Team UKMA Profile Andy Loble

Tue 28 October 14


Andy with a stunning river brace

After many years of being told to keep my work life and hobbies separate I decided to go against the grain and I am now working around my hobby and first love – fishing. To say I am happy would be a huge understatement. Having completed a Foundation Degree in Fishery Management and Fish Science at Sparsholt Agricultural College, I went on to be part of the event management team for the World Carp Classic. I have worked on the River Thames doing river restoration and conservation work, and yes my office was a boat! It gave me the perfect opportunity to eye up some amazing locations to eventually give a dangle. Having spoken to members of the Thames Angling Conservancy group and the very knowledgeable EA Lock Staff, I am hoping to sneak some fish out soon. I have since worked for the Environment Agency in the capacity of Fisheries & Biodiversity Officer and just finished working with Thames21 as their Training Officer.

I have completed my Level 2 Angling Coaching Qualification which has given me a fabulous opportunity to put something back into our fabulous sport. This opportunity was initially with ‘For Life Experiences’ based in Romsey, Hampshire. I was assisting with the running of the FLE Fishery at Greenridge Farm, as well as coaching and dealing with some of the marketing, which has turned out to be a very rewarding job for a fantastic organisation

As a total bonus, I’m now working for the Angling Trust as the Regional Angling Development Officer for Yorkshire & Humber. It is going to be a challenging role cover Game, Course and Sea fishing with one of the largest counties in the country.

I am continuing to keep my angling varied and have enjoyed fishing London’s canals this summer with a number of fish over the 20lb mark. I have also had some bumper bream sessions and more recently beaten my chub pb and matched my perch pb.
Having just moved to Yorkshire I am slowly finding my feet but going to have a go at taming some northern pike and have a dabble at some grayling.

Current PBs stand at:

Barbel – 16.12lb River Kennet
Perch – 4.4lb Sussex Commercial & 4.4lb Grafham Water
Roach – 2.1lb River Itchen
Bream – 15.12lb Berkshire Pit
Pike – 21.12lb
Carp – 36.12lb Stillwater 27.15lb river 24.4lb Canal
Grayling 2.8lb River Test
Dace – 11oz River Test
Chub – 5.13lb River Trent
Tench – 9.14lb (a double will grace my net soon)
Tope – 29lb Welsh Coast – Off My Way


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