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RESPECT ON THE BANK
WE have to remember to respect anglers on the waters we share, regardless of what they’re fishing for.
They might not be a fellow “speccie head” or big carp angler but they have just as much right to be fishing, as we do. Whether they choose to set-up a whip, waggler or multiple rod set-up.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve already been fishing since daybreak or the last 24-hours. Their swim is their swim.
I know a lad, a good angler, who thought he’d try and get a decent double-figure bream or two under his belt, which meant fishing a pretty well known carp venue.
Now he would put just as much preparation into his breaming, as he would his carping – and he’s had good carp over 40 lb I might add.
So he rocks up at said carp venue, does a bit of groundwork, settles into a free swim where he thought he was in with a good chance of intercepting some proper slabs and starts getting on with it.
But as the session progresses he starts getting carpers, casting through his swim and when he pipes up gets told “What’s the problem, you’re only fishing for the bream…” That’s the wrong attitude.
Are these the same anglers that put the tench and bream “snotties” they catch, back in the lake next door, or the river? Could well be, I reckon.
Now ‘Mr Bream’ as I’ll refer to him in the above scenario, is more than capable of looking after himself, but he doesn’t fish for aggro. It left a bad taste in his mouth and he decided after that trip, that he wouldn’t go back; he’d head to pastures new.
You shouldn’t be made to feel inferior just because you’re after an alternative species. I’m sure tench anglers feel it too on carp waters. You know what they say about tench – they’re more riggy than carp so if you’re catching them, your presentation is pretty well cock-on, for the carp too.
Have you suffered similar sort of swim hassles? I know I have. Be it in the early days when more experienced anglers thought they owned the water when you were silver fish snatching – just a “maggot drowner” in their eyes.
I knew another angler that was bagging in a carp competition and started getting “bullied” off the spot by another competitor, he’s well known out there too. Probably feeling the pressure of trying to keep his sponsors happy if he didn’t frame in the match.
And what about the casts that suddenly start getting closer and closer when you start catching, when the others around you aren’t. That’s been going on for years.
Funny how they always punch a bait out onto your spot when you’ve got your back turned or you’re tucked up in the bag. Ring any bells?
I’ve turned up for an overnighter only to find out the swim I’ve just set-up in is being fished by a guy who’s fishing across to it, from another swim – now that’s a tough call. Where do you stand on that one?
At the end of the day he didn’t know I was going to turn up. But on a popular small busy venue, there’s always a risk of it happening. He might not be happy, but after just paying my money to fish for the night, I reckon he’s the one who’s got to reposition his baits.
I’ve been on both sides of this scenario. If the lakes quiet, I don’t see anything wrong with fishing “across” especially if the fish you’re after are a bit cute when it comes to line angles…
BRITISH RECORD PERCH EXCLUSIVE. Check out page 5 in this weeks issue to see publicity–shy pensioner “Bill” with his 6 lb 4 oz River Thames perch. Taken on a 13 ft fibre-glass rod and centrepin. It’s a clonker. Well done that man!
HUGE LURE CAUGHT ZANDER. Another exclusive. One of the most impressive big zander photos you’ll see on page 9. Korum consultant Ed Matthews’s stunning 18 lb 10 oz zed from the River Severn, on a Korum Drone. He had a 17-pounder too.
RIVER CLOSURE. The end of the season on rivers, just when they were coming into form. We’ve got loads of good river fish in this weeks issue.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
How to unhook pike with Steve Collett