I am considering publishing a book which would be a record of this blog from its inception and your thoughts on the idea would be appreciated. Initial figures suggest perhaps £10 for B&W and £25 for colour.
Recent weeks have proven very hard to get any consistant sport and most trips have in fact been a total blank, fortunately the year has a whole has been quite satisfactory so lets have a look at the highlights.
The 2012 year has been an exciting year with both highs and lows that I have shared with you through this blog. Although I’ve only caught one new personal best of a species, I have increased the number of rivers where a double figure barbel has been caught as well as improving other river bests. Improving a personal best is only one measure of success, and I was very pleased with getting my target fish in chub, and tench along with the barbel already mentioned. The crowning feature of the year was almost the last when my crucian claim was accepted as an equal British record at 4lb-9oz. No BRFC certificate yet, but I am advised that it will arrive early in January and once framed it will find a place on the wall. So let us look at some of the highlights of my year, month by month.
15lb-4oz Anker pb.
Although not a monster by today’s standards I was pleased to land a 20lb-12oz Common Carp from a canal on a match rod using gear suited to the silver bream I was trying to catch – the rod broke but I did land the fish.
This month started with a bang when a trip north to do a barbel talk gave me the chance to fish the River Swale and I was rewarded with yet another different river double at 12lb-2oz, bringing the total rivers to 23.
Again lots of barbel off different rivers topped off by three 11lb fish, two off the Kennet and one from the Severn all within a four day spell. Very pleased with the barbel but a new English pb put extra dimples in the cheeks when I landed a very hard fighting sturgeon of 75lb-5oz.