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Meet The Team: James Peet

Thursday 14th July 2022 General

As the saying goes, "Age considers, youth ventures"  and our latest addition to #teamMAP definitely embodies the inquitsitiveness of youth, shown by his all-round ability and love for fishing a variety of venues.

At just 21-years old but with a wealth of knowledge under his belt already, James Peet is already a well-known face on the UK match scene as as media manager for bait giants, Baittech, he's making waves so we're pleased to welcome him to the MAP family...

 

Who's your angling hero: It would have to be Alan Scotthorne, to win five world championships and still compete at the very highest level to this day on all types of venues is an incredible feat. 

Favourite style of fishing?: Pellet Waggler/Bomb. I love being positive with my fishing and this line, which is often fed with 8mm pellets, is a line that I really feel can be attacked and turn your match on its head! 

Favourite piece of MAP gear?: 10ft Dual Bomb Rod - this rod is capable of everything you throw at it! From short chucks with open ended cage feeders right through to fishing the bomb at big venues like Barston, its through action minimises the chance of hook pulls whilst it has just enough backbone to play fish with confidence. Also, coming with 0.5oz, 1.0oz and 1.5oz tips as standard means that you can eliminate the issue of liners moving your feeder/bomb through using the lighter tips.

10lb bag of roach or 100lb of carp?: 10lb of roach any day, whilst I love my commercial carp fishing, 10lb of roach, especially on running water would certainly be my cup of tea… caught on hemp as well, obviously? 

You, in one sentence: Absolutely mad for any form of fishing! 

One venue you would love to fish: The Voorne Canal in Holland. There’s something about clunking into huge bream in deep water on the pole that really gets me going, and after seeing the pole-caught catch shots from the canal, it has got to be the venue I’d love to visit the most! 

Winning a big money match or winning a multi-match league? It’s the big money match for me. I think at the moment they are the thing to win, and certainly fishing the qualifiers over recent years gives me the biggest buzz, the “what if” just adds to the excitement. 

Least favourite method: MUGGING! Now, I’m not saying that I don’t do a lot of mugging, because I do - it’s quite often the only way to get bites on commercials through the summer - but I feel like I’m at my best when I’m feeding bait and being ultra-positive, trying to make things happen, and although I will happily spend a full 5 hours feeding very little and picking fish off from around my feed, it isn’t my cup of tea. 

Favourite fishery: Hayfield Lakes in Doncaster. There are so many amazing fisheries up and down the country, but Hayfield seems to be the one that really gets my head going, and one I believe you really need to understand what’s going on under the water to compete. This is due to the depth of the whole venue, with depths on most pegs being well over 12ft at 13m. Your feeding and decisions have to be spot on here, as any mistakes seem to be magnified due to the depth of the place.

Best piece of angling advice you’ve been given: If in doubt, FEED! This has served me so well over the years, it certainly isn’t the be-all-and-end-all, but noine times out of 10, if you’ve won some money you would’ve been feeding more than those around you. 

Pole, waggler or feeder - choose one: Waggler for me, I find it the most exciting, even in the depths of winter I love scaling it all down and having a day’s fishing for the smaller fish. I’m also a massive fan of fishing waggler for carp in the winter on deep commercials such as Hayfield Lakes; In the afternoons, as the upper layers of the water warm up, it can be a deadly tactic fishing fishing six or 7ft deep in water that is over 20ft. Definitely something you should try if you’ve got a deep commercial near you! 

If you weren't into fishing, what would you be doing? Fortunately I have a lot of interests besides fishing, I’ve got a massive interest in cars so if I wasn’t fishing I would definitely be driving around in something much louder and less practical than I currently do! And I really do miss playing cricket so I think I’d be driving the much louder and less practical car to a cricket match! 

First fish you caught? The first fish I can remember catching was a perch on a whip whilst fishing with my dad on a local club water, I was perhaps four years old at the time. I may have caught a fish before this but that’s the first one I can recall, as I remember in the hours leading up to catching that fish I spent more time in the lilly pads than the water!

Close season - what's your verdict? I think a period of closure is definitely required to let the fish do their business! However, a one rule fits all policy isn’t the one. Many carp fisheries close at their own discretion when the fish begin to spawn and reopen when they have finished. A similar policy giving angling clubs the power to close stretches at their own discretion would be ideal in my opinion. 

Best thing about working in the angling industry? Just being around the sport every single day is a total privilege.One thing that I’ve loved over the years are the shows; I’ve always loved chatting to people and passing on knowledge and it gave me such a buzz this year being able to speak to so many people at the shows and give them advice to hopefully catch them more fish. 

What can angling do to bring more youngsters into the sport? Many companies are already doing their bit to help young anglers, but making it more accessible for newcomers with more coaching sessions and small matches for youngsters would make it even better than it already is. I personally benefited from the England talent pathway, which definitely took me to the next level with regards to my match fishing, thanks to coaching from the best anglers in the world. Before this, I also was fortunate to have one of the most popular junior leagues in the country pretty much on my doorstep; however, these leagues are few and far between and I don’t take it for granted that I had this so local to me.

What are your goals for the coming 12 months? My main goal is to reach a big money final - it’s something I’ve really enjoyed chasing over the past few years and I feel like I’ve been really close a few times. I just need to keep at it and hopefully the rest will look after itself. Apart from that I really just want to fish as much as I can and try and keep on top of my game, fishing both natural venues and commercials.

Close season - I think a period of closure is definitely required to let the fish do their business! However, a one rule fits all policy isn’t the one. Many carp fisheries close at their own discretion when the fish begin to spawn and reopen when they have finished. A similar policy giving angling clubs the power to close stretches at their own discretion would be ideal in my opinion. 
 
Best thing about working in the angling industry - Just being around the sport every single day is a total privilege, however one thing that I’ve loved this year is the shows. I’ve always loved chatting to people and passing on knowledge and it gave me such a buzz this year being able to speak to so many people at the shows and give them advice to hopefully catch them more fish. 
 
What can angling do to bring more youngsters into the sport - Many companies are already doing their bit to help young anglers, but making it more accessible for newcomers with more coaching sessions and small matches for youngsters would make it even better than it already is. 
 
Goals for the coming 12 months - My main goal is to reach a big money final, it’s something I’ve really enjoyed chasing over the past few years and I feel like I’ve been close a few times. I just need to keep at it and hopefully the rest will look after itself. Apart from that I really just want to fish as much as I can and try and keep on top of my game, fishing both natural venues and commercials.
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