Team UKMA Profile Martin Lawrence
Sun 19 June 16
Name: Martin Lawrence
UK Mirror Carp: 40lb
UK Common Carp: 35lb
UK River Carp: 31lb
Favourite Bait: Sweetcorn, and peanut coconut boilies
Favourite Method: Stalking them in the edge
Favourite Venue: The Woolpack (Godmanchester) and St Ives Lakes Fishery
The evening of June 16th 1976 was when it happened. It wasn’t called Carp Fever then, but it’s what I got from a little six pound mirror caught on a float fished luncheon meat and marmite special. And the Fever still courses through my veins forty years on.
I’ve lived, worked and fished in various parts of East Anglia, but have always had a soft spot for the Ouse Valley in Cambridgeshire. I love fishing for old English scaly chunks, not necessarily of monster proportions, just so long as they make me buzz when I see them in the water, and punch the air when they hit the back of the landing net.
In 2011 I fulfilled a dream when my first book, Bivvy Tramps – a fenland tale, was published by Tim Paisley at Angling Publications. It’s a fishing novel based around characters on a quest for the legendary Fat Lady in St Ives Lagoon. This was followed up a couple of years later by Bivvy Tramps –the ultimate rig, a tale in which Kes Waterman and his mates go in search of French lumps and the awesome Black Jack from St Ives Fjords. I have also written articles and tongue-in-cheek blogs for Carpworld magazine.
Over the last couple of years I have been a member of St Ives Lakes Fishery, trying to follow in the footsteps of my fictional characters, with varying degrees of success. I will be documenting my exploits on St Ives and at other local venues in a series of blogs for Ukcarpangler.com.