Ashley is not alone in his love for fishing. Whilst soccer is the most popular spectator sport, fishing is the biggest participation sport. Fact. I bet you also didn’t know that Many fish – such as carp, chub and minnow – appear to have no teeth but in fact, have teeth in their throats, called pharyngeal teeth.
Reflection number 3 must come in the form of none angling time, which for me is quite considerable. I have written lengthy magazine articles on preparation and the influence it has on your results. I have written similar articles on preparing for trips abroad in a similar vain. I take tremendous satisfaction in all aspects of my time spent doing fishy things, be it lead making, rig making, re-spooling reels with line etc. The feeling of anticipation and adrena
line leading up to a trip is often unbearable. I cannot stress enough to the uninitiated the complexity of the rigs and tackle that we use and the tactics employed with baiting and fish location. It’s akin to a track driver preparing his engine all week, fine tuning the equipment to squeeze every last bit of speed out of the car ready for the weekend.
This moves me on nicely to my final reflection which is the sheer exhilaration felt when finally holding the prize in front of the camera and receiving the accolade of friends and fishing acquaintances. These big fish can be over 40 years old, many of which have a place in angling history, featured in many books and magazine articles and are revered like the jewels they are. It is a privilege to share the experience with such magnificent creatures and they are treated with all the dignity they deserve (hook in mouth scenario aside). I don’t know if this brings you any clearer to understanding why I have such a passion for fishing for big carp or whether it has just exposed my warped mind. Either way, even writing articles such as this gives me a sense of satisfaction which can’t be a bad thing can it?