Anglers Mail journalist Gary Newman is a respected and world travelled specimen hunter. At home on any venue, Gary’s list of big fish is endless. From fishing for Barbel on the River Thames, to Alligator Gar fishing in Kansas, USA, Gary has caught them all.
Gary joins the SSP Baits team hoping to contribute on bait ranges with his extensive knowledge of baits, flavours and ingredients. An innovator at heart, Gary is always looking for an edge to fall the biggest fish in the river or lake.
Gary has fished many countries throughout the world including Brazil, China and many notorious venues in Europe. He is most happy, however, fishing for specimen Barbel, Tench and Bream, on a variety of rivers and lakes throughout the country. A valued member here at Team SSP.
“I can suit my baiting campaign to the venues that I fish now that I have a different colour food source”
When I was 14-years-old, I fished my first senior match on the River Lea in 1971. It was run by Dave Hemmings and included in the field were angling greats such as Dickie Carr, Ade Scutt, and Dennis Lipscombe. I was fortunate enough to finish 2nd, as much a shock to me and my pal, as to the rest of the field. I went on to have many successful years, fishing for some of the best match-teams in the south east of England. My most enjoyable times were while fishing for Browns-Barclays, with the likes of Kevin Stack, Mark (Hoyeboy) Hoye, Ian Copeland, Tom Legge, Rob Bishop, Stu Redman, the list goes on. As a group of young unknowns, we took the match scene by storm. I also enjoyed some great times fishing individual matches, often framing with a lucky bream, tench, or chub.
Having achieved all I had hoped for, in 1994, I returned to my true love, chasing specimen bream. I have had some remarkable fish, some of the biggest coming during the cold months of January, February and March. Having seen many winter matches won with bream, I decided one winter’s day to have a good crack at the bream on a huge Lea Valley lake. After a couple of blanks, I snared my first winter double and never looked back. I now have a firm belief that the bigger bream, with a large body mass need to feed early in the year to prepare them for spawning. Around 2005, I started to focus on big tench, with the Bream never far from my thoughts. Again, I had some remarkable fish, including several double figure fish. I now find a reasonable balance between the two.
Over the years, through match fishing, and more recently while chasing big bream and tench, I have concentrated a lot of attention on bait. I have looked at various combinations to make the ultimate ground-bait for both species, and tried to create the perfect hook-bait to match. Interestingly, the two species are very similar in their approach to food because of their internal, and external bodily requirements. This is something I have focussed on intensely over the last couple of years, gaining a good insight into their feeding habits, tastes and needs. I have been surprised by the number of carp that having fallen foul to my ground-baiting principles, and the “small” intense hook-baits. To now be involved with SSP Baits offers me a fantastic opportunity to draw on my years of experience. Interestingly, SSP stands for Sight – Sense – Palate, the key aspects when targeting those special fish, be-it bream, tench, barble, chub, or carp. To sit around a table and work closely with angling geniuses such as Graham Dack, Kevin Stack and Mark Hoye, is a privilege. Although we all come from diverse angling back-grounds, we do share a similar in-depth understanding of fish habits. When you have top notch match-men, specimen anglers and carp hunters all sharing their ideas, all on the same page, you will end up with the ultimate bait program.
SSP Baits are exactly that, the ultimate bait program.
“Specimen fish just home in on the flavour and ingredients of this new bait”
Specimen fishing is in Rick’s blood, he has been catching specimen fish from a very early age. Ricks father was a hugely talented specimen angler, so therefore Rick had very good teacher and mentor. Brought up on famous venues like the Yateley Complex, Langhams and other Woking waters, Rick has landed most of their prized inhabitants. Rick loves to change his species attack as the year goes on, and has landed specimen Catfish, Zander and Barbel, as well as some very impressive carp.
Ricks favourite venue is Redmire Pool, the home of carp fishing, although Gillhams Fishing Resort in Thailand comes a very close second. Gillhams is home to Rick for two to three weeks every year, as he continues his hunt for colossal fish
“I just would not feel confident using another bait now”