Hall of Fame - F

Danny Fairbrass

Danny Fairbrass

Inducted: March 2014

Danny is the man behind the highly influential Korda brand. Every angler reading this will have an item of Korda tackle in their bag, and there is no denying the company has made a significant impact on carp fishing over the past 10 years.

An angler all of his life, Danny began his career selling leads on the banks of the famous Walthamstow Reservoirs complex in east London. In 1993 he quit his job with Nat West to go full-time with Korda, taking his leads to an angling show where he managed to make a profit. This laid the foundations for his company, Korda Developments, which today sells products throughout Europe and beyond and boasts one of the biggest followings of recent times.

It isn’t just on the business side where Danny has excelled. He was the brains behind the highly successful Underwater DVDs, which are now in their eighth series. He is also a presenter on the Korda-backed TV series Thinking Tackle and a regular on the carp show circuit. His contribution to carp fishing has been significant over the past 20 years and today his company runs tutorials for young anglers up and down the country and is a financial supporter of the Angling Trust-backed Carp Team England.

Together with his mate Damian Clarke, Danny was the winner of the British Carp Angling Championships in 2001, and during his career he has also been a dab hand with big fish. His current UK personal best is 48lb 10oz, while overseas it is a 72lb mirror known as The Giant from his own Gigantica Lake in France. He has fished many famous waters during his time and has a habit of coming up trumps wherever he goes.

Pete Frost

Pete Frost

Inducted: March 2014

Frosty, as he is known to his friends, is essentially a very successful all-round angler, but went through the ‘obligatory’ carp phase when he became obsessed with the species.

During this time he fished with and influenced some of the country’s finest carp anglers of the 1960s: Bill Keal, Jack Hilton, Bill Quinlan, Roger Smith, Alec Lewis, Len Arbery and Kenny Ewington. Pete is particularly known for his exploits at Tiddenfoot Pit in the 1960s where he caught carp to 31lb. He was for many years a member of the redoubtable Hertfordshire Specimen Group. Jack Hilton wrote a short chapter in his highly regarded book, Quest for Carp, titled ‘My Friend Pete’, which recounted some of Frosty’s early exploits.

Though never a prolific writer, Frosty (or Uncle Pete as he became known to his younger friends in later years) did put pen to paper on a few occasions. An early member of the British Carp Study Group, Pete’s contribution to carp fishing was acknowledged in 1980 when he was elected as the Group’s chairman. He was subsequently made an honorary vice-president.

After a long and illustrious life in angling, including a great deal of voluntary involvement in the administrative side (clubs, societies and consultative, etc.), Pete Frost absolutely deserves his election into the Carp Fishing Hall of Fame.

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