I am sitting at my laptop writing this and the rain is hammering against the window driven by a cold north westerly gale. Summer seems such a long time ago, despite the mildest autumn on record.
One of the earliest EA backed events last summer was the annual Sparsholt open day when their excellent lake is open to potential students and then the general public for free coaching sessions. I have attended this event for the last few years and as usual was unfortunately far too busy to take photos. The coaches involved were also allowed our own day’s fishing during the college holidays – this is the stamp of carp it is possible to catch on the float.
Another regular summer event was Staunton Park near Havant where StreetSport organise a series of coaching days for local young people. This is about the fifth year I have been coaching at this venue, here is a group we refer to as “the usual suspects”, some of whom I have been coaching from the begining.
The carp was the first we have caught from this venue during the coaching sessions and took a single red maggot on a size eighteen hook to a two pound hooklength fished on an elasticated four metre whip. It took my student and I fifteen minutes to subdue and for ten minutes of that I was playing him and the fish.
I am still working with Slough Council and have had some new students this Summer, all of whom have started well.
I really am the luckiest man I know.