Abolishing the river close season for coarse angling
I wonder if this will be the last coarse angling river close season we ever have?
I’m sat here pondering things and really don’t know how I feel about it. I have very mixed emotions on the subject and up until a couple of years ago I would have fought hard to retain the three month break in the season. Perhaps it was the traditionalist in me, perhaps just a conscience that our fish should be rested.
As we are on the last day of the river season, possibly the last ever if a vote to abolish it goes through. I'm stuck at my desk with my mind naturally rolling over past season ends. I have been so fortunate to have had some pretty spectacular last evening's etc, but this tale is something very different, a chance encounter that you couldn't have possibly dreamt up.
I love the synchronicity of nature and by watching nature doing its thing I am often given clues as to when I really need to be out.
I received a message last night asking why Magnum White has been such a great cold water catcher. So here is my answer...
What bait are you using this year Shaun?
This is a question I am often asked on the telephone, so I thought it about time I wrote my answers down.
This blog was actually my answer to another blog penned by my friend Nigel 'Fennel' Hudson of Fennel's Priory http://www.fennelspriory.com/
I have always enjoyed Fennel's writing style and the fact that he tackles some rather difficult subjects which will often create a bit of a stir. The blog I was answering was one about what defines a traditional angler.
Is it the tackle they use, the clothes they wear, or their state of mind and angling ethics?
Earlier to-day I had posted on my Shaun Harrison Angler facebook page a picture of me with one of my snow carp captures, along with the heading...
When we wore an A.C.A. badge with pride and Allen Edwards would attend almost every angling show going, without claiming loads of expenses. They won so many pollution cases bringing the guilty to rights.
The word boilie is a rather inadequate word and doesn't really tell you anything. It is a commonly used word that I actually hate. It's really like using the word dinner to describe all meals. Here I run through a few different categories of 'boilie', with hopefully a few things which will make a lot of sense that perhaps weren't quite so obvious to you before.
Spectacular, scrumptious, salubrious, scintillating, splendiforous, stunning, superb, special, superior, spicy spirulina
When you book a French trip in late May early June you’re never quite sure what you are going to get. Two weeks before we arrived at Lac du Blaireau the carp started spawning but the changeable weather soon put a stop to that. The forecast for our week looked hot which could have set them off again. A massive thunderstorm as we journeyed towards Soissons after visiting the battlefields along the Chemins des Dames dropped up to a foot of water on parts of the road and vitally it cooled the lake water ensuring no spawning this week.