We’re pleased to have Fennel from fennelspriory.com
on board as FLE Ambassador. He’s a traditional angler who fishes for wild carp in secluded waters, and is a lifestyle and countryside author known for his Fennel’s Journal books and Contented Countryman podcasts. He’s been fishing at FLE for several years now, stalking the big carp in our top lake.
Nigel ‘Fennel’ Hudson
Number of years in the sport
Age you started fishing
Who got you into the sport
My father and uncle.
Dinas reservoir, mid-Wales.
Proudest fishing moment
Being elected into Chris Yates’ Golden Scale Club at the age of 21. Famous members include my childhood angling heroes Bernard Venables, Richard Walker, Maurice Ingham, Mike Winter, Peter Stone and Peter Wheat.
Why is it important for FLE to keep introducing people into the sport?
Fishing is one of the best ways to connect with nature. Having angling as part of your childhood will shape the rest of your life.
‘Beginners luck’: catching my first-ever twenty-pound carp on my first cast at Redmire Pool, and a 29lb common carp on my first cast into an unfished estate lake (the fish later proved to be the biggest in the lake). Doing pioneering carp fishing in France in the 1990s for a Dutch-based travel agency.
Prog rock (early Genesis, Rush) and classic rock (Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, AC/DC, Iron Maiden)
Favoured tactic and type of venue.
Stalking carp, especially off the top, and piecing together the puzzle of new waters.
Tea or Coffee?
Tea please. Oh, and while you’re on, got any cake?