THIS WEEK’S MISSION
After months of trying to get into any sort of England squad, I finally had my chance, albeit not a governing body sanctioned competition. The Canal & River Trust International was to be the largest of its kind – England, Poland, Lithuania and Romania all putting their best men forward to win the crown. As noted in p.5, I had a top result, and want to show you how it happened. VENUE: Gloucester Canal – some eight miles of it – were made available to accommodate 200 anglers from all over Europe. This is a proper, wide canal, and deep. WEATHER: overcast with showers forecast – perfect for catching perch. I knew just looking at the weather that a big score could be on the cards. 15 Celsius. north-westerly 10-15 mph. 990 mbar air pressure.
IF YOU haven’t seen or heard of competition lure fishing, it’s basically the same as match fishing, but you photograph, measure and release your catch right away, and the person with the longest length of fish wins. Pretty simple, well not quite… read on!
First of all, you have to take into consideration what type of fish you’re going to catch. Then there is the small fact that there are 200 other blokes wanting to do the same, all competing for the same prize!
The great thing about this is how close you get to your competitors. The rules usually state that you need to stand 10 metres apart, but it rarely gets enforced! It turns into a school day and a good chat, you get to see methods used all over the world, and sometimes pinch ‘em, like I’ve done on occasions.
Fishing lots of these competitions all over Europe over the past few years, I have managed to pick up a few tips along the way, and turned them into a few trophies and pennies. Last weekend I wanted to put them into practice on home ‘soil’… or should that be water?
Having blown my own