me has to be the night I caught the the elusive Turtle from Wellington Country Park. I never thought I’d ever catch this fish because I’d never even seen it caught by anyone else in the four years I’ve had a ticket, so to be stood there in the night, all on my own, looking at it sitting in my net is a memory that I’ll cherish for my lifetime.

My target for 2017 is going to be one last year on Wellington trying to sneak out one or two of the ones I’ve still not caught yet. Two 50lb+ mirrors called Scruffy Bob and the Ulcer Fish are well up on the wanted list, and the same can be said for  a lovely 50lb+ common called the Chestnut. With those still to catch who knows what else 2017 will bring. Here’s hoping for a good ‘un.

Turtle power!

Turtle power!

 


Alex Norgate

Summer was the highlight for Patricia and I. We travelled to a beautiful mountainous reservoir full of long white clay beaches, interspersed with tree stumps, turquoise water, various opportunities to forage wild food, enough room on one small stretch of bank for an angling club, tree cover, endless islands and the chance of carp. All in all we fished for 45 nights back to back and in that time the lake became our source of food, water, cleanliness, tranquility and some rather extraordinary summertime angling. I’m glad we made a real effort to capture the whole thing because it’s given us the opportunity share our passion with others through a short film soon to be published.

Over the next year we aim to make several films surrounding our adventures. Our intention is to create exciting art utilising angling as a means to connect, explore and exchange ideas with others. If we are able to engage in what we love at the same time as positively influencing others then our determinations are more than worthwhile. Watercraft is not just about learning how to best extract a wary fish from its watery home, its also about understanding how best to maintain and preserve the equilibrium surrounding fish and all nature. The fish and its environment are one and the same; they are inexorably coupled and cannot survive without each other.

Patricia and I with a fantastic common from our travels in 2016.

Patricia and I with a fantastic common from our travels in 2016.

 


Darrell Peck

For me 2016 was spread over lots of different venues starting the year on Bayeswater and Northey. From there it was off to Germany and then in the summer to Holland and Belgium. All of the above certainly had there moments, but if I had to pick a favourite it was without doubt the autumn sessions to Orient.

I’m still undecided of my exact plans for 2017, but I’ll probably start on Bayeswater for the early part of the year. No doubt I’ll be getting itchy feet by the time the weather starts to warm up around April or May, and if so I’ll probably be heading abroad again in search of more monster carp!

My autumn sessions fishing the Orient for brutes like this one were an easy choice as my highlight.

My autumn sessions fishing the Orient for brutes like this one were an easy choice as my highlight.

 


Jerry Hammond

My highlight of 2016 was  a brace of awesome carp from Vinnetrow, a 32lb common, and one of the A-team called Black Spot at just under 40lb. It’s a tough water where many have failed, so I was obviously made-up to catch those two.

My main goal for 2017 is to become acquainted with a few more of the Vinnetrow residents, and hopefully bag the big girl – The Half Lin – that may even be 60lb+ this Spring!

Vinnetrow's Black Spot – an easy angling highlight of 2016 for me.

Vinnetrow’s Black Spot – an easy angling highlight of 2016 for me.

 


Neil Spooner

2016 was a great year in my angling. I caught fish to 39lb in the uk and was also lucky enough to travel the world in search of carp for the next series of Monster Carp. It’s difficult to pick a single highlight but I’m actually going to give it to Lake Sumbar in Croatia. I wasn’t fortunate enough to catch one of the real big common or mirror carp that reside in there but I did manage this ridiculous grass carp that weighed in at 46lb 12oz! My first and only grassie ever and what a brute it was!

2017 sees lots of adventures planned with Ali and Tom and an obvious target is simply to catch from every country we visit. However, last year saw me find my love for floater fishing again and so I’ve set myself a target this year of a surface caught 30… or maybe even bigger! We’ll see!

Whatever happens I’ll be sure to share as much of my year as I can and without doubt will have a giggle along the way!

It might not be a 'proper' carp, but at over 47lb my first grassy certainly made for a memorable capture.

It might not be a ‘proper’ carp, but at over 47lb this Croatian grass carp certainly made for a memorable capture.


Lawrence East

2016 for me can only be described as the best year of my angling career. Not only because of the number of big fish I’ve been lucky enough to catch, but also because I’ve picked up backing from Trakker, Korda and Mainline – three great companies whose support I appreciate massively. My most memorable moment has to be catching a 40lb+ common from the North of the country, which was one I dearly wanted in my photo album.
My aspiration for 2017 is to hopefully continue on my journey, being as consistent as possible whilst embaraking on a new adventure, a new water and a new challenge. My target will be to land a 30lb+ fish from my Northern syndicate water, despite how challenging the task maybe.
My 40lb+ highlight!

My 40lb+ highlight!


Ben Hesketh

The highlight for me this year was catching a 54lb 8oz mirror known as Starburst on the last night of a fairly challenging week on Gigantica in May. I had been last out of the draw bag on a lake that had not been fishing particularly well anyway, and to add to that I was fishing really long Zigs – a method that was well out of my comfort zone but had a track record of producing when bites were hard to come by on Gigantica. Luckily my persistence with the method paid-off and by Friday I’d managed to bag a 37lb mirror and had also lost a couple, but the week was capped-off with the big one, which genuinely made the long drive home fly by!

That being said, 2016 was a difficult year for me angling-wise. I struggled to put down roots anywhere and found myself lacking a real buzz for a lake after moving on from my previous syndicate, however, things are looking up going forwards, as a good friend has acquired a fishery (Clearwater in North Lancashire) and has real big plans for the venue. There are already fish in there that easily exceed my current personal best, so I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with the placed trying for one of it’s 30lb+ commons, as I’ve not caught a common over the 30lb mark yet and there’s a few to be had in there. Fingers crossed…
I was certainly relieved when this one ended-up in my net after a battle on a 26ft Zig Rig!

I was certainly relieved when this one ended-up in my net after a battle on a 26ft Zig Rig!


Rick Golder

I had a number of highlights, including the capture of a very old fish that I’d been after for years, but overall my highlight of 2016 was fishing a bigger lake than I ever have before, and using a boat, which was all new to me. Finding fish, spots and placing baits by boat was a totally new skill to master, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. It was great to learn something totally new, and prove to myself that I could do it, which was a great confidence-builder all round.

For 2017 I want to build on this knowledge, hit the ground running in the early spring, and convert it to some of the bigger residents on the bank. I also want to enjoy it as much as I did last year, which is probably the most important thing we all sometimes forget to do! Add in a few night sessions with my kids who love it as much as I do, and a weeks’ trip to a very special water that contains the best looking 50lb common in the country. I’m also looking forward to attending shows with Trakker, and working together with them. All in all I can’t wait!

Reflections and Aspirations

I hope to be enjoying some more of this in 2017!


Sam Cheetham

Myngling highlight of 2016 was an easy choice, and even though I have manged to catch a couple of target fish with stories behind them, it’s another capture that stands out from the crowd – the one which won me “The Bramblemere Cup” during the filming of our latest film A Week on Bramble Mere. This was an awesome trip and one I will never forget. Even though we all work for the same company, we never get the time to fish together and to do so on such a stunning lake full of beautiful scaly warriors for a few days made it all the more pleasing. With a trophy up for grabs to whoever bagged the biggest fish, I could sense some of the other lads were getting excitable at the thought of something to compete for – even if it was nothing more than a plastic cup and a bit of bravado – which made it all the sweeter later in the week when I slipped the net under a gorgeous mirror that was clearly larger than anything else that had been caught that week.

The one that won me the 'Bramble Mere Cup'. Go on Les!

The one that won me the ‘Bramble Mere Cup’. Go on Les!

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Reflections and Aspirations

Posted by: Team Trakker on December 28th, 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, we asked members of Team Trakker to regale us with their highlights of 2016, and also tell us what targets they’ll be setting for themselves in 2017.


 

Dave Levy

There’s been a lot of highlights to be fair – 2016 has been amazing for me! I landed a string of big carp including seven over 40lb, the biggest of these being a 51lb 10oz grass carp, and a 46lb 12oz mirror from Horton.

There’s still a good few I’d like from Horton so I’ll be doing another year on there, but I’ll also be dabbling on a few other waters around the complex. I have no targets other than getting as many bites as I can, and hoping a really big fish slips up.

My best mirror from Horton in 2016 at 46lb 12oz.

My best mirror from Horton in 2016 at 46lb 12oz.

 


Alex Bransby

I can’t say 2016 was an absolute standout year in my angling career, as with a very busy work and family life my time on the bank was mostly made up of the odd last-minute midweek overnighter. Even so I did however mange to catch a few cracking-looking carp from a tricky syndicate water, including one of the target fish on my list at 37lb 10oz. It’s a fish that usually goes 40lb plus at the right time of year, so I guess that particular capture was my angling highlight of 2016.

I’m already really looking forward to my time on the bank in 2017. Although I don’t really like to set goals as such I would really love to beat my long-standing personal best for a common, which currently stands at 45lb 12oz this coming year. A tall order perhaps on limited time, but sometimes it’s nice to dream!

The Long Common usually goes 40lb+ at the right time of year, but even down in weight at 37lb+ she was a clear highlight in a year where hours behind the rods have been limited.

The Long Common usually goes 40lb+ at the right time of year, but even down in weight at 37lb+ she was a clear highlight in a year where hours behind the rods have been limited.

 


Martin Pick

Obviously the highlight of 2016 for me has to be the night I caught the the elusive Turtle from Wellington Country Park. I never thought I’d ever catch this fish because I’d never even seen it caught by anyone else in the four years I’ve had a ticket, so to be stood there in the night, all on my own, looking at it sitting in my net is a memory that I’ll cherish for my lifetime.

My target for 2017 is going to be one last year on Wellington trying to sneak out one or two of the ones I’ve still not caught yet. Two 50lb+ mirrors called Scruffy Bob and the Ulcer Fish are well up on the wanted list, and the same can be said for  a lovely 50lb+ common called the Chestnut. With those still to catch who knows what else 2017 will bring. Here’s hoping for a good ‘un.

Turtle power!

Turtle power!

 


Alex Norgate

Summer was the highlight for Patricia and I. We travelled to a beautiful mountainous reservoir full of long white clay beaches, interspersed with tree stumps, turquoise water, various opportunities to forage wild food, enough room on one small stretch of bank for an angling club, tree cover, endless islands and the chance of carp. All in all we fished for 45 nights back to back and in that time the lake became our source of food, water, cleanliness, tranquility and some rather extraordinary summertime angling. I’m glad we made a real effort to capture the whole thing because it’s given us the opportunity share our passion with others through a short film soon to be published.

Over the next year we aim to make several films surrounding our adventures. Our intention is to create exciting art utilising angling as a means to connect, explore and exchange ideas with others. If we are able to engage in what we love at the same time as positively influencing others then our determinations are more than worthwhile. Watercraft is not just about learning how to best extract a wary fish from its watery home, its also about understanding how best to maintain and preserve the equilibrium surrounding fish and all nature. The fish and its environment are one and the same; they are inexorably coupled and cannot survive without each other.

Patricia and I with a fantastic common from our travels in 2016.

Patricia and I with a fantastic common from our travels in 2016.

 


Darrell Peck

For me 2016 was spread over lots of different venues starting the year on Bayeswater and Northey. From there it was off to Germany and then in the summer to Holland and Belgium. All of the above certainly had there moments, but if I had to pick a favourite it was without doubt the autumn sessions to Orient.

I’m still undecided of my exact plans for 2017, but I’ll probably start on Bayeswater for the early part of the year. No doubt I’ll be getting itchy feet by the time the weather starts to warm up around April or May, and if so I’ll probably be heading abroad again in search of more monster carp!

My autumn sessions fishing the Orient for brutes like this one were an easy choice as my highlight.

My autumn sessions fishing the Orient for brutes like this one were an easy choice as my highlight.

 


Jerry Hammond

My highlight of 2016 was  a brace of awesome carp from Vinnetrow, a 32lb common, and one of the A-team called Black Spot at just under 40lb. It’s a tough water where many have failed, so I was obviously made-up to catch those two.

My main goal for 2017 is to become acquainted with a few more of the Vinnetrow residents, and hopefully bag the big girl – The Half Lin – that may even be 60lb+ this Spring!

Vinnetrow's Black Spot – an easy angling highlight of 2016 for me.

Vinnetrow’s Black Spot – an easy angling highlight of 2016 for me.

 


Neil Spooner

2016 was a great year in my angling. I caught fish to 39lb in the uk and was also lucky enough to travel the world in search of carp for the next series of Monster Carp. It’s difficult to pick a single highlight but I’m actually going to give it to Lake Sumbar in Croatia. I wasn’t fortunate enough to catch one of the real big common or mirror carp that reside in there but I did manage this ridiculous grass carp that weighed in at 46lb 12oz! My first and only grassie ever and what a brute it was!

2017 sees lots of adventures planned with Ali and Tom and an obvious target is simply to catch from every country we visit. However, last year saw me find my love for floater fishing again and so I’ve set myself a target this year of a surface caught 30… or maybe even bigger! We’ll see!

Whatever happens I’ll be sure to share as much of my year as I can and without doubt will have a giggle along the way!

It might not be a 'proper' carp, but at over 47lb my first grassy certainly made for a memorable capture.

It might not be a ‘proper’ carp, but at over 47lb this Croatian grass carp certainly made for a memorable capture.


Lawrence East

2016 for me can only be described as the best year of my angling career. Not only because of the number of big fish I’ve been lucky enough to catch, but also because I’ve picked up backing from Trakker, Korda and Mainline – three great companies whose support I appreciate massively. My most memorable moment has to be catching a 40lb+ common from the North of the country, which was one I dearly wanted in my photo album.
My aspiration for 2017 is to hopefully continue on my journey, being as consistent as possible whilst embaraking on a new adventure, a new water and a new challenge. My target will be to land a 30lb+ fish from my Northern syndicate water, despite how challenging the task maybe.
My 40lb+ highlight!

My 40lb+ highlight!


Ben Hesketh

The highlight for me this year was catching a 54lb 8oz mirror known as Starburst on the last night of a fairly challenging week on Gigantica in May. I had been last out of the draw bag on a lake that had not been fishing particularly well anyway, and to add to that I was fishing really long Zigs – a method that was well out of my comfort zone but had a track record of producing when bites were hard to come by on Gigantica. Luckily my persistence with the method paid-off and by Friday I’d managed to bag a 37lb mirror and had also lost a couple, but the week was capped-off with the big one, which genuinely made the long drive home fly by!

That being said, 2016 was a difficult year for me angling-wise. I struggled to put down roots anywhere and found myself lacking a real buzz for a lake after moving on from my previous syndicate, however, things are looking up going forwards, as a good friend has acquired a fishery (Clearwater in North Lancashire) and has real big plans for the venue. There are already fish in there that easily exceed my current personal best, so I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with the placed trying for one of it’s 30lb+ commons, as I’ve not caught a common over the 30lb mark yet and there’s a few to be had in there. Fingers crossed…
I was certainly relieved when this one ended-up in my net after a battle on a 26ft Zig Rig!

I was certainly relieved when this one ended-up in my net after a battle on a 26ft Zig Rig!


Rick Golder

I had a number of highlights, including the capture of a very old fish that I’d been after for years, but overall my highlight of 2016 was fishing a bigger lake than I ever have before, and using a boat, which was all new to me. Finding fish, spots and placing baits by boat was a totally new skill to master, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. It was great to learn something totally new, and prove to myself that I could do it, which was a great confidence-builder all round.

For 2017 I want to build on this knowledge, hit the ground running in the early spring, and convert it to some of the bigger residents on the bank. I also want to enjoy it as much as I did last year, which is probably the most important thing we all sometimes forget to do! Add in a few night sessions with my kids who love it as much as I do, and a weeks’ trip to a very special water that contains the best looking 50lb common in the country. I’m also looking forward to attending shows with Trakker, and working together with them. All in all I can’t wait!

Reflections and Aspirations

I hope to be enjoying some more of this in 2017!


Sam Cheetham

Myngling highlight of 2016 was an easy choice, and even though I have manged to catch a couple of target fish with stories behind them, it’s another capture that stands out from the crowd – the one which won me “The Bramblemere Cup” during the filming of our latest film A Week on Bramble Mere. This was an awesome trip and one I will never forget. Even though we all work for the same company, we never get the time to fish together and to do so on such a stunning lake full of beautiful scaly warriors for a few days made it all the more pleasing. With a trophy up for grabs to whoever bagged the biggest fish, I could sense some of the other lads were getting excitable at the thought of something to compete for – even if it was nothing more than a plastic cup and a bit of bravado – which made it all the sweeter later in the week when I slipped the net under a gorgeous mirror that was clearly larger than anything else that had been caught that week.

The one that won me the 'Bramble Mere Cup'. Go on Les!

The one that won me the ‘Bramble Mere Cup’. Go on Les!

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