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 support of ORVIS.
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 1980’s and with a leading rod manufacturer, ‘Bruce & Walker’ marketing the ‘Derek Aunger Saltwater ‘Rod. His expertise covers the many techniques and skills needed to successfully fish for trout and salmon, on lakes and lochs, streams and rivers.
A member of the Salmon & Trout Association Instructor, holding the Salmon & Trout Association National Instructors Certificate (STANIC) –Salmon and Trout.
I.F.F.F.L International Federation of Fly Fishers
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.
He is still active with the English International Teams in his role as AT.Team England Fly Fishing International Lochstyle Coordinator
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.
Michael was born and bred in Cornwall and has been catching saltwater species such as bass, pollack, wrasse and mullet since he was a boy. On leaving the army, he settled in Hampshire and took up fly fishing for trout and grayling in the chalk streams and lakes of southern England and for salmon on the river Wye. He progressed to saltwater fly fishing and now has extensive experience along the south coast, South Wales and intimate knowledge of marks in Cornwall. He lives in Winchester and manages attendance at Fairs and Shows for the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society (BASS).
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.