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13th June 2023

Suzuki GB Fishing Team Expands

Fishing boat with Suzuki outboard

Suzuki GB Fishing Team Expands

Suzuki outboards are often the ‘go to’ power choice for many leisure anglers, competition pros and commercial charter boats.


This may be because the engines used in its range of award-winning outboard motors have always been designed specifically for the rigours of marine use, which means that all Suzuki four stroke outboards are able to provide reliable, quiet and fuel-efficient performance. From the lightweight, portable DF2.5 to the awesome power of the award-winning dual propeller DF350A, Suzuki has an outboard for every fishing adventure.


As a result, the Japanese manufacturer has been developing deeper connections with the fishing fraternity around the world. Suzuki GB’s activities are no different, and over the last few years it has created and extended its own fishing team and network of fishing friends.


Suzuki is therefore pleased to announce the expansion of its current Fishing Team, which now encompasses a wide range of specialisms and experience. The team has been carefully selected with different angling disciplines included, from pro specimen anglers, spear fishing and adventure fishing through to family fishing and complete beginners. All these anglers learn and share their knowledge with others but come together as one for relevant competitions.


Will Parkinson (AKA Smartfishing UK)

It all started with Will Parkinson, who was the first member of the Suzuki Fishing Team and is now the team Captain. Will is a professional saltwater angler and serving firefighter. Will has spent 20 years serving in the UK Fire Service, where he also uses his passion for fishing to raise awareness and funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.


Will’s first boat is a 17ft Dell Quay Dory powered by a Suzuki DF90A, and his current boat is a 25ft self-commissioned Smartfish 25 powered by one of Suzuki’s DF300B dual-propeller outboards. 


“My passion for fishing started when I was four years old, catching my first freshwater fish in a local river with my dad,” says Will. “I was instantly hooked. I fished freshwater until I was 12, when I made the change to saltwater angling from the shore. Now I consider myself to be a professional saltwater predator angler and specialise in Sea Bass fishing along the south coasts of the UK. I am lucky enough to represent some key marine and fishing brands. I am very grateful to the guys at Suzuki who have provided us with the perfect outboards for fishing. They are high-performing yet incredibly quiet and fuel-efficient.”


You can follow Will through these channels:

Facebook: @Smart Fishing UK

Instagram: @smartfishinguk / @suzuki_uk_fishing

YouTube: @SmartFishingUK


Aaron Barrett

Hailing from Cornwall, Aaron recently restored his boat, which is now powered by a new DF115B outboard, complete with its micro-plastics collection device.


Aaron is a keen spear-fisherman but can turn his hand to any form of sea angling and was part of the winning crew aboard Will Parkinson’s Smartfish boat at last year’s Sea Angling Classic competition.


You can follow Aaron through these channels:

Instagram: @abwatershots


David Lonnie

David is a national specimen angler and part of the team that won the Sea Angling Classic tournament in 2022. David has a recently refitted Offshore 25 and the first to have the amazing DF350 fitted. You will find David hunting the fishing grounds off the south west of Scotland based at the Chlashwhannon in Drummore, where he hosts small boat competitions.


Simon Gibson

Simon is a current Predator fishing International and has represented Ireland at both the Boat and Bank fishing events a number of times in the past few years. He is also a seasoned fishing guide based on Lough Erne in Northern Ireland and his boat is powered by a DF100B. 


You can follow Simon through these channels:

Instagram: simongibson_savagegear

YouTube: @castnorthangling5964


The Reel Nomads - Jamie Bellhouse (AKA Brother Carp) and Oly Taylor

Jamie and Oly are adventure anglers who specialise in Carp and freshwater fishing. They have used a DF6A portable outboard to help them fish some remote and unique lakes around Europe.


You can follow them through these channels:

Facebook: @The Reel Nomads

Instagram: @brothercarp / @thereelnomads


The McKell Family (AKA Squidward 3 Fishing Adventures)

Darren, Caroline and Luke McKell are a family who just love fishing. They enjoy spending their spare time messing around on the water making memories in and around the south coast. They run a Beneteau Antares 8 which is powered by a DF200AP (pictured above) and document their adventures via social media channels to demonstrate the fun that can be had while fishing and to encourage other people to get involved.


You can follow the McKells through these channels:

Facebook: @Squidward 3 Fishing adventures

Instagram: @squidward_3_fishing_adventures

YouTube: @squidward3fishingadventures


Simon & Gemma Robins (AKA Ship Happens)

Simon and Gemma are serial boat restorers so in addition to buying a WW2 boat with the dream of restoring her back to a usable condition, they have also recently restored a 1978 day boat, which is now powered by a new DF60A outboard. They are going to be using the boat to learn sea angling with a view to entering competitions in the future.


You can follow Simon and Gemma through these channels:

Facebook: @Ship Happens

Instagram: @shiphappensuk

YouTube: @ShipHappensUK


When speaking about the Suzuki Fishing Team recently, Mark Beeley, Head of ATV & Marine for Suzuki GB, said, “The Suzuki Fishing Team has grown organically over the last few months and now encompasses a really good mix of personalities, experience and types of fishing. Whether fishing independently or together as a team, they all do a great job as ambassadors for Suzuki but also for the sport of fishing and we wish them tight lines whenever they are on the water doing what they love to do.”