Graham West

Blackhorse Team Captain

I started fishing at the age of 5. My dad used to take me to the great Ouse every Sunday morning in the heart of Bedford. In my early years, I used to fish with Luton Angling Club juniors, which is where I learnt all about fishing squat and pinkies on the Grand Union Canal.

I then progressed to the senior matches, where at the age of 16 I was successfully winning senior matches.

At the age of 19, I joined the then awesome, Image Blackhorse, the original team with match stars such as Mark Pollard, Mark Bird and Rob Hewison to name a few. This is where I gained so much knowledge, with "Polly" as my mentor. During those years, I gained a wealth of experience, by winning team nationals and reaching winter league finals/ semi finals.
I suppose that's the reason why team fishing has always been my true love in my match fishing career.

I have been fortunate to win some big matches individually over the years, however, nothing is better than winning a big team event when surrounded by your friends. All the hard work practising and effort put in by everyone, and to come out on top is a great feeling. Over the years I have fished for some top teams including Browning Hotrods, Sensas Image, Team Browning, but about 9 years ago, some of the original Blackhorse lads, decided to reform and get back on the canals, with some great success.

Four years ago we became sponsored by tackle giants Preston Innovations and now fish under the prestigious Preston innovations Blackhorse name.

I am joint captain, and last year we finished 6th overall in the Angling Trust Winter league final out of the top 32 teams in the country.