Ben Pattenden (Media Manager)
I’ve been fishing since I was around 12/13 years old. I started off on rivers, little ponds then moved on to lakes and got the carp bug. I’ve been solely carp fishing since I was 15 and never looked back. I had to learn everything off my own back as no one in my family fishes, so magazines, books and the odd Fishing channel. I would always have my tackle box at hand trying new things. This is when I started using Rig Marole after going to one of the shows and seeing what they had to offer. I went onto easy day tickets at the start then progressed to harder ones. I then joined clubs became a junior bailiff for one club that I spent a lot of time on. I learnt a lot from doing it this way as from starting off getting lots of small fish to gradually getting amongst the bigger ones I had to adapt my fishing style, rigs , Venus ect. I really enjoyed being a bailiff and helping out the younger lads as I never had anyone to show me at the start so I wanted to pass on what I’d learnt over the years to give them a start. I joined another local club that I’m currently on now. I started on the small lake then progressed to the bigger one with a few special ones. This is where I do the majority of my fishing in the uk.
As of 2017 Ive just started to go to France every year with a group of lads from the local pub, so I always look forward to seeing what gets booked and the adventure.
Personal Bests: Mirror 45lb.6oz, Common 33lb 3oz,
Overseas : Mirror 42lb Common 37lb
"Ive been fishing for around 20 years,started on the river Nene catching eels and roach ect..Im a member of the BCSG (British Carp Study Group) which is something im proud off. I fish all over the country,as i like to visit various venues and take on the challenges they present.
My most memorable catch was Swanny from Elsons lake,and being ex Army im involved with Carping4heroes.
Personal Bests: Common 41lb 2oz, Mirror 33lb 6oz
Overseas 40lb 2oz Mirror
I'm 30 years of age and a business owner from Essex. I've been fishing ever since I was a small child, starting out over park lakes float fishing, until I was introduced to carp fishing around the age of 10 where I have not looked back since. After several successful trips to France through my teens fishing various lakes, I now concentrate my fishing in England. I do most of my fishing at ' White Lakes ' in Maylandsea, Essex which is owned by a close family member which stock a good head of fish, of which my current UK PB of 35lb is currently held. A common known as 'Double Belly'. I'm also pleased to be apart of the Black Lagoon Fishery which is where I will split my time this season fishing in search of some old scaily warriors.
Personal Bests: Common 35lb 8oz, Mirror 32lb 6oz
Overseas: 47lb 5oz Mirror