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.
David Matthews - Casting Instructor
Dave Matthews is a professional fly casting instructor [AAPGAI] and can be found me on this website under Cornwall.
He specialises in saltwater fly fishing and tuition, as well as Salmon, and Sea Trout etc. He is currently working as an Instructor for a Hotel in Devon, where he guides clients in saltwater fly fishing.
Dave grew up in Falmouth, and has lived here now since 1952. He has always been a keen Bass fisherman and turned his fly fishing skills over to the salt in 1979.
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.
Michael was born and bred in Cornwall and started catching saltwater fish species when he was a boy. On leaving the army, he settled in Winchester, Hampshire and took up fly fishing for trout, grayling and salmon before progressing to saltwater. He now runs his own guiding business called Solent Saltwater Fly Fishing with the aim of introducing people to this rapidly expanding area of recreational angling. He is a Licensed Angling Coach and Orvis Endorsed Saltwater Fly Fishing Guide. As a committee member of the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society (BASS) he is responsible for Fairs and Shows so as well as guiding he will be representing BASS at the festival.
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.