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    Default The good ol' days of fishing

    It seems it's almost taboo nowadays to say such a thing after all it's still pretty darn good but do you ever get together with old friends and reminisce big time? Will you reminisce about another great season this year or encompass many seasons as the topic meanders through the mind like a gin clear stream?

    What about days when you discovered huge shoals of fish in untouched waters, learned new methods not thinking they would work and when they did you couldn't wait to do it again, no doubt get bought back down to earth, or those times where it worked again and again yet still you never took anything for granted. What about all that wildlife that seemed to come to you on the bank when you were quiet, all the stories, the many adventures, so many you could fill a weighty tome and have some to spare.

    Reading about other anglers, learning about those who were true trailblazers of their time and not the ones who spout crocks of shyte every five seconds online

    Days when things were less political our eyes were less open and were we better for it?

    When fishing was less opinionated before we all swallowed dictionaries and it was just fishing, just stupid bonkers fun, or are these your halcyon days, is it right here right now?

    What's your opinion and don't hold back, the bugle is playing?




    I'm off to do all the above with my dad
    Take care guys

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    I think you must be bored shytless

    I didn't hold back as you asked

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    Default Re: The good ol' days of fishing

    I think sometimes we dont use the adage 'when one door closes another opens',especially as we get older,sometimes cycles and nature dictate venues change,therefore we must move on,not fish a place purely for the nostalgic side,trying to locate good venues today is more difficult,not match fishing and having less angling friends left means information isnt available,so has to to dug out yourself,my season has been fair to middling,the latter part has been excellent and very pleasurable,especially the days trotting,there is always a buzz when fish are caught on a river on the float,that is all but over and tench,bream and roach are now the target,bring it on...

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    Hi
    I love this post as it resonates with me...
    I’ve had many years of angling and some great memories chasing those elusive fish...... I’m not an anti commercial guy as I believe they helped save the sport in many ways but they do have a negative effect on certain aspects of the sport......
    I’ve fished next to people who have packed up halfway through the day because they only have 50 pound in the net !!!!!!!!!

    I remember my dad taking us to bardney on the witham in the school holidays circa 1980 and we bagged up ok we caught a few but they are priceless memories.... magical.....
    Tripping to Ireland in the mid eighties and catching 30lb of roach on the Camlin river ...... awesome.....
    Winning my
    First match on the Trent at Carlton with a whopping 20lb of roach...
    I could go on for hours ......
    My ledger rod was a 9ft cane rod and I was lucky I got a Daiwa ivan Marks float rod for Christmas.... everything was second hand even my line and reel.....
    Interestingly my mother broke the bail arm of my reel so my dad sourced one from my uncle which was a right handed reel (I’m a lefty) so i had to learn how to fish right handed which I have done ever since......
    it makes me smile when I hear some guys bragging about 300 pound catches I don’t think they will ever have the magic I’ve had from fishing

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    Default Re: The good ol' days of fishing

    I do find that when I get together with other of my age we do talk about the past fishing days.
    Our first doubles, big bags of fish, new venues, guesting on waters, being turfed off some.
    The tackle we used, 'new' baits we used for the first time. Baits that worked some that failed.
    All part of what were my good old days.
    Wonder if today’s good days will be the good old days in 50 years.

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    Default Re: The good ol' days of fishing

    No doubt....

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    Default Re: The good ol' days of fishing

    Rob I've only been at it about 4 years and things haven't changed in that time; I'm still useless. I have caught most species though now apart from eels and cats which I'm most happy about. I've said before it's not just the catching that I enjoy but the company sometimes, the solitude on others, the fresh air, the wildlife and scenery, the decency of most on here and those who I now count as friends. It all adds to the Angling experience and long may it continue.

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    Default Re: The good ol' days of fishing

    I used to enjoy club matches on the Saturdays I had off work, didn't get too much time off in the seventies. A shame now that matches are on the whole just a handful of anglers. One club I fished with had 46 members and most of them would turn up on match days. Not classed a big match in the seventies but vast against the meagre turnouts of today.
    I'm nowhere near fit enough these days. It wouldn't be my choice to fish a match now with the very low turnouts, not much of a challenge, less than 10 anglers would be pointless to me.
    Can't say I really enjoy anything I get from my fishing now, I think I only go because I can't stop. I wouldn't call it an addiction just a habit.

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    The fishing landscape changes. As Whitty said, you have to keep moving to access fishing with the vibe that you enjoy.

    I don't know if I'd call it nostalgia, but I can recall some early scenes that nailed the allure of fishing even if I've forgotten thousands of sessions. One was coming out of the bushes on to the bank at a beautiful tench lake at dawn, aged about 12, and finding 3 blokes already there, sat on big baskets, looking silently confident, keepnets already in, white-tipped floats in the dark shadows. Another, the same year, was watching 2 blokes fishing waggler _- I used to stop on the way home from school to watch people fish - in the deep steady water of the beautiful Dee by the suspension bridge in Chester. Those scenes told me what I wanted to do, if only I knew how, and defined some kind of ideal of being absorbed and plugged into the waterside magic.

    Even though I still love fishing, the pleasure changes. Maybe something is lost. I read great books, but I'm not sure I still get the simple kicks I got from reading The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu when I was 10. But then again, maybe something is gained, and you can get to appreciate your fishing more, even if it is a less wide-eyed and innocent business after 50 years or so.

    "Remember when..." stories can be great. But I've known anglers who, if you say for instance, I wonder why we're not seeing any chub here these days, will launch into endless reminiscences that start "Chub? When we used to go on the (fill in venue of choice) in the 70's, we used to catch.....". At this point I make my excuses - I think that swan's heading for my bait - and flee.

    People look to fishing for different things. Personally, if I bump into people who look like they're out for stupid bonkers fun, I'll set up as far away as possible.

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    Default Re: The good ol' days of fishing

    I'm not sure who is credited with the saying that, "nostalgia ain't what it used to be" but personally, I think he or she, was wrong.

    While the fishing landscape is constantly changing it doesn't really affect the history, either personal or on the wider topic of fishing in general.

    I used to love the get togethers with folk such as, Graham Marsden, Ed Bibby, Dave Chilton and many others who were often found here on these pages to reminisce of adventures past.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

    Patrick F. McManus






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