No mat­ter how sk­il­ful you are, there’s no sub­sti­tute for luck

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

HAV­ING a de­cent de­gree of skill is im­por­tant if you want to be a good an­gler, but I think it is even more im­por­tant to be lucky.

I have de­vel­oped my skills over the years but I am un­der no il­lu­sions. I know I am a very medi­ocre an­gler, only able to get out on the bank once a week.

My best mate Keith, on the other hand, man­ages to fish sev­eral times a week and is al­ways try­ing to im­prove. Ask him any­thing and he has the an­swer ready.

But when it comes to per­sonal best lists I have had a 24lb carp, an 8lb 4oz tench and a 10lb 3oz bream. Keith has had carp to 21lb, tench to 7lb 2oz and bream to 9lb 14oz.

Luck has played a huge part in all those fish of mine. Mick Doo­ley, Chelms­ford

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