JO SMITH

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Spring. This is the time of the year when we seem to liven up, loosen up and are ea­ger to get out and en­joy the warmer longer days.

Win­ter sport is fi­nally, fi­nally over and well, you may be at a loose end look­ing for a new wee hobby or some fam­ily fun time.

May I sug­gest then that one fam­ily ven­ture we can all en­joy, ahem, at this time of year, is the fish­ing.

We have the three that like to fish and the one who likes to throw the stones at the fish.

I will just say now, for a year or two we truly be­lieved fish to be the stuff of myths.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, we now take with us a few trusty fish say­ings which go some­thing like ’’aye but she’s an un­lucky trout to be hooked by us.’’

‘‘Fish don’t ac­tu­ally want to be caught by us.’’

‘‘You can’t catch a fish if your hook isn’t in the wa­ter.’’

‘‘Yes, there are fish in this river.’’

‘‘Se­ri­ously (in­sert any given name)??! We only just got here.’’

Most im­por­tant - get your­self the li­cence for the fish­ing.

Pack all the lunch you want, the chair, a mag­a­zine, book even.

Dig up a jar or two (don’t fret you’ll likely never have enough) of the big­gest, juici­est worms the vege gar­den/lawn has on of­fer.

Take it all a step fur­ther and you now have the best lures (let’s be hon­est, worm fish­ing is bor­ing Mum), a smoker and the BBQ to fry the seven pounder – well, you never do know…

Af­ter fish­ing day one, you will know.

You will know that fish­ing with kids isn’t ac­tu­ally fish­ing.

And it’s cer­tainly not for the faint hearted.

It will be­come rapidly ap­par­ent that fish­ing lines get tan­gled just by your kids hold­ing their rods (some­times just by look­ing at them).

This still as­tounds us.

You will know now that many

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