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LAST Wednesday morning it was bitterly cold as I made my way to school. It was the first very cold autumn day and an idea sprung to mind; I thought it would be a good idea to give the fishing shed one last clean out and tidy up before the frost, snow and freezing temperatures started. 

After school that day, I opened up the shed and beneath a few discarded bags I discovered my sad looking seatbox. It hadn’t been sat on since the last match I took part in which must have been back in the spring.

Carl and I used to do a lot of pole fishing.

Carl and I used to do a lot of pole fishing.

It reminded me of when I first joined Crowborough and District Angling Club. Both Carl and I used to participate in the junior matches they ran, pole fishing for tench and crucians with paste on my favourite lake, Pennybridge. This is stocked with golden crucians, roach, rudd and if you are lucky, a bonus tench! These great memories have really inspired me to give match fishing another go.

Over the next few days I was again, out in the shed, this time sorting out my pole sections, re-elasticating top kits. I wanted to see the elastic stretching like I used to!

It is strange how for the last year, we have experienced many styles of fishing: carping, tench and bream on the feeder, catfishing and loads of river fishing, yet we had completely forgotten about the much loved pole fishing.

A winning match match for me - I'm fancying another go at competitive fishing.

A winning match match for me – I’m fancying another go at competitive fishing.

As well as becoming re-enthused to pole fish again and having a tidier shed, I also managed a couple of after school river sessions. I packed my 9ft Nash Dwarf rod into my school bag along with a few other items of tackle, including pellet stops, rig box, hooks, etc.

I was looking forward to the fishing all day at school but it was only during my lift home that I started to buzz!

I was dropped off at the car park next to the weirpool from where I walked upstream for about 15 minutes to a swim where very few people fish. I placed my gear in the swim and cast downstream to where I had previously seen a few barbel and chub when I had been feeding.

It took a good half hour to get a bite, but when the bite came the rod dragged across the ground. I thought I was hooking into a barbel, but nope, a greedy 3 lb chub. That was all I had but what a great way to end a school day!

I am really looking forward to November when I have my first match in a long time. I have a lot of preparation to do, getting into all this pole malarkey again!

Have you rediscovered something recently or found a new type of fishing that you really like?

Tight lines, Alex.



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