Bravo Tel in braving TV ‘dragons’
WHAT a thrill and surprise it was to see an angler on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den, currently the favourite programme in my house.
Terry Dempsey of Urban Baits did us all proud, not just carp anglers, for whom he is clearly a leading light, but all anglers.
He came across as a really affable bloke, the kind of genuine fella we’d all love to talk to on the bank. The nonanglers have told me that they thought Terry was a highlight. He was one of those people on the show who 100 per cent knows his products and market inside out, and who just needed some investment and, crucially, a bit of experienced business support.
So what if he mentioned (in front of top business people) that he would like to get out fishing a bit more often?
It’s that passion and expert know-how that helps drive innovation in our game. He even manufactures his own product, which was noted in the show, as it’s quite rare.
The only gripe for me was Deborah Meaden, who said she was against ‘catch and release’, and appeared to have no time for Terry, unlike all the others. She clearly knows zilch about the fantastic work done by anglers and clubs all over Britain, helping fish stocks, the environment and a better quality of life for all kinds of people.
Terry left with no money or a ‘dragon’, but he and angling came away as winners. Michael Kennedy, via email.
Terry Dempsey didn’t win over the ‘dragons’, but impressed anglers and non-anglers with his carp fishing passion.