While enjoying my traditional festive blank on the river last week, I allowed my mind to wander and reflect on what’s been a hugely enjoyable fishing year.
In many ways, simply getting out and going fishing really is enough these days. For me it’s a therapy of sorts – an escape from the pressures of day-to-day life. A chance to daydream, but also a time to focus.
I find myself less concerned with numbers, personal bests and the like these days. I also seem less inclined to stick with one style of fishing for very long. But I still like to catch big fish and set the odd target. A feral carp remains on the radar and I have a loose plan involving a couple of unusual venues that I intend to get round to as it warms up. I’d like to spend more time trotting. I’d like to land a big Wye pike. And a three pound perch. And a decent bass. So there we go – quite a few aims and targets really!
The Wye has been kind this last year and it really is a special place to be. I’m lucky to count it as my local river venue. I had some great sessions on a local tench pool and enjoyed some equally interesting perch fishing through 2014. Trips to the Hampshire Avon and Portishead Marina provided contrasting and rewarding fishing too.
Here are a few pictures. Happy New Year folks.