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    Default The art of fishing sucessfully

    Last time I went fishing I opened the chair, put my newspaper down, my bag on top of it and set up. After half an hour I was not happy with my float rig so went to change it. Couldn’t find my knife, left it at home, so opened a small penknife on my key-set to cut the line and remove the float. I was doing this by laying the line on the jetty railing when suddenly my wrist gave way and everything went sideways. I was keeping my eye on the float which was sliding towards the sea but thankfully just stopped on the edge of the jetty wall. I got down and retrieved it then looked for my keys with the penknife. Couldn’t find them anywhere and then it dawned on me they must have fallen in the drink; a major depression came on, do I dive in and look for them or just dive in and drown which at this point was a good option.
    However, I worked out that they just may stay on the bottom and if I wait till low tide I might just be able to get them back but that meant hanging about until 6-7pm, more depression.
    Nothing for it but to carry on fishing although I did not feel like it. Attached float and started fishing but the float kept sinking, it was a cheap plastic thing, one that I only bought from a bloke last year on a market stall because I felt sorry for him as he had not sold anything all day and it was only a couple a quid and it must have cracked a hole when it was hitting the deck. Oddly enough the first one had a hole and I took it back and he replaced it with this one.Anyway, now I had found I had somehow left all my floats at home so found an old wine cork at the bottom of my tackle bag and set it up somehow, I couldn’t really care less at this point, all this took an hour and finally I sat down to contemplate my misery and have a major breakdown in comfort, as I lifted my bag and news paper under it were my keys, thank you God you major twaat but, ecstasy never the less. I had at some point thrown them in the bag but they missed and slid down the chair and under the news paper; it must have been when I bent down to get the float but in all the mayhem had instantly forgotten I had done that.
    Just to wrap the day up, my old camping chair binkered and collapsed under me and when I collapsed my telescopic rod the line and trace had somehow wound twice yes twice - between the top eye and second eye, how the hell did that happen.
    I swear I have not made any of that up; I hate fishing, really loathe it-you can shove it somewhere inglorious..
    Last edited by markg; 20-07-2018 at 07:37.

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    Thanks for posting an example of the combination of Sod's law and ineptitude, a phenomenon I am all to familiar with!

    I really do curse myself sometimes when I break a float, drop several green quick change beads in the grass and miss out one or more eyes on the rod!!! I even threaded the line through one eye twice last week! I can drop a twig on my slatted wooden peg and it remains on the peg! Drop a piece of shot, a float,a snap link swivel one even a small rod rest and I can guarantee it will disappear into the water!

    Far pegs away from the World are perfect for me on those occasions!

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Thanks for posting an example of the combination of Sod's law and ineptitude, a phenomenon I am all to familiar with!

    I really do curse myself sometimes when I break a float, drop several green quick change beads in the grass and miss out one or more eyes on the rod!!! I even threaded the line through one eye twice last week! I can drop a twig on my slatted wooden peg and it remains on the peg! Drop a piece of shot, a float,a snap link swivel one even a small rod rest and I can guarantee it will disappear into the water!

    Far pegs away from the World are perfect for me on those occasions!
    Your just an amateur in the ineptitude department Mike, as you gain more experience you will become more inept. Normal laws don't apply to fishing, we are all another planet bud.
    Last edited by markg; 20-07-2018 at 11:54.

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    Glad you found your keys. Its a horrible feeling when they go AWOL.
    I once sent a pair of walking boots away to be re soled. I couldn't find my car keys. Assuming they were lost I forked out a considerable sum at the main agent for a duplicate set only to receive a phone call a day or two later from the boot repairer " You sent a set of car keys inside your boots to be repaired"

    As to dropping things, I once upset my entire box of bits and pieces on the gravels at Collingham. Most disappeared for ever.

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    It’s funny how you can have some trips without a single issue but also have trips where it all goes pear shaped. I also very often have a mad half hour where everything conspires against me, a wrap round, not a problem, yes it is, we now have a tangle, the tangle becomes a birds nest, start again and miss an eye, get everything ship shape and find your hook embedded in your landing net.

    and breathe.............

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    Over the last 2 weeks I have lost a catapult & disgorger … but found a set of good quality bank stick with the guru reaper feeder rest & rear rest which had been left in the swim
    Trust me I’m an Engineer

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    Reminds me of the time I dropped my car keys somewhere round my car on a muddy track in the pitch black as I was packing up. No phone to shine around but not to worry I have my head torch in my tackle bag says I ...oh dear, the batteries decide to die right there and then. No problem...being a well prepared fellow I am ready for such misfortune and put my DRP plan into effect...the tiny wind up battery-less torch in the glove compartment, always there for such occasions I smugly think....ah wait, whats that I see ...yes the wind up handle snaps off in my fingers as I turn it. Hmmm ok, move to plan C ...scramble round in the mud & dirt for 1 hour on all fours trying to feel for them with my hands.

    Lovely.
    Last edited by Philip; 20-07-2018 at 21:41.

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    Amateurs, the lot of you. I once managed to kick a trudex pin into the grand union at Tring. It's still there as far as I know....

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    Many years ago Angling Times had a free gift on the cover in the form of a luminous rod rest head, remember them? Of course, they only glowed for a short while, you needed to charge them with a torch. Well, a mate of mine didn't have a torch but he found that his cigarette lighter was enough to impart a few photons of radiance. You can probably guess why he didn't have a bite all night.

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    Default Re: The art of fishing sucessfully

    I read your post, markg and I empathise completely. However, personal pride (and the thought of having FM folk s******ing at my expense), prevents me from relating any form of incident, NOT that any have occurred you understand....

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