Name: Christian Barker
Occupation: Science Teacher
Website/Blog Address: Watch this space?
UK Specimen Fish of Note: Chub 6lb4oz (Suffolk River), Pike 21lb (Suffolk River), Roach 2lb1oz (Suffolk River), Perch 2lb7oz (Suffolk Still Water), Bream 10lb10z (Suffolk Still Water), Carp 24lb12oz (Suffolk Still Water), Tench 7lb9oz (Suffolk Still Water), Rudd 1lb15oz (Suffolk River).
Overseas Specimen Fish of Note: Never spent more than 3 weeks out of the county of Suffolk (see above! lol).
Venues fished: Waveney, Gipping, Swale, Stour, Wye.
Favourite venue: Just love being near any flowing water.
Favourite Methods: Stalking using natural baits and winter ledgering for Chub.
Top fishing tip: Be prepared to do things differently from the crowd.
Highlight of angling career: Catching a 6lb4oz chub from a small Suffolk river and making front cover of Anglers Mail – even if they had to airbrush my knees out of the picture.
Tell Us A Little About Your Angling Life: I have been a fisherman as long as I can remember. I am a passionate Chub angler and fish for them season through using a variety of methods and baits. I am passionate about spending as much time as possible beside my beloved rivers. When not fishing, I can often be found beside the river bank fish spotting and photographing my quarry below the water’s surface.
Whilst I continue to devote more and more time to my beloved Suffolk Chub, I can turn my hand to catching most species of freshwater species. I love fishing with cane fishing rods but would avoid being pigeon holed as an out and out traditionalist. I dabble a bit in sea fishing when the need takes me and have been known to be affected with Bass fever!
Future Aims & Goals in angling: 100 chub over 4lb in a calendar year.
What is The Main Food You Eat When You Are on the Bank: Pork Scratching’s
And Finally, 3 words to describe The Hook Bait Company: Quality Passion Bespoke
Apart From Fishing What Are Your Other Favourite Sports Or Pastimes: Keeping fit, photography, shooting, reading and cinema.
Which Team Do You Support: Hook Bait Company! With Iain Nairn up front and our new signing Swordsy… Should be unstoppable this season!
Favourite Genre of Music: Anything from Sinatra to DubStep.
Your 5 Favourite Bands: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, Biffy Clyro, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra.
Do You Have Any Pets: Here we go! Peanut and sparkle (rabbits), Lily (cat), Wooster and Willow (dogs)….
Favourite Food & Drink: South Indian style Curry washed down with a cold bottle of Cobra beer.