I've got a bit of a strange one here, I was about 15 years old ( 1985 ) and in my last year at school, blimmin hated it, probably learnt more out of school than in
Anyhow I decided to bunk off school for the day and went for a day out on the train from Croydon to Balcombe, Sussex which is basically on the edge of Ashdown forest and is close to the very upper reaches of the little Sussex Ouse and Balcombe reservoir,
I was slowly walking the riverbank school shoes and trousers mudded up to the hilt
I came to a swim where there was a whole set up of fishing gear,
This to me seemed very odd because there was nobody in sight and this was right out in the sticks if you get me jist
There was however a soaking wet sleeping bag and I now began to fear the worst
I walked about for a good 4-5 hrs along the river and all the way around the reservoir and did not see one single person
I really was in a dialema in what to do, do I call the police, well no not really because remember A ) I shouldn't of really even been there, B) I should of been at school and C ) my parents would of gone mental at me.
My initial thought at the time were well if I don't have the gear then someone else will who ever finds it,
So with this I decided to take just a large bag full up with tackle boxes, float boxes and reels.
Now what one needs to bare in mind before I get judged etc is that I was a 15 year old school boy with very little money and comes across a bag full up with fishing gear, I'm sure I know what most would of done
However I couldn't exactly be seen coming home with a big rod bag and so regrettably had to leave all of the rods etc.
I've never found tackle like this since and doubt that I ever will but what really still seems to bug me is what ever happened to the fella and to this very day still puzzles me