Southerners have the edge
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!