Sil­ver medal was a great achieve­ment

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Fish­ing: 2016, BT Sport 2, Fri­day, July 8, 2pm

Fish­ing Ad­ven­turer , Travel Chan­nel, Weds, July 6, 9pm I’D like to con­grat­u­late the Eng­land Feeder Team on win­ning yet an­other medal for our coun­try at the re­cent World Feeder Cham­pi­onships.

It seems there is al­most an air of dis­ap­point­ment that we didn’t make it three golds on the trot, but a sil­ver is still a tremen­dous achieve­ment and it just goes to show the very high stan­dards that the na­tion has set it­self.

A friend and I were dis­cussing why we have be­come so suc­cess­ful on the in­ter­na­tional THE North Bank of the Nene is a very fa­mous stretch of river in Cam­bridgeshire, and I used to travel there reg­u­larly for a Sun­day match with my Sh­effield club Cross Keys AC.

Ac­cess was good, with a road run­ning along­side al­low­ing easy park­ing and a few lay-bys where the bus could park to al­low us to un­load our gear and walk to our pegs along the river.

I’ll never for­get one par­tic­u­lar rainy day there. I had drawn just round the only bend on the stretch at the bot­tom of the Bed­ford Grav­els, and was catch­ing a few roach on the float.

It was prob­a­bly a cou­ple of hours into the match when I Hooked on Fish­ing, Dis­cov­ery Shed, Sun­day, July 10, 6am

Catch roach shal­low on the pole,­ingOn­line

Big­gest Man­darin cat in the UK, heard a screech of brakes be­hind me. I turned to see a car hurtling to­wards me, com­pletely out of con­trol. Only one thing for it.

I threw my­self into the wa­ter, a split sec­ond be­fore the car ploughed through my kit and launched it­self into the river.

Thank­fully the driver and I es­caped with­out in­jury, although we were both very wet, and my fish­ing gear had cer­tainly seen bet­ter days! Three ground­bait bowls in a heavy duty water­proof ma­te­rial. The largest has a zipped top and the two smaller ones fit neatly in­side. JULY 5, 2016 61

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