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CARP CHAT
Bob Nudd: 30-Year Browning Sponsorship
In 1985, the late Terry Freeman spotted the talent of one Bob Nudd and
became his first sponsor. It was Terry
who introduced the Browning brand
to England as an agent. Bob recalls:
“In the first year, all I received was a
T-shirt.”
However, the career of Bob Nudd
would develop rapidly. In 1990, he
won his first of four individual world
titles to date in Yugoslavia. Other
wins followed in Hungary in 1991, on
home soil in England in 1994 and in
Spain in 1999. For good measure, he is
a seven-time team world champion
and winner of countless other
national and international competitions. And all of them have been won
with Browning poles.
Looking back on his first world title,
he says: “In Yugoslavia, I fished with a
17-metre pole that was horribly stiff
by today’s standards. I was probably
the only angler that could actually
hold a pole of that length, and it paid
From left to right: Frerk Petersen, Operations Director, Bob Nudd, Jürgen
Masuch, Browning Product Manager.
off. In my sector, only five anglers
caught any fish at all. Out of a total of
20 fish, I landed 11 of them!”
Down the years, Bob has always
advised Browning on product development, with many ideas coming
directly from him. The man with the
trademark white flat cap is particularly proud of the window feeder,
which is now indispensable for feeder
fishing in many countries, nowhere
more so than in Ireland where Bob
still spends ten weeks a year actively
fishing to this day.
Bob Nudd on his role in product
development: “It continues to fascinate me how high-end materials can
always be developed further. I had the
good fortune of always having a firstclass tackle sponsor at my side in
Browning. When I look at the current
range, particularly the poles and the
sensational Sphere feeder rods, I am
both happy and proud that I can use
these products.”
Frerk Petersen, Operations Director
for Zebco Europe, parent company of
Browning Fishing: “With a brief twoyear hiatus, Bob has been a loyal
brand ambassador, who is appreciated and respected across all national
borders for 30 years. Browning would
probably never have become so popular without Bob Nudd. The brand
and the man are inextricably linked.
Everybody somehow knew that when
Bob had a brief affair with another
sponsor.”
To mark the professional angler’s
30 years of service, the company gave
him a special edition of the very latest
Browning pole. Shortly before Christmas, he received an early present in a
custom-made version of the latest
Xitan Z16L pole, to be launched on
the market in March, at the Zebco
Europe headquarters in Tostedt.
Bob Nudd, who was awarded an
MBE in 1996, is tireless and will continue to represent Browning, including meeting fans at events and fishing
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Redmire Revisited
The revamping of Redmire will start in September this year, if it is still all in the plan – draining, removing ghost carp, de-silting, otter
fence and so on. NO bookings for Redmire will be taken for September 2018 onwards. The work is being planned and supervised by
Mark Walsingham who owns Ashmead. He is more than qualified for this work and is very much in tune with returning Redmire to its
former glory including stocking with Leney strain carp.
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