I might learn from his new book how he beat me so of­ten!

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - Keith Arthur

AT LAST my old pal and long-time match fish­ing ad­ver­sary Steve Gar­dener is bring­ing out a book (see pages 8 and 9).

In my opin­ion Steve is the best match an­gler of his gen­er­a­tion, and we have fought some bat­tle roy­als on the bank.

I think we have drawn next to each other 11 times – amaz­ing really – and hon­ours are about even. I don’t re­call be­ing beaten very of­ten on the tidal Thames on the next peg, but Steve was one of those who did it, while I re­call re­turn­ing the com­pli­ment on Steve’s home river, the Mole.

I did have a far bet­ter peg though – or so Steve said.

Per­haps my best mem­ory of Steve was many years ago when making a video. I was ‘tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor’ and al­though Steve had caught quite a few chub, he hadn’t man­aged a ‘proper’ one on the day so we re­cruited some as­sis­tance.

A de­cent fish was cap­tured, al­lowed a good spell of re­cov­ery in the net, then rowed to the op­po­site bank. I told Steve it was a good fish, around 4lb.

“It’s not that big,” he said: “Three-and-a-half maybe.”

Steve duly cast his feeder across, the chub was hooked on and Steve played it to the net. “Now that’s a good four-pounder!” he en­thused.

My old mate Steve Gar­dener – his book is sure to be a great read.

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