Jamie’s reeling in a fresh new catch

Jamie Clossick with his giant carp, called the Fat Lady.
Jamie Clossick with his giant carp, called the Fat Lady.
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JAMIE Clossick is used to spinning the discs by night as a Blackpool DJ.

By day he heads off to spin another line, stalking the denizens of the deep in lakes and pits around the country, netting whopping carp weighing in at 40lb plus including the king carp of Cambridgeshire, a 59.8lb monster fish.

And this weekend the extreme angler is helping host the north’s biggest angling show, Northern Angling, at the Trafford Centre, Manchester.

You won’t catch Jamie carping about working late nights for it means his days are free to pursue fish – his passion for the last 30 years. After years playing in bands touring all over Europe he moved to Blackpool 13 years ago to work as a DJ.

He found himself DJ-ing four nights a week before heading south in search of his favourite catch – carp – who prefer warmer waters. He now holds four county records for carp and has also worked as a journalist for specialist angling magazines.

Jamie came up with the idea of a great northern show after hosting a charity carp slide show event in Manchester.

He explained: “We said if we did another event it would be a large scale exhibition over and above all the big southern shows. With 43 per cent of the country’s entire rod licence sales falling within our catchment area I couldn’t believe there hadn’t been a show of this scale within our region.”

He teamed up with fellow DJ and angler Lee Spence to pool their expertise in promoting big events - usually in music.

Lee has promoted large club events under his Kaluki Music brand including residencies at Sankey’s, voted best club in the world during his time there plus others festivals such as Parklife and Lovebox having now moved on to the Warehouse Project, the UKs largest club venue.

Jamie says the greatest challenge rests in persuading the angling fraternity and trade to travel up north.

He added: “Against the odds and stereotypes of the north in a very southern dominated industry we are putting on a show full of entertainment and huge brands plus the largest stars in angling including TV celebrities, and many others from all genres of fishing.”

The pair also hope to encourage more youngsters into a sport said to be the fastest growing in Britain - and in Blackpool.

For more information on this weekend’s show see www.northernanglingshow.co.uk

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