john cave fishing

John Cave, one of the people we support living with cerebral palsy, surprised care workers at his residential living facility when he landed a 12 lb 6oz carp during his latest fishing trip.

John, 63, has lived at Alderbury Bungalow, based on Spiders Island, for more than 20 years, but only took up angling around a year ago.

He enjoys fishing at Witherington Farm and until recently, has only caught small tench and roach. However, on a recent visit to the farm, John was delighted to land the 5.7 kg whopper.

Witherington Farm allows commercial fishing all year round and offers the opportunity for anglers to catch a variety of fish, including carp, bream, tench, roach, rudd, orfe, chub and perch.

John loves to sit by the lakes and catch fish and enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his support workers Daniel and Julian.

While John’s latest catch falls some 70 lb short of the British record for UK carp fishing, this has not deterred him, and he is now planning on reeling in a bigger fish to achieve a new personal best.

John said: “They tell me that it’s beginner’s luck, but I know better. It’s my natural skill as a fisherman!”

Amy Nelson, team leader at Alderbury Bungalow, said: “We’re so proud of John for catching such a big fish. He’s been so keen since he started fishing and catching something so big after all the little tiddlers is brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see what he catches next.”

Alderbury Bungalow provides accommodation and personal care for up to five people with learning disabilities and additional physical disabilities.