Myself and Jon are here to welcome you to our very own
personal lake, Etang de Berniere, a deep 31.6 acre gravel pit situated
amongst mature woodlands approximately 3.5 hours from the port of Calais
In the stunning Champagne region of North Eastern France.
Jon's never been one to be put off by the "unknown" quantity of any water, no matter how big the challenge. Jon admits some of his fondest memories are of his childhood, when from the age of 5 years old he would stare into his Grandads pond, looking for the two elusive tench that never were once spotted until the pond was cleaned out and drained.
During the 1970's one autumn day at Keston fish ponds, whilst as a young lad on a walk with his Grandparents, he witnessed a huge carp of around 20lbs being removed from a hessian potato sack to be weighed and photographed. This was the inspiration that spawned the dreams of catching the unknown. A family move to East Sussex was the opportunity to start to harness his skills. Most days off school were spent fishing on the local river for minow from a bridge. Foraging under rocks in the streams for bullheads, another favourite past time of his.
His first carp, floater caught at Dormansland in Edenbridge came many years later, after the family had returned to the suburbs of London. One of his best mates at the time, Jason Gill, took him fishing and coaxed him away from "street life" and the dangers associated with that.
The rest as they say is history. Jons love for the ultimate challenge continues throughout his angling as it did when he was that young boy by his Grandads pond, searching for the "uncatchable". The awesome Burghfield common being his latest and greatest challenge to date, follows a list of big fish venues successfully targeted in the past such as Kents "Railway" lake and its famous leather carp, Wraysbury and most of its habitants, Heather, Two tone at over 64lb, The Black Mirror, Elstows "Mother", Essex's Manor Farms biggest residents up to 59lb, Richmond Parks "Royal 40", Dinton
Pastures, and many many more.