Big Carp | Ricky Graham
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Ricky Graham


I’m 37 years old and have been fishing since the age of 5 when my father used to take me to Deal pier sea fishing, catching little pouting and whiting from around the pier legs, that’s where I got addicted to fishing.  As I have grown up I got into general coarse fishing, then I found I needed more of a challenge so used to target the bigger fish of the species like perch over 3lb, big bream and so on. Around the age of 15 I got the Carp bug and started fishing more and more for the Carp. I caught a few cats along the way but more by accident than anything else.


I now nearly fish exclusively for Carp and Cats with the odd session for Pike. I kind of fell in to Cat fishing by accident when I got asked to help out with the Catfishing against Cancer event (more due to my website and social media building skills). I still do a bit of sea fishing but that is mostly in the winter.

My time on the bank can be limited as me and my partner have 6 children between us, so time can be a bit restricted for me! When I do get out fishing I tend to fish lakes around the south east such as Orchard Place Farm, Lovelace, Charlies in Ashford, Furnace lakes etc.
Whilst I am yet to catch a really big catfish I have had quite a few 40 plus fish with my pb currently standing just shy of 50lb at 49lb 10z… I am confident I will get a 50 plus this year.  I am the type of angler who is constantly looking to improve


things, if I don’t like a way a rig behaves in the water i will change and adapt it until I’m happy. I am never afraid to try something new or to think outside the box. I also like to record video underwater using my Waterwolf to see how fish react to baits and presentation styles so when I’m not on the bank I’m still learning by reviewing the videos.

A few Personal bests (all UK)

Perch 3lb8oz; Roach 2lb9; Pike 22lb 3oz; Common carp 33lb8; Mirror Carp 38lb6; Catfish 49lb 10oz; Eel 5lb; Sturgeon 31lb5; ; Bream 12lb4oz

Ricky Graham

On behalf of Catfishing Against Cancer (CAC)