It’s been a few weeks since our last post, not because Matthew hasn’t spent every spare waking moment carping but because we’ve just been too busy with other family stuff.
So here’s a quick rundown on what happened in June.
Matthew got yet another inclusion in the weekly edition of Carp-Talk, the article focused on the success of this years Junior Carp camp. A great photo of his new PB and even a mention from Mikey Wilson.
We might have to get this particular edition framed and hung somewhere.
He joined another local fishing lake, the Kennington Park Fishing Club, in Aveley. He and his partner in crime Louis have already completed a 24 hour session at their newest hunting ground, with reasonable success. Its a small but well maintained private lake, the club was formed in 1999 by local residents. This gives Matthew and his buddies yet another option, especially during the up and coming 6 weeks holidays.
A few weeks back, I dropped Matthew at one of his favourite lakes, Slough House and he actually started teaching me the basics. I’ve purposely tried to avoid getting seriously into fishing, partly because I couldn’t afford it and partly because Vicky wouldn’t be overly impressed with the both of us disappearing at weekends. Also, even though it would be nice during the closed football season, being the coach of my younger boy Callum’s footie team, it wouldn’t afford me the time over the weekends to spend 12 hours plus fishing. Anyhow, his teaching skills certainly paid off, as I actually managed by first ever double, a really nice 14lb common.
Matthew was adamant I had my photo taken with my new PB. I think he was more excited for me than I was.
The most significant development over the last few weeks, is that Matthew has now started ‘working’ with Steve Deare at LearnToFish on Saturday mornings. After completing his voluntary work for his DofE award, Steve offered Matthew the opportunity to help him coach the local children and families. Matthew absolutely loves it. He gets to talk fishing all day, teach others the basic skills, he gets to fish for free in the afternoons at Tylers Common AND he gets paid, perfect.!
He also got the chance to coach his little cousin Jack, which ended up with him landing a new PB, with a lovely 11lb9oz mirror.
Matthew and his brother Callum finished off the month with an lovely sunny afternoon down on the beach at Westcliffe and a little bit of pier fishing at Southend.
And mum got to top up her tan as well….