THIS WEEK’S MIS­SION

Anglers Mail - - Pike -

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

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