MONA'S SCALES ANY­ONE?

COLIN CROSSLEY, BRIS­TOL

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Hav­ing re­turned to fish­ing af­ter a med­i­cal lay-off for the past 12 years, your mag­a­zine has helped me come to terms with all the present day terms and var­i­ous rigs to use. I have a log of my fish­ing trips which be­gan some 50 years ago. I’ve done coarse, game and sea fish­ing and it still comes up fresh. In a note from an old log I came across Mona’s scales which gives a com­par­i­son of length of the fish to its ap­prox­i­mate weight. I have the scales for salmon, trout, pike, carp, roach and perch. I don’t have the scales for bream, rudd and F1s etc. I noted that the orig­i­nal Mona’s scales were quoted from An­gling Times many years ago. I won­der whether they cov­ered species I’m miss­ing? I sup­pose if pub­lished to­day then the weights may have to be re­vised, as mod­ern fish­ing, in­volves high pro­tein baits. The weights are prob­a­bly heav­ier to length, mea­sured from snout to fork of the tail. I look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing your mag­a­zine each month and I am en­joy­ing my lake fish­ing. River fish­ing on my lo­cal Bris­tol Avon is prob­lem­atic due to the steep banks and my bal­ance is not what it used to be. Au­tumn, how­ever, will see me with spin­ning rod in hand on the Ken­net & Avon Canal for perch and pike. I have caught other species on a spin­ner – my best ever chub of 5lb 7oz and 4lb 12oz came on con­sec­u­tive casts on the Bris­tol Avon back in March.

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