So.. New years eve, the end of another year and the beginning of a new one. I had a bit of a break from fishing over the past year but started again a few months ago – just as the cold weather started. I’m looking forward to the new year and have already started getting ready for 2016.
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Let’s flashback to last Monday to a conversation with Rich at work:
Rich “Have you even been fishing yet this year”
Rich “You’re not really a proper angler are you?”
Rich “Why don’t you come on this weeks match?”
Rich “Go on, I will book you in”
Me “Yeah, ok”
That was that. It might be hard to believe, but for someone who runs a website that mostly features commercial venues, it must be around 12 years since I fished one.
I was fortunate enough to run into Des Taylor at a Barbel Society event where I managed to get him to sign a copy of one of his books. Pretty much anyone who has ever picked up a fishing magazine will know who Des is, he is a regular contributor to so many publications. The book is signed on the first page, along with a “tight lines” message.
Great Days Extra is the paper back version of his “Great Days” book, but with an extra three chapters. There are features on all types of coarse and game fishing in the UK, and sea fishing in some much more exotic locations. Learn how Des first got into fishing down on a local canal where he grew up.
I’ve dipped into a few chapters, but now is your chance to take ownership of a great book.
How to win the book
The competition is pretty simple, to be in with a chance simply like the Looks Fishy Facebook page:
The competition will close on Sunday 22nd November. The winner of the book will be picked at random and contacted by direct message.
Time flies eh? The Looks Fishy website is now 2 years old! I’ve just been reviewing the website after neglecting it somewhat over the past 6 months or so and noticed the time that the site in its current form has been online. It is sometimes quite hard to date a website as the domain was registered a good few years before, but October 2012 is when the first fisheries were added. If my memory serves me correct, I think Makins was the very first venue I put on the site. This was one of the first commercials I fished as a kid and I used to love the trips down the M1… to some it will always be referred to as “Daiwa Makins”.
I originally set myself the challenge to build a website that received over 10,000 visits a month, and this is now regularly the case. Hopefully the site will continue to grow and become the most comprehensive guide to for places to go fishing in the UK.
The long winter nights are a good time to spend working on content and features for the site. If you have any thoughts or feedback on how the site could be improved then please get in touch or leave a comment.
Jack Perks is a film maker and photographer who is based in Nottingham. His work has been used by the BBC, The Wildlife Trust, RSPB, The Environment Agency and The Canal & River Trust. I came accross his profile on the Kickstarter website and then got in touch with some questions about his work.