There’s plenty of time for ban­ter – once the se­ri­ous stuff is over!

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I’M not usu­ally one for writ­ing in to the press but was so ag­grieved by Liam Mus­grove’s let­ter in last week’s is­sue that I felt com­pelled to re­spond.

He claimed that most top an­glers have no per­son­al­ity, and that this doesn’t help pro­mote our sport.

What a ridicu­lous com­ment! When you watch Premier League foot­ball on Sky Sports do you ex­pect Eden Haz­ard or Wayne Rooney to start ban­ter­ing with the crowd? Do you wait for the mo­ment when Andy Mur­ray stops mid-serve to crack a joke with the um­pire? Of course you don’t!

So why would any­one ex­pect the top an­glers to start hav­ing a laugh in the mid­dle of the big­gest match of their ca­reer? Plenty of big-name match an­glers are great char­ac­ters, and they show that side of their per­son­al­ity on a more ap­pro­pri­ate stage, such as at an­gling shows. Nick Haig, Con­gle­ton

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