TEAM SPABAITS

Leigh Leavesley
Head Consultant

I started fishing at a very young age; local rivers and lakes then moving into match fishing before progressing to carp fishing in my teenage years. I have fished all manor of waters throughout the UK but my passion is big windswept gravel pits chasing those special fish. I am currently pitting my wits against the fish in the mighty St Ives Complex along with a couple of other special waters and day tickets throughout the UK. 

My go-to approach is a bottom bait on my favourite wide gape combi rig. I'm also willing to adapt to any given situation. My favourite bait has to be the Milky Fizz but I use all of the bait from the SPABAITS range. 

I have been lucky to catch some amazing fish from all over the country, but as of yet nothing comes close to the St Ives carp. There is just something about these fish and the waters they come from.

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Andrew Porter
Consultant

My carp angling the past 4/5 years have consisted of 2 waters on the same ticket in the North West. With fish as old as the hills and some mega history behind them it’s been an awesome bit of angling! Since moving to SPA baits using the FSB, the results have just got better, resulting in one of my two main targets “C scale”! The fish well over 40 years old and the complex’s biggest fish! I have also coarse and sea fished intermittently in the past but my true love is carp fishing. One venue I have a soft spot for is horseshoe lake in the Cotswolds. Such a brilliant big pit with access on a day ticket and old crusty originals to go for!

With me predominantly spot fishing in recent times I have favoured the Ronnie rig massively! The hook holds are immense and I very rarely lose fish. Saying that I am adaptable and will fish with different presentations to suit the situation. 

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Luke Boldison
Consultant

Age 26. Location Hertfordshire. UK mirror PB 39lbs. UK common PB 32lbs 8oz. I have been fishing since I was 10 years old, started out fishing on the river Colne and the Grand Union Canal, catching smaller species which is where I caught my first carp from a few years later. Ever since then I've been hooked in to carp fishing, spent a lot of time fishing club waters but now I mainly target harder syndicate venues. I have been working on and with fisheries for 7 years.

Favourite venue: Yateley car park lake. Favourite bait: Milky Fizz. Favourite rig: slip d noodle rig.

Favourite capture: on SPABAITS is my current PB at 39lbs, I caught this over a spot I pre baited for 2 weeks with a mixture of FSB and Milky Fizz whole and crumbed. This particular fish is a very rare visitor to the bank but couldn’t resist FSB and Milky Fizz

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Craig Thomas
Consultant

I have been carp fishing since I was a young lad catching carp up to double figures on local farm ponds. As I’ve got older I’ve travelled all around the country fishing day ticket waters and have been lucky enough to catch a few along the way. I’ve also fished in France a lot over the years and managed to catch common carp up to 74 lb and mirrors up to 63 lb . I’m currently fishing a local syndicate in the South West called Lakeside View, this has to be one of my favourite waters . Beautiful well run fishery with absolutely beautiful looking carp. My current English PB was caught from here in July 2020 at a very welcome 44 lbs. This fish was caught on the AK which is a very good bait and has caught me a lot of fish. In recent months I’ve been using the FSB and this bait has caught most of my fish this year. I’ve found fishing a pink FSB dumbell hook bait over this to be very effective on my syndicate. Rig wise IQ D rigs have to be one of my favourite rigs at the minute for hard bottom lake beds . If silty or choddy I then turn to spinner rigs fished on helicopter set ups .

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Robert Morris
Consultant

I have fished for carp for the last 35 years. I run my own water in south Shropshire and would class myself as a seasoned angler. My favourite venues are the Shropshire waters as most are silty weedy lakes. If I had to choose 1 base mix and 1 hook bait it would be FSB frozen and this would always be with a match the hatch cork dust wafter. Rig choice is normally a combi rig fished rotary style. My chosen style of fishing is close range where I can study the carp behaviour as much as possible. Shallow gin clear water give me this option and this is where I have the most success. Big waters are my love and I am still happy to fish at close range on these kind of venues. The catch that stands out the most for me would be of an old warrior from a local Herefordshire mere that I started fishing back in 1992. It didn’t hold anything of note back then but with time the fish has moved on and it was on my return in 2017 that I captured this fish on a FSB wafter, casting a 1oz lead on a combi rig to a single fish showing close in. The result was one of the very sought after mirrors in the lake at 30 lbs 6oz. I don’t think it had been out for 2 years previous and has not seen the bank since.

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Joe Darby
Consultant

Hi my names Joe, I've been general fishing since a young age and properly carp fishing for quite a few years now. Mostly fishing in the Devon area, various day tickets and a few syndicates. Since using spa baits I've mostly been using the FSB which has done me constant bites on a variety of waters.

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Richard Beamish
Consultant

I’ve fished all sorts of venues in the past; from tricky local Norfolk waters to where I find myself these days on a 100 acre low stock sailing club water with some proper Old English carp. I find myself at home there. I use a mixture of the FSB and Maple Digest with Nouvelle Fizz pop ups which I’ve had some success on. They've helped me catch my favourite carp to date out of the big pit. I'm still on there currently, chasing a Norfolk 40, that’s my mission.

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