No fun to fish against those venue ex­perts

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I HAVE been a match an­gler for over a decade and the de­cline in at­ten­dances on the com­mer­cial scene is re­ally wor­ry­ing.

When I first started out you would get 50 or more com­pet­ing at the top fish­eries each week­end but these days you are lucky to get 20 on what were tra­di­tion­ally the busiest days.

I think there are a num­ber of rea­sons why this has hap­pened. The first is the sheer num­ber of com­mer­cials.

Each runs an event at the week­end and that spreads the an­glers around, cut­ting at­ten­dances.

The ap­pear­ance of ‘venue ex­perts’ has also put some peo­ple off match an­gling al­to­gether. When you can only fish once a week, what pos­si­ble chance do you have of win­ning against the an­gler that has the lux­ury of fish­ing the same venue four or five times to your one? Nick Smith, Hull

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