Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Sunday 2 June 2019

Thirteen days - one required

Three short sessions, since Friday, has seen my surface caught carp tally, for the 2019 close season, reach ninety-nine. I started on March 15th with just a silly plan to get me through the enforced lay off but, the closer I edged to that magic ton, the more seriously I've taken the challenge. With a week of late shifts ahead, I'm fairly confident of completing the task with a week to spare. Time to focus on the resumption of the split cane thirty quest which should keep me game-fully engaged after mid-night 15th June? Two projects, both designed to keep my angling focused and on track, yet like chalk and cheese in their complexities and approach.

Always a surprise when a floating bait is taken by a "snotter"
I grabbed this shot after seeing the latest post by Bure Boy! I've plenty of mat shots of scamps.
From the sheer joy of a bent rod at a carp puddle to the mental challenges required for the mind-set involved in targeting a single fish in a wild venue out on the Kentish flatlands. Crazy as it might appear, I've loved using this target methodology to keep me on track whilst I'm at the waterside. Marshside has been very kind to me since I was invited to join the Wantsum AA and I'm hoping that their two sections of the rivers Wantsum and Stour will allow me to explore, further, the potential of these local fisheries.

Marsh Frog at Homersham Lake, Marshside Fishery.
Will that thirty finally grace my landing net? The only way I'll achieve my dream is by going out there and chasing it. The backdrop is bleak and flat, yet the variety of wildlife sharing the habitat is as diverse and varied as anywhere else I've ever visited. Once the bait has been positioned, the trap set, I have nothing to prevent me melting into the background and becoming part of the wild vibe. Roll on the 16th June!

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