Can­celling out cock

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

ILIKE to think that ev­ery­thing I write is valid, but some­times things have to be taken es­pe­cially se­ri­ously. We do well to re­mem­ber that there have been sev­eral no­to­ri­ous break­downs in the his­tory of big fish an­glers.

Los­ing a tar­get has not un­com­monly tipped an­glers over the edge into the abyss.

I’m not say­ing that fish­ing has got as bad as that for me, but I’ve had a killer of a time of it re­cently. The losses have just be­gun to pile up, to night­mare pro­por­tions.

As a guide, you live and you die on your abil­ity to put clients and friends onto fish. They might love your wa­ters, your ban­ter, your teach­ing of new tech­niques, your gos­sip and your sto­ries, but fish in the net are what you are re­ally paid to de­liver. The trou­ble is, nat­u­ral-born fish from nat­u­ral wa­ters are rarely easy once they get to any size.

Mostly, a good fish needs a good deal of plot­ting be­fore it is caught. Miss the bite, or lose the fight, and weeks of prepa­ra­tion can be laid to waste. And, of course, a lost fish doesn’t cut it in the pub with any­thing like the same weight as one landed, weighed, pho­tographed and then lov­ingly re­turned.

The last few weeks have not been good ones in this re­gard, I can tell you. It be­gan weeks back, when Dave lost a roach push­ing 2 lb 8 oz. Not long af­ter­wards, Kate lost one of a sim­i­lar size, and she fol­lowed that with a de­feat at the fins of a 15 lb-plus barbel. Mean­while, Neill lost a carp that could have been 40, Alan broke on one of over 30, and Richard lost a 30 lb-plus com­mon when the hook came out.

There have been plenty of im­por­tant bites missed, too, in­clud­ing a short while back when Tom tweaked the bait from the jaws of a 7 lb-plus chub. Those are all fish that, as a guide, I’d like to have notched up on my rod rest.

The ques­tion of fault

Los­ing fish, for what­ever rea­son, is def­i­nitely worse if there is blame to be at­tached to me, to you or to any of us. Very of­ten, there is sim­ply noth­ing that could have been done to avert the cri­sis.

For ex­am­ple, Neill’s carp sheared the line, through no fault of his own. It wasn’t like he was ap­ply­ing un­due pres­sure, and he cer­tainly wasn’t let­ting the carp have its head ei­ther.

For­tune favours the brave – it’s best to play a fish hard.

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