<font color='#0000FF'>Hi manx, unfortunatley due to the commitments of the last few years my fishing time has been very limited, but when I do manage to get the chance nobody sees me for days on end. I get withdrawl symptoms from the sea as Ive spent most of my life next to the sea, but as I mentioned earlier commitments have really hampered efforts for the last few years.</font>
<font color='#000F22'>Hi Manx,
Completely hit and miss at the moment due to extenuating personal circumstances! i.e. One daughter of two and a half and one of 2 months plus a house extension very NEARLY finished. I'd be out there a couple of times a week otherwise...happy days, at least the extension is nearly finished and I've got two days out this month already.
That's one of the things I was curious to see from other peoples responses: to see how much we all feel that we need to go fishing. It can be a frustrating past time at times, but even after a couple of bad trips we still feel the need to get out there again, proving for sure that fishing isn't just about catching fish. Its deeper than that.
The number of people who go fishing weekly (or more often) shows how much we all appear to enjoy it. I guess for those of us lucky enough to fish, it is a way of life.
Yes Manx : perhaps I can some it up a little from my own point of view.
Perfection 3.5 miles of beach , Night time . Just off the back of the spring tides
Two ugly sticks out with my favorite mag lite sports on ,a brisk wind but not too cold .
Had a tough week flying here there and everywhere
Meetings , Being polite to every man and his dog to strum up business
Alone me and the sea , deep in though not business just chilling .
And bang the rod tip bends , "hold" not yet wait. Rod in hand and bang down it goes again ,excitement behond comprehension .is a doggie wait its not pulling like one ,its going light then heavy its in the surf its shining ohh my god its a beauty.
Its landed ,I'm standing there looking at my prize Beautiful just beautiful a Bass
I take it nearer my coleman "glouting" proud of myself . For selecting the right bait ,right tackle , the right night , the right tide , and it has nothing to do about luck , I tell myself because i've been fishing this beach for twenty years.
again I repeat perfection.
You have to be a fisherman thats been out in all weathers, cold freezing cold .numb to the bones and blank , but worth it ,worth every moment because thats what we do .
Its our sport and I love it .
any chance i get after work or weekend i find my eyes looking towards the shed and mind "drifting" to the shore.
My wife is a star and can tell when i am looking to escape for a few hours
I try to involve my kids at weekends and go to more accesible/ safer marks
I have yet to do a boat trip and tend only to fish a few hours instead of whole days kids get bored if nothing hapening for too long.
My golf fees are in danger for next year as I have only been out for 4-5 rounds this year !!! due to being "hooked" on sea fishing .