Keith Arthur’s views on the news

Re­sults would have been ever bet­ter but for the wind W

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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!

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