Brian Wingard

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Brian is at the cutting-edge of the rapidly-expanding carp fishing scene over in the United States. Hailing from Pennsylvania, he is on the board of directors for the CAG (Carp Anglers Group) which is a non-profit organisation group, who aim to promote catch-and-release carp fishing in the US, where bass and other smaller predatory species are the most popular species to target, and carp are sometimes viewed as ‘nuisance fish’!

We asked Brian to tell us why carp fishing plays such a huge part in his life, and he replied with the following:

“I began angling at the age of 3-4 on a local club pond fishing for trout and bluegill.  As I grew older i began targeting other species of fish. My father and I would go to the river fishing and he enjoyed carp fishing.  I was too young to really try back then but always found it fascinating how large and powerful they were.  As time went on all of favorite spots became posted no fishing so we ventured off to other species. It wasn’t until 20+ years later that the morning after my father passed I decided to go sit at the lake and reflect back on the memories. I will never forget the day as a peace came over me and a large fish rolled in front of me. At first I thought it was a catfish and then realized it was a large carp. It was almost like a sign to me from my father. A few weeks later I started to read up on carp and spent the winter learning all sorts of things. The next spring I went to a river spot that we had talked about fishing together and I caught my first carp of 15lb. At the time that was a very emotional capture for me and at that very second I knew why my dad loved to carp fish so much. Fast forward almost 10 years later and I find myself just excited to catch any size fish just as much as that first fish I caught.

I have fished for a lot of various species of freshwater fish but carp are in my opinion the most challenging out of any. They are so particular in everything you do because it all makes a huge difference. The slightest change in bait or terminal tackle makes all the difference in whether that fish will be fooled or not. I love everything to do with the outdoors and while I am anticipating the bite I often find myself engulfed  in the beauty that surrounds me outdoors from wildlife to nature in general and how every moment is precious and unique.

As I started to get better and better at carp fishing I found myself really enjoying the fact that I had the ability to help others. Close to two years ago I launched my YouTube Channel and have been seen in over 196 countries now. I love the fact that you can engage with anglers who may not have someone to learn from locally, but you can help them out through video and also answering questions. I found this to be very useful in the United States with it being such a huge land mass.”

Age:
37
Hometown:
Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation:
Pharmacy Technician
Favourite Venue:
Love them all, but particularly large, wild venues which offer more of a challenge
UK PB:
38lb 8oz (USA)
Bivvy:
Tempest v2
Rods:
Sonik
Reels:
Sonik
Alarms:
Delkim
Terminal:
Korda
Bait:
CC Moore
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Brian is at the cutting-edge of the rapidly-expanding carp fishing scene over in the United States. Hailing from Pennsylvania, he is on the board of directors for the CAG (Carp Anglers Group) which is a non-profit organisation group, who aim to promote catch-and-release carp fishing in the US, where bass and other smaller predatory species are the most popular species to target, and carp are sometimes viewed as ‘nuisance fish’!

We asked Brian to tell us why carp fishing plays such a huge part in his life, and he replied with the following:

“I began angling at the age of 3-4 on a local club pond fishing for trout and bluegill.  As I grew older i began targeting other species of fish. My father and I would go to the river fishing and he enjoyed carp fishing.  I was too young to really try back then but always found it fascinating how large and powerful they were.  As time went on all of favorite spots became posted no fishing so we ventured off to other species. It wasn’t until 20+ years later that the morning after my father passed I decided to go sit at the lake and reflect back on the memories. I will never forget the day as a peace came over me and a large fish rolled in front of me. At first I thought it was a catfish and then realized it was a large carp. It was almost like a sign to me from my father. A few weeks later I started to read up on carp and spent the winter learning all sorts of things. The next spring I went to a river spot that we had talked about fishing together and I caught my first carp of 15lb. At the time that was a very emotional capture for me and at that very second I knew why my dad loved to carp fish so much. Fast forward almost 10 years later and I find myself just excited to catch any size fish just as much as that first fish I caught.

I have fished for a lot of various species of freshwater fish but carp are in my opinion the most challenging out of any. They are so particular in everything you do because it all makes a huge difference. The slightest change in bait or terminal tackle makes all the difference in whether that fish will be fooled or not. I love everything to do with the outdoors and while I am anticipating the bite I often find myself engulfed  in the beauty that surrounds me outdoors from wildlife to nature in general and how every moment is precious and unique.

As I started to get better and better at carp fishing I found myself really enjoying the fact that I had the ability to help others. Close to two years ago I launched my YouTube Channel and have been seen in over 196 countries now. I love the fact that you can engage with anglers who may not have someone to learn from locally, but you can help them out through video and also answering questions. I found this to be very useful in the United States with it being such a huge land mass.”

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