Simon Ashton

LIVES: County Durham

OCCUPATION: Self-employed Pipe Layer

TOP ACHIEVEMENTS: Catching the current British Dace record and Scottish bream record in 2003.


  • Barbel - 12lb 5oz
  • Bream - 13lb 13oz
  • Carp - 34lb 14oz
  • Catfish - 183lb
  • Chub - 6lb 5oz
  • Dace - 1lb 5oz
  • Grayling - 2lb 1oz
  • Perch - 4lb 5oz
  • Pike - 27lb 3oz
  • Roach - 3lb 7oz
  • Rudd - 2lb 10oz
  • Tench - 9lb 12oz
  • Crucian - 3lb 10oz

BEST CATCH: Four 3lb roach and nineteen roach over 2lb in 48 hours or twelve 3lb crucians in 36 hours.

FAVOURITE METHODS: Crucian fishing using the lift method, stick float fishing on the river for dace and chub, live baiting for perch or fishing maggot feeders for tench.

FAVOURITE VENUES: Lochnaw Castle in Scotland, Blenheim Palace in oxford, and Windermere in the Lake District.

ANGLING AMBITIONS: To catch a double-figure tench, 30lb pike, 5lb perch and to continue to enjoying the sport to help others catch big fish by design.

FAVOURITE ITEM OF TACKLE: Drennan Matchpro Ultralight 15ft Float Rod

ABOUT: I'm a determined type of guy that gives 110% when I'm on the bank trying to catch big fish. With limited time on the bank, it has to used wisely. I try and pick venues with good form for big fish and do plenty of homework before any planned trips.