I'm anticipating returning to fishing next year. It's been ages since my last maggot drowning adventure and I've decided that I ought to make a real move towards a return to the canal bank. The last I reckon was in about 1993 when I went with a chum to have a day beside the Thames at Walton and I snared a 5lb barbel which needed about twenty minutes to land.
So many things have changed since then that I never really felt like taking the bait and tackle out of the garage where it has stayed all these years. But then a little while ago I went for a walk with some mates following the canal close by to one of the adjacent and suddenly found myself remembering wistfully of sitting by the water, thinking about life in an atmosphere of quiet and tranquillity.
Something I've always had a soft spot for is dedicated outlets, and tackle dangling needs precisely that, the specialist fishing tackle shop stocked to supply whatever the bait and tackle that anyone might need. They are fantastic and can happily lose myself in one for ages just browsing all the varied goods and ranges. And the best news is that there are lots of them around here so stocking up on line, hooks and other various bait and tackle ephemera as well as permits, licences and anything else to cover the legal requirements. Actually I expect that most of my tackle is not just outdated but illegal to use anymore. I had a landing net which I was promised broke every rule in the book, so getting going may not be cheap.
As well as an abundance in the choice of fishing tackle shop to select, is the choice of locations to go and wet my bait and tackle as we have a dense network of canals as well as ponds and lakes and a couple of trout farms too.
In the next few years I can also look forward to taking my little boy out to the waterside to give him a go and see if he has fun with it. At the moment I wouldn't consider it as he is four and a very active little chap who won't remain still for more than five minutes, but when he's a touch older he could enjoy it. I always did, when I was in my early teens when I liked to go to the local ponds on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and often all day on Saturdays when I wasn't playing football or rugby.
Happy days and perhaps more to come. I wonder how my approach will alter this time around. I certainly have more to cope with these days and as I do search engine optimisation work much of the time I can even go out on an afternoon and pretend to be working if I can dream up subjects for article production. And if I ever get the iPad that I yearn for, I may even be able to produce some work while I sit. Fabulous!