FAREWELL JIMMY, A TOP ROD AND NEVER NASTY

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A LIGHT that once burned bright in my match fish­ing life went out with the pass­ing of Jimmy Ran­dell.

Jim was as dan­ger­ous on the old Lea Nav­i­ga­tion matches as he was on the Fens, Thames or even still­wa­ters such as Layer Pit, in the days when it set the stan­dard for long-range float­fish­ing for carp.

Gen­er­ous with in­for­ma­tion, he ex­celled at sar­casm... though never in a nasty way.

In Septem­ber 1980, in the Division One Na­tional on the Trent, Jim was a cou­ple of pegs up­stream of me at Caythorpe and catch­ing a few him­self. As I net­ted a good fish he called down: “I see that lucky bleeder Keith Arthur’s on a chub flyer as usual.”

The fish I’d just net­ted was a huge roach, close on a pound and three quar­ters. I held it out for him to see and said: “No mate, roach.” I thought he was go­ing to ex­plode.

His old Rod­ing Val­ley team-mate Ian Copeland told me Jim was very ill at our re­cent re­union at Red­bridge Lakes.

A le­gend if there ever was one who held the respect of ev­ery an­gler he fished with, or against. Jimmy Ran­dell – a le­gend passes.

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