New sea­son hopes

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Your Letters -

Years ago, be­fore com­mer­cial fish­eries were so wide­spread, I was am­biva­lent about the closed sea­son. On the one hand, it was a shame to have to stop fish­ing for three months, es­pe­cially if I’d had a good fi­nal few weeks in March. On the other, it was a chance to catch up on the do­mes­tic jobs and chores, per­haps even a ma­jor house­hold project, and get them sorted be­fore it all kicked off again on the glo­ri­ous 16th. Not to men­tion an op­por­tu­nity to go through all your kit, clean­ing, re­plac­ing and re­new­ing var­i­ous items. Even though we were al­ways able to fish canals and still­wa­ters I never both­ered, but that’s all changed now. As com­mer­cials gained mo­men­tum they at first pro­vided a haven in the sup­posed three-month lay-off from the rivers. Now, though, I and many oth­ers, find our­selves fish­ing com­mer­cials as the de­fault start­ing point all year. This is sad and this year I’m de­ter­mined to do some­thing about it, not least be­cause of some in­spir­ing river ar­ti­cles in IYCF. You’ve re­ally whet­ted my ap­petite for run­ning wa­ter and I will be reg­u­larly bait­ing a few spots for a cou­ple of weeks and re­new­ing my ac­quain­tance with the River Wel­land. Let’s just hope I’m not too im­pa­tient and am tempted to move if I haven’t caught a fish within five min­utes of set­ting up, like I ex­pect to on a man-made hole in the ground. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Michael Piper, via email

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