What a tough year that will inevitably be defined by the pandemic that has tested all of our resilience. After a successful autumn and winter campaign at the back end of 2019, I was eager to go this year. I recall being on the bank mid-February and reading about Covid 19 and how it was affecting pockets of people in China. Oh how oblivious It was then to how things were to shape up for us all. With best-laid fishing plans on hold, I was no different to most and resorting to cleaning, selling or upgrading tackle in the garage. When the first lockdown lifted, I opted to purchase a ticket for The Carp Society Horseshoe Lake in the Cotswolds on the basis I knew 2020 would be a very stop/start year, priorities would inevitably be family and ensuring my job remained safe. I therefore needed a venue I could drop in to that was close to work, it would not tax the brain too much and was not too far from home.