Kevin Perkins is one of those anglers who sees the funny side of everything, and there are plenty of funny goings-on in fishing. But not everybody is able to convey the funny and often quirky nature of fishing. But Kevin can. He’s the Alternative Angler who sees that side of things that most of us miss because we’re too busy going about the serious business of catching fish and often missing the satire and laughs along the way.

Never mind smelling the flowers, don’t forget to take time out to see the satirical side of fishing life and grab a laugh along the way as well. So here’s a regular column from Kevin Perkins to remind us that life is for laughing at, or taking the p*** out of, whenever we can. But he does have a serious side occasionally…….

Swans, the angler’s best friend


A recent posting from our foremost Forumeer, ‘The Monk’, set me thinking. The thread related to a report that some swans have been found that have allegedly ingested angler’s baiting needles. Now, swans vs. anglers is a source of friction that has rumbled on for some time, but there is now a much darker threat to angling if swans are found to contain harmful needles.

The problem comes when said swans are whipped off ponds by those poor starving asylum seekers. If one of these darlings is injured through eating roast ‘swan