An Exhibition of Angling Skills……

Smallford  – Saturday 2nd May – 10am till 4pm.
The Exhibition of Angling Skills Event took place at Smallford on Saturday 2 May. The objective of the day was to provide members, their family and friends the opportunity to see a number of different approaches to freshwater fishing in practice, with demonstrations by some of the club's most knowledgeable anglers.

And it was a resounding success. Many visitors remarked that they had learned something new from the team that set out to demonstrate their skills. Several comments were also made praising the appearance of the venue, reflecting the efforts of the fishery management team, led by one of the club's leading carp fishing experts, Alan 'Mossy' Moss.

As had been anticipated the carp presentation proved particularly popular with visitors with Alan and his team providing informative guidance on how to approach carp fishing at the venue and advice on terminal tackle and rigs that have proved successful at the venue and would doubtless be effective elsewhere too. Alan was ably assisted by Events Committee member and rig expert Glen Collins, together with Jack Gunner and Dan Field who all contributed to a very well praised carp stand.

Alan's wasn't the only outstanding presentation however, with many of the club's eminent members setting out their skills to demonstrate how to approach other species in the lake. Two of these were together in pole, whip and junior guidance section - Roger Smith, the club's leading coach and a man of seemingly endless resources and Derek Greening, the cornerstone of various VAC committees teaming up for the lake's silver fish shoals. They were also assisted by Alan Colclough, Jerry Twohig and Kevin Laird, the latter having to prune an overhead tree in order to present his waggler approach. However after a period of several warm days the climate took a turn for the worse on the day, and through no fault of the volunteers the silver fish proved bite shy in the unseasonal cold turn of the weather. But the team were not going to blank with the eyes of the visitors upon them, and VAC's very own club secretary Mark Jones braved the face of the bitter wind to show his approach to feeder fishing which eventually proved successful with a string of the lake's bream falling to his pellet tactics. Also a surprise catch was had by Bellows Mill fishery manager Andy Karczmarek who had set up a sliding float approach to provide one of the day's most interesting demonstrations. Andy provided a fascinating insight into one of the lost arts of angling with his rarely seen method, and managed to snare one of the lake's most sought after denizens in the shape of a 15lb common carp.

Across the lake was VAC's resident predator expert and Events Committee member Paul Chilton who provided a well attended demonstration on how to handle pike with one of the lake's smaller specimens, caught to order for the day by his colleague Brett Green. Also on the more sheltered side of the lake, VAC's big fish specialist Dave Currell, resting his barbel expertise while the rivers remain closed, showed the visitors why he may be regarded as the 'guvnor' (who else in the club has the angling papers ringing to see what he's recently caught!) who had set out for tench and also caught a specimen to order, together with a display of tench fishing rigs and provided detailed guidance for the benefit of the visitors.

Whilst the walk around the lake to witness this expertise proved to be very popular, just adjacent was the stand for the club's Trout fishing section, represented on the day by 3 of the sections experts Bob Ring, Barry Evans and Clive Butcher. Several visitors took the opportunity to have a go at casting the fly for their first time with free coaching on offer. The section also had on display their latest inflatable one person fishing vessel, perhaps next time we will see this in use on the water. As can always be expected when mixing with the guys from the Trout section, the warmest of welcomes was extended from the club's finest group of gentlemen.

Completing the occasion was a new to VAC mobile caterer who proved to be very good. They had a steady stream of customers all day long, with many visitors praising their breakfast and burger offerings, all at pretty resonable prices.

All in all a superb day out, very informative and even the weather brightened up after midday. If you came you surely will have enjoyed it, if not, look out for the next one. Be sure to regularly click on the Events link on VAC website.

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