Nigel Botherway

Fisherman's Blues Radio Presenter

Nigel was born with the fishing bug, and is happy to report that he still has it, 50-years later! A presenter on TalkSport's Fisherman's Blues radio show, Nigel has fished all over the globe, catching some huge specimens up to 500lb. His mission now is to pass on his own passion for angling to a new generation of youngsters through the Korum I Heart Fishing campaign.

I consider myself extremely lucky to have been born with fishing in my blood. I can’t explain it, as no one else in my family fished, but by the time I could walk and talk, I was begging my parents to take me fishing. A thankless task in those days, that usually fell to my poor mum. My dad was a pioneer of barbless hooks, as he used to cut them off to save me impaling myself. The only problem was that I never caught anything!

I finally caught my first fish, a tiny roach, at the age of five, from the Diana Pond in Bushy Park and that was it, I was well and truly hooked for life. My best friend, Steve Glassup’s dad had taken us there, and I caught the fish on his older brother Billy’s rod.

Fishing has enriched my life in so many ways since then. In fact, I can’t imagine what my life would be like – or have become – without fishing. It certainly helped me at school, I’ve made lifelong friends, enjoyed some amazing angling adventures around the world and seen so many of Mother Nature’s treats that you’ll never experience stuck indoors playing on a games console.

Fishing is a sport full of clichés, but there really is far more to fishing than fish. To me, fishing really is an excuse for just being there. As I get older, the need to actually catch anything decreases, but my love for the sport increases.

I genuinely believe that millions of people, young and old, who have never even held a fishing rod, have the same potential spark inside them as I had. It just needs igniting!

Steve, Billy and I still go fishing together now, still three kids at heart, and still spellbound by the magic of fishing!