1) Who do you consider the best angler you have ever had the pleasure to fish with and why?
|John Wilson, the great all-rounder|
There are two that stand out - John Wilson as an all-rounder capable of tempting game, sea and coarse fish plus Terry Hearn who lives and breathes angling and is the best I've met in the modern era.
2) You’re very fortunate to be paid for something you love doing and I’m sure most anglers would love to be in your position. However, when did your big break arrive?
I think a common misconception is that I get paid to go fishing when what I get paid for is to service the media with articles and films portraying our sport. That said, I wouldn't swap my job for anything. I guess my two big breaks were writing for Angling Times on a weekly basis 10 years ago and working with Hugh Miles on Catching the Impossible.
3) If you had only one day left on Earth, where would you go fishing?
I wouldn't go simply because I've been blessed to have fished more than most people do in 10 lifetimes so I would spend my final day with my wife instead!
4) You have enjoyed great success both on and off the bank, what do you consider to be your proudest moment to date?
On the bank, I guess catching two British records, which were my 4lb 9oz crucian in 2003 and my 16lb
|The record crucian|
5) What does the remainder of 2013 have in store for you?
A lot I hope! From a big tench to a giant conger - I love following the seasons and adjusting the species to suit so this spring will see me on the Wye for salmon as well as some tench and carp fishing.
6) How do you see the state of UK angling changing in the next decade?
I'm afraid it is only going to be a downward spiral so people should grab every moment to enjoy what they have. There is just too much pressure, be it man made or predation on our waterways at present and I see no hope of change.
|Martin met the Prime Minister to raise the major issues|