Damian Clarke joins the Carp Fishing Hall of Fame!

Korda’s Damian Clarke has just received the accolade of being inducted into the Carp-Talk Carp Fishing Hall of Fame, joining some of the sports greatest ever anglers!

The Hall of Fame features some of the biggest names in carp fishing spanning many decades – going right back to the likes of Albert Buckley, Jack Hilton, Donald Leney, and Denys Watkins-Pitchford ‘BB” - and already includes Korda boss Danny Fairbrass.

The Korda operations director, who is heavily involved in product development, was inducted along with three other other new faces for 2016 - Bill Quinlan, Harry Grief and Terry Eustace - who all played their part in carp fishing history!

He has carp fished since he was just 11-years-old and started out on his local Essex waters such as Layer Pits, and went on to catch his first ever twenty from the Garrison, a fish of 28lb 2oz.

Damian first made his name in the angling press in 1991 when he caught the famous Snake Pit Common, which became one of the most sought after fish in the UK at the time, and is still his biggest English common at 45lb 12oz! Since then he has gone on to catch numerous large and stunning carp at home, and now fishes some of the quieter, no publicity Colne Valley waters.

Damian has also found success on the carp match scene, having won the British Carp Angling Championships, fishing alongside Danny Fairbrass, back in 2003.

In more recent years he has always been targeting huge carp overseas, mainly in France, and is a regular visitor to Rainbow Lake, where he became the first Brit to land three different 80lb-plus carp – from three different waters – when he caught Eric’s Common at 85lb 8oz. This was after he’d already caught the big common from Saussaie at 88lb, and Graviers’ Scarred Mirror at 93lb 4oz.

The award was presented at the Carpin’ On show by fellow Hall of Fame members Kev Clifford and Tim Paisley.