GARBOLINO have got Ian Giddins and Sophie Hill (pictured above) on board, boosting their ever-stronger match fishing set-up in the UK.

West Midlands-based big weight commercial specialist Ian has won several big festivals including the Larford Summer festival twice, and taking over 200lb off each of the three lakes! A former runner-up of the prestigious £50,000 Match This final Ian is no stranger to winning big events.

Ian commented:  “I’m delighted and looking forward to joining Garbolino who I see as a very progressive brand in the UK. They have some fantastic products!”

Sophie is one of the UK’s biggest prospects in ladies match fishing and her goal is to make the England ladies squad in the near future.

She convincingly won through to the third round of the Drennan Knockout recently by winning her section on the Shropshire Union Canal. Sophie is based in Kent but does a lot of travelling.

Sophie commented: “It’s great to be associated with Garbolino and I look forward to helping the brand as much as I can, it will certainly help me with my match fishing.”

Ian Giddins

Ian Giddins

Garbolino UK’s boss and top match angler Darren Cox, who blogs here in the Angler’s Mail match fishing blogs, commented: “These are two fantastic new signings, two great anglers who are going places!

“Sophie who is only still very young will make the ladies team the way she is going very soon, I’ve watched her fish and I am very impressed. I have known Ian for quite a few years now as we often fish the same circuit around the west midlands and he is a very talented angler.

“The most important aspect both these two possess most of all for me is their correct attitudes. They are extremely professional both on and off the bank and will be great ambassadors for Garbolino, I look forward to working with them and helping them progress in their angling.”
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