IT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN FISH­ING

Reader Jonathan Mul­hol­land recalls an event­ful out­ing to the Nor­folk Broads and a meet­ing with a prize id­iot

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I WAS on hol­i­day in Nor­folk with the wife and kids and had a pass for the day to go fish­ing, while they went shop­ping in Nor­wich.

I was catch­ing a few skim­mers on the feeder when a boat started to come around the bend to my right. It was a hired cruiser type thing be­ing driven by Cap­tain Pug­wash him­self, the stereo­typ­i­cal dad out to im­press his fam­ily, and fail­ing! He was driv­ing on the wrong side of the river and rapidly los­ing con­trol.

He came round the bend and ca­reered right into the reeds in the side. I jumped up just in time to grab my rod out of the way as he crashed into the bank and de­stroyed my keep­net.

“Sorry mate,” he shouted and car­ried on down­stream, hit­ting a clump of reeds the other side be­fore the boat righted it­self and he was head­ing off back to his next vic­tim. I sur­veyed the trail of de­struc­tion and de­cided a shop­ping trip to Nor­wich was the best op­tion!

Bad drivers aren’t just on the roads!

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