Hall of Fame - A
Inducted: March 2012
During the last six decades Bruce Ashby has fished for little else other than carp and in doing so has become one of the most successful long-term catchers of carp ever. I’m pretty sure Bruce Ashby was the first angler in the UK to land 10 carp over 20lb in one season and the first to land a total of 100 twenties, records he will hold forever./p>
It all started for Bruce in the late 1950s in his home county of Kent. It was a time when carp anglers were using potatoes for bait and split cane for rods. As his experience grew he searched out waters containing bigger fish and soon found he was catching double-figure carp with some regularity and then 20-pounders started to figure in his catches. Bruce’s carp catches in particular attracted the attention of the carp fishing world in the early 1970s. No less a name than Peter Mohan, British Carp Study Group founder and father figure, heaped praise upon Bruce at every opportunity. And there’s no getting away from the fact that by the late summer of 1974 Bruce had accounted for a grand total of 53 carp over 20lb in his career; this included three mirrors over 30lb landed in 1974 alone, a quite unique achievement at the time (his first 20-pounder came in 1964.)
Bruce Ashby is equally well-known for his rod making business which has been around for years and there are countless fans both here in the UK and Europe that swear by his work.
Additionally, for over 25 years Bruce Ashby has a been a member of the Savay syndicate, having landed a substantial number of big carp during this time, and he is as keen as ever to get on the bank. A truly remarkable carp angler and worthy Hall of Fame inductee.