Every season, people take up angling for the first time, or simply return to it after a long lay-off.
For many, especially us seasoned anglers, many years ago just a trip along down to our local pit to make a “few bites” would suffice to get our interest started in our early years.
But, today, just looking at the opportunities surrounding us, how many of us could actually say that there isn’t enough to get us well and truly hooked if we were just starting out now?
It’s a true fact that probably the first “tingle” of interest for many would have stemmed from knowing, or observing, someone catching a good- sized fish, and, together with some materialistic homework, perusing through pictures of specimens that captured our very own imaginations. for many, any notions on interest will have been well and truly set.
Now these thoughts come to mind as, like many fellow anglers, I’m always willing to encourage any newcomers into the sport, particularly our younger juniors. With this, once again, I’ve also been captured here championing the efforts of a young man, who, although being encouraged by his father to get interested in fishing over the past five years, has now, at the tender age of just 13 years old, made his own mind up and decided to target the larger fish of our waters in choosing to follow the specialist angling scene.
Connor Ranson, from Haydock, certainly knows what he wants from his fishing and his obvious enthusiasm has enthralled everyone around him.
Assisted by his experienced mentor and specialist angler Roy Tickle, from Billinge, who, backed by Dynamite Baits, is an angler who certainly knows what this game is about, Connor is now going back into his Haydock High School this week, proud to be able to show off his recent and new personal best capture of a 23lb mirror carp.
Ecclestone Mere was his venue for this session and, as a top water that is now under a private syndicate available from Pilkington AA, it’s a water that has everything that any specimen angler could wish for. Along with Roy and his father Ronnie, Connor enthusiastically put nearly 24 hours in on the bank for this one, before his bite alarm suddenly screamed off, signalling here that his carefully pre-baited area had successfully captivated this beautiful mirror’s attention.
Connor took the fish on a 24mm bollie hook bait over a good bed of pellet at 55m, testing his newly-acquired handmade rods, which I believe may have also truly hooked Connor for life.
On the bank elsewhere, a fantastic trip over to Heron Brook Fisheries saw the members of the Alliance Leicester AC enjoy some fantastic sport to this cracking fishery.
Billy Smith took the best of the day with a fantastic 223.6.0 of carp on paste.
Huyton’s Mark Wall took 201.5.0 for second place and Jamie Bradshaw’s 188.12.0 rounded off an incredible frame, making this club trip very worthwhile indeed.