I have said so often before how much I absolutely love this time of the year, my favourite season by a country mile. The cooling weather for me makes me feel much more comfortable. It suits my grabbed moments of outdoor life between my mostly indoor working life. The fresh feel and smell of the often-damp early morning air, the biting insects are almost none-existent, and my pre-work walks more comfortable with an extra layer on that can be removed if required. As for the fishing, well, so long as I can get on them, I know I can really catch them.
Once more the rain pounds my window and leaves flutter by on their journey to the ground whilst I tap these words out. I have written a fair bit about moon phases as well as talking about the effect of moon phases on carp on two separate pod casts. In fact I was even flown over to Hungary to talk about it as well. This has all come from many years of studying its effect on my own personal catches. Because I have always kept a detailed angling log/journal/diary, call it what you will, I have been able to trace back the moon phases on all of my captures to over 40 years ago.
I am a keen listener myself to the Carp Cast Pod Cast and often download them to listen to them on the banks as a change from the radio, particularly now the longer nights are drawing in.
I had so many kind comments from this edition which I featured on so thought I would share it here for those who possibly haven't yet experienced Mark and Jamie's pod casts.
My interview starts just after an hour into this episode and be warned, it continues for almost an hour and a half whilst I am grilled about many different subjects. Jamie in the interview says that I made a lot of things so much easier to understand and this has been the general feedback I have received from the kind listeners.
I hope you enjoy, it's the bit about the moon phases which appears to have sparked the most interest.
I must apologize for the lateness of this April Blog. I had completed it and then discovered my close friend Jan Porter had sadly lost his brave and determined battle against cancer. It totally destroyed me and I held this piece back. I wanted to write about Jan but still I'm finding it hard to find the right words to say.
Strap your guitar on mate, find us some nice quiet water and if you see Brook, tell her I'll be back with you both one day.
So, here is what I wrote before I'd received the devastating news that one of the best had been taken early...