This Fool’s Reflections

January 18, 2012

A belated Happy New Year to everyone and their families and I hope that I find you all well.  It has been a strange Christmas for me, almost  melancholic due to work, job security and all the other things we tend to worry about. Which is not my way at all. Maybe this is why I have perhaps sub-consciously delayed updating.

The funny thing about blogs (have I used this phrase before?) when I started out I had grand idea’s that they will be eagerly read by all who share the same interest as me, but over time they have become more introspective and more of a personal record of events for me to look back on in the months and years ahead. And I have just done that now and already in the relatively short time of this blog it has brought back memories that I had shoved somewhere to the back of my mind.  It always amazes me that words just like smells can instantly bring back the feelings and emotions experienced, whether it be a great catch, an amazing storm or special moments with your loved ones.

Reflecting on last year it has been my best for the size of bass caught and a great confirmation that I am doing most things right.  When you start to experience a long spell of blank’s I for one start to doubt every action I make and read and re-read everything to see where I can improve – but as someone said to me, it could be simply that the bass are not there. Obvious I know, but when the tide and the conditions are spot-on you get that feeling that they must be out there somewhere and it is your failings that have prevented you from catching.

This year I am really looking forward to a slight change of tactics. I have read and consumed with relish, the thoughts and ideas behind LRF and feel that during the leaner times (which for me is most of the summer!) it could provide me with some excellent sport with schoolies and mackerel before returning to more traditional methods for hopefully, the larger bass later in the year. For this assault I have already acquired the necessary rod and am eagerly awaiting my birthday in the hope of some more goodies to join the growing arsenal required to attack this method of fishing.

I can see the blog entries already…  slowly I wade out into the smooth millpond sea trying my best not to disturb the almost church like tranquility.

Happy New Year everyone!

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…forever the optimist

December 31, 2010

Another year torn from the calendar of life. I once read somewhere that as our metabolism slows it feels that life and events will seem to move faster – how very true. Looking back on what was my worst ever year in sea fishing (a great time to start a fishing blog!) I still find I have many fond memories.

It’s a good job I don’t go fishing simply to catch but I also go to enjoy what nature has to offer. I have seen some amazing sunset’s and sunrise’s this year and a storm that simply took my breath away, even now I am so grateful that the camera was able to capture some of its aura. I wrote a few years back that sometimes its great  just to get away from it all and suggested that maybe it was an age thing, but it would have been nice  to have caught one bass!

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its just an age thing

My two children have also grown another year older and to my regret look unlikely to follow in the fishing footsteps. When they were both still young my dear wife told me many times not to take them,  just wait until they ask to go – but how could anyone not enjoy fishing?

I should have listened.

My plans for next year? Not sure at the moment, I may have a good go for the mullet, but that will depend on how the bass fishing starts. I definitely need to try out a few new spots and revisit some of my older haunts. I stuck too rigidly to my usual venues and paid the price for thinking that they would come good. I may even try to better my 2 lb roach from a local carp lake that I just know must hold even larger. And I keep meaning to have a proper season on the Avon…

That typifies the beauty of angling, I can’t think of another sport that has so many variables to keep an angler forever the optimist, you just never know what may take the worm on the end.

For those who have read some of my ramblings this season, thankyou.  May I wish you and your families a  Happy New Year.