Name: Chris Jones
Occupation: Lecturer in Law and Criminology: Head of Social Sciences
UK Specimen Fish of Note: Barbel: 13:10; Chub: 6:12; Roach: 3:02; Tench: 9:12; Carp: 39:10 (Mirror), 37.04 (Common)
Venues fished: Rivers Ouse, Nene and Lea. I am also targeting a good Tench water in Cambridgeshire
Favourite Venue: Kings Weir
Favourite method: Mobile touch ledgering in the margins, where I can, although I do intend to fish the float a lot more in 2017/2018
Top fishing tips:
Always sit well back so that your rod top does not overhang the water, tip pointing down towards the water: it is vitally important to keep still and quiet. Bait your swim up for several hours before back winding your hookbait into the margin. Fishing the margins on small rivers, as I predominately do, use as light an arsley bomb/shot as you can get away with. Keep telling yourself it is going to happen and keep watching your rod top. Knocks will tell you when a Barbel has arrived, or that a Chub has just done you! Then gently pick up your rod and hold on. If nothing develops within 30-45 minutes recast.
Highlight of Angling career:
Too many. One that has come to mind as I type this was winning through to the Swan Vesta Classic Final at Holme Pierre Point in the early 90’s. A trial match effectively for the 1994 World Championships. Having got through I only went and drew the peg next to my angling hero, Ivan Marks, who gave me a one hour start. He turned up late, sat talking to others and me for ages, and then promptly gave me a lesson in bloodworm fishing for roach and bream on the waggler, going on to frame. I’ll confess now that I spent most of my time just watching him in awe – but I learnt quickly and successfully. Down went the pole and I ended up with first in section, thanks to Ivan framing: and in doing so beating several known names at that time.
Tell us a little about your angling life:
Started as a young lad of about 10 on the Rivers Cray, Darenth and Medway. Joining the RAF came match fishing. The memories I have of bulging nets on the Trent and Witham in the late 70’s/80’s. In the late 90’s came canal fishing. Having now learnt to fish the pole, I fished canals all over the country, in several Nationals, progressing to sponsored open events. Next came Carp and Cats in the late 90’s/ early 2000’s, finishing this at Alan Turner’s Ecton complex. Happily, in the last five years I have found my way back to river fishing, the Hookbait Company and joined the Barbel Society. Decision’s I don’t regret as I have made met some genuinely good friends: friends who have openly shared their knowledge that has aided my recent successes and some super catches.
Future aims and goals in Angling:
To improve my River PBs and continue to aid both the Barbel Society and the Angling Trust in protecting our rivers: where I possibly can. But above all, to enjoy my fishing.
What is the main food you eat when on the bank? I love a bacon sandwich (with HP sauce!). Cheese and Cucumber sandwiches laced with salt and black pepper. Fruitcake and Chocolate once it gets dark. Oh, and plenty of black coffee.
Finally, three words to describe the Hook Bait Company: Quality, Confidence, Team
Apart from fishing what are your other favourite sports or past times:
These days, just being out in the countryside walking river banks, with the dogs where allowed, looking for potential new swims
Which Team do you support? Football: Tottenham; Rugby: Bedford Blues
Favourite Genre of Music: 70’s Soul and Motown; R&B and Classical
Your 5 Favourite Bands: Many: but Minnie and the Mouchers, OJ’s Soul Band and Mojo Rising are my current favourites
Do you have any pets? Two black Labradors (Burt and Bonce) and a Pomeranian named Rambo (he has small dog syndrome: hence the name!)
Favourite Food & Drink:
No dislikes: but at the time of writing anything Mediterranean with a good red wine: currently into fruity and sparkling: so, a good Shiraz, Lambrusco or Brachetto … preferably in a large glass. I also enjoy a good real ale or Guinness.