Is fish­ing re­ally a healthy sport? We mon­i­tor a top match­man to find out ...

Bag­ging ex­pert wired up to show the ef­fects on his body and mind

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

FISH­ING is often billed as a sport that helps you un­wind from the stresses and strains of daily life.

But could it be more phys­i­cal than we ac­tu­ally re­alise? Could a day on the bank ac­tu­ally get the heart racing?

To find out, we caught up with one of the na­tion’s lead­ing big weight ex­perts, Michael Corsini. He has landed nu­mer­ous 500lb weights at Ar­ran’s Lake in Es­sex and ad­mits that the strain of putting to­gether such mam­moth catches often takes its toll.

“When you are catch­ing a 4lb carp ev­ery cou­ple of min­utes it doesn’t take long to build up a sweat. The af­ter­math is also an un­com­fort­able one, with my shoul­ders, neck and back aching for sev­eral days af­ter­wards,” ex­plained Michael.

To find out just how much ef­fort he ex­erts dur­ing a bag­ging ses­sion at the com­plex, An­gling Times met up with him armed with nu­mer­ous gad­gets to an­a­lyse his per­for­mance.

“Your heart rate has just gone through the roof.”

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