Name: Ben Oconnor
Date of birth: 11th August 1982
Personal best UK carp: Mirror 45lb 12oz, Common 34lb 12oz
Personal best foreign carp: Mirror 50lb 2oz, Common 39lb 15oz
Favourite venue: Cottington and the Dell
Favourite bait: Anything that helps me catch. Will be developing a bait with Dave Poxon at Eclipse Baits known as Secret A-Peel
Favourite method: Whatever I’m catching with at the time
I started fishing with my dad when I was four years old, fishing for anything that came along. Around the age of eight I began fishing solely for carp. From the early beginning up until now I have fished many venues such as Horseshoe, Chilham, The Linear Complex, Farlows, Broadlands, Buryhill, Fryerning, Cottington, the Dell and many others. I’ve also fished in France, Spain and South Africa for carp. Won the British Carp Angling Championships in 2012 with my Dad. 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. Articles for Crafty Carper, Total Carp, Carpology, Angling Times and Big Carp Magazine.
Many angling shows. Several television appearances. Many years involved in teaching juniors and seniors to fish.
- 3rd Junior Masters Great Linford Lakes. 1996.
- 1st Junior Masters Great Linford Lakes. 1997
- Junior angler of the year 1997.
- 1st Junior Masters Great Linford Lakes. 1998
- Junior angler of the year 1998.
- 1st Junior World Carp Classic Little Lac Madine, France. 1999.
- 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 BCAC Park Farm 1, Great Linford Lakes 2004.
- 8th BCAC final Nicholls Leisure 2004.
- 2nd BCAC qualifier Chilham 2005.
- 5th 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 4oz.
- 2nd Charity match Furzton Lake 2006.
- 2nd BCAC final Furzton Lake 2006.
- 1st BCAC qualifier Farlows 2007. Lake record weight 328lbs 3oz.
- 3rd BCAC semifinal Willen Lake 2007.
- 10th BCAC final Horseshoe Lake 2007.
- 1st 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.
- 3rd Midland 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 April 2011.
- 2nd Invitation only media match Berkeley Lake, Lac Du Der France April 2011.
- 1st UK Carp Cup qualifier Broadlands June 2011.
- 1st in section in BCAC Semi Final at Barston and qualified for The BCAC Final. July 2011.
- 1st Midland 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.
- 15th UK Carp Cup Final Brasenose 1 Oct 2011.
- 1st Four Seasons Carp Cup last round Brasenose 2 Nov 2011.
- Overall winners of The 2011 Four Seasons Carp Cup.
- 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.
- 2nd UK Carp Cup qualifier Broadlands 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 UK Carp Cup Semi Final Brasenose 1 and qualified for the 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.
- 4th UK Carp Cup Final Oxlease Oct 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.
- 2nd Broadlands Carp Cup eliminator qualified for the final Feb 2013.
- 5th Broadlands Carp Cup Final March 2013.
- 1st overall BCAC Semi Final 1 Barston July 2013.
- 2nd in section Midlands Carp Cup. Qualified for the final. Aug 2013.
- 2nd Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 Aug/Sept 2013.
- 6th BCAC Final Broadlands Sept 2013.
- 5th Midlands Carp Cup Final Barrow Pit Oct 2013.
- 5th ECAC Abbey Lakes Nov 2013.
- 1st Broadlands Carp Cup eliminator Feb 2014.
- 4th Broadlands Carp Cup Final 2014.
- 3rd Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 Sept 2014.
- 3rd Farlows Singles Carp Match 26th Sept 2014.
- 2nd Thames Valley Carp Masters Singles Match Oxlease 3rd Oct 2014.
- 5th Broadlands Match 17th Oct 2014.
- 2nd Pallatrax Open Tamar Lakes March 2015.
- 2nd Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 Sept 2015.
- 1st Jonchery Challenge Jonchery Lake France Sept 2015.
- 4th Thames Valley Carp Masters Singles 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 UK Carp Championships Singles Qualifier Barston Lake August 2016.
- 1st Thames Valley Carp Masters Brasenose 2 September 2016.
- 1st Pallatrax Open Tamar Lakes September 2016.
- 1st UK Carp Championships Singles Final Brasenose 1 October 2016.
- 1st Ashima Carp Championships Final Broadlands October 2016.
- 1st Deception Carp Cup Crowes Heath. October 2016.