Dean Barlow – I had a couple of drinks at the gala dinner, but I spent most of the evening talking to the other fisherman, I’m not a big drinker these days.
I have a VERY supportive and understanding family. They come to watch and cheer me on at the world champs each year. Its great to see them after a long week of practice.
I love all types of fishing, obviously the feeder plays a huge part now but I love pole and bloodworm fishing on rivers as well.
And what’s your favourite species?
I have two, roach and perch.
I get the impression that most of your fishing is done on natural venues, do you venture onto commercials much? And what do you think Frank would have made of the massive weight venues we have today?
I like to keep in touch with commercial fishing but fishing for your country takes up a lot of time, I prefer bigger commercial fisheries like Barston where you can catch on all methods.
I think dad would have still competed as he just loved fishing.
I have written a fair few articles for the monthlies and for websites but I’ve never been asked to do a column.
Can you give the readers a top tip that will improve their feeder fishing? And what is your favourite groundbait mix when fishing for bream?
My top tip would be, work your peg don’t just chuck it and leave it, keep active.
Pro Natural Bream and brown crumb. Special G Gold and Green for commercials.
You’re sponsored by Bait-Tech and Drennan, how much do you get involved with new product development and is there anything new and exciting coming out from either company that you can tell us about?
I have a hand in testing groundbaits, giving feedback to help improve the final mix.
I’m involved in product development with Drennan which you would expect being a England international and double world champion with years of match experience.
There are lots of exciting products on the horizon from both companies but I can’t say too much, you’ll just have to wait and see…
In your long and successful match angling career you’ve won countless big matches and events (not to mention two gold medals with the England Team), but which victories stand out for you?
The two golds are a dream come true, I also won a silver medal when I fished for the England under 18’s and I won the intermediate national individually but winning my dads memorial match twice is pretty special.
And are there any titles you would dearly love to win that have so far eluded you?
Before I let you go, here are some quick fire questions for you,
A carp on the pole that bottomed the scales out at 19lb it was well over 20lb.
Your favourite venue?
Inniscarra is a very special place as thats where we won our first gold medal. Also the River Trent and Barston lakes.
What’s your favourite drink?
Orange and lemonade.
Anything with David Attenborough in.
What music do you listen to?
Hip Hop / 90s Dance
Winning a gold medal and sharing the moment with my family. …. which I have done twice already!!
It doesn’t get much better than that, well thank you Dean, it’s been an absolute pleasure, from Against Men and Fish
Good interview Jamie. I remember his Dad when he came down to the Exeter Canal to fish the British Pole Champioships organised by the late Pete Hodge. Devon and Cornwall was the only place with no close season. It was a cold April.day but must have felt like summer for the northerner as Frank sat in his string vest all day!
Lol, thanks for that, have you read 'The Best of Barlow', well worth a read