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    Nigel Connor(ACA ,SAA) Guest

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    Mark,I agree with the need for perspective, enjoyment and a proper assessment of where catching big fish is in the great scheme of things. I do think however,and I am sure you are with me on this, that there is equally a need for us as anglers to fight on the wider issues that effect our sport rather than accept the status quo without question on the basis that there will always be some fishing to be had somewhere.

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    Good point Nigel. We should not just accept things or we will have no fishing left eventually.

    Mark,

    Do you think we should just let things happen without questioning them? I am not sure that we should.

    Reading your article again I am really baffled. I am surprised that somebody with your undoubted ability, fishing the waters you do, does not catch more really big fish. The only thing I can put it down to is luck. Perhaps it is the matchman in you as you always seem to catch plenty of decent fish. The odds may be more in your favour for a biggie in places where there are not many fish. It is nice to fish such places sometimes but also nice to fish where there are plenty of fish, so there is a dilema. It is nice to see the smaller fish coming back on the Avon these days and in such lovely condition.

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    Hear, hear Mark,

    Couldn't agree more.

    This February I caught my first pound plus roach from the upper Stour for a couple of years. Half an hour after I landed it, and anotherof a similar weight, two young otters surfaced in the swim and all but killed the fishing off for the rest of the afternoon. Whilst delighted with the roach, it was more thrilling having those otters so close.

    It should always be quality of fishing over quantity (or weight) of fish.

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    Good article Mark. Agree with everything.

    I have always said the jorney is the most important thing not the end result.

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    Nigel and Dave,

    I'm not advocating not fighting any battles on behalf of angling - far from it - but rather stressing the importance of choosing the battles we fight carefully and understanding the larger picture.

    To all,

    Thanks for the compliments; I am trying a different tack on writing these articles at the moment - 1000 words written fast and from the heart. In the background, I'm doing 4,000 words a week book writing which is more of a plod so I unleash my thoughts in the articles. I'm not sure what the next one will be on though!

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    I agree 100% Mark and could not have put it into better words .
    Fancy a pint?

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    Excellent writing, intellectually and emotionally mature. I'm sure I can remember the weeklies finding space for qualitycopy like this once upon a time.

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    Excellent article Mark. Agree with much of your sentiments.

    While I appreciate every fish that comes along I dont see why I should deny myself the pleasure of weighing the best and even photographing them. I will never chase or come near to catching a record for a particicular species however I have set myself targets for certain species -related to the area and venue I fish-aftersome years of exclusive barbel and chub fishing.

    In my view there is nothing wrong with chasing your own personal dreams just as long as you rememberangling in its truest sense isnot some sort of cut throat race with winners and losers but more like enjoying a good meal in an up market restaurant.Savour the flavours, relish the dish and appreciate the ambience of your surroundingsthen feel the warm glow of satisfactionand contentment afterwards.

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    Nigel Connor(ACA ,SAA) Guest

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    Mark, I completely agree.

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    I enjoyed the article. As it was written from the heart it covered a few things such as Otters, the weight and numbers game and keeping things in perspective but I guess the main message was to appreciate what you have while you can.Just tocomment on a few points...I think we all agree as long as you enjoy it that’s the main thing so there is nothing wrong with chasing numbers or weights if that is what you want from your fishing.

    Otters can devastate a fishery. Anyone who doubts that should try to get hold of an Article Fred Sykes wrote for Carpworld a few years back. My view is thatthe problem nowadays is that we know and identify individual fish and so Otter predation becomes more “personal” ...it did not just eat a few chub this morning…it ate “Sally”! ... if you see what I mean.

    As for enjoying your fishing while you can, I totally agree and was reminded once again this very Easter weekend…. I found a lovely bit of river last year, tucked away down a little dirt road….all secluded, obviously untouched for years, a nice little space for the car right next to me, no signs of other anglers and some lovely fish to be had. I decided to take a recce down there last weekend to check the water levels and what do you know…they were building a bypass through it !

    Make hay while the sun shines.

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