I grew up in Devon and started fishing at an early age. My Dad, Tom Simonds taught me how to cast a fly rod when I was about eight. I caught my first trout from the River Otter (Upstream Dry Fly). I also enjoyed Coarse fishing for Carp, Tench and Pike; sea fishing for Bass from Exmouth and fly fishing for trout in the rivers and lakes in the Southwest and at Chew and Blagdon.
In May 1984, I had a RTA and suffered a complete spinal lesion resulting in paraplegia at T4 level. But that didn’t stop me. By August I had a day out of hospital and spent it fly fishing with my Dad; I caught a nice Rainbow Trout at some clear water chalk ponds, near the Spinal Injuries Unit at Odstock, Salisbury in Wiltshire.
My Dad and I went to Andros Island, in The Bahamas and stayed at “Cargill Creek Bonefish Club” in 1992 for a week. I caught my first batch of Bones and had my first trip to the Westside. An experience you can never forget! In 1994 I started Offshore Sports Fishing on Andros Island, where we caught a lot of good fish; 50lb Wahoo, Kingfish and Dorado up to 25/30lb and, some Dorado on a fly rod.
In 2006, I was sponsored by South West Lakes Trust and the Environment Agency to take the Level 2 JAGB Instructors course and received my certificate in Coaching Sports Angling. I have also been fortunate enough to get a lot of excellent casting instruction from some of the best guides Andros has to offer.
In 2014 I took a good friend of mine with me (who I taught to fish a few years ago), where he caught his first bonefish with Glister Wallace. I went on my own in 2015 April and May and 2016 from May to June and I caught my “best” Bonefish (7-8lb) with Captain Eddie Rolle from the Middle Bight. I got some good Westside bones too while looking for those big Westside Tarpon. I have done some guiding and instructing at a few open days; but due to poor health and other circumstances, it has only recently been possible for me to start a sports fishing career. I have enjoyed Still Water Trout Fishing in the south west at Kennick, Wimbleball, Clatworthy and Chew. I have been utilizing the boats supplied by the Wheelie Boat Trust for many years and have become very familiar with handling them appropriately and safely.
If you are interested in booking an instruction session, please select the appropriate course in the Courses section. Or if your wish to book me as your Guide on any of the Southwest lakes listed, please click the “Guiding” Link. Wheelie boats for Disabled anglers can be booked from the links provided or, by contacting me at: