Chris Vandervleit

NAME: Chris Vandervleit

LIVES: Abridge, Essex

OCCUPATION: Diagnostics Technician


  • Embassy Pairs Champion 2001 (with Gary Miller)
  • Fish'O'Mania Finalist 2009
  • Maver Match This Finalist 2013
  • 4x Team Champs Winter League Final wins with Essex County VDE
  • 4x Evesham Festival Team Champions with Essex County VDE

TEAM: None

BIGGEST FISH: 25lb mirror carp.

BEST MATCH WEIGHT: 252lb from Rolfs Lake in the Semi Final of the Drennan Knockout Cup

FAVOURITE METHODS: Anything that catches fish

FAVOURITE VENUES: Lake John, Cross Drove and Barston Lake.

ANGLING AMBITIONS: To compete at the highest level. Enjoy my hobby.

FAVOURITE ITEM OF TACKLE: Has to be the Acolyte range of poles and rods.


Chris has been match fishing since the age of 18 and the legendary Dickie Carr became his lifelong friend, mentor and travelling partner when he was 23. Together they fished for Loughton Angling Centre and then Team Robbos.

When Chris got the call up to fish for the mighty Essex County VDE, he found himself fishing with top anglers like Kim Milson, Bob Nudd, Wayne Swinscoe, Pete Vasey, Derek Young, Mark Pollard and Darren Davies to name a few. 

When Essex County sadly folded he spent a few years with Maver Image but now enjoys fishing as an individual and big events such as Fish'O'Mania, Match This, the UK Champs and the Drennan Knockout Cup.