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Rob Shickle age 43

I’ve been fishing since a boy over my local park lake for roach and tench, and yes my bobbin was a fairy liquid bottle top, quite ironic really, as still to this day I fish for roach and tench, this time for bait purposes only …

See for me the fun part of catfishing is to go only armed with a pot of worms and some maggots, the pressure is on !!!! No baitfish and I’m going home early, I work hard for my brownie points with the Mr’s I’ll be damned if I’m wasting them on a unsuccessful trip. It’s then that I sometimes really have to work at my match fishing skills and can often be spotted frantically doing laps of a lake in search of a better stamp of baitfish , roach and skimmers usually suffice, failing that a shoal rig with baby roach usually get a bite, although sometimes I’m really lucky and a small tench or even a baby carp to get me fishing , Venue permitting of course.

My Uk pb is currently 107 lb which I will endeavour to add to over the coming months.

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I’ve been lucky to have been on many annual French trips over the years, and fancied a change, about 4 years ago, so booked to go to Spain to fish the mighty Ebro , what a place it’s daunting, rugged and full of monsters, I was in heaven, I loved the place and go back as often as I can, again all down to the brownie points !!!

I’m now chasing a fish of 160 lb plus so each trip gets harder, I’m also chasing a rare as rocking horse s!!t mandarin to complete the set after having a big albino over a Ton in France last year.

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We have many trips planned, both home and abroad this season, so keep your eyes peeled for the catch reports and of course the WCC fish ins, which are a good laugh and a chance for us all to learn something new.

I’ve been part of the WCC for a few seasons now and really enjoy the spirit within the team , not to mention the banter being the only Essex boy in the group , thank god Darren’s on board now to help me with these Kent boys, they certainly are a different breed ,

As a group we feel our strength is our diversity, as we all fish different styles and have reps spread throughout the country , so if any of us can help, just ask, as that’s what we are here for, hope to catch up with a few of you on the bank this year, and to continue making great new friends 👍