|I'm not too sure that the image does justice to the situation?|
Sunday evening at Sandwich Coarse Fishery. My swim illuminated
by the full moon.
|With no-one else around to help with the photos I had to resort to a quick portrait of|
the fish on my unhooking mat/weigh sling - an ABU Cardinal 66X for scale
My love of this type of fishing is a direct link to my past - the Mr Crabtree era! It is close range, usually a gentle underarm flick, the width of the RMC, I've no requirement of spods and spombs, my bait is introduced via a catapult or by hand. I have no qualms about using pva (solid bags or mesh) nor coated braid and safe-zone leaders with lead clips. I want the best bait presentation I can achieve and, if this modern technology will assist my cause, I'm all for it. However, because my spots are so close to my position, I still require the watercraft and stealthy approach which Dick Walker promoted way back in the 1950's. Modern distance fishing is "crash, bang, wallop" by comparison! When you fish at distance, the need for concealment, and quiet, is not a primary consideration. This style of angling is more focused on rig presentation and the anti-tangle properties of the set-up. To be successful any modern individual has to be just as skilful with their tackle and techniques as anything Dick had in his armoury, just the general watercraft is missing.
It would probably be fair to say that anglers, of my generation, gave carp far too much credit for being impossible to catch. We raised them up, onto another level, which helped keep the mystical qualities of their cunning and tackle awareness at the forefront of all our efforts. Once Kevin had blown the lid "clean off" of all the tight knit secrecy of the BCSG (British Carp Study Group) - understanding of the methodology required to be a successful carp angler quickly became common knowledge and advances rapidly followed as more anglers joined the fray. The rest, as they say, is history. Today I can watch, via the wonders of Youtube, umpteen very capable carp anglers, all of whom are regularly catching fish which are of impressive dimensions. Yet, somewhere along the way, there is a massive gap in what I perceive to be a good angler and this current portrayal of said person. The thing that I think is missing are the personalities, there are no Ritchie McDonald's, Rod Hutchinson's or Roger Smith's, there's not even a Jim Gibbinson (he was the sensible one!) figure. All that I see is guys catching massive carp, using boillies, at range - the further the better, generally in France, but not always. It is all very matter of fact, there doesn't seem to be any enjoyment involved - almost like another day at work?
Fortunately I am no longer a player in this game, I've opted right out yet, surprisingly, discovered a world inhabited my many like-mined individuals. We don't read the angling weeklies, we aren't members of exclusive syndicates, we are simply individuals who go fishing.... to be continued!