Match star ranked among the best

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

OUR sport has lost some real char­ac­ters over the years and I was sad to read that Jimmy Ran­dell passed away re­cently.

I have been read­ing the An­gling Times since the early 1970s and back then you couldn’t get away from the man – his name was in the match re­sults pages ev­ery week.

He seemed equally at home smash­ing out 500 bleak as he did sit­ting it out and wait­ing for a few big bream to show up.

Rest in peace, Jimmy, the lev­els of suc­cess you ex­pe­ri­enced will be very hard to match. Roger Mills, Ox­ford thing on June 16 when they had the op­por­tu­nity to get back on the rivers.

But this year seemed to be dif­fer­ent. There seemed more gen­uine ex­cite­ment for the open­ing of the rivers, with new and sea­soned an­glers alike look­ing for­ward to pit­ting their wits against a nat­u­ral wa­ter­way.

The boom­ing fish stocks and the im­proved ac­cess have played a ma­jor part in mak­ing our rivers a very at­trac­tive prospect to the mod­ern day an­gler. Richard Dukes, An­dover

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