Name : Lewis Freeman
Occupation : Scaffolder
UK P.B : 39lb Mirror
Favorite Venue : Burghfield Blue Pool
Favorite bait : Dark or Red Fishmeal’s like the Virus
I started fishing from about the age of 11-12 and started in the ‘normal’ way by fishing for tench and roach etc on local waters and progressed to carp fishing at about 13-14. I met daves son Ben through school and began fishing with him on the odd occasion aswell as meeting team member Ian Simmons on a local park lake, both who introduced me to eclipse baits.
I guess I’ve been using a of variety baits from them for 8+ years now, maybe longer. I’ve used the adrenaline, tangerine, creamball, tuna and now the virus and have caught well on all of them from the off. I’ve had some superb fish from local waters and lakes further afield such as Cottington.
My style of fishing is generally short session/overnighters and I would say I’m more of a roving angler as apposed to a ‘bait and wait’ angler which fits in better with my approach obviously as I have very minimal time because of having a busy work and family life. On the flip side I have had a few longer sessions through the years and the best so far has to be this year’s trip to Cottington breaking my pb twice in the 4 days fishing.
I generally use pop ups for hookbaits and have done for many years now and Eclipse’s pop ups are without doubt the best I’ve used. They’re super buoyant and there’s a huge array to choose from. My favourites have got to be the virus and creamball flouros and the standard pineapples. All of which have served me well in the past. I like the 12mms on short chods, hinge stiffs and a simple blowback pop up rig and all the above hookbaits are brilliant on these rigs and have never compromised my presentation through lack of buoyancy.
Before using eclipse I flitted with a few baits from various companies but could never settle and found they didn’t have the quality and consistency that dave and his team provide in their baits, now Its one less thing to think about when I do go as I’m happy and confident to use anybody the baits from the eclipse stable.