Des Shipp

England Match International

I used to fish with my parents then brother, focusing on natural venues; canals, rivers and lakes etc. Then began fishing for a local club. This moved on to fishing for Thatcher’s, which at the time was the best team in the south west of England. In the early 90’s when fishing canals and rivers, also became acquainted with commercial fisheries. On the way, picked up more experience in most disciplines. As Thatcher’s began qualifying for big finals against teams such as Dorking, Shakespeare and Barnsley, continued to gather experience.

Eventually was approached by Dorking and decided to fish with them. This again brought chances to fish new venues and that is where my bloodworm and joker fishing began which eventually ended up with me fishing for England. I have now been involved with Dorking for 15 years and team England for over 10 years

I enjoy all styles of fishing but on the right day, my chosen style would be long pole with worms and casters for anything that swims.