It’s good to be back in the
WELL, it seems like I’m back. After a gap of several years, I am really looking forward to writing a new weekly column in Angler’s Mail.
My association with this magazine started back in the ’80s, when I wrote a weekly carp feature. In time, this progressed to Andy Little’s Angling Adventures, which covered all manner of species and locations, home and abroad.
These features ran for over 20 years, and my regular companion on the bank was the then editor of Angler’s Mail, Roy Westwood, whose photos have been recognised as the best in the industry. He still contributes to this top weekly fishing magazine.
I was then very fortunate to be given the position of deputy chairman at Fox International. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of being part of one of the most successful fishing tackle companies privately owned in the UK.
I had always had a long association with the owner, Cliff Fox, and was very much part of their development team, especially when it came to carp reels and electronic alarms.
A few years ago, Cliff decided to sell the company, and I took the opportunity to take semiretirement. I stayed involved with tackle development on a consultancy basis, but now the cycle has been completed, as I am back to my roots, writing for this magazine.
Sadly, my health hasn’t been great in recent years, as I have suffered several heart attacks and I have angina. I am glad to say that these issues are under control. I’ve just got to ‘keep taking the pills,’ as they say. The side effect of my health issues has obviously had an impact on my fishing.
I still fish for all manner of species, but mainly local waters on the Hampshire/Dorset border, and for much shorter sessions than I used to. I now try to make the most out of every short session, and I will pass on many of the tips and tactics that have helped me to succeed.
This column is also an opportunity for me to take a trip down memory lane. I will be relaying some of the events that happened during nearly 60 years of fishing, including stories about the people that I have met and the innovations that I have seen. I hope you will enjoy reading my column as much as I will enjoy writing it.
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Big fish legend Andy Little is back in Angler’s Mail. He’s seen here with a Hampshire Avon double-figure barbel, caught recently.