Christopher was born and raised in the south of England, where he acquired his passion for angling from his father and elder brother. At five years old, he was given his first proper fishing rod and reel and was truly hooked from that point on. Fishing for Brown trout in small New Forest streams, catching sea bass, garfish, mackerel, flounder and plaice in the Solent and coarse fishing in the famous River Avon all led to him learning the finer techniques and benefits of angling as a pastime and a sport. Christopher has remained an avid angler all his life but considers himself a conservationist first.
In 1980, he moved to Canada and quickly learnt how many incredible river and lake fishing opportunities Ontario had to offer. Fishing for Chinook and Coho salmon and rainbow trout in the Great Lakes, in addition to bass, pike and walleye in central Ontario’s cottage country, he spent much of his free time afield. Moving with his family again, he landed in Victoria in December 1998, soon to realize the diverse and bountiful salt and freshwater fishing opportunities of the west coast.
Christopher has long held the belief our angling heritage is precious and so too are our wild fish. Having been fortunate enough to enjoy angling so much during his life, he has made a commitment to give back his time and experience to protect and rebuild the public fishery and ensure there are abundant healthy fish for future generations to enjoy.
He has spent over a decade volunteering for the Coho salmon enumeration project on the Colquitz Creek in Saanich, which not only counts fish but also offers school children hands on learning about the lifecycle of Pacific salmon. Recognizing the virtue of teaching children how to fish, Christopher acted as provincial coordinator for the Family Fishing Society of BC for five years. In addition, he belonged to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters while in that province and is a past-president of the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association. He also served two years as Fisheries Committee chairman for the BC Wildlife Federation.
To add to that, Christopher was contracted as a sport fishing advisor to Parks Canada regarding the feasibility of a National Marine Conservation Area in the southern Strait of Georgia and was a project team member for the BC Marine Conservation Analysis. His expertise was sought to inform the province’s Classified Waters fishery management program as he sat on the Provincial Qualitiy Waters Committee, which provided advice to the BC Minister of Environment. Christopher has also been involved at all levels of the highly-regarded Sport Fishing Advisory Board and has held the position of local chairman of the Victoria and Area SFAB committee for the past ten years.