Well, as the saying goes, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun and I can’t believe it’s nearly two months since I wrote my first instalment for this bi-monthly column so I must have been having fun!
I’ve never been one for counting how many nights I do as I like to think that everything I do fishing related goes into my captures. Take for instance the word preparation, which pretty much most anglers like to use, but realistically how many know what it actually means or how many actually put it into practice. I’m a person who prides myself on this word and that’s why I rarely fish more than two or three nights per week. The main reason is because I like to be organised and once I’m at a venue I stay at the lake until my fishing hours are over. I see so many unprepared anglers turn up and have to nip out to get things or come around on the cadge for things like catapults, hooks, gas etc. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slagging people off, it’s just how I like to be. Some like to nip out and get away from the lake, I personally don’t, as I think it breaks the spell.
Anyway, back to how much fishing I’ve done since the last piece. Well I can tell you exactly and it’s a total of 11 nights, which is actually quite low for me considering I love winter fishing and normally do at least twice that. Excuse time as we anglers love making excuses. All I can blame is the weather and a frozen lake for this lack of hours. Luckily, I discipline myself and make use of that down time. Whilst not fishing I don’t vegetate, I get on with jobs to get my kit in order for the Spring months ahead. Spring is a time of year where fishing can be quite aggressive and you need to be on it, so I don’t want to be bogged down with chores like making hook baits, cleaning and spooling up reels or even water proofing brollies etc. I like to be fully ready, so when the lakes are frozen this is exactly what I do when I’m at home.