Carp fishing is not a sport, it's not a pastime and it's not a hobby. It is an all consuming passion that drives men away from warm beds, good pubs and beautiful women.
Will Martin has been described as a fanatical carp fisherman; he has also been described as an idiot, usually by beautiful women, pub landlords and makers of warm beds. He has been fishing for over 40 years, not continuously of course although he does have the crazy ambition of fishing for a whole year.
He drifted through all the usual stages of a lifelong fisherman, from tiddler bashing on the Chase in Dagenham through to carp stalking on distant backwaters in Norfolk and Oxford. Pike fishing, specimen roach tench and big bream have all featured in his career, but since the late seventies carp have held a special place in his heart and for the last 15 years have been a small obsession. He is often found with his fishing partner, friend and little brother Steve, with whom he has shared many long road trips fishing across the south of England.
A keen amateur writer with a love of the English language Will started keeping, as many fishermen do, a journal of his fishing trips. This love of writing and his inherent sense of humour resulted in this book. He is currently writing part two of this fishing adventure and plans to publish next year.
As every fisherman knows it not always about what you catch, it's about being there. Will is happiest when surrounded by green overlooking wind ruffled water. His best carp to date is a 42lb 4oz mirror taken from a lake in Kent, although he will be the first to say that size is irrelevant and catching nothing is just an occupational hazard. Will is, at this moment, either fishing, planning to go fishing, writing about fishing or dreaming about it.
Fanatic or idiot? It depends on whether you are a beautiful woman with your own pub and a warm bed, or a fellow fisherman.