Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Hopes Are High after a Bright Start

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Hopes Are High after a Bright Start

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Byline: Coarse Angling, by Tony Curnow Evening Gazette

There is plenty of optimism about, with rivers and commercial venues fishing well for the time of year.

But first some news about a new rod that has recently come onto the market.

It has been designed with big fish in mind and for hurtling a huge ball of ground bait wrapped around a method feeder a long way.

It's name? The coconut chucker!

A colleague at work had pinned a small mesh bag full of peanuts to a tree and we had been watching the antics of a small blue tit as it fed.

I had to leave but when, I returned, Walter told me that there had just been three blue tits feeding at the bag.

Then with a wistful smile he added: "Wouldn't you think that they would form an orderly queue?"

But how good would that be if we could all get the fish to form an orderly queue.

There are people who can do this, however, and you read about those that do, and sometimes you have to think to yourself just what that person is doing right.

The answer is preparation and homework and without that you will never reach the dizzy heights.

The angling press is full of useful tips, but the best advice is to teach yourself by watching the professional approach that successful match anglers adopt.

One useful tip, if you are getting a battering from the anglers on both sides of you, is to pretend that you have to make a call on your mobile phone, then slink away to read more angling magazines.

Like I used to do!

IT'S official. The eel population has drastically reduced over the past decade and scientists are in a quandary as to why.

The secret spawning habits of the eel are still not resolved, but it is assumed that they do spawn in the Sargasso Sea.

After that it's a mystery.

THE rivers have fished well this week despite the cold, and the Saw Mills stretch on the River Nidd attracted 40 anglers on Sunday. …

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