Pre­par­ing for the THIS WEEK’S MIS­SION 5 days in of solid prac­tis­ing has given me wind­burn, mo­tion sick­ness and a lot to think about. Sit­ting just above last, ev­ery lit­tle bit of prac­tice was needed to bring to­gether a squad of guys. Hope­fully, our tacti

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any­where – canal, river, or on the reser­voirs, fish are fish, at the end of the day! WEATHER: Af­ter a week of heavy winds, bright, sunny pe­ri­ods made the fish­ing very in­con­sis­tent, de­spite fish­ing in depths of over 80 ft. Tem­per­a­ture 12-14. Wind SE 10-15 mph. 1,022 mbar.

FAIL to pre­pare, pre­pare to fail,” that’s what ‘they’ say. Well, ‘they’ def­i­nitely can’t say we have not pre­pared for this year’s up-and-com­ing World Lure Cham­pi­onships, of which I am very proud to say I will be lead­ing our guys into.

Our guys have thrown ev­ery­thing at it; it’s cost us in ex­cess of £15,000 to prac­tise and get match fit for the con­test at Rut­land Wa­ter, tak­ing place this week­end, Oc­to­ber 13 and 14.

To be re­al­is­tic, it’s just fish­ing. You cast it out and reel it in, but add 17 other na­tions into the mix, all want­ing be World Cham­pi­ons, and things get a lit­tle tougher.

Tough, that’s ex­actly what it’s go­ing to be, and for the past few months I have had sleep­less nights about this com­pe­ti­tion.

The pres­sure is on. I’m well aware that I wasn’t a pop­u­lar choice with our gov­ern­ing body, but hav­ing im­mersed my­self to­tally (mind, body and soul)

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