A right royal rip-off

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

River Mon­sters, DMAX, Thurs­day June 23, 1pm

Just Fish­ing, Dis­cov­ery Shed, Fri­day June 24, 4.30pm

Carp Crew, Dis­cov­ery Shed, Satur­day June 25, 7pm the tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers got it spot on – en­trants knew the for­mat be­fore they bought tick­ets and if they didn’t like it, they should have gone and fished else­where!

I do like a com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment to my fish­ing but the bick­er­ing puts me off ev­ery time I con­sider en­ter­ing my first match. Brett Hamp­son, email MY DAD used to fish Wind­sor Great Park in the 1960s for a cou­ple of shillings, so when he told me that the lakes on the Royal Es­tate were be­ing opened up again to angling I thought I’d take a look.

Un­for­tu­nately, rather than these be­ing day ticket wa­ters open to all at a rea­son­able price, it’s a syn­di­cate at £1,000 a year.

If they are wor­ried about Joe Pub­lic fish­ing then they could stip­u­late that you have to hand in your ex­ist­ing club book be­fore you fish, and maybe hold a draw to al­lo­cate pegs.

Per­haps the fish­ing rev­o­lu­tion hasn’t quite hap­pened. I’ll be stick­ing with my ex­cel­lent Farn­ham AS mem­ber­ship for now. Boyd But­ler, Read­ing ON OPEN­ING day a few years ago I thought there was no bet­ter place to be than on the fan­tas­tic River Wye in Herefordshire.

The weather wasn’t great, and to make mat­ters worse I re­alised when I got to the river that I’d for­got­ten my waders.

I reached a good spot where there is a big gravel bar mid-river Dean, putting on a brave Y-Front... On coarse with Dean Macey, Quest, Mon­day June 27, 6am

Pole­fish­ing with Jan Porter, youtube.com/GoFish­ingOn­line

Bar­bel river fish­ing tips, youtube.com/GoFish­ingOn­line and a nice run be­side some trees on the far side, but the only way to fish it was to wade out to the bar. I went and got a pair of crocks from the car and, as I’d not seen a soul all morn­ing, stripped down to my un­der­pants to en­ter the river.

Out I went to this gravel bar with my float rod, and it wasn’t long be­fore I hit a chub. Then I hooked a bar­bel, and as I was play­ing it I heard a bit of a com­mo­tion up­stream. The next thing I knew the whole river around me was filled with ca­noes – there were at least 15 with two peo­ple in each. And I was stood there in my pants!

“Is it a big one?” one of the ca­noeists quipped.

“Not par­tic­u­larly,” I said. “It’s a bit cold in here!” Three ground­bait bowls in a heavy duty wa­ter­proof ma­te­rial. The largest has a zipped top and the two smaller ones fit neatly in­side. JUNE 21, 2016 61

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