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Hi, my name is Clive Branson,
You may remember me
winning the World Coarse Fishing Championship in 1987 after being
runner-up in 1986.
This is my angling story.
I was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1951 and
started to fish at an early age about 12 years old, enjoying my
childhood fishing on the River Taff that runs through the heart of the
Principality, full of roach and odd big chub. At the age of 16 I won my
first big competition with 20lb 8oz of roach, beating senior
opposition. My claims to fame also include winning the Junior
Welsh National. Wales is a
beautiful nation that, along with England, Scotland and Norhern
Ireland, make up the United Kingdom. As you can from my on-line Fishing
Venue Guide Wales (which includes nearly 600 venues), the small but
wildly varied country of Wales is a fantastic place to fish.
Although I fished many a competition in my younger
days and was winning plenty of domestic competitions, it was not until
I represented the National Team of Wales in
the World Championship's 1981 at Ludington, England,
that I became recognised as a good angler, finishing in 3rd place on
day one with 6lb 11oz, and second day on a flooded river coming 17th in
the World overall with an 11oz eel. helping the Team into Bronze
position on their very first attempt.
However it was not until The World Championship's in France 1986
that I became a household name, coming second, fishing with my
favourite method "The Waggler" catching over 6lb of chub.
The best was yet to come, in the following year in Portugal 1987,
I won a closely fought contest, again with the "Waggler" against some
of the best anglers in the world at that time, including Dennis White
and Kevin Ashurst (England), who were pegged next to me, I became The
World Freshwater Angling Champion with a bag of small Barbel.
Another highlight in my career was helping Wales win The
National Team World Championship in Bulgaria 1989 whilst
winning the second-day competition with over 27lb and in fact I have
enjoyed winning the second day World Championship competition no fewer
than four times, including Hungary 1991.
My other claims to fame are; winning the Boyle Irish Festival, River
Erne and Blackwater matches with weights of 142lb & 131lb
respectively and winning the Bristol and Avon Pole Championship (16lb).
I have also been the Welsh National Native Champion and am the the Taff
feeder record holder (33lb).
Other competitions I have won include the Sundridge Pole Championship,
the Nantes International festival, the Lower Wye Championships and the
Wye Championships (with 74lb of chub), plus many more, the list being
to numerous to mention!
These days I teach angling as a profession,
to both new-starters and experienced anglers alike. Click here - Tuition - to find out more!
My life has become even more
busy after embarking on the yearly publication Clive
Branson's Fishing Guide to Wales and the Borders, which
will show off fishing in Wales to full effect.
With so much experience with float
fishing over the 50 years
and still counting I have set a small company up constructing handmade
floats and in particular the type of floats not readily available in
shops please feel free to browse my new website and with detail
am sure your would enjoy www.Goldmedalfloats.co.uk
I hope you enjoy my website! There is plenty
on it - feel free to explore. The internet is also a passion of mine
and I have written more on this on the Your Views
pages - please be my guest to leave your own views
and comments in Your Views