I have been fishing since a young kid both recreational and commercial I am also a trustee and one of the founders of Heroes on the water UK a charity set up to help our injured vets rehabilitate through the means of kayak fishing. I took up Kayak fishing in 2008 which was the best thing i had done and realised there was no club so early 2009 SWKA was born and its grown ever since. I love to travel to as many places as I can to fish to get a bit of variety of different species and meet old and new friends but love nothing more than watch the club members get involved in the courses and fishing meets we put on.
I love all sorts of country and water sports,been a bit of a fishing fanatic in my life,was once a keen fisherman and bailiff on the river Tywi in Carmarthen and spent many a year being a true game fishing enthusiast, however the ocean always had a big place in my heart having fished for many clubs and associations,and when I came across the SWKA club and forum and the friendly companionship that came with, I took my fishing hobby to the next level also excelling my abilities and experience along with it with the knowledge of the members and courses we have been put through. I have tried many sports in my life and finally found the one that fulfils my needs and also love to share what I have learnt with up and coming members.
Since I can remember I’ve always fished. Being brought up in the Scotland that meant one thing, fly fishing. Nearly every weekend I was on a boat somewhere fishing for trout with my brother. The only exception was during the summer holidays, spent mainly in either Devon or Cornwall. You would more often than not find me sat on the harbour wall of Mevagissey, Brixham, Falmouth, Port Isaac basically anywhere I could get a rod in the water. Ever since then I've fished from the shore or boat fishing whenever I could. Whilst fishing from the shore and catching nothing I watched a guy just a little bit further out in a kayak pulling fishing in constantly. That was it, I had to have a kayak. A kayak gives so much freedom, allowing you to fish waters a shore or boat fisherman can’t reach. SWKA was a natural progression, the club is an amazing wealth of knowledge and the members go out of their way to help. I’m an out and out lure fisherman and spend most of my time either buying lures or paddling the waters around the Pembrokeshire coast, mainly for bass and Pollack.
I'm a very keen angler with 30yrs experience covering a wide range over the years. My dad was a charter boat skipper when I was a young lad and this is where my love affair with angling began with most weekends spent on the boat fishing, once I arrived into my mid-teens saw me beach fishing upto three times weekly and helping out on my uncles trawler earning cash to spend on fishing gear. Aged 22 I bought my first boat a little 17ft fast fisher where I spent three years fishing from newport to porthcawl learnt a lot from my dad and uncle about the hazards around the bristol channel so when I purchased my first kayak around ten years ago I never looked back, the boat lasted a year after the kayak arrived before I ditched all other forms of fishing and now if im fishing its on a kayak. I'm predominantly a big fish angler but fishing is fishing, nothing satisfies me more than helping newbies into this wonderful sport, running them through safety procedures and techniques and watching them flourish one of the main reasons I joined south wales kayak anglers.