- Feb 25, 2020
Dickie carr a top bloke. Years ago i watched him from a distance at gold valley, he asked me why on earth i was sitting so far away. He invited me down onto the platform with him and talked me through everything he was doing. Had a lot of respect for him ever sinceI know of Mr Downes but don't know him so can't get my head around his stance in making these comments. However I do have a few friends who know him very well and have their own opinion.
Personally I have never been a matchman but from childhood have fished and enjoyed club matches, normally as an individual but also in interclub teams and no way did anyone consider any of these matches as knockup.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but when a person is in the limelight they should be more circumspect.
A bit of off on a tangent waffle but here are three great memories as to why I've enjoyed fishing matches, all of which I've done my best to win. Strangely enough Stan Smith or Dick Clegg never did beat a path to my door...
1. Aged eleven my pal and I were allowed to fish our first senior club match. The early morning start, the coach journey to a new venue, being in the company of grown ups with proper fishing tackle, the excitement of the draw, setting up, catching a few, watching how the adults fished and probably the best bit was being involved in the laughing and joking on the way home. Plus some of the guys on seeing our basic gear gave us some of their floats, line and hooks. Magic.
2. About 7 years ago I fished a winter open match with some club pals at Fennes near Braintree and had the pleasure of being drawn next to Dickie Carr. Great bloke. He saw me fannying about at the start of the match and basically me how to fish the peg. I followed his advice and won the lake, just pipping him. Two weeks later back for the next round I drew next to the great man again, plenty of chat but no advice this time and sure enough he romped home to win, I tried my best but that day witnessed a pole fishing masterclass.
3. Having turned sixty a few years ago I was invited to fish a six day Veterans festival. Brilliant fun with great guys including a couple of names. Again lots of laughs but from the draw to the weigh-in all 20 of us were out for blood.
A match is a match. End of.