Trout Fishing Competitions.
Some years ago Benson and Hedge ran a nationwide trout fishing competition with heats on several of the big reservoirs. I was in the Hereford Flyfishers Club at the time and one year they decided to enter. We were down to fish at Rutland water which I knew fairly well and though I was never that much interested in competition fishing it could be a nice day out..
At this stage I would mention my friends call me Golden Boxxocks due to my luck, as they see it, in fishing in general and I admit I am a lucky fisherman for some reason. Anyway we arrived at Rutland for the match and I found I was drawn with one of the local Rutland club member who had apparently fished for England. Seemed a decent bloke and I told him he could have charge of the boat , go where he wanted as he knew the place better than me and I would control the drougue etc. I was only really there for a days fishing!!
To cut a long story short everywhere he took me I seemed to catch a fish and he wasn’t doing too well. Pretty sure it was an eight fish limit and by early afternoon I had seven and I could see he was getting rather agitated and conversation dropped off somewhat. I asked him at one point if there were many Perch about and he replies “ some, but not over deep water like this”. Well you guessed it a few casts later I caught a perch. This really did pxxs him off, “Oh he can catch perch as well” he said sarcastically” and silence reigned. Anyway I caught my last fish and as it turned out I won the match too though our team did not qualify for the next round.
Back at the landing stage part of the prize was a waistcoat as I recall. I didn’t really need it so I thought he might like it as he was the one who put me on the fish. He was talking to his team mates when I went over to him and offered him the waistcoat. He simply turned his back. Known as a poor loser I guess Ah well at least I tried !!