Neil Spooner started fishing at the tender age of 9 years old and like many, it was fishing for whatever came along. This carried on for a number of years before starting work in a fishing tackle shop and very soon he turned his attention to carp fishing in 1999.
In his day to day life Neil works for Korda Developments as UK Sales Manager, and within this role he deals with seven Account Managers on a daily basis to make sure that they always have what they need. Prior to this (way back in 1998) Neil started work in Wass’s Fishing Tackle where he learnt about many aspects of angling. Neil worked in the shop for six years before leaving to fulfil a lifelong ambition in becoming a car salesman for Ford! It went well and I really enjoyed it to the extent that within two years he became a Business Manager. Neil tells us that during this time his fishing time really suffered and that he very rarely even got the chance to go angling. Nearly six years ago Neil received a phone call from Damian Clarke explaining that the Sales Manager position at Korda was available and was he interested in coming in for an interview. The rest as they say is history and nearly six years on Neil loves his job more than ever. On the family side Neil is happily married to Sarah and they have two children, Connor aged four and Emily aged one. They are also expecting child number three in April 2013. Neil’s actual fishing time is very limited due to family commitments and most of the angling he gets to do is quick overnighters after work. Despite limited rod hours it doesn’t faze Neil whatsoever, because whenever he’s at the lake he stays 100% focussed on outwitting his prey, even if it means staying up all night!
Hometown: Colchester, Essex.
Occupation: UK Sales Manager for Korda and Guru.
Favourite Venue: Secret Essex Syndicate.
UK PB: 41lb 08oz
EU PB: 53lb 12oz
Bivvy: Trakker Tempest Air
Rods: Daiwa Infinity 12ft 3 ¾
Reels: Daiwa ISO 5000T
Alarms: Delkim T-xi Plus