The rewards in fishing can be great in many ways. For the match anglers that I report on each week, whether it be the local club sweepstake or even on the open match circuit, there are of course some very big prizes to be won.
But most participants on the competition side of angling will agree, winning a few pounds is enough of a bonus after a hard days fishing. And can be a just reward given a creditable result against the day’s opponents.
Admittedly, sometimes as match anglers we can forget why we are in this game. Often forgetting that we are simply involved to enjoy pursuing fish in their wild natural habitat, instead racing away eagerly without examining what has been actually achieved.
Focusing on this very subject with readers this week we concluded that being involved in angling competitions is of course about personal choice.
Quickly agreeing that participation is mainly what it’s all about, we also settled upon recognising that being involved at any level is really important.
For the match angler, obviously a good draw is always a huge bonus being ‘drawn on a few in a match’, but there’s always that job to be done on the day wherever you may be pegged and it’s here experience will always tell.
Making valuable decisions, setting a target weight, fishing well and getting the best out of the peg – no matter what the fish – is crucial.
Again in the case of the match angler, ensuring you catch a few more fish than the other anglers is the foremost aim.
But as we finally agreed upon, the aspect of enjoyment within a day’s fishing no matter how and what we chose to dedicate our personal time towards, it’s simply about our respective choices and interests.
Andy Molyneux is a match angler who made his interest in angling his career and developed his own fishery. He was in the honours last weekend taking an important match win on his own lake at Millhouse Fishery.
In a close one at Mistral Lake, Molyneux’s 88.10.0 of carp to 6lb on corn and maggot was enough to beat Elton Tackle rod, Nathan Lumb who came second. Lumb chose a pellet approach to take a close 86.6.0. Third place went to Tongmore Angling’s, Ash McClement’s with a near 85.10.0.
Sefton Sea AA held their Xmas Fur and Feather last week on the seafront at Egremont, Wallasey. A cracking turnout for a popular club saw 38 rods from across Merseyside enjoy a day out that promised some good fishing with the river being in great form of late.
Sadly as fishing goes we can’t make the rules and it proved a difficult day for everyone involved on a tough, River Mersey.
First place went to Martin Bleasedale (203cm), with Liverpool’s Steve Moffatt second with 180cms. Third place went to Wallasey’s Mal Scullion.