Hall of Fame - S
Inducted: December 2017
An angler since the sixties, and a dedicated carp angler since the seventies, Brian Skoyles encapsulates everything that is required to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Hailing originally from Norfolk, married life saw Brian and Liz set up home in the Hull area and they've never looked back since, with Brian being adopted as a northern carp angler in the eyes of most.
Although his early days were as a specialist angler, carp fishing bit hard in the seventies and he soon became recognised for his catches locally and nationally. A big supporter of the Carp Society from its early years, Brian was a long-time regional organiser for the Humberside region, an acclaimed speaker countrywide for the Society and Junior Features Editor for Carp Fisher for many years.
He is a long-time Nutrabaits stalwart since the mid-eighties and a Daiwa consultant from the mid-nineties. Brian also co-wrote a book on floater fishing with Chris Ball, put together the gigantic sixth BCSG book, and has contributed to numerous books and stepped into finish the Improve Your Carp Fishing book that Kevin Green started but was unable to complete due to his untimely death. He has contributed to numerous magazines such as Carpworld, Crafty Carper, Advanced Carp Fishing and IYCF with his floater fishing pieces inspiring many an angler to wind in those bottom baits and try something new.
Seemingly at home on all waters from inland seas to local ponds, canals to rivers, in the UK and abroad (Canada and China to name just two) he truly is a master of most disciplines of carp fishing. Whilst he's not one to court publicity it's fair to say that Brian has contributed as much as anyone to carp fishing events both for charity and for youngsters. From the Korda Academy to the Junior Carp School, to raising money for all sorts of local and national charities no-one has done more for free.
Inducted: December 2017
Inducted: March 2017
Apart from his highly-acclaimed book, Carp and the Carp Angler (1980), George Sharman has remained pretty much below the hustle and bustle of popular carp fishing. Nonetheless, George has been actively involved in carp fishing in a multitude of ways for over 50 years, catching his first carp in 1965 and remaining committed to the species ever since.
Some anglers will remember George’s improvements in electric bite alarms, his logical and scientific considerations of carp growth rates and diet, winter carp fishing, properties of fishing lines, hook design and bait. A few older anglers may also remember his educational and entertaining slide shows/talks. A few of George’s articulate articles have appeared in commercial magazines, but mostly they have been reserved for the specialist magazines of the British Carp Study Group and the Carp Society. George was an early member of the BCSG and for many years their Scientific Adviser, and he assisted Tim Paisley with the formation of the Carp Society in 1981. He was also an active member of the Hallamshire Specimen Group for many years in his home town of Sheffield. His contribution to carp fishing has been considerable, and his innovations and knowledge have been passed on to others in a free and generous manner.
Inducted: March 2010
Often referred to as "Sir Pete" this angler is regarded by many as very near the top of the tree for his captures, often from remarkably difficult lakes and gravel pits.
That said, Pete is equally at home on smaller waters and in the early 1980s managed a remarkable run of big fish from the hallowed Redmire Pool.
Early places he fished included the Yeoveney gravel pit where in 1978 he banked the largest brace ever at the time with mirrors of 36½lb and 38½lb. He was also successful at the nearby Longfield and is perhaps best known for his captures from another nearby fishery – Wraysbury No. 1 Lake. Pete fished Wraysbury at a time when it still had the "impossible" tag and eventually landed the record-to-be Mary when it weighed 45lb 6oz and later at 51½lb. Also on Peter’s CV is Yateley’s Heather the Leather and Bazil, and the biggie from Sonning Eye way before they became famous fish.
Since retiring from the Hoover Company Pete has in recent years fished in the Colne Valley, taking many fish to over 40lb, and some very big tench, too. However, it is the picture of that Yeoveney brace (seen here) on the back cover of Carp Fever, Kevin Maddock’s massively popular book of the early 1980s, that sticks in many people’s minds. A truly remarkable carp angler.
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Inducted: March 2013
Derek is an East End boy and also a product of the post-war baby boom. His early fishing years were under the guiding hand of his father but it wasn’t until the late 1960s that he fell under the spell of carp fishing. Derek fished many famous carp waters of their time – Waveney Valley, Darenth, Horton Kirby, Sutton, Bysingwood, the Railway Pool, Yateley, Longfield, Redmire, Savay and North Harrow – to name just a few, and in the 1970s was a regular fishing companion of HNV boilie inventor Fred Wilton.
Appreciating that it is necessary to give something back to fishing, Derek has been involved in running local angling clubs and national organisations over many years. He organised the Essex region of the British Carp Study Group and later was part of the inaugural discussions in the setting up of the very successful Carp Society at Sheffield in 1981. He became an early Chairman of the Society. Some years later, when the Carp Society was experiencing financial difficulties, he returned and, with several others, assisted in sorting out its problems. Derek took on the role of treasurer and helped to put the Society back on a sound financial footing with a lot of hard work.
For many years Derek was a regular contributor to Carp-Talk, as well as writing features for a variety of other angling publications. He has published two books on carp fishing; the first Winter Carping appeared in 1991 and his second Too Many Rods in 2011.
Inducted: March 2015
Elliott Symak was an early member of the British Carp Study Group, having tasted success on the Peterborough Electricity Cut after starting carp fishing at the venue in 1965. Within a few months Elliott had caught more 20lb carp than most long-standing carp anglers, many years his senior.
During the 1960 and 70s Elliott fished many waters around the Peterborough area, occasionally straying further afield – usually with success – and in June 1983 he caught a fish of 38½lb from Lincolnshire. He began writing of his exploits in the national angling periodicals in 1966 as well as specialist carp magazines, such as those published by the BCSG. He was also a prolific writer in the influential Carpworld magazine for many years from its inception, and has penned one book about carp fishing, a story of a love affair with a particular lake, titled Mywater.
Elliott Symak was an early member of the British Carp Study Group, having tasted success on the Peterborough Electricity Cut after starting carp fishing at the venue in 1965. Within a few months Elliott had caught more 20lb carp than most long-standing carp anglers, many years his senior. During the 1960 and 70s Elliott fished many waters around the Peterborough area, occasionally straying further afield – usually with success – and in June 1983 he caught a fish of 38½lb from Lincolnshire. He began writing of his exploits in the national angling periodicals in 1966 as well as specialist carp magazines, such as those published by the BCSG. He was also a prolific writer in the influential Carpworld magazine for many years from its inception, and has penned one book about carp fishing, a story of a love affair with a particular lake, titled Mywater.
Elliott was one of the early proponents of cold-water winter carp fishing and, along with Peter Mohan, formed the National Winter Carp Group in the late 1960s.
After a lifetime involved in carp fishing, in 1996 Elliott managed to purchase his own fishery, Northey Park, near Peterborough. Since then much of his time has been devoted to developing the 90-acre site.