I started going fishing at the tender age of 5 years old with my Dad, but it wasn’t until I reached the age of 10 that I developed a real passion for the sport and all I wanted for birthday and Christmas presents was fishing tackle.
I spent most weekends and school holidays fishing local canals, lakes and rivers catching an array of different species including roach, perch bream and chub.
My first proper memory of catching a carp was whilst fishing an estate lake as a guest during the mid-eighties at the age of 14 where I hooked and landed a mirror carp of 17 lbs. From this moment my passion for catching carp began.
After this I started fishing the many “pits” scattered along the Nene valley catching carp up to and over 20lbs all of which were considered good fish at the time. During this period I was working in a local tackle shop and that’s when my first association with Allan Parbery and Mistral baits began.
I moved away from carp fishing for a few years and tried catching other specimen fish. I had great success in this accumulating a credible list of personal bests banking 2lb+ Roach, 3lb+ Rudd, 4lb Perch , 16lb Bream, 5lb+ Chub, 7lb+ Tench and numerous double figure Barbel.
Over the last few years I have rekindled my love for carp fishing and am very lucky to be fishing a beautiful mid Northants syndicate. I also travel across Europe in search of Big Carp and I’m very proud to say I have landed carp of 40lb+ from both sides of the water with my personal best being a Dutch Mirror of 54lb 6oz, all caught on Baits from the Mistral range.
I believe that it’s very important to use a quality bait and I’m very pleased to become part of the Team and feel honoured to be associated with the Mistral brand and the rest of the anglers involved.
Hope you catch the fish of your dreams.
Tight Lines, Ryan Bull.