Coarse Fishing - A ever changing sport.
Birmingham and Worcester canal
Getting back to it.
Well this is the year I finally got back to fishing after some twenty plus years. All this bought about by my fifteen year old son who asked if he could try fishing with one of his mates. That was two years ago and he has enjoyed a good measure of success and during the last year he has been converting me to a believer again.
You see I started fishing at the age of fourteen and compared to the modern methods and techniques used today, the methods I used when i started seem almost archaic. My fishing adventures started in the mid 70's, I lived in the midlands and life seemed so much more simple than today, peoples attitudes were different then - everybody new each other and there was more freedom for kids to get out and enjoy themselves without out the fears that are ever present today. After school I would get home from school, quickly eat my tea, grab my tackle, jump on my bike and I would be gone up to the Birmingham and Worcester canal which was only twenty minutes ride away. During the weekends and holidays I would be gone from breakfast to tea. Everyday spent fishing alongside my mates- and new found friends through the socializing that came with fishing.
our kits were very basic compared to what is used today, split cane or solid fibre glass rods, centre pin reels or if you were lucky a black prince fixed spool reel. Floats, lead shot, hooks etc. were simple and was always plentiful because of the social circle we were part of. I can still remember those hot summer days sat by the water waiting for that elusive gudgeon or perch to appear and being in such great company and then riding home, laughing and joking about who had caught the best fish. Those were great days and its great to have been there and be able to tell my lad the tales of those experiences.
I coarse fished until the late 1980's and in that time the sport had gone through quite few changes, by then carbon fibres were being employed in the construction of fishing rods, reels were more complex and fishing techniques changed drastically with new baits being invented and commercial fisheries were popping up everywhere and the use of roach poles was just gathering momentum.
Modern day Influences.
Of all the changes that have taken place over the years, the following three areas have amazed me most!
#1, The use of the internet from being able to source low priced tackle through to ideas on rig building, baiting ideas and the general community aspect make it an fantastic resource.
#2, Commercially managed fisheries are big business now. never before as it been so easy to catch fish and plenty of them. (Although I do not use them often as I believe it takes a lot of the sense of achievement out of the sport.)
#3, Modern materials used in the construction of rods, poles etc.
I looked at a top end carbon pole recently and I was amazed at how light and maneuverable it was when fully extended to 14 meters!
The Apex Park - Where we fish now.
Back to the present.
During last year I went with Sean quite a few times, I have learnt a bit and had a few successes and this year I am going for it big time and hopefully I will let you know How I get on, so please check in on me.
Am I a born again fisherman? - I think so!
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