I always try and get an angling session in every day if I can. Of course, it’s not always possible to do that but if I can I will do, even if it means pushing myself.
Fishing is more than just something I love doing, it is also a balance in an ever-increasing busy lifestyle. You hear people say they can’t wait until they retire so they can go fishing every day.
I appreciate the sentiment but for me personally, I don’t want to wish years of my life away before I start doing things that I really enjoy.
My own father could have taken retirement when he was 60 but the pension at 65 was so much bigger so he opted to stay on. He died when he was 62. I’m 57 next birthday.
My thoughts are that we should think about the future, yes, but at the same time don’t get so wrapped up in it that we forget the present.
One of the interviews that I did at The New Saints in the day was with Simon Marsden (lead image). A director of RUK Group, TNS’ main sponsors, he is off to Madagascar soon on a charity bike ride to raise funds for breast cancer research.
As Simon said in his interview, we’ve all probably been affected by cancer in some way or another. I have, that’s how my dad died and then my father-in-law.
That’s why fishing is important to me. It’s a hobby and it’s what I love doing but above all I’m very much aware of the fragility of life and how it’s important to live in the present and not just think about the future.
An hour on the canal with the whip was great. I had numerous roach and a few small perch. I didn’t even need the landing net but I enjoyed it and that’s what counts.