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  1. #11
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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    I've been trying to remember but I have no recollection of catching my first fish.

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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    The first fish I caught was a bootlace eel from the Shropshire Union in Chester, with a float on a bit of line tied to the end ring of a borrowed cane rod by one of the big kids I tagged along with. The first fish I caught "properly" (on my own, with a reel etc) was a flounder on legered worm from the tidal Dee - a world of its own, made of mud and the smell of sewage.

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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    A perch caught on a worm on the Leeds Liverpool canal circa 1965. I suspect I didn't course fish again after 1968 until November 2015 when I caught an F1 on corn.

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    I was knee high to a grasshopper and on holiday somewhere up North, I'd made friends with a another boy on the campsite and he took me 'fishing' for bullhead that we caught by lifting stones and then using our hands to trap them. I suspect it was the river Lune

    My first ever line caught fish was a small roach from a lake in St Emilion whilst on holiday, I was fishing with a 3m whip and cooked wheat all bought from the local supermarket. I also used the same whip to catch my first sea fish whilst on holiday in Malta using a snail as bait.

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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    My first were sticklebacks with a net in the early fifties but my first "proper" fish was a roach on a home made rod of cane, bent safety pin runners and pop bottle top rubbers to hold the reel on.
    I was using bloodworm scraped from bottom mud affixed to a bent pin.
    I'll never forget that fish!

  6. #16
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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    A tiny roach accidentally caught on my dad’s rod in the Thames. Funny to think that tiny little non event led me to a life of utter madness.

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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    I started as it turned out I'd carry on, whether I liked it or not, with a bloody minnow. After an awful lot of them, I got my revenge. My first proper fish was a trout, on a dead minnow.

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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    Minnow for me too from the little stream that ran through Woking Park circa 1968. The rod was Bamboo cane with hooped nails banged in and a cotton reel for the reel. The float was a Porcupine quill. I still love those quill floats more than any other.
    By the time a man realizes his Father was right, he has a son who thinks he's wrong.

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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    Apart from the usual sticklebacks, minnows millers thumbs and stone loach all caught either on a length of garden cane with cotton as my line or with a net; the only things that stick in my memory using a proper rod and line was the first time I beat my neighbours son with over a hundred small Bleak and stunted Roach on the great Ouse somewhere up the A1 back in 1962 when I was 12 years old.

    The only other thing that really sticks in my mind was the day I caught my first ever Barbel from the river Kennet in 1975 and which I still remember very clearly as if it were yesterday right down to the smallest detail.

    It was a warm summers evening and a friend of mine (Budgie) was going to introduce me to Barbel fishing on the river Kennet at Newbury.

    My own rod and reel was totally unsuitable for catching Barbel so Budgie lent me a Richard Walker B.James & son MkIV Carp rod which he had spare in his car (and which I later bought from him for £10), together with a Mitchell 300 reel loaded with 8lb Sylcast line.

    My end tackle was a link leger consisting of a string of SSG shot on a loop of line that was stopped on the mainline by a short section of Biro tube with a short section of cocktail stick pushed inside, and my hook was a size 4 Specimen hook, and my hooklength was around 6 to 8 inches in length.

    I put a cube of Luncheonmeat on my hook with a piece of grass pushed into the hook bend to hold it firm and my mate Budgie told me to cast just past the centre of the river and then close my balearm and tighten up any slack, then place my finger over my line and feel for my end tackle through my finger as it trundled along the gravel and came to a stop.

    My mate Budgie said that if I gently lifted my rod tip slightly every couple of minutes it would allow the bait to trundle a little bit further and to do this every couple of minutes.

    ”You should be able to feel the gravel through your finger and feel any streamer weed rubbing against your line” said Budgie, and I could.

    ”You will soon feel the difference between a proper bite and some streamer weed rubbing against your line” said Budgie; and a couple of minutes later I had a rod bender of a bite which almost took the rod out of my hands and I had my very first Barbel on the end of my line.

    It fought like a tank and when I eventually managed to see it I thought It was huge, but Budgie said “it’s only about 5lb-ish and hopefully you’ll get one a bit bigger later” and I did catch one later that evening of a little over 8lb; but I can’t remember much about catching that one, as it was my first Barbel of 5lb 8oz that stuck in my memory ever since that evening.

    Here’s a picture of my first ever Barbel caught that evening:



    Keith
    Last edited by Keith M; 03-01-2020 at 12:23.
    Happiness is fish shaped (It used to be woman shaped but the wife is getting on a bit now)

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    Default Re: What was your first fish and where did you catch It ?

    First fish....a 10oz skimmer on bread from Little Britain Lake in Cowley (Middx) in about 1967. I've no doubt Simon and Jerry will know the place. It was some time before I caught another one, thank goodness.

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