Highly competitive Coarse match angler, Jonathan Watt from Lewes in East Sussex has joined the Hardy & Greys Coarse Academy.
Starting fishing aged ten years old, catching Rudd and Perch on his local lake before progressing onto fish rivers and more established venues, Jonathan was first spotted fishing the Sussex Ouse, before being invited to join and represent the then powerful Isfield & District Angling Club Team as a Junior, fishing against adults.
Described as one of Britain’s hottest match anglers in The Angling Times in 2006, Jonathan regularly takes part in competitions on the open match circuit and has broken venue records at Framfield Fisheries, Passies Ponds and Old Bury Hill with Carp weights.
Jonathan also broke the UK record for the biggest pole caught fish under NFA match rules when he landed a monster Wells Catfish, at the Faulkenvile fishery in East Sussex. Tipping the scales at 33lbs, this was one of a combined 5 fish haul that went over the Ton in a team contest.
A regular contributor to the publication ‘Improve Your Coarse Fishing’, Jonathan said;
“I am delighted to be part of the Hardy & Greys Coarse Academy. I enjoy learning and with so many new techniques required to achieve consistent good bags of fish, all the years of practice are now starting to pay dividends. Going forwards, I would like to continue to be competitive and embrace the wonderful advancement in modern tackle from Hardy & Greys and its development to help me stay ahead of the game.”
Jonathan joins Academy Manager, Dave Coster, John Bailey, Cathal Hughes, Tony Runnalls, Dave Burgess, Andy Charlton and new member, Lee Taylor in the Academy.