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After school delight

AFTER a fishing-filled and chocolate eating holiday I am now back at school; getting up early again, getting back from school in the dark and working towards my GCSEs, which I take next year.

But does this mean less fishing?


To be completely honest I wish the answer was no, but I know these exams will most likely help me a lot in later life. So yes, it does mean less fishing, but not much less! In fact I am already planning my short Friday after school sessions when the days are longer and warmer. Taking the bus from school and getting off at Dane Hill followed by a short 20-minute walk through the forest and country lanes before arriving at Tanyard, my favourite fishery! Then I have an amazing three whole hours fishing time until the fishery gates shut. And on those warm spring afternoons when the carp are cruising up in the water I might have a small chance of stalking one of the big speci lake residents.

You might be able to tell that I am very exited about it all and even now, three months away from the clocks changing and longer days, I am buzzing with excitement! But how do I bring all my fishing equipment on the bus, I hear you ask?

I have been thinking about that and it shouldn’t be too hard!

1 rucksack – use as school bag (mat, scales and other unhooking essentials, tackle box)

1 nine ft dwarf rod (with net and handle in holdall)


Here is a fish I caught during my lunch break at a tiny pond near my school, don’t tell my Mum though!!


Hope you have a fish filled year and catch some whoppers! Tight lines.



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