Keith Arthur’s views on the news
Results would have been ever better but for the wind W
HAT a shame that the weather (or rather the wind) prevented what would otherwise have been a Trent National to eclipse the fantastic early 1980s event on the upper river around Burton.
As it was, individual weights were superb, even if one bream shoal accounted for four of the top six places.
The Trent is probably the worst river in the country for wind, flowing northwards as it does, because when you get a proper blow it is usually from the south-west so it is either a ‘facer’ or a ‘downgate’, as they call it in those parts.
When I think back to the 1980 match (sorry, I can’t help it) when I was runner-up, our London AA squad had worked out that if our lowest weight was 2lb we would definitely have a medal and probably win it.
Well, 273 anglers had over 2lb on Saturday! Also, Pete Burrell, who won that 1980 match, would have been 10th and I’d have been 11th.
Not long after that more than half the field blanked on a Trent National and the river was declared dead by matchmen.
I recall the river authority at the time suggesting that the dramatic change caused when the famous Trent power station effluent was prevented from entering the river was responsible.
We anglers, all knowing better, knew they were lying and that cormorants were the reason.
Well, there’s still no hot water and there’s certainly no lack of cormorants so I believe we all, including me, owe the Environment Agency a large apology!
I would just love the event to return to its former importance and majesty. Unbelievable now to think that at one stage in 1980 I had probably 60-plus spectators watching me fish, and stars such as Ivan Marks would often have literally hundreds of people waiting at their peg for them to arrive. Halcyon days, probably gone forever.
When the wind blows on the Trent, it really is a pain!