Polly, angling’s ‘Lit­tle Big Man’

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

IT’S an oft-re­peated com­ment that Mark Pollard is ‘the best an­gler never to fish for Eng­land’, and that could well be true.

So, why hasn’t this bril­liant ‘lit­tle’ man made the team? I added in­verted com­mas be­cause some com­men­ta­tors seem to think it’s a size-re­lated thing, size equat­ing to the strength and power re­quired to fish the tech­niques of­ten de­manded at World Cham­pi­onships. Rub­bish!

Look at Polly’s re­sults in Ire­land. Few places chal­lenge strength and tech­nique more se­verely, and re­sults there have of­ten brought an­glers into the eye of the se­lec­tors. Bob Nudd is prob­a­bly the clas­sic ex­am­ple.

So, why is Polly cap­less? Well, to pick some­one for Eng­land, some­one else has to be left out. Mark would now be in the fairly se­nior cat­e­gory for in­ter­na­tional angling and who, over the past 20 years when Polly was at his peak, would you leave out of the team to make way?

Now, with bril­liant an­glers of the next gen­er­a­tion ready to give us podium con­ti­nu­ity for the next 20-30 years, it has to be said that Polly’s chance has gone.

It won’t be long be­fore he’s avail­able for the Vet­er­ans though. I’d love to see him picked.

Polly in Ir­ish bag­ging mode. He’s a true great.

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