Are newcomers missing out on vital skills?

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An article from the AT again I thought would make good discussion.


I have my own thoughts on it and what is most likely to get anglers hooked for life but I was lucky I had a good Junior Club that took us to all manner of venues.

Think Tommy Pickering has it spot on in this article though when he says...

“The most important advice I can give to a newcomer is to enjoy it,”

The fish that got you most excited/relieved/nervous etc

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A thread inspired by reading @Stewie74's match report which included that always exciting first fish after blank last time out. That got me thinking about those fish you catch now and again that you are just so excited/grateful/relieved etc to see end up in the net. I'm sure everyone must have had those special fish (be they PBs, match winners, blank beaters or just a nice fish you weren't expecting or had put real time and effort into catching) that just get your heart pumping a bit more.

Two examples for me were both chub that were and are my PBs. First one was a roughly 4 pounder that I had on the feeder to beat a blank on a borderline flooded and freezing cold Hampshire Avon a couple years ago. Wasn't that fussed about it then being a PB was more that I'd spent the time and money to fish the Avon for the first time only to find it in such bad state that it...

The piece of tackle not invented yet...

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We've all been there, need a whatsit or thingy to do a particular task but it's not been invented yet or no one makes them....

What bit of tackle do you need that's not been invented yet :) ?

I'd love a self levelling box, something akin to putting the box on a peg, pressing a button and all the legs adjust themselves to level the box instead of reaching across all four corners and a platform faffing about to get it level :D

Maggot Drowners Complete Guide to Angling

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Meant in jest ;) (y)

Rules for fishing

1) Only use Brown Crumb or homemade groundbait as new ones are fandangled.
2) Do not buy nice tackle when you can fashion your own, you're probably not a good enough angler to warrant it anyway.
3) Fish must be caught on dead pinkie only, especially Barbel, on 0.06 hooklengths if possible. Not forgetting the 15g cage feeder in flood conditions.

Anymore? Meant in jest remember.... although probably a humour fail on my part, just my thoughts at the moment. :LOL:
Some String Pulling Required
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After a couple of blank pike sessions and some less than inspiring river trips I need some action so headed down to Renny Lakes yesterday.

It was a cold, foggy morning although fortunately frost free - I arrived about 8.30am and initially wondered if the place was shut as mine was the only car in the car-park :oops:
I headed straight across to the peg on the silvers lake I've drawn in our last two matches - both took place in the colder weather and on both occasions I caught carp so I reckoned it was a fairly safe assumption that there would be one or two in the area.
Tommy Pickering - Born to Win Competition
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TOMMY PICKERING - BORN TO WIN COMPETITION

The Prizes: SEVEN Prizes to be Won :D

7 x Signed Hardback copies of Tommy Pickering's Autobiography - Born to Win

And if that's not enough - A Maggotdrowning Sticker to go with each one !

BORN TO WIN is a roller-coaster ride through the life of the man, the myth, the angling legend that is quite simply … TOMMY PICKERING.
In his unmissable new autobiography, the Barnsley Blacks legend reveals, alongside inspirational stories of success and breaking records

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