Martin James. International salt and freshwater angler, consultant, writer, author, broadcaster and TV contributor was born in 1937 in Kent, at Canada House, a nursing home for Navy officer's wives. Martin caught his first fish in 1941 during a German bomber raid on his home county of Kent. As the Hurricanes and Spitfires attempted to shoot down the invaders, this 4 year old angler was content to fish for the small stunted rudd in a Kentish clay pit.
Martin's favourite country is the United States. As he writes in his Autobiography "Up Against It" (which incidentally was launched in the Houses of Parliament) "I will never forget the friendship of the American servicemen who stayed in my house during the war years". If he couldn't be English he would want to be an American.
Martin's work has taken him to many places throughout the world including the Middle East, Europe (he loves Swedish Lapland), North and South America, Mexico, Bahamas, the Amazon river, it's tributaries and jungle lakes of Brazil, Columbia, Peru Ecuador and Venezuela - some of this work being extremely dangerous at times. He has spent a lot of time in Canada, a place he loves for its wilderness and the wildlife, especially some of the more northerly part of the country up towards the Arctic circle. Martin donates all his writing fees and speaking engagements to various charities and habitat work.