Hassan Khan takes the reigns for the new and improved Off The Hook Podcast! Each week Hassan sits down with a new guest as they delve into their life and angling experiences.
Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 28 - Jim Shelley
We’ve finally managed to pin him down and get him in the podcast studio! This week the podcast welcomes legendary big carp hunter Jim Shelley.
Jim is widely acclaimed as one of the very best big carp anglers in the history of the sport. If any proof was needed as to Jim’s carping pedigree you only have to look at his incredible record including historic captures of some of the very best carp that have ever lived in the UK and his continued relentless hunting of big old English carp. Jims drive, passion and pursuit of carp has often left in his wake a whole host of rumours, incidents and controversy. In this podcast Jim talks through some of his most significant captures and sets the record straight, there’s one thing you find whilst listening to this podcast and that above all else Jim certainly tells it like it is.
Jim starts by talking about his time on the historic Wraysbury of old, imagine one hundred and twenty acres with only seventeen carp. He guides us through his approach which ultimately led to his historic capture of former British record Mary at 52lb 12oz. In this chapter Jim also speaks about the tragic events which saw the death of his close carp fishing friend “Marky Mark” and how this affected him. The party scene and celebrations as well as a few home truths about subsequent captures are also covered.
Collingbrooke in Kent was Jim’s next port of call where he targeted the infamous “Two Tone” mirror which had grown to weights in excess of 60lb. The fishing on there was renowned to be very tricky with a couple of bites a season being really good going. In true Jim style he set about the task going against the grain and reaping some serious rewards.
Jim talks about his time fishing for “unknown” giants on Fen Drayton. Just armed with his knowledge, a boat and an unwavering hunger to capture something rumoured to be very special he developed a plan that would be the downfall of some truly historic and special captures including a 48lb linear!
In his final chapter Jim talks through his capture of arguably the finest carp that has ever swam in our waters “The Black Mirror” from the mere. Fishing a no fishing venue with minimal gear whilst surrounded by a host of carp fishing’s finest anglers targeting the same prize is certainly a daunting prospect and a big ask. Jim as ever managed to live his dreams and cradle The Black Mirror in an incredible carping crescendo.
Finally, Jim speaks about his mindset, how he has changed as a person and how he has worked on himself over the years allowing him to be better understood and communicate better all in a manner which allows him to help other anglers. Jim talks about learning to read and write only ten years ago and then publishing three separate books, an admirable achievement in its own right.
We know how eagerly anticipated this podcast is and it sure doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy an incredible, historic, funny and frank three-hour dive into the world of “Uncle Jim”
Nash Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 27 - Terry Dempsey
This week joining host Hassan is “The Urban Myth” himself Terry Dempsey.
Terry talks us through his life from him discovering fishing in the hustle and bustle of industrial London through to his modern-day escapades on the most premier of big carp waters.
Terry’s carping pedigree is undoubtable, and he recalls the incredible captures of his first 30lb fish from Hainault Forest and his first 40lber from Longfield way back in the 1980’s. To have both a 30lb and 40lb fish under your belt, still being in your teenage and during an era where there where literally handfuls of big fish around “the scene” it shows just how dedicated and talented Terry is.
Terry also talks about his lifelong experimentations with bait, from sourcing ingredients to trailing new flavours, all of which has not only led to his big fish captures over the years but also to the formation of Urban Baits. On the same theme of Urban Bait, he talks about the development of the business and we get the full story of his tv appearance on the BBC’s Dragons Den.
Terry also talks through his chapter on the infamous Wraysbury of old, where he was targeting just seventeen carp in over one hundred acres of water. Add to the mix tackle theft, shootings and a host of carp fishing greats trying to work their way through the stock at the same time, its an eventful part of carp fishing history.
Moving onto Wingham Terry recalls his capture of some truly awesome carp cumulating in the capture of a 50lb+ common which his shared with his young son. Terrys' approach on the venue was very much against the grain but as you will discover the carp certainly showed a preference to how he tackled it.
Finally, Terry talks about his family life, how he has changed over the years and also him writing his book “The Urban Myth”. In true “East End” style Terry is frank, funny and very much paints an incredible picture of just a few of the standout moments in the life of Terry Dempsey.
Nash Tackle Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 26 - Adam Penning
This week joining host Hassan is the one and only Adam Penning!Adam is highly regarded as one of the finest carp anglers in the country. His relentless pursuit of big, special carp on tricky, pressured venues competing against both the fish and the...
Nash Tackle Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 25 - Dave Levy
This week joining host Hassan is former Nash Tackle sponsored angler, now RidgeMonkey & Mainline Baits carp catching machine Dave Levy.
There’s a reason this podcast is over four hours long and that is due to Dave’s relentless lifelong pursuit of carp! We look back at Dave’s formative years which where eventful to say the least. During these early years Dave (being from a military family) had to move a lot as his father was posted to different parts of the country, he discovered his love for boxing, he went through his struggles at school and later was kicked out of his family home by his dad when he was 16 years old. During this whole time carp fishing was a constant in his life and was always in his blood. From his very early visits to Yateley where he was well out of his depth, through to him honing his craft on local Essex waters and establishing himself as a carp angler on the likes of Walthamstow and Sutton, it’s fair to say this early success and hunger was only the tip of the carp fishing iceberg for Dave.
His passion for carp fishing has to this day never wavered and he has never had a break in over 30 years. It has cost him marriages as well as much more, but by Dave’s own admission he wouldn’t change it for anything. Dave’s mind set and drive for carp fishing is highlighted by his awesome captures on Tol Pits, The Essex Manor, Collingbrooke, Horton, Wraysbury, Kingsmead, Northwich and a 485 acre “Unkown” Essex Reservoir. The earlier of these captures came whilst Dave was still serving in the Parachute Regiment of the Army and the later campaigns he only had one night a week fishing at his disposal.
Dave also talks about his recent carp fishing history with him writing his book “Fallen Kings” and his success on Essex Carp Syndicates “The Rise” which was tipped off by the capture of a 50lb+ carp known as Brick Top. He also shares his opinions on the modern carp fishing scene, social media and imported carp. It’s a truly jaw dropping, enlightening and thorough look into one of the very best carp anglers out there and shows exactly what it takes to be successful, warts and all!
Nash Tackle Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 24 - Henry Lennon
This week the podcast welcomes Nash Tackle Marketing Coordinator Henry Lennon.In this episode Henry tells his story in his own words. From his beginnings fishing in Switzerland avoiding Police and park rangers in pursuit of carp, pike and various other...
Nash Tackle Off The Hook Podcast - S2 Episode 23 Kevin Nash "A Carp Fishing Journey" Part 6
This week the podcast welcomes back Kevin Nash for Part 6 in his podcast miniseries “A Carp Fishing Journey”
This episode focuses on Kevin's exploits during his time fishing the infamous Essex Manor and the start of his campaign for an epic common carp named Herman from Warmwell. Kevin explains how he refined his rigs, bait and approach based on his previous experimentations which led to pretty much instant success on the extremely busy, pressured Essex Manor. He also shares stories about the obstacles he faced there and the events that led to him leaving.
From there Kevin set his sights on “Herman” a large common located on a holiday park lake called Warmwell. He talks through his first sessions on Warmwell and joined by Gary Bayes it was inevitable that awesome captures, controversy and a few “troublesome” situations wouldn’t be too far away.
As ever with Kevin there’s honesty, opinion and real depth from one of the greatest of carp fishing minds.
*please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions we have filmed this podcast in a different location in compliance with the latest National Government guidelines. Therefore, the audio, setting and format have changed from previous podcasts in order to ensure full compliance, safety and so that we can still bring you this content.