South­ern­ers have the edge

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THE old ‘North v South’ de­bate will never go away (see pages 28/29). It is prob­a­bly eas­ier to judge than, say, 30 years ago be­cause most match an­glers now fish in the same small ponds for the same, or very sim­i­lar, species, us­ing the same tackle and bait, whereas the Thames and Lea are to­tally dif­fer­ent rivers from the Trent and Sev­ern – and al­ways have been.

We South­ern­ers were reg­u­larly bat­tered in the 1960s when ‘The Firm’ from Wi­gan came down to St Mar­garets on the River Lea and fished caster.

How­ever, soon we were coin­ing it north of Northamp­ton. We fished against top north­ern teams on the Ox­ford Canal, and Pat O’Con­nor’s fa­mous league saw us com­pet­ing on at least level terms, even more so when blood­worm and joker came in.

Hard, then, to judge, but we South­ern­ers have al­ways had the edge and will con­tinue to do so!

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