Ex­pen­sive tackle is not key to the best re­sults

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I READ with plea­sure about young Amelia Pyles’ catch on £10 worth of tackle. In the same is­sue of Angling Times new tackle was ad­ver­tised at ou­tra­geously high prices, enough to make your eyes wa­ter.

Fixed-spool reels and feeder rods cost al­most £400, and there were poles at £2,500 and keep­nets for £140.

I was fish­ing on a com­mer­cial this week and an­other an­gler ar­rived with so much tackle that he needed a four­wheel trol­ley to carry it all.

On the flip­side, I ar­rive with my bas­ket over my shoul­der, rods un­der my arm, and fish with a 12ft split cane rod and a cen­tre­pin reel – tackle I have used suc­cess­fully for over 60 years.

The chap with the ‘re­moval van’ of tackle was catch­ing tiny roach at the end of his mas­sive pole while I caught four good carp, three bream and six very big roach. Michael Randall, email

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