Welcome to my Carp Fishing Blog, my name is Ian Brooke and fishing is my passion

Common Carp Mainline Activ-8

27lb 3oz caught at the Birch on Mainline Activ-8

I hope that you will find this Fishing blog interesting, insightful, sometimes funny, helpful and just maybe a little inspiring!!

This is not really a “how to” it is just me sharing my thoughts about fishing with the world. This is all about how I fish, how I do things and my thoughts and opinions,

I have been a keen fisherman since the age of six when I caught my first fish at West Bay in Dorset, A whiting which apparently I made my dad cook for me to eat. (he loves to tell everyone this story)



I enjoy all aspects of Coarse, Game and Sea fishing, however my main passion is for specimen Carp!

I have fished many different types of water from large still waters like the Carp Society’s Horseshoe Lake to a small 4-acre lake tucked away in a secluded part of the Forest of Dean, which contains some stunning Common Carp.
In 2004 I took part for the first and only time in the Korda sponsored British Carp Angling Championships and reached the National Finals after being the Runner Up at the Kingsbury Pine Pool eliminator, We did not do so well in the Final!! But it was all good fun

I have now moved to the North West from Bristol and am now exploring the rich potential the area has to offer


13 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Ian

    I’m writing on behalf of my client Dovetail Games, an award-winning creator of highly authentic simulation games.
    They previously launched Dovetail Games Euro Fishing on PC and Xbox One and today they are announcing that they will bring it to PlayStation 4 in April 2017.

    As a fishing enthusiast yourself, we would love to have the opportunity to work with you in order to raise awareness of Dovetail Games Euro Fishing amongst more people with the same shared interest. I therefore wondered whether you would be open to having a conversation about how we could do that?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    With very best wishes,


  2. Hi Ian,

    I recently came across your blog and enjoyed some of your posts; I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a review on some carp tackle?

    I have some interesting exclusives and were wondering if you wanted an early crack at reviewing them.

    I hope that this is of interest, but let me know either way.



  3. Hi Ian,

    Hope you’re well. Really like your blog. I love your passion for fishing, it really comes across great. As such I’d love to send you a new blend of bait we’ve been working on here at Urban Bait to try out. Could you drop me an email with your phone number so we can speak in person please?

    Many thanks

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