Name: Neil Martin
Occupation: Self Employed Builder/ Owner Essex Carp Nights
Uk Pb: 39.02
Europe Pb: 52.08
Favourite venues: Anywhere away from the crowds
Favourite methods: Long term campaigns/Stalking
I’ve been carp fishing for 30 years with 25 years experience overseas. Worked within the fishing industry for 12+ years both in retail & french fisheries.
With limited time I tend to steer away from busy venues preferring quality angling time over targeting big carp. Spent some time fishing in Thailand which I enjoy very much catching Siamese carp in excess of 150lb. I’ve known Dave & the eclipse boys for many years and have ultimate confidence in the products, certainly takes away the doubt in my angling knowing that if the carp are there they will accept the bait.
PB : mirror 42lbs
PB : common 40lbs 6oz
From a very young age I was obsessed with being able to go fishing with my two uncles and cousin. At the age of 6 with countless amounts of casting lessons in the back garden, my uncle told me I was ready to go. I started to fish the local stretches of canals and river systems for anything and everything. As the years moved on and situations changed we where unable to go as a family. Too young and unable to drive I used to tie my gear to my bike and ride anywhere my legs could take me just to wet a line. As time passed and I met new anglers and friends I was asked to go carp fishing for a night with a few mates. At this stage I’d only ever caught small carp and hardly any of them at all. Completely unaware and oblivious to what “carp” fishing was actually about I rocked up to the lake with one rod and some glow tip floats! After the laughing at my expense stopped and we got on with fishing I managed to land a fish around 12lbs. Being a coarse/pleasure angler this to me was absolutely huge and Alien to me! But the most exciting, warm and uncontrollable feeling i’d had fishing! After being awake all night staring at my glow tip I couldn’t stop thinking about targeting carp. This is when I decided to do some research, get some gear together and chase these water hippos I was so uneducated on. This is how my fishing really changed and was solely focused on one species. 8 years on and that buzz has never left! With life consistently changing my fishing has unfortunately slowed down with only short over night sessions or day sessions becoming the majority of my fishing. But there’s not a passing moment I’m not thinking about what my next adventure is. Fishing for me was always a love…. but is now my passion!
Occupation : Co-Owner and Events Organiser at British Carp Cups and Self Employed plumbing and heating engineer.
UK P.B : 58lb + Common
Favourite Venues : Kingsbury Pine Pool. Branston Water Park. Old Mill Lakes and Airfield Lakes to name but a few.
Favourite Methods : Find ’em’ and catch ’em’. Freelining up close and personal.
Favourite Bait: Nut based. Can’t wait to try the new prototype. Have been catching on the Iconic Frankfurter.
Started fishing on the River Trent, where I learnt long trotting and the local Grantham Canal as a boy, too many years ago to remember. Fell in love with Tench and can’t describe the feeling I got when the float slid away at first light on a summers morning. In those days we had to wait until the magical 16th June to start fishing. I had caught carp whilst general course fishing but it was when I read articles by the late great Richard Walker that the bug bit, and I have certainly got it now. My wife says we eat, sleep and breath carp fishing but that could be something to do with the events we run. I enjoy trips to France, usually in the Autumn after our finals have taken place. Although carp fishing is my main pursuit I still enjoy fishing for other species. I caught my first Sturgeon last year and was over the moon with it. I still feel that same buzz that I did as a boy.
Name : Luke Campe
Occupation : Overhead Linesman
U.K. PB : mirror 45lb 02oz, common 41lb 08oz
Foreign P.B : 42lb 08oz mirror (France)
Favourite venue : Blue lagoon
Favourite tactic : campaign fishing & pre-baiting
I actually started fishing after seeing other people at a little pond angling on a campsite, no one in my family fished so I actually ended up teaching myself through books from the local library!
The usual story followed and many local lakes around Essex were fished for smaller species until the day I finally hooked into a carp…and got smashed up! What followed is what could be described as an obsession and since that day I have always wanted to catch the biggest fish in any lake I fish with a lot of determination and effort I have managed to do just that! I have fished local lakes like hadleigh reservoir and after taking the bigguns out of there I graduated to the glorious blue lagoon, catching all of the lakes old residents. From there I joined my first ever syndiate the famous star lane, and was lucky enough to catch spike and the famous Linear a day apart. Since then I have fished many other day ticket and club waters, and more recently got a ticket for a lovely Essex syndicate with some real whackers in that I can’t wait to have my picture taken with! I still and always will have an obsession with setting targets and catching the lakes largest residents, and to do that I always use a quality food bait that will help me catch the largest carp in the lake through regular and accurate baiting, I actually visit the lake more to bait than I do fish and i believe pre-baiting is by far the biggest ‘edge’ in carp fishing! I started using eclipse baits a year or so ago to actually catch a fish I had been fishing for on off for many years and couldn’t catch. Looking through old catch reports it had come out 4 times on eclipse baits, so I got myself some to try. On my second trip out with the bait I finally caught her, and I have had 100% confidence in the bait ever since! In that time I have caught countless twentys, five U.K. Thirties and three U.K. forties on the virus, so when I was asked to become a consultant for eclipse baits it was a no brainier! I can’t wait to work with the team and look forward to helping test and help create many more jaw dropping baits for lots of other anglers just like myself to realise their dreams with!
Name : Matt Berale
Occupation : Insurance Broker
UK PB : 54lb 4oz Mirror & 39lb 10oz Common
Fav venues : Braxted Back Lake, Orchid, Cleverley Mere
Favour Bait : Tuna & Krill
I’ve been fishing since I was about 8 or 9 years old, my mates and I would go down the local River Brain in Witham in search of anything that would eat our maggots or bread. It wasn’t until 1991 when I caught my first “proper” carp from Silver End Front Pit and this is when the carp bug really took hold, I’ve always fished as much as I can since that point.
Over the years I’ve fished a lot of the local club lakes and syndicates, I also enjoyed a few years back and forth to Cambridgeshire and it’s beautiful gravel pits. I work full time and have a busy home life so making the most of my time on the bank is paramount, I usually only fish weekends with the odd midweek overnighter here and there.
I started using the Tuna & Krill last season, I was fishing an extremely tricky club water at the time and managed to land two of the lake’s most sought after commons within a month! This proved the bait’s worth to me in a big way, with the correct application and rigs it can really unlock doors, when getting bites is tough going.
I’ll be concentrating my efforts on a couple of club waters this season and am massively looking forward to being part of Eclipse team whilst doing so.
Consultants Name : Simon Giblin
UK P.B : 60lb (the Fat Lady from St Ives)
Uk River P.B : 41lb
Simon Giblin has been fishing since he was 8 years old and caught his first carp by the time he was 13. He is also no stranger to the big carp scene having fished some of the hardest most renowned UK venues around including St Ives, the Yateley complex and numerous Lea Valley waters to name but a few, landing some truly iconic fish such as bazil and the fat lady being just 2 famous examples in addition to the other 10 UK 40’s he has landed . Si is also one of the few angler’s in the UK to land a 40lb river carp at 41lb which is an incredible feat. Si’s broad in depth knowledge of all things carp and bait related make him an absolute asset to the Eclipse Baits consultancy team.
Consultants Name : Lloyd Buckley
UK P.B : 46.12
favourite venue : Currently fishing in the Lee Valley and a southern farm pond
favourite boilie : red fishmeals
I have been a keen angler for a very long time now , but over the last 5 years my interest in singling out particular carp has grown immensely , not always the biggest carp but the ones with age and history behind them , it doesn’t matter what size or type of lake they are in you will find me trying to catch them … Over the years I have used large amounts of fish meal bollies in baiting campaigns to catch the carp I am targeting which is a superb way of singling out the biggun’s whilst still ensuring they’re dietery need’s are met.
Consultants Name : Dean Spratt
Occupation : Painter and Decorator
Position within Eclipse Baits : Consultant
UK P.B : 38lb 8oz Mirror
Favorite Venue : The Lea Valley
Favorite bait : Spicy Fishmeal/Virus
Dean has been carp fishing for about 17 years and was a keen coarse and match angler before the carp fishing bug grabbed hold of him. Dean also actively campaigns for various charities and has always been involved with the testing of bait in one capacity or another so it makes him the ideal candidate for our panel of consultants.
Dean says: I’m delighted to be involved with Eclipse Baits as it is a company moving forward rapidly and holds a wealth of bait knowledge and real world angling experience. The boilie range has already given me a serious edge and some amazing results in competition fishing and banking targets and I look forward to the oncoming seasons with aim to help the company grow and promote a bait range that will catch you fish from any venue regardless of the time of year.
Consultants Name : Steve Newman
Occupation : Scaffolder
Position within Eclipse Baits : Consultant
UK P.B : 44lb Common, 42lb 12oz Mirror, Foreign p.b. 52lb Mirror, 46lb Common.
Favorite Venue : Blue Lagoon and Area 52
Favorite bait : Fishmeal Boilie
Steve Newman has been a loyal customer and friend to Eclipse Baits since the companies inception and during that time we have seen this quiet and unassuming man catch some incredible carp from a diverse spectrum of waters. Steve’s approach is based around the simple ethos of “find them, feed them and catch them” and he certainly does this well so we are delighted to have Steve on board as on one of our consultants.
Steve says; I started fishing at an early age with my Dad on some Essex Club waters for a variety of coarse species but then I hooked my my first carp at the tender age of 10 and became obsessed with their elusive habits and the methods required to catch them, spending every available spare moment fishing for them. My carp angling journey has taken me to all sorts of local day ticket and club waters such as Doggets, Rochford Reservoir, Johnsons, Stambridge and the Colony Complex being just a few such examples but as my fishing progressed I started to fish more demanding venues such as the Cleverley Fisheries Quarry, Boyton and Ladywell venues. I have always been inspired to fish much larger waters so my next challenge was the big gravel pit known as Area 52 in Reading where I caught some incredible fish but more recently I have joined the Star Lane Syndicate for its lovely old fish. I feel truly honoured to be part of the Eclipse Baits consultancy Team and am relishing the prospect of developing and testing new ideas and products.
Consultants Name : Kyle Poxon
Occupation : Bait manufacturer
UK P.B : 40+ common
favourite venue : Star Lane (Essex)
favourite bait : loves to test the new prototypes
Kyle has grown up learning how to catch many species of fish on various lakes around the Essex area but progressing to carp and becoming a member of the commitee on the star lane syndicate has been just some of the highlights of this talented anglers career so far ,he has also been responsible for testing various baits within the Eclipse range, catching many thirtys and the big common out of Star Lane at 40+. He has become a integral part in the production and development of the Eclipse range of products.