Top specimen carp angler Roy Russell is the next big name to join Shimano’s ever-expanding team of carp consultants. Roy brings a wealth of knowledge to the table for Shimano, having spent many years working in the industry in a number of sectors - including journalism, sales, product development and more recently fishery management. Roy was also the founder of the ‘Catch them Young’ project, working closely with the local authorities and schools to inspire youngsters to get into the sport.
Roy first started out by fishing canals at an early age, before moving onto the match and club fishing scene. In the past 25-years however, his time has been well and truly taken up with specimen angling, with carp being his primary target. The species has seen him travel all over the country, wetting a line in no fewer than 150 different venues with huge success. In fact, Roy has managed to land 20lb carp from no fewer than 130 different UK venues, with his current UK best tipping the scales at 41lb 4oz.