Great Yar­mouth reader Dean Wil­liams re­calls a day he wished he’d stayed in bed

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

SOME­TIMES there are days when you just shouldn’t have bothered.

That hap­pened to me a few years back on a match at Barford Lakes when I drew peg 10 on the Match Lake, just about the worst swim I could have got.

With all the con­vic­tion of a man go­ing to the gal­lows, I went to the peg, fished half-heart­edly and caught next to noth­ing.

Salvation ar­rived in the shape of a top-4 of my mate’s pole that had been pulled off the rest by a carp and could be seen cruis­ing around the lake.

It floated past me with the fish still on, so I thought ‘I’ll have that!’

Skil­fully hook­ing the pole around my cup­ping kit, I fi­nally grasped the pole, raised it up and played the carp to the sur­face.

It was a good dou­ble, and all went well un­til at the crit­i­cal mo­ment the hook pulled and the rig som­er­saulted over my head, re­sult­ing in the float and bulk of shot wal­lop­ing into my shoul­der like a ri­fle bul­let. I did swear a bit.

To round things off I fi­nally got a bite down the edge with 10 min­utes of the match to go, only for the hook­link to break for no ap­par­ent rea­son.

Suf­fice to say I didn’t buy a lot­tery ticket on the way home.

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