Broadening Horizons

Will 'Bait-Tech' Barnard with a nice perch caught drop-shotting. He's now keen to try it in saltwater!

Will ‘Bait-Tech’ Barnard with a nice perch caught drop-shotting. He’s now keen to try it in salt water!

The weekend marked my third blank session in a row now. I’m getting pretty tired of this now! First it was a perch-free session on the Kennet and Avon canal, then a trout-less session on Farmoor reservoir near Oxford and finally a bite-less session on the North Kent coast yesterday – only saved by a couple of sightings of a peregrine falcon working the marshes.

Still, I’m pleased to be expanding my fishing horizons. After many years of fishing almost exclusively in saltwater I’m now enjoying getting back into coarse and game fishing again. Like many of my colleagues at the Angling Trust, we don’t care what type of fishing it is, we just want to catch fish. With so many mad keen anglers as colleagues it should be easy to broaden our fishing horizons and try something that perhaps we haven’t done before – unfortunately time is too often the limiting factor.  Whether you are an upstream dry fly specialist or spend your time luring congers out of mid-channel wrecks there’s always something new and exciting to experience in the World of angling!

After all, unity is what the Angling Trust is all about and we are keen to get more of our members crossing over invisible boundaries and trying new types of fishing; Coarse anglers learning mullet fishing techniques from sea anglers; Game anglers trying their hands at saltwater fly fishing for bass and pollack and sea anglers moving inland for a day to learn from their cousins on the bank. The opportunities to try something new are huge if we recognise that, at the end of the day, the one thing binding us altogether is the collective thrill of trying to catch fish. The more we see ourselves in isolation as single groups the less power we have to stand up to the threats and dangers facing all our sport – not to mention enjoy more and different sorts of fishing.

The blanking was finally broken with four still water trout taken on buzzers from Farmoor reservoir near Oxford

The blanking was finally broken with four still water trout taken on buzzers from Farmoor reservoir near Oxford

I’m looking forward to the wind dropping and some settled weather so that I can take my new drop-shotting skills from perch fishing into the sea and use them to take my perch fishing companions sea fishing for bass, wrasse or micro-species with a LRF set up. Why not try something new yourself this year? There’s a wealth of information and no shortage of people volunteering to help you get started at www.anglingtrust.net

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