This week’s Angler’s Mail blog is by Mail man Richard Holroyd, who wears a watch given to him by his late grandad (pictured here in his 40s with Richard's sister, brother and late grandma) when he goes fishing.
As something to remember him by I was given one of his favourite watches. I decided to wear it on my first fishing session after his death. I caught a couple of bass, one of 3 lb and then another of 5 lb, within half an hour of setting up. Then, half an hour later, I caught my first double-figure bass. I’m not going to suggest my success was down to wearing my grandad’s watch but it has now become a lucky charm that I wear whenever I go fishing.
My first session targeting bass this year resulted in one of just over 2 lb. The second session I didn’t catch but I knew there was something not quite right when I arrived at the mark I decided to fish. I’d forgotten to bring along my grandad’s watch. It was sitting in my drawer at home. I do not blame the blank on not having the watch with me but I didn’t feel as positive or confident in catching. My next and most recent session I wore the watch and caught a 4 lb bass (pictured).
When I have participated in sports over the years, be it football, kickboxing, snooker, darts or fishing, I have steered clear of having any rituals and superstitions, preferring to rely on my ability and also to keep my mind clear from having to involve myself in any irrational influences. But I now have this lucky watch when angling. Of course, I don’t expect to catch every time but by wearing the watch when fishing, also reminds me of what a great person my grandad was. Grandad, gone but not forgotten.
CAN YOU NAME THE SPECIES?
As promised in my last blog, here is the name that species quiz again. This time I’ve included the answers below the quiz. Good luck in naming them.
Answers. Top row: sole, grouper, John Dory. Row 2: Bogue, rockling, trigger fish. Row 3: thornback ray, gilthead bream, stone basse. Bottom row: black goby, cod, coalfish.
Barbel. A beautiful species that offer terrific sport. Buy this week’s issue for instruction on how to catch them.
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