MONA'S SCALES ANYONE?
COLIN CROSSLEY, BRISTOL
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.