Angling: Time to deal with a couple of ‘reel-ly’ irritating issues

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angling news is a little thin on the ground at the moment – so it’s probably a good opportunity for me to get one or two gripes off my chest!

First up, I recently purchased a new reel from a well-known manufacturer, not too expensive, around £50.

It came complete with a couple of spare spools – and this is where the snag comes in.

All three were deep spool, designed to hold – according to the wording on the packaging – 250 metres of 10-pound line.

On the box it is described as a light match reel.

I bought this reel with the intention of using it for feeder fishing with a six-pound line.

The stuff that I use is only supplied in 100-metre spools. So, what I have had to do is get some electrical insulating tape and build up the spool until I can fit my new line.

Why could the reel not be supplied with a couple of shallow spools to save all the trouble?

I have written to the manufacturer with my problem and I am awaiting a reply.

Another personal issue is the structure of fishing platforms on some of our commercial lakes.

There are two types – one of them is constructed on the natural bank on grass and give plenty of room to spread your fishing tackle around, but some others, (and these are the ones that I hate) extend quite a distance out into the water.

I have seen some which go out several feet, and these are usually too small in area; like most anglers I like plenty of room to spread my gear around.

The worst thing that can happen on these platforms is if the weather is poor because, unless you have special attachments, you cannot afix your brolly to shelter you from the wind and rain.

I had a bad experience with this type of platform not too long ago.

It was a very windy day and a strong gust completely blew everything off my side tray – a box full of bait, disgorger, bait needle, scissors, a couple of pole rigs and some other bits and bats. I reckon about £15 worth in total.

The thing is that all this lot finished up in four feet of water. I lost the lot. At least if I had been sitting on the bank I could have saved some of it.

So, I have made a promise to myself never to go on this type of platform again.

Lastly, something that has given me great concern recently is the possibility of fracking.

I do not pretend to know a great deal about this method of extracting gas from underground shale deposits, but I do know that the process requires a great deal of water which could be a problem for anglers in a dry summer as the obvious choice of water source would then be our rivers.

More on this subject later, I suspect.

And one last thing, when angling’s organisational bodies arrange monthly/annual meetings, rather than using swanky, expensive hotels as a venue, why not use the headquarters of local angling clubs instead?

Top rod Darren Starkey with a 3-02 perch from the bungalows section on the River Ouse. PIC: Steve Fearnley

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