Two courses at Twynersh
I have also held two courses at my old favourite venue Twynersh, one for a chap who fished as a lad and wanted to return to our beloved sport and one for a father and son duo, both beginners.
Paul Wiseman tried to return to fishing after twenty odd years and found he no longer “spoke the language” everything has changed so much since he last fished. He soon found that he had not forgotten as much as he had thought and I was soon able to bring him up to speed. I showed him most of the basic methods and he caught lots of roach and rudd. Unfortunately the previous night there had been a sharp drop in temperature and the carp and tench were less than enthusiastic about feeding. He did manage a couple of each but only small fish.
Paul Clabburn and his son Tom were both beginners and as usual I started with the pendulum exercise until they had learned about the mechanics of handling a fishing rod and then they fished with short poles with number eight elastics (I used the elsaticated rods rather than the whips in case of the larger bream). Dad was first off the mark.
Tom soon caught up and the element of competition between students that often produces such good results started to develop.
Tom finally topped his Dad with an unexpected pike which he was brave enought to hold for this picture.