In 2006, they published Chris's first book in a series, the title of which is How to Fish.
The intial print-run sold out within a matter of weeks, and the book was reprinted twice, totalling 18,000 copies before being produced in paperback. At the same time, he wrote a regular column for The Daily Telegraph, which he continues to do. Although not wanting to reach the end, I was compelled to read on to find out what he did next.
For example, in November 2006, I made a recording of some of the recollections of the late, great Fred J. I did so because each possessed a wealth of experience in the world of angling, and I love stories of people’s lives; particularly the humour that abounds within them.
But it was his capture of the record-breaking 51lbs.6ozs.' mirror carp from Redmire Pool, Herefordshire in 1980, which catapulted him into the angling limelight.
'The Bishop,' as the fish was named, broke the previous British-held record carp of 44lbs.
ANGLING HERITAGE (UK) was born from the desire to preserve something of the individual, from whatever walk of life in the world of fishing, and to ensure that the memory of them endures for future generations.” Des first made contact with us at Angling Heritage when Barrie Rickards asked if he could record Recollections II about his life and times with the angler he most respected.
des, who held Barrie in equal standing was happy to participate and as he became more familiar with the goals and work of the Trust thought he would like to help.
caught from the same pool in 1952 by the legendary angler and author, Richard Walker. Although 'A Passion for Angling' was Chris's first foray into film, he had previously written three books, the most significant of which is the evocative, and often humorous first edition of Casting at the Sun (Pelham, 1986).