Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Celebrity Anglers and What We Can Learn.

Celebrity Anglers and What We Can Learn.

I have always loved fishing programmes and over the years have watched all the great guys who catch fish for the camera.  I have been lucky to be able to meet some of my angling heroes like John Wilson, Matt Hayes and Mick Brown.  What has occurred to me is what these anglers can bring to our own fishing. It can be that we look at these guys and think they are so good we might as well give up as we can never be as good as that. However, I think that the opposite is true. I have always managed to fish off their confidence. Many years ago I watched John Wilson catch a chub from a tiny  river that looked no more than a trickle. Inspired I went off to the tiny river Wid armed with a quiver tip and some lob worms, to fish for chub myself. I followed what John had said and stalked some likely looking swims. Head high stinging nettles did not put me off. To my delight and wonder I hooked and landed a nice chub of just under 3 pounds. This started a love affair with stalking chub that I still have to this day.

With social networking there are more opportunities to engage with these top anglers.. One person has taken this to a new level. Adam Penning was the one of the main and best presenters on Thinking Tackle. Recently he has moved into guiding carp anglers. Adam’s knowledgeable presence on screen has already made better anglers out of many of us. Now taken to Twitter he readily makes himself available to answer questions and is very generous with his time. Carp angling can be daunting to us mere mortals who want to improve our PB’s. Advice that Adam gives freely on twitter is  invaluable and his guiding business should take off big time. Great communication skills coupled with a passion and deep knowledge is hard to come by and Adam has every quality that is required. Adam can be contacted on @@askpenners  on twitter and on Facebook

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Brentwood carp show January 2013.

Went to the Carp show Sunday 27th with Pat and Ian. I don’t really do fishing shows and this was my first one for 10 years, the last time was at the Go fishing show at the NEC. As Pat kindly offered to drive I really couldn’t say no and with strict instructions to keep a lid on the credit cards we set off across the flooded landscape of Essex to Brentwood. Two halls packed with exhibits showing off all the wonderful and new products and baits greeted me, as did the masses of blokes in green wandering around the show grounds. It was a chance for Pat and Ian to see old mates who they bumped into regularly. We also were able to hand out a few cards for Ians carp fishery in France, Etang de Vost. 

The great and the good were in evidence including Kevin Nash, Terry Hearn and Lee Jackson to name but a few. There were talks and demonstrations that we more or less avoided. I mostly went around picking up rods i could not afford, lying on bed chairs i had no intention of buying and going in bivvies that were big enough to live in.  I have to say i enjoyed the atmosphere and did pick up some new scopex and squid pop up boilies that i just know will catch me a 20 pounder. Overall the experience has got me looking forward to the new year and hopefully some big carp to show for my efforts. By the way Ian’s lake in France is very reasonable and he will even drive you there if you want, take a look here