Let’s go fishing
How many of you started angling by tagging along with a parent or friend? I’d guess that would be the case for the vast majority of anglers. Whatever fishing discipline you got into at the start, be it sea, coarse or game, it’s safe to say that all anglers need a helping hand to get a taste for the sport. You might branch out on your own later, join a club or specialise in certain areas of the sport, say shore, boat or kayak, and make even more angling friends.
With that in mind, there’s some useful advice in this issue about helping others get into our great sport of angling. There are some must-have tips in the Sea School section on taking children out on boats, a useful teach-in from England shore angler George Smith, who takes a work colleague on a smoothhound session, plus superb help on cutting the cost of the sport.
Don’t forget there are also plenty of top skippers out there for anyone who fancies a session on a charter boat. Dave Lewis is writing about one user-friendly example, so check it out on page 60. Those who want to brush up their drift fishing skills, should take a look at the in-depth advice from top angler Mike Thrussell on page 68. You’ll also find Mike writing about how he found a friend for life through angling - see page 130. It’s a story that many can relate to and really emphasises the point I was making at the start of this column.
Those who enjoy a bit of shore-based adventure will relish our focus on two great rock fishing venues, with Dave Lewis climbing a famous mark in South Wales (page 8) and Jansen Teakle taking a mystery tour into the Purbecks (page 12).
That sense of adventure is certainly a key part of the craze of LRF, and one of our experts, Jake Schogler, proves that it’s not all about teasing out tiny critters. He may surprise you with advice on how to use ultra-light gear for bigger fish on page 22.
Of course, surprises are nothing new in angling, but did you know a house brick can improve your casting? Our highly respected casting guru John Holden reveals why on page 48. It’s a simple explanation to learning how to boost your distance. John also gives his thoughtful analysis on the latest TG Rocket reel on page 98.
I’m sure many of you are aware that the catch and release ruling on bass ends on June 30, so, if you want, you’ll be able to take one a day from July 1. For those who enjoy their bass fishing, it’s worth reading the advice from our experts Henry Gilbey and Mike Ladle, starting on page 24.
We’ve also got another bass angler, Mike Handyside, relating the trials and tribulations of his campaign last year. I’m sure many can relate to his experiences.
Sun, sea and lots of fish More than 100 anglers flocked to the shingle beaches of Cley and Kelling in May to fish the 4th North Norfolk Bass Festival. Not only was it a superbly organised event with some good fishing, but the competitors were treated to glorious weather. Full story on page 120. Picture by