Time has been sparse this month and the only fishing I’ve done is an hour of half hearted lure chucking on a lake that resembled a beach in Poland. I followed this a couple of weeks later with a similar half-hearted effort at the same place. Part of me wants to have a go at this water but whenever I go there I just don’t feel it… But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, the decorating hell is almost over!!! Hopefully everything will be cleared and I’ll be able to have a proper crack at fishing very soon…
I’m not long back from the fortieth anniversary PAC convention which took place at Kettering once again. I enjoy it every year even though I’m mostly working, catching up and chatting with friends and colleagues is enough. The 40th anniversary display put together by Eddie Turner was brilliant, it’s a shame we couldn’t have this at every convention. This year I actually made it to a talk as well. I’d never seen Dave Horton’s show before so I didn’t want to miss him again, I wasn’t disappointed. Dave lays himself bare, makes us roar with laughter and inspires with Pikey stories and awesome fish, top stuff. During the day and evening that followed I picked up the latest issue CC4 from Rob and Martin on the Catch Cult stand, could have chatted all day to ‘the only sane man in Norfolk’ Stephen Harper, received financial and budgeting advice from the Smeltfather, not quite as mad as he looks Neville Fickling (bless him), ‘why red wine is good for you’ from Pete Haywood, ‘where not to drive a 4x4’ from Eddie Turner, loads of laughs with Dave Marrs. Rich and Giles were wild eyed and on top form, Mark and Gary ate all my food.
I also bought some stuff so I’ve probably cursed my season now. I picked up some spare ‘Boatbiters’ from ET, and another Boat rest from Neville. I only buy rods when I need them (i.e. when I break them) often second hand bargains, but when I need to replace a Pike rod then I might as well get the best. There are a few high quality rods out there but as I already had one of Dave Lumb’s Loch Tamers and know how good it is, I thought I might as well get another. Now I just need a chance to use it!!!! All of the traders mentioned can be found in the links on the right hand side. My better half had been looking with disdain at my battered and weather beaten PAC cap and dropped hints that it was time for it to go. I don’t remember how long I’ve had it but think it’s in the region of ten years and its been retrieved from broad or river on numerous occasions. It’s perched on my head in most of my favourite photos and has been covering my bald patch through some memorable days. It may be retired but will never be discarded. Believe it or not it was originally exactly the same colour as the new one on the left, I wonder how long it will take me to turn this one a mucky grey colour?
I forgot to take a camera but Dave Lumb was busy with his and you can see some of his photos here;