The following are team members:

Darren (Dazzer) Wickson, Phil Aylett, Tony Corbett, Henk Stegehuis, Matthew Alexander, Alan Frederick Thompson, Drew Harding, Charlie Pickard, Darren Sinden, David Morris, Richard (Dick) Ingamells, Scott Wearing & Scott Spatcher, the team is always growing and evolving and we look forward to adding members to the team.

Ron the head honcho:

I started when I was 5 like most I was taken by my grandad on the river Severn at Bridgnorth as he was the bailiff I used to be taken on a regular basis. Progressing from Gudgeon, daddy Ruff, small Perch and Roach. Moving on when at school to the canal & local pools after to some larger fish called carp. There started a passion for carp fishing various pools & lakes when I stumbled across a pool called Withy Pool in Dawley Telford where there where some 30lb plus carp and this strangely named species called Catfish well very little information was available back in the eighties, I tried all the "going" baits back then blanked for 3 months you couldn't night fish With Pool as it is inside the Telford Town park. Using all the recommended baits finally caught my first catfish a kitten of 2lb but on of all things a home made popped up tutti-fruity Boilie. But that was the start of fishing for these mighty creatures.

Then in the early nineties I stumbled across an advert in one of the angling weeklies for this group called The Catfish Conservation Group well as the old saying goes the rest is history form was filled in & sent off and I was a member, I went to the AGM that year, they were asking for volunteers to join the committee hand raised name given and thought that's the end of that, only to get a call from Simon Clarke asking me to come to a committee meeting at none other than Kevin Maddocks's home well at that time Kevin was a hero of most anglers then including me, well I couldn't get over the reception like as though i was his long lost brother. I joined the committee looking after exhibitions, shows all around the country. During this time there seamed to be shows almost every weekend all over the country, compared with now a very limited number of shows. I Even had the privilege of being part of the team that started Adams Pool.

In 2010 my wife & I were offered the opportunity to purchase CatMaster Tackle, after a period of 6 months we had tackle shops asking us to supply them with CatMaster Tackle products which is where we are now but with a fantastic team of Catfish anglers from many different walks of life all with a passion, that passion is catfish, with different methods, techniques as well as different species of catfish from all around the world.

Now in 2016 we see CatMaster Tackle grow from strength to strength which is not without pain, the team all share the same passion and most still hold full time occupations but we try to meet as often as possible and the internet has allowed us to communicate on a daily basis. We are very proud of our home grown and produced reputation and will continue to hand craft our tackle where we can in the UK.

I would personally like to thank each and every customer that has invested their hard earned cash into purchasing our tackle and we hope it brings you much success. As we continue to expand we hope you find more and more tackle outlets and fisheries stocking up on our range. Please do contact us to ask anything about the tackle or setups, we are here to help and enable you to get the most from cat-fishing around the globe!

Phil Aylett 

I grew up living in Leighton Buzzard, right in the original catfish heartland, catfishing seemed to be a natural progression to my love of angling. I fished Rackley Hills, Tiddenfoot, Claydon Lakes and Jones pit back in the eighties, catching some sought after cats along the way. Since then, many counties and countries have been visited, culminating in English cats of 82lb, Spanish of 160lb and French of 144lb. 

Tony Corbett

One of our European Cat angling specialists, learning cat-fishing on venues like Lakemores Horseshoe Lake and Willowbank and quickly joining the CCG. A move working and travelling in France for a year meant I could spend my evenings fishing the rivers - Mostly the Loire and the L'aisne but also the Saone and Doubs at times.

Over the years Tony has become a target Catfish angler and now rarely weigh/photo UK fish under 50lb and French fish under 80lb. Tony is the man to talk to about French venues and methods to try for best results.

Tony's favourite methods are live-bait fishing and I try and avoid venues that dont allow the use of live-baits, in France I do a lot of tie-off weak link fishing and this is my favourite overall method. My Uk Pb is 86lb, France is 104lb and Spain 196lb.

Darren ( Dazzer ) Wickson

Product developer

Dazzer was one off the first to join Ron in his quest to bring cat fishing within the uk to a new level . With his knowledge and understanding of what makes these amazing creatures tic Dazzer has made his way around the uk and France trying / testing new methods / rigs . He's already achieved so much in the 7 sort years that he's been targeting then . With a impressive venue list of 20+ uk cat venues and 4 70lb + fish on 4 waters and a French pb of 116lb there seems to be no stopping . As a fabricator he's able to take his ideas and skills and come up with some fantastic product s to which some are now being sold all over the uk with in more then 50 tackle shops . As a Ccg fish in organiser dazzer gives back as much as he receives from the sport and makes conservation his number one . His methods for fishing are varied but much of a traditional and simple manner which he believes has contributed to over 400 fish since 2009

Drew Harding

Ive been fishing for Catfish since 1994 (River Ivel and Claydon Lake). I caught my 1st Catfish on a CCG fish-in at Withy Pool in 1995 (under the watchful eye of a certain Ron Griffiths). These days I mostly fish exclusively in the UK (Claydon and a handful of lesser known Cat venues).

I don't like to use livebaits (not for any ethical reasons, just can't face using them). I also have written several articles for the CCG's "Whiskers" magazine. My favourite Baits is Spam / Luncheon Meat, Lobworms, Sea Deadbaits, Pellets. If I had to say what my favourite rig would be for the up and coming season I can already predict that it will be Lobworms fished under a Rattler Rig!

Scott Spatcher

I first got into Catfishing many years ago when my friend caught a catfish on a session I was fishing with him,looking at the bend in his rod and hearing his screaming clutch as all the line was peeling of his reel and all the silt kicking up from the bottom of the lake I was amazed and once the fish was landed and I seen it,I was hooked on them.

That's when I decided to put my carp gear away and get new rods,reels and terminal tackle to handle the power off theses cats and I also decided to just target these awesome predator fish Since them days I've changed the way I fish for them as I've learnt a lot more about targeting theses predators I get a lot more pleasure now from targeting harder waters to fish as it's more of an achievement when I do catch one Ive got a pb in the uk of 54lb 8oz and have lost a few which I am sure we're bigger,but it's always the big ones that get away.

And my Spanish pb is 198lb

Darren Sinden

Our resident techie and web designer. By day he is an IT consultant and proud father of 3 girls but when he does get time and he isn't updating the website or thinking new promotions Darren hits the bank testing new baits and rigs. During the summer months he can be found down the South East around venues like Furnace Lakes where he landed his UK pb of 60lb. Like many others here he had to invest in adequate tackle from carp tackle such as suitable rods, landing net, mat, slings end tackle and of course line or braid suitable for the job.

Whilst he would say he is no expert he has taken it upon himself to learn about cat-fishing and is always happy to provide advice to new anglers in the South looking to advice to catch their first catfish.

"Ive seen anglers arrive at a lake fishing without any expectations of catching a catfish but when they do; seeing an anglers face when they experience the brut force a catfish offers soon turns their attention, yes a carp can play a good game but a cat teaches you a lesson and beats going to the gym for an upper body workout".

Darren can also found onFacebook and is more than happy to answer any questions you may have or reach the team to help and answer your questions.

Scott Wearing
Photographer and Facebook forum administrator

Fishing has been a passion of mine since childhood. I have been pursuing the challenge of outwitting this evasive predator for the past 15 years.I have fished various waters both at home and abroad and have achieved a lake record. I relish the challenge that new venues bring each season and I always enjoy a chat on the bank to share our catfishing tales. Scott also manages one of the Facebook forums and is a chef by trade, his passion is to help anglers get into cat fishing and land your 1st catfish and pass on tips.



Henk Stegehuis

I grow up with the pole and over the years I am also hooked on Pike with Spinning Rod and often with live bait. I heard some stories about catfish and the size and strength tickled me more than a lot so I decided to get more information about these freshwater giants. After reading about everything I could get about them my mind was set. I wanted to experience the power of a catfish and so it will be done. The first session was one I never forget! Hooked and landed a couple of them, lost a few but what an unbelievable time on the bank. My fishing gear that time was nothing else than upgraded carpgear and immediately understood that I needed to invest in much heavier material.

Hooked on Catfish! What a force! What a fantastic drills! It wasn't so much the beauty of the fish but more the force that pulled me over the finish line. The results didn't remain unnoticed and I was completely surprised Ron contacted me for joining the CatMaster-team. I felt honoured and I couldn't believe it. Catfish isn't really a dumb fish and for me it is a game to mislead them to let them take my bait. Nowadays helped by materials from CatMasterTackle in which I have complete confidence. The testing goes on but after using a lot of brands I really can say that the HD-series are on the top of my list.

Wish you all very bending rods and please be careful with our friends the pussies.

Matthew Alexander

Matt started fishing when he was 8 on his local river Thames in Oxford and grow into an accomplished allround big fish angler catching double figure tench and bream from the Tring complex, double figure zander from the millde level, 30lb carp and 20 lb pike from different venues around Oxfordshire before moveing to France in 2000.

Since then he has fished for Silure Glanis on the rivers, mainly boat fishing with a fair amount of success catching many hundred pound plus fish over the years.

He also fishes even farther afield , often in the South American jungle rivers for the big catfish that live there.

Alan Frederick Thompson

Aged fifty two...Ive been catting for ten years and a member of the CCG for 5 years with a pb of 54.08lb...Slowly working my way through the uk cat water,..I have a long way to go to fish them all but im in no hurry..

Favourite water..if its peaceful and got cats then thats good enough for me. Along with most others on the team I can be found on Facebook so please do come and say hi.

Lawrence King

My love of fishing started when I was around 5 years old and my Dad took me for the first time. I clearly remember the excitement of my first fish, a gudgeon, or a "Gudget" as I ran around calling it to anyone that would listen to my excited rants! For years I was happy just float fishing maggots for "anything that came along", be it a roach or a perch I didnt care as long as I got a bite. Slowly though as all anglers will know you long for what you havent got and eventually "big" fish is what I ended up craving, although I do still get the same buzz from catching new species as well. Not being great on boats (I usually end up sending some groundbait over the side if you know what I mean!) I stick mainly to freshwater fish and usually exotic species. Currently I have landed 7 different species of freshwater fish over the magical 100lb barrier (4 being catfish species) and am always looking for the next opportunity to add to that tally and will continue to do so for as long as my health allows. Catfish will always make up the majority of these larger freshwater giants and I do love the challenge of targeting them in their native environment, however I have also spent many happy days angling for them in a manmade environment too. For me fishing is so diverse and even if I live to 100 there will always be new adventures and new fish for me to chase as no matter what there is always stories of bigger and better fish out there...

Stretton Honor

Like Matthew Alexander, Stretton fishes for various catfish species. Where our newest member Stretton Honor is a Thailand regular visitor with 25, yes 25 different species of catfish in Thailand along with a vast array of other species of fish. Obviously Stretton is our Thailand specialist. With a growing number of consultants (3) who fish further a field with regularity it gives us even more opportunities to expand and show that we're here for the long term An other species that were being asked to cater for are the toothy "Wolf Fish" a prehistoric looking fish.