MANY people know Terry Theobald as the front man of Monmouthshire comedy covers band Stoney Broke.
But few know there’s a quieter side to the Rogiet resident in the form of a proficient angler, who has just had his first book published.
The grandfather of five and train driver has been fishing for more 45 years and after four years of writing, editing and more writing, “Well and Truly Hooked” was finally published just a few weeks ago.
The 52-year-old started fishing as a little boy and now takes every opportunity to go fishing all over the UK and as far afield as America and Canada, as well as in Europe.
Mr Theobald has written articles for fishing magazines for many years but it was a chance conversation with a friend that led him to take up his biggest challenge yet.
"I was chatting with a friend fishing on the River Kennet near Reading," he said. "We were chatting about writing and I happened to say I wouldn’t mind writing a book and he said ‘why don’t you then?’”
“Well and Truly Hooked” is an autobiographical book about Mr Theobald’s life, centred around fishing, from when he started as a little boy fishing for eels in the reens of the River Severn to a man fishing for carp and even shark fishing.
The book took two years to write and another two years to edit. It includes three sections of photographs and features local areas such as Tredegar House, Lydney Lake and waters throughout the Forest of Dean.
Mr Theobald did all the editing and photography himself.
He said: "I really wrote it for myself but in the back of my mind I always hoped it would be published. My wife is over the moon. The encouragement from all my family was wonderful. Getting it published was really quite exciting."
The book can now be purchased for £20 plus £4.50 post and packaging online at calmproductions.com