In line with the Organisers pledge that this event will have a professional feel, whilst at the same time promoting the friendship and camaraderie that should exist in all fishing festivals they have employed the services of the best in the business. Management skills, marketing abilities, proven fishing records and good media relations - all these crucial things are evident in the line up of the Organising team.
Tim & Amelia Whitaker - Nearwater Events
Nearwater Events is run by Tim and Amelia Whitaker. We live and work in St Mawes, Cornwall.
Our aim is to organise events to encourage people to come to this area and enjoy what we think is the most beautiful and unspoilt part of England. Our events are professionally organised but we aim always to retain a friendly and personal feel to them. First timers as well as regular participants will always be catered for.
We moved to St Mawes in 2009 and organised our first Triathlon in Sep 2010 and the first Car Festival in 2011. We both enjoy the outdoor life and hope we can spread that enthusiasm to as many people as possible.
The idea behind “ The Salt “ came about from someone staying with us in the summer of 2014. This guest, who has since become a friend, regularly went out fly fishing each morning before breakfast and came back with tales of how many bass he had caught off the fly. I think the record number one morning was 40! Amelia needed no further persuading, “The Salt” was now in the making and thanks to the wonderful support and encouragement from Derek and many others, soon to become a reality.
The festival would not be possible without the incredible support of Kilchoman Whisky and the Wills family that run it.
Derek Aunger - Derek Aunger Fly Fishing
Derek is a very well known, respected and fully qualified game angling instructor with over 50 years fly fishing experience, writing magazine articles and television appearances, England Internationals during 1980s and Bruce & Walker, a leading rod manufacturer marketing the ‘Derek Aunger Saltwater ‘Rod.
A member of the Salmon & Trout Association Instructor, holding the Salmon & Trout Association National Instructors Certificate (STANIC) –Salmon and Trout. A past member of Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA) the Register of Fly Fishing Instructors and Schools (REFFIS)-Salmon and Trout) ,The Association of Stillwater Game Fishery Managers (ASGFM) and The Fly Dressers’ Guild.
Expert, qualified instruction in fishing for both salmon and trout and saltwater fly fishing, for individuals or groups, from beginner to advanced. All fly fishing styles covered. Wet, nymph and dry fly techniques, watercraft and entomology. Instruction given in all types of casting, single and double-handed, overhead, roll and Spey casts, double-haul and advanced casting.
Raised on fishing for the wild trout of Caithness, Colin now lives on the south coast of England, where his passion lies with the wild fish inhabiting our shores and the constant development of flies and tactics to catch them. While never tiring of the thrill of doing battle with belligerent bass, mercurial mackerel, gyrating garfish, plunging pollack and the occasional thornback ray, Colin particularly relishes the challenge provided by the mullet species inhabiting UK waters. Once deemed uncatchable, regular sport with these enigmatic and hard fighting fish can be enjoyed with the correct flies and technique. Why not discover for yourself precisely why mullet have gained the accolade of the 'British Bonefish.'
Martin has caught many, many hundreds of bass on the fly and has many years experience of saltwater fly fishing both in the UK and overseas. He has been the English national champion in ‘Loch Style’ trout fly fishing and been part of the England team. He has caught c.70 different species of fish on the fly, including 50lb+ fish of 3 different species, fishing in 25 different countries around the world to do so. He is also the 2018 Kilchoman UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Pro Champion. He also owns and runs Selactafly.com, an excellent online business selling flies.
Neville has won the Kilchoman Salt Festival twice (2016/2017) and was runner up in 2018’s Pro section. He has been an angler since 5 years of age and a keen fly fisherman for the past 15 years. He started out trout fishing on still water progressing onto rivers, but got bitten by the saltwater bass bug and has never looked back since.
He has fished many parts of the world, most frequently including USA for all bass species (fresh and saltwater), Mexican flats, Canadian Ontario rivers, and much of Scandinavia. Neville worked for Orvis from 2012 to 2015, facilitating a key sponsor relationship for the Salt festival. In his current day job, Neville manages a counterfeit testing laboratory for Pfizer Ltd. in his home county of Kent. Neville admins the popular UK Saltwater Fly Fishing for Bass group on FaceBook and is always keen to share his experiences around the St Mawes area.
Austen Goldsmith. Professional Fishing Guide will be providing his boat Zen 2 for those wishing to try some fly fishing from a boat.
Bass fishing Cornwall Zen2 must be the fastest , highest specification centre consul charter boat in the UK. She is fitted with a 150 HP Suzuki 2.8 Litre powerhouse , she cruises at around 24 knots and will hit 35 knots if you push the lever. We tend to stick to 22-24 knots to conserve fuel . She slices through chop with ease. The huge internal freeboard and no compromise ‘ Sherman Tank’ construction gives you a real sense of security when aboard. Coded for 3 plus skipper this allows passengers plenty of room to fish or move around.