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To catch a fish, any­thing, any­where! Af­ter a week’s hol­i­day in beau­ti­ful North­ern Italy with­out a fish­ing rod, I just wanted to wet a line. But at the same time, as al­ways, I wanted to learn a lit­tle bit more.

VENUE: Best­wood Duck Ponds. These are not re­ally duck ponds but ma­ture lakes set in a gor­geous wood­land just out­side Not­ting­ham. For more in­for­ma­tion see www.not­ting­haman­glers. or email sec­re­tary@ not­ting­haman­ WEATHER: it’s a bit weird at the mo­ment. Old Mother Na­ture isn’t play­ing ball as far as fish­ing is con­cerned, and the pres­sure is a bit up and down. To­day was one of those days. I feared that a ris­ing pres­sure sys­tem would bring ei­ther famine or feast. ÔI

a funny old game!’

I’m sure that phrased was coined about fish­ing and not foot­ball.

It’s no longer about when to go fish­ing, it’s where! We are spoiled rot­ten when it comes to fish­eries in the UK, and since mov­ing to Not­ting­hamshire I’ve found a gem of a club that has me look­ing at the venue book like a dog with two willies!

One venue in par­tic­u­lar had a bit of An­gler’s Mail his­tory to it, and I had to ex­plore it fur­ther, as leg­end had it that the one and only Frank Bar­low was the first per­son to catch a carp from this par­tic­u­lar lake!

A quick call to the club sec­re­tary and or­a­cle of every­thing to do with fish­ing in Notts, Mr Dave ‘Google Maps’ Turner, con­firmed the leg­end.

It just so hap­pened that when the lakes were opened, Frank, be­ing the leg­end he was, had at­tracted a small crowd to watch him ‘chris­ten’ the lake.

Within a few casts, Frank

■ Big Frank had been here and done it, and got the T-shirt. T’S

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