Well if 2020 has taught me one thing, it is that I have to make the most of every opportunity I get to go fishing. From grabbing a few hours on a canal to a 48hr session on the syndicate. If an opportunity arises then I have to grab it with both hands.
I have definitely become more of an all round angler not always obsessing about Carp (which I admit i do). I have realised that I just love being out in nature, catching the odd fish here and there as I go along.
The great thing about being a multiple species/method angler is that you can choose what to do depending on time, conditions etc to give you the best chance of catching.
Another plus point about being more adaptable and fishing for different species is that my overall fishing seems to improve, I don’t know why but it just does.
So instead of just sitting it out waiting for a Carp I have done:
- Drop shotting for Perch on the canals and rivers
- Fished jigs and lures for Perch
- Used a stick float to catch anything that comes along
- Caught Barbel and Chubb from the river
- Fished for Pike with lures and dead baits
- When I could (twice in a year) went after the Carp
Even though it was probably my worst year for having the time to go fishing, it was one of my most enjoyable fishing years and definitely my most successful. I managed to get 4 personal bests for different species which is some achievement given the restrictions we faced.
So my advice to you is to have a think about what you enjoy about fishing and go out and do it (following all the rules!). Why not try to fish for another species or use a different technique. Don’t just sit at home thinking it is not worth going for a couple of hours, take every opportunity you can.
Lets hope that 2021 is better for us all in every way
All the best, stay safe