Name: Bruce Ruscoe
Occupation: Systems Analyst
Website/Blog Address: http://chasingfishyshadows.blogspot.co.uk/
UK Specimen Fish of Note: Carp 33lb 10oz, Tench 8lb 10oz, Barbel 11lb 12oz, Chub 6lb 6oz, Zander 12lb 2oz, Pike 20lb 10oz, Catfish 61lb, Crucian 2lb 8oz, Perch 3lb 2oz Barbel 11lb 10oz
Venues fished: Most Venues around the North West.
Favourite Venue: Barmere and Upper Severn
Favourite Methods: Touch ledgering on a lonely Upper Severn in the dark, half a large tin of spam for Catfish.
Top Fishing Tip: Fill your boots on a venue when the going is good, venues change over time so set the goal and achieve it before the opportunity is missed. My biggest regret was a carp water full of 2lb+ roach some over 3lb. My biggest from the venue went 1lb 14oz before it was netted and they were removed.
Highlight of angling career: I have a few, catching an 11lb 2oz Barbel from the Upper Severn, catching two Catfish at 61lb and 42lb in the early hours of my birthday, catching 3 3lb perch on a day session.
Tell Us A Little About Your Angling Life:
I was 9 when I first went fishing with a school friend and his dad, at the time I didn’t really get the bug because I only ever caught finger sized roach, It wasn’t until my early teens I seen a picture of a big carp in a gossip mag that I realised we had big fish in the UK. Ever since I’ve been fortunate enough to fish with some very good anglers that have moulded me and have helped me progress.
Future Aims & Goals in angling: Too many to list! My current involve catch a double figure Barbel from my local River Dee and put more time in for a double figure Tench.
What is The Main Food You Eat When You Are On The Bank: Probably curry.
And Finally, 3 words to describe The Hook Bait Company: Creative, Unique, Quality
Apart From Fishing What Are Your Other Favourite Sports Or Pastimes: I wouldn’t say I enjoy it but I seem to do a number of half marathons.
Which Team Do You Support: Don’t really follow sport but I enjoy watching Wales whenever they are on.
Favourite Genre Of Music: Rock, metal, rap.
You 5 Favourite Bands: Iron maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Hedpe.
Do You Have Any Pets: Nope, used to have two Guinea pigs.
Favourite Food & Drink: Bakewell tart and Banoffee pie. Drink – Cider (Old rascal, Happy Daze), Whisky and Gin.