Angler's Mail editor Tim Knight, in this AM HQ blog, runs through pet hates in the modern angling scene. If any of these ten things drive YOU nuts, click the share icons above. He starts with 'mallet men' (not Timmy Mallett, pictured here)!
According to a Half Man Half Biscuit song called National Sh*te Day: “There’s a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets.”
He’s also been on the bank near me, and probably you too. He loves to bash-bash-bash in every bankstick and bivvy peg to the point he’ll never get them out again. And more to the point, has he scared all the fish?
I have nothing against people taking all day to set their stall out. But quietly, please.
GETTING TOO CLOSE
Fine if you’re with a mate, like the father and son pair above. But not when you start catching fish and matey some distance away clocks you and comes and creeps as close he dare. You’re smack on the fish of course, it’s got nothing to do with your tactics, not at all…
Then there’s the guy who casts closer to where you are catching, not even bothering to move swims.
Do you happily let him share the sport you’ve had? Do you bite your lip, or be bold and ask the offender to kindly keep his distance?
It’s often the bailiff – and don’t get me wrong there are some very good ones. But also those guys who will always make you think you should be doing it differently, or should have been here yesterday.
I love bailiffs, angling needs them. The know-it-alls that annoy me are the ones that hovver a bit too close, too long, offering too many suggestions – to the point that you feel like saying “Here’s my rod mate, you do it.”
“Missed a bite there, John!” “Got one, Bill!” – not from one peg to the next but across the lake. Say no more…
These guys might not have baits out all over the place, but they occupy a noted swim for way too long to the point they’ve moved in. Then they hand it over to a mate, like they own the place.
Let’s not forget blokes with lines at all angles. When there’s nobody else about that’s fine. But when you’re on a water where you expect other anglers to come along, or there’s already a fair few fishing, is there any need to cast into three or four very different spots, stitching up a large area?
Fishing is fun. So why do some anglers you talk to as you walk to your swim seem to be permanently grumpy? They profess to love nothing more than getting a fishing fix, yet can barely pass the time of day with you, let alone share a nugget of useful info.
If they’re quiet, and don’t come across the water in front of me, then no worries. Each to their own, even if part of the fun and skill of angling is casting.
But half the UK angling community has a real bee in their bonnet about bait boats, the ultimate in bait and rig delivery.
Swimfeeders were treated with the same disdain by float and straight leger angling purists back in the 1970s and 80s. They’re fair play now, aren’t they?
BITE ALARM TWIDDLERS
Bite alarms have a volume control for a reason – so anglers can turn them up or down. So why do some people insist on turning them up to the max when they’re not hard of hearing? Is it to say ‘Hey guys, look at me – I’ve got a bite!’
Twiddling with alarms that are switched on is something some people cannot resist, like habitually playing with a mobile phone. That ‘off’ switch can be used during a session, as well as afterwards if you must fiddle with your set-up.
Not handling them well, stuffing too many in a keepnet, no unhooking mat – it’s all bad. Then there’s the hot potato, more prevalent in some areas than others, of taking coarse fish to eat. And organised fish snaring (pictured, right).
You could argue that UK coarse anglers happily pay for fish ‘n’ chips on the way home, not really knowing whether that fish came from a sustainable fishery. But if your water’s affected by fish removal, you’ll know how upsetting it is.
You take food and drink to the bank so you take the empties home or to the bin.
Idiots don’t think this way, they just toss it away when the last mouthful’s going down… like the lowlife who toss fast-food wrappers out of car windows.
It’s society’s problem (as I blogged about before) BUT we can all help pick it up, or tell others (if we dare) that it’s wrong…and teach the younger generation to ‘bin ‘it’.
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