Fishing with aftermarket bosses


Big TroutWhile most aftermarket bosses enjoy playing golf, I’d rather go fishing.

Altough I enjoy the odd cheeky nine holes with our digital expert Roger Barr, of Lion Digital (he behind this website) fishing is the sport for me.

I’ve been doing it ever since I was a kid. And for 11 years before joining the CAT team, I was a fishing journalist: working my way up to the position of editor-in-chief at David Hall Publishing: a company that specialises in making fishing magazines.

There are very few species of fish in the UK I haven’t caught. Big carp, trout and salmon; cod, bass, plaice and flouders – I’ve had ’em all, including (and I don’t wish to boast too much…)

  • Carp to 41lb
  • Salmon to 12lb
  • Brown trout to 9lb (pictured above)
  • Rainbow trout to 13lb
  • Sea trout to 5lb
  • Tench to 9lb

So it’s always nice to find out about colleagues in the aftermarket who enjoy wetting a line.

Brian Childs: Natural Fisho

Last year I had the pleasure of taking Brian Childs, of NGK, trout fishing for a day at the Chalk Springs fishery in Sussex.

It soon became obvious that Brian was a natural. Having never been fly fishing before, by the end of the day he was casting a good line and was catching trout freely.

That’s not a mean feat.

Then there’s Tom Stewart, the PR agent for Turtle Wax, who also enjoys hunting trout from time to time.

A1 MotorStores Fishing Trip

And finally, a few weeks back, I discovered that A1 Motorstores’ main man, Derrick Lawton, is a mad-keen fisho as well.

I’d gone up to see Derrick to discuss a supplement we’re going to be producing with A1Ms.

Somehow the conversation got onto fishing: and so it is that Derrick and I are heading south into the Hampshire countryside later this month to sample the delights of Dever Springs, home of monster trout.

I shall be sure to post up any photos of fish caught!

In the meantime, if there are any other budding fishermen out there in the industry that fancy a day’s fishing – or being taught fly fishing – get in touch with me by sending an email to I’d love to hear from you.

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