Mark Radcliffe has been fishing both coarse and sea for the last 30 years but his direction changed 8 years ago when one evening, Mark’s father suggested buying kayaks to fish the Humber Estuary.
Initially, Mark thought this was the most stupid idea he had ever heard, but his Dad was insistent and a month later, Mark was the proud owner of a fully kitted out fishing kayak. Little did he know that it was going to be the single best purchase he had ever made.
That first summer morning when Mark and his Dad ventured out and drifted incredibly light tackle over the sandbanks for bass, he was hooked and hasn’t looked back since. Even now despite his trips around the world, those few days a year when he gets back kayak fishing the Humber with his dad are still some of the most memorable of the season.
In the last 8 years, Mark has become one of the most recognisable faces on the kayak fishing scene and is a frequent fixture on the podium at tournaments around the U.K. particularly in the species hunting events common on the South Coast.
Following his success mark was selected to be part of the Jackson Kayaks European Fishing Team and has support from Raymarine as well as being part of the Tronixfishing Pro Staff.
When on the kayak, Mark doesn’t mind what he is catching, be it large or small. He has caught cod over 20lb from Blue Anchor Bay, as well as tope, big rays, conger and smooth hound. However, Mark also loves catching small wrasse, gobies and blennies on the appropriate gear. Species hunting has become a passion and last year Mark achieved 45 salt water species from the yak in the UK, this year he has a personal target of 50.
Targets have always been a part of Marks fishing, whether on the tournament scene or targeting specific fish. This year he has some great trips planned to Norway, Scotland and Sweden so species targets abound with common skate, spurdog and halibut being up there on the list.
In the last few years freshwater lure fishing has also become more popular with kayak anglers and Mark has thrown himself into this side of the sport as well and most weeks can be found drifting along the River Thames targeting the pike, perch and chub on light gear.
Mark says that kayak fishing opens up vast areas of unexplored water, both fresh and at sea. Being able to paddle along the bottom of cliffs that you know no one has ever fished is an exceptional feeling and the closeness you get to your quarry when sitting just a few inches above the water is unequalled in any other area of fishing he has experienced. HTO and Tronixpro produce a huge amount of tackle that is just perfect for use from the kayak and it is great to be able to use it and test it to its limits throughout the year.
- 2014 – O.K Classic 2nd, SWKA Kayak Fishing Festival 5th, Flamborough Kayak Fishing Comp 2nd, Bexhill Sea Angling Festival Kayak Comp 1st.
- 2013 – O.K. Classic 1st, SWKA Kayak Festival, Flamborough Kayak Comp 1st, Bexhill Festival Kayak Comp 4th.
- 2012 – SWKA Kayak Festival 1st.
- 2011 – O.K. Classic 3rd.