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Trefor West

About the age of ten I caught a half crown (£2 coin) sized crucian carp from Whitley Abbey School lake, a massive step up from sticklebacks and transparent baby rudd. I was hooked. An aptitude for football resulted in a three year apprentice football career with West Bromwich Albion and steady progress through the youth ranks. A serious ankle injury prematurely ended that career.

The fishing moved on to estate lakes, huge catches of bream and tench culminating in an eighty one fish tench catch, an estimated four hundred pounds. How do you follow that? Overnight I decided that I was to become a ‘specimen hunter’. Clueless I made my first steps into the ‘big fish world’. Luckily I met Merv Wilkinson in Lane’s Tackle Shop and was invited to join the embryo Coventry Specimen Group. Tony Miles was the secretary and a lifelong friendship began.

The all rounder approach saw personal bests climbing steadily and the Coventry group gained an enviable reputation as the its success was reported in the weekly angling press.

Personal best by a country mile, my lovely wife Kath who has put up with me for fifty two years. Lisa, daughter 1: History degree and a Masters degree in Construction and Project Management working for Coventry City Council. Lindsey, daughter 2: degree in Marine Biology and now Managing Director of Seasense, a green turtle conservation project in Tanzania, go to the website www.seasense.org and see this amazing work to save the turtles from extinction. Co-author of ‘Quest for Barbel’ with Tony. ‘Barbel – A Lifetime's Addiction’, my own book about my addiction to barbel fishing. I have been lucky to earn my living for the last fifteen years from that addiction problem, a river angling tutor I consider to be an apt job description, not a guide, guides wear short blue skirts, sit round a fire and sing “Ging gang gooley”.

Fishing personal bests : roach 2lbs 9ozs, rudd 3lbs 6ozs, dace 1lb 2ozs, chub 7lbs 6ozs, barbel 16lbs 3ozs, bream 12lbs 10ozs, tench 7lbs 13ozs, perch 3lbs 1oz, pike 27lbs 4ozs, catfish (Spain) 147lbs, carp 24lbs 4ozs, crucian carp 2lbs 2ozs, zander 14lbs 10ozs. Ambition, to enjoy my retirement fishing years.

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