Name: Barry Oconnor
Date of birth: 13th July 1948
Personal best UK carp: Mirror 42lb 10oz, Common 37lb 4oz.
Personal best foreign carp: Mirror 54lb, Common 60lb 8oz.
Favorite venue: Cottington in Kent and the Dell in Essex.
Favorite bait : Anything that helps me catch. Will be developing a bait with Dave Poxon at Eclipse Baits.
Favorite method: Anything that helps me catch.
I started fishing when I was about 10 year’s old fishing mainly for coarse fish such as Tench, Bream, Roach and Perch. I progressed to solely fishing for carp in places such as Buryhill Lake and Fourwents Pond both in Surrey. I also fished the lakes in Bushey Park and Hampton Court. Eventually it was a natural progression to go further afield, which I did and fished many lakes up and down the country. These lakes included all those on the Linear Fisheries complex, Brooklands, Horseshoe, Chilham Mill, Farlows, Linford Lakes, Sandhurst, Broadlands, Walthamstow Cottington, the Dell and many more. I have also fished for carp in France, Belgium, South Africa and Spain. Won the British Carp Angling Championships with my son Ben in 2012. Had two trials for England and won both of them. Have caught many carp big and small from all over England.
Media & Publicity involvement.
Was a regular columnist in Carp Talk. Have done articles for Crafty Carper, Total Carp, Carpology, Angling Times and Big Carp Magazine. Also written blogs and pieces for websites.
Many angling shows. Several television appearances. Many years involved in teaching juniors and seniors to fish.
Match placings :
- 2nd BCAC qualifier Blackhorse Lake, Great Linford Lakes 2000.
- 11th BCAC final Horseshoe Lake 2000.
- 1st Carp R Us team event 2000.
- 1st BCAC qualifier Park Farm 1, Great Linford Lakes 2003. Lake record weight 302lbs 4oz.
- 3rd BCAC final Nicholls Leisure 2003.
- 2nd Team event 2003
- 2nd BCAC qualifier Park Farm 1, Great Linford Lakes 2004.
- 8th BCAC final Nicholls Leisure 2004.
- 2nd BCAC qualifier Chilham 2005.
- 1st Charity match Furzton Lake 2005
- 5th BCAC final Furzton Lake 2005.
- 1st Farlows invitation match 2005.
- 1st BCAC qualifier Farlows 2006. Lake record weight 190lbs 5oz.
- 3rd. Charity match Furzton Lake 2006.
- 2nd BCAC final Furzton Lake 2006.
- 1st BCAC qualifier Farlows 2007. Lake record 328lbs 3oz.
- 3rd BCAC semifinal Willen Lake 2007.
- 10th BCAC final Horseshoe Lake 2007.
- 2nd Charity match Eastly Country Park 2007.
- 5th BCAC qualifier Farlows 2008.
- 1st England selection match Drayton Reservoir 2008. World record weight in 48 hour carp match 1776lbs 2oz.
- 7th BCAC qualifier Farlows 2009.
- 1st BCAC qualifier Farlows 2010.
- 8th BCAC Semifinal at Barston.2010
- 3rd Midlands Carp Masters Barston 2010.
- 1st Four Seasons Carp Cup first round Cottington Lakes, Kent, January 2011.
- 3rd BCAC qualifier Farlows 2011.
- 4th Four Seasons Carp Cup second round Cottington Lakes, Kent. April 2011.
- 2nd Invitation only media match Lake Berkeley, Lac Du Der, France. April 2011.
- 1st in section in BCAC Semifinal at Barston and qualified for The BCAC Final. July2011.
- 1st Midlands Carp Masters. July 2011.
- 1st Four Seasons Carp Cup third round Farlows July 2011.
- 9th BCAC Final Broadlands Sept 2011.
- BCAC Team Winners Broadlands Sept 2011.
- 1st Four Seasons Carp Cup last round Brasenose 2 Nov 2011.
- Overall winners of The 2011 Four Seasons Carp Cup winning three out of the four matches.
- 2nd in section in first England Trial Drayton Reservoir March 2012.
- 1st BCAC qualifier Farlows March /April 2012.
- 2nd Four Seasons Carp Cup first round Broadlands April 2012.
- 3rd UK Carp Cup qualifier Farlows April 2012.
- 1st in second England Trial Wyreside Lake May 2012.
- 2nd in section in third England Trial Brasenose 1 July 2012.
- Overall winner of the England Trials 2012.
- 1st in section in BCAC Semi Final at Barston and qualified for the BCAC Final. July 2012.
- 3rd Four Seasons Carp Cup second round Broadlands July 2012.
- 2nd in section The Midlands Carp Cup Semi Final at Barston and qualified for the Final Sept 2012.
- 3rd in the Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 Sept 2012.
- Won the BCAC Final at Broadlands Sept 2012.
- 5th Four Seasons Carp Cup third round Broadlands Oct 2012.
- 3rd Four Seasons Carp Cup final round Broadlands Nov 2012.
- 3rd overall in the Four Seasons Carp Cup 2012.
- 1st Broadlands Carp Cup eliminator Feb 2013.
- 4th Broadlands Carp Cup Final March 2013.
- 1st overall BCAC Semi Final 1 Barston July 2013.
- 2nd in section in The Midlands Carp Cup Semi Final and qualified for the Final August 2013.
- 2nd Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 Aug/Sept 2013.
- 6th BCAC Final Broadlands Sept 2013.
- 5th Midlands Carp Cup Barrow Pit Oct 2013.
- 1st Broadlands Carp Cup eliminator Oct 2013.
- 5th ECAC Abbey Lakes Nov 2013.
- 1st Casting for Cancer Charity Match Frisby Lakes Singles July 2014.
- 3rd Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 Sept 2014.
- 4th Farlows Singles Carp Match 26th Sept 2014.
- 11th Thames Valley Carp Masters Singles Match Oxlease 3rd Oct 2014.
- 5th Broadlands Match 17th Oct 2014.
- 2nd Pallatrax Open Tamar Lakes March 2015.
- 1st Frisby Lakes singles CFC July 2015.
- 2nd Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 Sept 2015.
- 1st Jonchery Challenge Jonchery Lake France Sept 2015.
- 11th Thames Valley Carp Masters Singles Oxlease Oct 2015.
- 1st Deception Carp Cup Crowesheath Lakes Oct 2015.
- 3rd Broadlands Carp Cup Qualifier Feb 2016.
- 3rd Ashima Carp Championships Qualifier Broadlands April 2016.
- 2nd Loggies Carp Cup qualifier Loggies Lake May 2016.
- 1st Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 September 2016.
- 1st Pallatrax Open Tamar Lakes September 2016.
- 1st Ashima Carp Championships Final Broadlands 2016.
- 1st Deception Carp Cup Crowes Heath October 2016.