Unexpected prize catch
AFEW weeks ago I fished the Angling Star contributors reunion match, and instead of big pools money we had a small pool and brought prizes, the winner getting first choice, and so on.
I was lucky enough to scrape into second place, so got a good choice from the table. I love reading and love fishing books, so when I saw a book on the table covered with a few floats and lures, I thought I had to have it.
I put it on my book shelf and thought no more about it until earlier this week, when I decided to have a look at it.
I was shocked to find it was Yorkshire legends Dave Tipping and Tim Ridge’s The Still Water Angler, a book I’d heard great things about when it was released in 2011.
I’d bid for a copy on eBay many years ago, but lost out by being too tight-fisted, and haven’t seen it anywhere since.
I shouldn’t have been that shocked, as both Dave and Tim were at the match, but I have to say it was the best and most generous contribution to the prize table there was – it made my offering of a rod feel a bit tight!
What really shocked me, though, was that when I opened it I found it was a first edition signed by the authors and illustrator.
Best of all, it was a great read, written by two anglers who really put across what it is like to be addicted to this great pastime we are all hooked on. No rig diagrams or shotting patterns, but a genuine, thought-provoking expression of their love of fishing, which I read at a single sitting. I loved it, and if you ever see a copy on eBay or in a secondhand shop, buy it. You won’t be disappointed.
The Still Water Angler, by Dave and Tim – worth much more than a few quid in pools payout.
over the same line if bites dry up. Cage feeder with liquidised bread and flake or crust on the hook worth a try for the chub. Lobworms work when there’s a bit of colour in the water.
Where? Naburn Lock, Naburn, York, YO19 4RU. Day tickets £3. Naburn Lock Caravan Park.
Tel: 01904 728697.
What’s being caught? Some excellent bream sport reported in recent weeks, from the pegs just below the weir. Aim to fish as it’s backing up or from high tide, as this is when it colours up and the bream start feeding. Tactics? Open-end feeder with groundbait and plenty of chopped worm and casters, with maggots or worms on the hook.
Where? Boston Spa town centre, West Yorkshire, LS23 6HD. Day tickets £4, from the village newsagents. Tel: Acomb Tackle on 01904 785237. What’s being caught? A good stretch for winter fishing, with plenty of grayling to target, as well as dace, chub and barbel. Tactics? Stick float and maggots for a full day’s sport and plenty of bites. Bomb or feeder with meat, pellets, bread or lobworms to try to pick out better specimens. S65 4TE. Day tickets £6 on Horseshoe Lake; £8 on Carp Lake; £15 for 24 hours. Night fishing by prior arrangement only. Tel: 07944 505798. What’s being caught? F1s, carp, tench, roach, perch, skimmers and chub feeding well on Horseshoe Lake, 82 lb winning the first winter league match of the year. Carp Lake produced a 28 lb fish recently, as well as some pike to doubles. Tactics? Pole or feeder for the most fish, with pellets best for the carp and F1s or casters. Worms or maggots best for mixed bags. On the Carp Lake, boilies best for the carp, or deadbaits for the pike.
Kippax Park Fishery Where? Off Brigshaw Lane, Kippax, Leeds, West Yorkshire, WF10 2HR. Day tickets £6; £4 for members of Leeds & District ASA. Membership £57.
Tel: 01132 482373.
What’s being caught? After the recent KHV scare, the fishery is now open again, with plenty of carp feeding. Osprey Lake has given the best sport, with plenty of 100 lb-plus match bags, topped by a 169 lb catch. Skimmers roach and ide also feeding, bags to 20 lb reported. Tactics? Pole for the best bags, with pellets, corn and cat food. Bomb and small Method feeders also catching plenty. Fish maggots for the silver fish.
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