Angler Tadas Pustelnikovas is dynamic to locate a biggest fish in a city’s famous Edgbaston Reservoir
And judging by a distance of a largest dart he’s landed so far, it could be a locate to write home about when he does.
Like a tuna-obsessed impression played by Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey in Steven Knight’s new thriller Serenity, throwing a large one has turn an all-consuming passion.
Fashion engineer Tadas competence accost from Kaunas, an industrial city in executive Lithuania, though he is now one of 4 million anglers in a UK.
Throughout any fishing season, he now spends any gangling notation by a Edgbaston Reservoir waterside perplexing to land a consternation of a deep…
Tadas talks about his passion for angling in a above video – he respects a aggressive, rapacious dart so many he wears a fedora and a stylish multiple of scarf, shirt and tie while perplexing to land a large one.
Even in an attention value some-more than £3 billion a year, we won’t find many people going to such sartorial lengths to suffer what is Britain’s many renouned pastime.
But this sold plea is even gripping Tadas watchful during night – a record for a northern dart is 25kg (55lb) held in Germany in 1986.
On a day BirminghamLive visited him, he’d had usually 4 hours’ nap before a cab had picked him adult on a other side of city prepared to arrive dressed to stir in time for a fantastic morning during a Edgbaston Reservoir waterside.
Who is Tadas Pustelnikovas?
Now 27, Tadas left his Lithuanian homeland to investigate conform pattern during Central St Martin’s in London and during BCU in Birmingham. in a wish of one day costuming a movie.
The businessman has launched his possess tag Tado Vito and dreams adult new designs while angling.
Tadas has a Chinese girlfriend, Tianyu, whom he has been enlivening to take adult a fishing habit, too.
Tadas believes there are several reasons since people go fishing.
But his pivotal one is to learn to live ‘in a moment’.
“When we relax after work we wish to get impulse (for my fashion) and uninformed atmosphere and unequivocally suffer a inlet during Edgbaston Reservoir,” he says.
“(Why people fish) depends on your truth – for opposite anglers it can meant opposite things.
“For some people they usually caring about a apportion of a fish.
“They try to locate as many as they want.
“Others don’t caring about how many they catch, they are enjoying a moment.
“For me it’s roughly like a camp, though also watchful for something to happen.
“So we take your food, we competence take your associate and we are unequivocally enjoying your time.”
Why Edgbaston Reservoir?
Tadas detected there were fish in Edgbaston Reservoir by accident.
The 70-acre oasis tighten to Five Ways was built in 1827 by Thomas Telford.
Today, roughly 200 years later, it is still used to tip adult a city’s waterway system.
“The initial time we came was usually to float a bicycle,” says Tadas.
“I did not know there would be fish here.
“Only a year or so after we started articulate to a internal people and they pronounced there were some fish here.
“I could not trust it though afterwards they showed me a pictures.
“I wanted to try my fitness and on my initial fishing outing we was astounded with 3 large pikes!”
What can we catch?
Tadas has held a accumulation of fish during his time on a water’s corner – though he is usually spooky by one.
“There are large pikes, loads of carp, counterpart canopy and china fish,” he says.
“I consider I’m a usually male perplexing to locate dart all year turn (when permitted).
“Most people who come here are watchful for a carp.
“The biggest dart I’ve held was about 14lbs, though I’m flattering certain there’s even bigger ones – 30lbs.
“I spoke with internal anglers and they pronounced they declare people have held 30lb dart in this water.
“Many people go to a fountainhead to watch a nature, though they never knowledge what goes on underneath a water.”
Tadas is even removing to know some of a fish he always puts behind on a personal basis.
“One of a engaging things was when we held a dart that swell was plainly like with a razor, we couldn’t trust it could survive,” he says.
“Later we researched and find out that this damage was done by a unequivocally large dart that fights for territory.
“After reduction afterwards a month we held a unequivocally same dart though a swell was totally hermetic in reduction afterwards a month, it’s usually unimaginable how quick animals can reanimate themselves.
“Unfortunately for this sold fish, we managed to locate a same one 3 times in one deteriorate – interjection to a injure it’s simply recognisable.”
Lithuania and Birmingham
“Being a Lithuanian defines my birthright and all we do some-more or reduction reflects my culture,” says Tadas.
“In my country, fishing is substantially a second biggest competition after basketball.
“Almost everybody does fishing or during slightest likes going fishing.
“It is unequivocally popular, there is copiousness of lakes, copiousness of rivers and people unequivocally suffer it.
“Ice fishing is unequivocally popular, too, when a H2O is solidified in winter.
“We cavalcade a holes, have a small rod and lay on a ice.
“Whether it’s reduction 5 or reduction 15 we lay on a ice, that’s what we like to do and that’s a culture.
“I’m unequivocally unapproachable and we wish some-more people to try angling since this is a unequivocally extraordinary competition and lifestyle.
“I don’t feel a unequivocally apparent tie (with Birmingham) though we feel during home as prolonged as there is H2O around where we can fish.”
Fishing in Birmingham
Edgbaston Reservoir is one of 14 parks opposite a city where we can go fishing if we have a looseness to do so.
The others include:
Brookvale Park, George Road Erdington
Cannon Hill Park – Russell Road, Moseley
Edgbaston Reservoir – Reservoir Road, Edgbaston
Fox Hollies Park – Pool Farm Road, Acocks Green
Lifford Reservoir – Tunnel Lane, Hall Green
Manor Farm Park – Bristol Road South, Northfield
Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields – Pithall Road, Shard End
Perry Park – Walsall Road, Perry Barr
Pype Hayes Park – Chester Road, Erdington
Salford Park – Lichfield Road, Aston
Shenley Fields Playing Fields – Shenley Fields Lake
Trittiford Mill Pool – Priory Road, Billesley
Ward End Park – Washwood Heath Road, Washwood Heath
In Sutton Coldfield, we can also fish during Sutton Park National Nature Reserve.
Blackroot, Bracebridge, Powells and Keepers Pools that all have designated fishing areas.
Please hit Sutton Park Visitor Centre on 0121 464 8728 for serve information.
When we can fish
Most of a above sites do not assent fishing from Mar 15 to Jun 15 any year.
But year-round fishing is accessible during 4 of them – Fox Hollies Park, Pype Hayes Park, Salford Park and Shenley Pool, Weoley Castle.
Tadas uses a paid-for app called Fishbrain to keep tabs on his catches and we can also use it to see what others are catching, too.
Tolkien in Birmingham
He also has lots of fishing tackle to assistance with a constraint of a fish and a vigilance before it is weighed and afterwards returned behind to a water.
The Gillot Road opening to Edgbaston Reservoir has a Danger Water notice observant ‘No swimming’ and ‘No diving’.
In an emergency, write 0121 454 7810 from 10am to 9.30pm (winter) or 10am til 11.30pm (summer) or dial 999.
How to buy a licence
In sequence to fish during any of a above sites we contingency have an Environment Agency fishing rod looseness or we will face prosecution.
You can buy a one-day, eight-day or 12-month looseness online.
You’ll need a withdraw or credit card; your Blue Badge or National Insurance series if we have a incapacity and you’re requesting for a 12-month licence; a other person’s sum (such as date of birth), if you’re shopping for someone else.
You can use a online use to get a youth looseness for children aged 13 to 16. You will not need to pay.
This looseness can start on any date as prolonged as it’s within 60 days of a day we buy it.You can also buy a looseness by pursuit a Environment Agency or in chairman during a Post Office.
The Environment Agency can be contacted by write on 0344 800 5386 from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday or from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays (March 1 to May 31) or on bank holidays from 8am to 6pm (March 1 to May 31).
How many a looseness costs
One day: £6 for fish and counterfeit 2-rod or £12 for salmon and sea trout.
Eight days: £12 for fish and counterfeit 2-rod or £27 for salmon and sea trout.
A 12-month looseness costs £30 or £82 for a above categories, while a £45 year-round looseness also allows we to use 3 rods for fish and counterfeit fishing.
A 12-month looseness for over 65s / infirm will cost £20 for fish and counterfeit fishing (£30 for 3 rods) or £54 for salmon and trout.
A youth looseness for children aged from 13 to 16 is free.
You can get a 12-month infirm person’s looseness if you’ve got a Blue Badge, or we get Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (any rate) – you’ll need your National Insurance series to infer this.
You can also get a ignored 12-month looseness if you’re over 65. You can't get a bonus for a 1-day or an 8-day licence.
Steven Knight and fishing
Having shot his steam thriller in Mauritius, Steven says: “Nobody had ever shot there before and it was a pleasing place.
“I will fish anywhere and, if it’s sustainable, we will eat what we catch.
“Fishing is embellishment for lots of other things. “It’s about watchful for fortune, communication, relations… and Matthew did a good pursuit of expressing that.”
Has he ever been fishing with Chris Tarrant, one of a UK’s many famous fishermen and presenter of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire….? which Steven helped to create?
“No we haven’t. But we possibly are a fisherman or you’re not – and he really is!”