The journey begins….

Welcome to my first ever blog!  For those who don’t know me I ought to start by telling you a bit about myself.  My name is Craig Gannon. I’m 38 years old and I live in Cambridgeshire in the East of England.  I am a father to two young children, Oliver and Jasmine, and happily married to Brigid (despite the number of hours I spend fishing).

I have many interests but I won’t bore you with them. The one that really counts for me is fishing, more specifically carp fishing.  Through this blog I intend to share the events that unfold through my fishing year. I will offer angling tips (if you need them), give honest reviews about the wealth of carp related products on the market and share anything else that comes to my fish filled mind. I hope to update my blog on a session by session basis with other stuff thrown in between.

Why Thededicatedcarper? Well, like a lot of carp fishermen I am mildly obsessed by all things carpy.  I don’t pretend to be an awesome fisherman, in fact I aim to learn each time I visit the bank. I know I still have lots to learn despite the 20 odd years I’ve been chasing grey shadows around my local lakes and rivers.  I am however very dedicated to our sport. I try and share carp fishing’s enigmatic magic by taking as many friends and family members fishing as I can. I try and spark in them the passion that burns brightly in me and most carpers across the globe. I also try and share info and help the anglers I encounter by the lake as much as I can (if they need/want help that is). Most people who are close to me think I’m bonkers camping in minus temperatures not catching anything but that’s fine because I think I am slightly… aren’t we all?

I particularly like the technical side to carp angling.  Bait making, rigs, fish location and the weather are things I probably spend too much time thinking about. So, I am dedicated… or as my wife says “deluded” but “thedeludedcarper” didn’t quite have the same ring to it.

I am not a circuit water type of angler for the simple reason that I cant financially afford to be.  For the same reason I am not a member of a syndicate (and never have been) despite living very close to some awesome venues.  i take pleasure in trying to find and catch rarely caught carp, big or small, from my local club lakes and river with the odd day ticket session thrown in to spice things up. That said, most of my time is spent fishing a local 65 acre park lake with truly unknown stocks. I’ll write more on this in the future. For now here’s a peek at this wonderful lake…

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All that I’ve written feels very self indulgent but its intended to provide you, the reader, with some context for what I add in the future.  I’ll finish by relaying what I guess you could call my carping CV.  My UK PB is 33lb 9oz – I’ve caught 5 UK 30’s. I spent nearly 10 years solely fishing rivers (before it was cool) and my river PB is a hard earned 27lb 6oz mirror.  I have travelled to France a few times landing 4 x 40 lbers, 8 x 30 lbers and my foreign PB currently stands at 49lb 12oz but these fish just don’t count!  It’s old English lumps that matter to me..

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Until next time – Tight lines!

Thanks for reading.

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