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John Harvey

John Harvey

I was very lucky as a child as I only lived a stones throw away from a local canal so my introduction to fishing came naturally.

I learnt so much about watercraft and natural waters in those early years, and luckily had some great coaches to steer me in the right path. This has put me in a great position for my fishing in later life.

At the age of 12 I started fishing local junior matches on local lakes, canals and commercial ponds. I was very successful as a junior angler, winning regular junior leagues and matches over the next 4 years. I then progressed onto the senior matches on canals and local commercials and before long I was winning and framing on a regular basis.

As time passed I had a thirst to compete on a bigger stage, I wanted to compete against the best and push myself to my limits. Being from Wales is not easy and involves a lot of travelling, time and effort but the rewards are there for the taking, which keeps me going.

I started fishing matches in England on a variety of venues such as Woodlands View, Larford, the river Wye and the Bristol Avon to name a few. After getting to grips with them I started getting results and it wasn't long before I was winning and framing on most of the venues I was visiting.

After all of this hard work I was rewarded with a call up to the Welsh International team and shortly after that I joined the very successful Innovations Thatchers team. I had reached two of my main angling ambitions in a two month spell.

This rocketed my knowledge and experience massively learning from some of the best anglers in the world.

I have continued pushing my fishing ever since recent successes which included fishing for Wales in the 2015 World Championships and qualifying for the Fish'O'Mania final which has always been a major goal of mine. I also fished the Fish'O'Mania International Challenge on the same weekend, becoming the only angler to have fished both days in the competitions history.

I have several goals that I want to accomplish in my fishing but the main one is to continue winning and improving as much as I can in the future.

I feel very humbled and privileged being involved with such a big company as Innovations. I personally couldn't think of a better brand to be associated and move forward with, the product innovation and design are second to none.

They offer me everything that I need to compete on a wide range of venues. From International events to bagging on commercials there is literally something for everything that I could possibly need. It's a massive confidence boost to know that there gear won't let me down.

I am thoroughly looking forward to working with this fantastic brand and pushing both myself and forward.


John Harvey
Personal Best Match Weight
Angling Achievements
Fishomania Finalist & Welsh International
Favoured Venue
Bristol Avon
Favourite Method
Shallow Carp Fishing
Item of tackle I would not be without
Mega Roost Kit; it secures my rod, whips, bolo's and pole tops perfectly. Then its 11 and 13 hollo, this is my number one carp elastic and is yet to let me down!
Angling Ambition
Main goal is to be successful as a welsh International and also try and win a big money final like Fishomania or Match This

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