It’s good to be back in the

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

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.

Con­tin­ued over ››

Big fish leg­end Andy Lit­tle is back in An­gler’s Mail. He’s seen here with a Hamp­shire Avon dou­ble-fig­ure barbel, caught re­cently.

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