My name is Jake Langley-Hobbs. After being fed up with the UK for many years I decided I needed a life change. I wanted to undertake a challenge of mammoth proportions. I wanted to do what no man had done before. I decided I would go carp fishing, for a very long time!
I began my trip by slowly travelling around Europe in search of huge carp. I had my two Dobermans; Charley and Flash, to keep me company along the way. I visited France, Italy and Germany. I actually started my trip in February of 2008, and I spent four memorable months at Lac de St. Cassien; where I managed to catch 69 wonderful carp, 17 of which were over 20kg. The biggest was a 27.5kg mirror.
In July of 2008, I broke my common carp PB in Italy at Lago di Pusiano, with a superb 23kg Regine. I also fished at the German Mosel, the French Moselle, Lac de la Liez, Lac de Charmes, and Lac de Carces. I then decided to go back to one of my favourite locations at the end of 2008: Lac de St.Cassien, continuing my quest for my first carp over 30kg! I managed to bank another 38 Cassien carp with ten more over 20kg+ carp with a 26.8kg mirror being the largest, which I caught on New Years Day 2009.
I then travelled West fishing a few secret waters, before tackling Salagou for a fortnight. A few days were spent on the River Lot, after which I drove 700km to Gigantica, which was my base for a few weeks. I broke my PB at Gigantica with a massive mirror carp called Staples, who weighed 29.3kg. I then fished at Madine, after working at the 2009 WCC as an official, where I managed to sneak out a 24kg mirror. I finally finished my ten month 2009 ‘French’ tour at the Orient and managed three prizes including a 25.2kg mirror, which was my first ever Orient carp!!
I then visited Italy where I fished for eight months visiting a number of lakes. Spain is now my current home, and I am very fortunate to have a large lake known as Sierra Brava on my doorstep. In fact you could even say it is my local water these days! If you or your friends are interested in coming to fish with me at Sierra Brava, please look at my other website www.sierrabravadreams.com
Jake Langley-Hobbs & Flash.
A little more about me:
Name: Jake Langley-Hobbs
Nickname: ‘ Lang’
Commenced Fishing: 1978
Personal Best: 29.3kg mirror from Gigantica in France, 23kg common from Pusiano in Italy.
Best Moment in Fishing: Catching a 26.8kg mirror on New Year’s Day 2009 from Cassien.
Worst Moment: Dropping my Century Rod butt and Baitrunner reel into 5m deep water with the bailarm open.
Favourite Fishing Style: Stalking
Longest Session: 125 nights
Favourite Rig: Blow-back rig and 360 rig
Favourite Fishing Companion: My dogs, Charley and Flash.
Favourite Bait: Boilies & Tiger Nuts.
Favourite Lakes: Sierra Brava, Cassien, Pusiano, and also the Vale of Health in London for sentimental reasons!.
Favourite Fishing Magazines: Carpworld/International Carper.
Best thing about Carp Fishing: Meeting new people, fishing new waters and catching a carp from a new country. Oh and watching the sunrise with a cup of tea.
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