What a year 2021 was! I think it’s safe to say it was a very up and down year for many, with moments of deflation, followed by optimism, euphoria, yet always tinted with the tinge of doubts.
The year started in the country in lockdown, and fishing was a bleak prospect. We were all told to stay local, essential travel only, and fishing was at the start, prohibited. Fishing which was saved by some amazing work behind the scenes by the Angling Trust, which allowed us back on the banks. Although it was days only, and the need to stay local, it meant we could do what we all loved, and looking back, I think it fared me well.
Generally, in winters gone by I’ve either continued on my chosen venue for my target or started a new winter campaign elsewhere. With travel restricted, I was limited in my options, and the routine post-Christmas socials were postponed.
I flitted about on a couple of lakes close to home and work for the first couple of months with nothing really of note. I caught numerous 20lb fish each month, with the highlight of this period, being a common just shy of 30lb, followed a 28lb mirror. Whilst I was certainly making the most of the days only, I was longing to get my teeth into something long term.
The end of January yielded the best fruit of all and an invite to walk around and the chance of a joining the Quarry in Essex. I walked around the venue with visions of the majestic scaly carp wallowing in the folds of my net. I had only just arrived at home, when my phone pinged with the offer of a ticket and I did not need asking twice. I transferred the money, and the opening weekend in May for the start of the ticket was booked almost instantly! That was the end of spring and into summer sorted.