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Hi, my name is Gary Knowles and I’m really excited to become a part of the Quantum Specialist team. I am based in North West England and work full time as a Construction Manager at Manchester Airport, but my first love and passion has always been for angling, I’m fortunate enough to have come from a ‘fishing family’ being taught by my father and grandfather not only the mechanics of angling, but how to enjoy everything that angling brings to us as individuals . From an early age I have fished for every species that swim in UK waters (and quite a lot overseas too) and have always targeted the largest. Despite catching some huge fish of all species here in the UK I am probably better know as a predator angler, having caught several pike of 30lb+, Zander to over 15lb and many perch well in excess of 4lb. Much as I like to catch fish on baits, my real joy comes for using lures, and most of my bigger fish have come this way, the fact that is so productive is almost irrelevant as I find it such an enjoyable and active way of covering water the days just seem to fly when I have a lure rod in my hand. I do class myself as an all rounder in both in species and techniques, and have caught fish from venues as varied as the Baltic sea, large glacial lakes, the vast UK trout waters, rivers such as the Severn, trent and Ribble and of course all the way down to small rivers, canals and even latterly catching perch ‘under the radar’ from small commercial carp fisheries. I’ve even been trying some light rock fishing of late, catching some stunning ballan wrasee to ever 5lb on micro rigs...the lure fishing possibilities in the UK remain endless!! Outside of the UK my fishing adventures have taken me to Florida, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Sweden, Canada, Spain and France...and i look forward to more… I have written for every major angling publication in the UK (and some abroad) and continue to do so, as well as giving talks and presentations to specialist groups all over the UK, something which I thoroughly enjoy doing. My angling highlights would include my first lure caught 30lb plus pike, a 15lb zander on my first trip to Grafham, a 17.02 bream from a local mere, a staggering 8lb+ chub caught last March and my personal best perch of 4lb-10oz from a tiny brook, not forgetting a 100lb+ tarpon caught on a lure on a trip to the Florida Keys.

My angling ambitions are principally to enjoy fishing as much as I have for the last 40 years for as long as I can...Although a few monsters along the way wouldn’t go amiss...