Tackle Den is conveniently located in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park. We are Carp & Coarse fishing specialists and are open 7 days a week.
We sell a variety of local club licenses and day tickets (see Venue Info for details). All our staff are local anglers who can offer the best advice.
John Claridge is our big-carp expert and has a wealth of experience, catching his first 20 in 1989, first 30 in 1994 and first 40 in 1999. Since then he has targeted lakes in pursuit of 40-pounders amassing a total of 16 to date, from venues like the Yateley Car Park and North Lakes, Roach Pit, Pingewood and Road Lake. His pb common was from local venue, Farriers in 2015, and stands at 43lb 14oz with his pb mirror being Pingewood's Brute at 48lb 2oz. Most of these captures can be read about in his book, Beauties and the Beasts that was published in 2012.
Currently tackling Farriers lake and Sand & Gravel he has had two different 46 pounders in October 2016.
Throughout the winter months he changes from carp to predators and has caught pike to 26lb 8oz and will be targeting some of the Water Park's big Perch in the near-future.
John has been involved in the tackle industry for 16 years so there's not alot that he doesn't know about the tackle and bait on the market. If it's a rig you are unsure how to tye or what bait to use then feel free to ask.
Brian Duckett is our Match angler and fishes matches every week, winning and framing on a regular basis. His favourite method is pole fishing for silvers but also match and pleasure fishes on carp commercials and rivers.
Hugeley experienced he can help with all methods including all aspects of pole fishing, waggler and feeder fishing as well as new methods like the jigger.
Brian knows the match scene very well being match secretary for two angling clubs. For advice on match tackle and venues, Brian is the man to ask.
Matt Wood is our all-rounder and fishes for a variety of species and changes targets as the seasons change. His personal bests currently stand as Carp 31lb 10oz, Pike 28lb 6oz, Barbel 12lb 11oz, Tench 9lb 10oz,
Rudd 4lb 3oz, Perch 4lb 1oz, Roach 2lb 5oz and
Chub at 6lb 5oz.
Matt generally fishes locally so has a great knowledge on where to target what on the Water Park. A regular to the River Wye and Warwickshire Avon after barbel, Matt can advise on different stretches and successful methods and baits so pick his brains if you fancy a change of specie or venue.
Steve Broadhurst is a director of the company and is usually based at our sister shop, D&J Sports in Cirencester. Steve has been in the tackle trade all his working life and can assist in most forms of fishing. A very successful match angler in his day, family life and his love of golf interupting his match career, Steve now just likes to fish for relaxation with barbel and tench his favourite fish to catch.