My experience was very similar. Growing up in West Cornwall I was lucky that I had access to a farmer's pond that I could walk to across the fields. It held carp, tench, orfe and rudd and I learned so much about 'fishing' from that place and the visiting anglers I also met and who would leave me their bait when they left.Being a fan of Richard Walker when I was younger. . .
I caught the same brown trout twice in a week from the Thames. I was chub fishing with boilies at the time. It weighed around 3lb. I didn’t bother to weigh it.Being a fan of Richard Walker when I was younger I liked the whole 'specimen hunter' thing. The carp scene is a direct result of his catches raising the bar in this area.
Live and let live, I say, but I really think repeat captures of the same fish are eventually going to be problematic with the rise of the 'woke' agenda. Anglers are going to need a united front and an informed stance on this, I fear.
Have you seen the BBC Series 'A Passion for Angling' it featured Chris Yates and Bob James one of the best fishing series ever made with brilliant photography and for me captured the reason for going fishing.I agree that it's each to their own and if their happiness entails buying lots of kit then so be it, as long as it's not doing anyone, or any fish, any harm. However, it shouldn't stop people being able to have a bit of a laugh about the foibles and traits of that. I'm sure we can all laugh at ourselves and some of the dafter bits of kit we've bought over the years, as well as poking a bit of fun at the 'hat and bag brigade', which I'm sure makes up a certain percentage of participants in virtually any hobby.
As for the accusations of displaying ignorance about different types of fishing, I don't think that can be applied across the board to those who've had a chuckle about perceived carp fishing 'stereotypes'. After all, the holder of the UK record for largest mirror carp for quite a few years was Chris Yates, a man who chose to dress in traditional clothes and use a split cane rod. Not a rod pod, bite alarm, bait boat or bivie in sight there, just a man who knew his fishing.
More of a mystery to me is where and when did fishing lose its magic.....and I think carp mania plays its part.Having been in quite a few tackle shops through Wales, a land blessed with an abundance of wild trout, I see the carp fisher is better catered for than the fly fisher. How did we get here?
Yes, all these points are exactly what I mean. We need to have answers for these questions. Sea angling on a lot of my patch is about to be stopped when the new HPMA's kick in. Don't be complacent, it's happening...I caught the same brown trout twice in a week from the Thames. I was chub fishing with boilies at the time. It weighed around 3lb. I didn’t bother to weigh it.
I also caught a different one but only once…..
Should I have killed the first one, or both of them ?
Or neither ?
If you extend your ‘repeat captures’ line, where does ‘catch and release‘ trout fishing fit into that ?
Yes, I watched that series when it first aired and thoroughly enjoyed it, I also got given the book for Christmas that year, which I still have.Have you seen the BBC Series 'A Passion for Angling' it featured Chris Yates and Bob James one of the best fishing series ever made with brilliant photography and for me captured the reason for going fishing.
One program featured Carp where they rented Redmire where Richard Walker had caught the record carp of 44lb, they were set a budget which to rent the lake for a week but got carried away in the auction and completely blew the budget. Chris yates was fishing with his normal vintage tackle while Bob James fished with the Hi Tech gear of the day.
I have the DVD but see some episodes available on-line