Testimonial by: Danny Fairbrass, managing director Korda
If you are in any way interested in fishing with one of the nicest, funniest and most generous human beings around, for carp that are unrivalled in size, beauty and reputation then read on. I warn you I will go on a bit because I love Derek Harrison, fishing with him has been the pinnacle of my angling life, and I hope to keep doing so till we are even older and even greyer than we are right now…….
I had been blown away by the carp Derek has caught for over 20 years, salivating over the monsters he held for Nutrabaits News in Carpworld Magazine, wondering how I could ever get onto a water like that.
Europe is big, wild and secretive and I spent many frustrating years catching twenties and the odd thirty and blanking often, so, I know how much effort goes into targeting monsters in Holland, Belgium and France.
I offered Derek some free Korda tackle out of pure respect for the man over 10 years ago and I was pleased to learn he was already using a fair bit of our kit. We chewed the fat at Carp Zwolle in Holland year after year and I eventually accepted Derek‘s invitation to fish with him on one of the many waters he has targeted in the past.
I met him at first light on a wet and windy May morning and within minutes was standing by a windswept 40 acre sand pit, nestled between houses, factories and rolling fields, proper European big carp territory. Almost immediately a huge dark common carp lunked out right in front of me, with the fire well a truly lit I set about my business and had what Derek described as a seasons worth of massive carp in 48 hours. None of these pictures have ever seen the light of day, such is my respect for the man and his unparalleled information.
I’ve fished with Derek twice more and have managed to catch a 50 pounder from each water he has taken me too. These are not big pasty lumps of flesh, these are wood carvings in deep mahogany colours, bristling with aggression, proper, proper carp.
Derek does not fish for small carp and Derek does not fish for ugly carp and nor will you. He is just as keen as anyone I have fished with, he’s up all day and all night trying to get that next bite and he doesn’t miss a trick.
He’s proper old school and is always cracking a joke or spinning a wind up, you know he’s having you on because his mouth is moving!
You will be on venues you would never have a clue to fish, and you’ll be in the best spots on those venues, the rest is up to you, fish well and you, like me could be salivating over your own mahogany monster.
I will finish with this, ‘If I did not have the privilege of knowing Derek and calling him a friend I would pay double what he asks for his guiding services. Money simply cannot buy 30 years of big carp adventures contained in one man. Well actually that’s as lie, from now on it can. Tight lines fellow big carp hunters……’