Ray Best

Sat 23 August 14



Ray Best


I’ve been an angler for over 37 years and have become very adapt in all aspects of fresh water course fishing, which I put down to the fact that I have been fortunate enough to learn from some of the biggest names in angling both past and present including Match angling legend Ivan Marks who was without question a true anglers angler who had time for everyone especially the juniors who flocked to watch him during the seventies and more recently Carp anglings original nut case Derek “the Don” Ritchie who taught me that keeping things simple catches fish.

Over the many years that I have been associated with the sport I have been very fortunate and fished on some fantastic venues both natural and man made up and down the country. I have been lucky enough to experience some incredible sessions landing Catfish to 42lb 4oz, Mirror Carp to 30lb, Common Carp to 28lb 12oz, Bream to 12lb 2oz, Tench to 10lb 4oz, Barbel to 11lb 7oz, Chub to 7lb 4oz, Perch to 4lb lb. The highlight of my angling career was catching 72 carp in 12 hours for a total weight that was well over 600lb from the superb Biggin Lakes near Oundle Northamptonshire.

Over the past seven years I have featured in numerous articles for various publications and now co- run www.ukmatchangler.com which is a review and information centre for fresh water anglers, reviewing and field test tackle and bait for over 50 individual companies. I have recently passed my Angling Development Board Level 1 coaching course with plans to take my Level 2 at the next available opportunity. This skill will then make it possible for me to put something back into the sport that over the years has given me so much pleasure.


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