Forgot to say the monster PIKE was........... caught from the BANK
responding to other recent posts to me......
Here I go.......this will be quite long.........I'm Myth busting again
I must / will add a permanent post, that lays out most of the important facts, about my fishing life, and facts about fishing in Europe.
heres the most important one.......
EVERY FISH IS A GAMEFISH........... to me
And every beginner, or anyone who cares about fishing: water conservation.
Id much sooner be answering questions on fishing, its methods, tackle, and history.
Passing on what I have been taught, or learned.
When I'm fishing, or matchfishing I focus on what fish can be caught!
At that time, and place.
Every fish is a game fish.
Too many have been brain washed into thinking negative things about Carp, Catfish. and fishing in Europe.
For me any angler can fish for what ever they like, this includes Catfish, Carp, Buffalo, Panfish......... I think these anglers are equal in every way, to any Bass, or Musky, Salmon angler.
Its sadly very ignorant, and a total waste of of everyones time, to take pot shots at what other American's really enjoy fishing for!
Or say another fish is a trash fish.
Owning expensive boat does not make you a good Angler, or even a average one!
Many people cannot afford at boat , millions just prefer fishing from the bank for many positive reasons.
Heres a few reasons
1...The whole family, and friends can fish together, and importantly just for a few hours which is important in todays time pressured life.
.2 Most time actually fishing, so more time is spent with family.
3.. Its much less expensive..
4 You can learn, practice the Fishing skills close to home.
Many cannot afford own , or maintain a boat.
At least 20 million anglers fish from the shore in the USA!
Didn't know I had a carp nickname (s), dint think I would lose much sleep if I did several
I have posted many, many times Carp is not my favorite fish
Bronzebacks, Steelhead are at the top my favorite list.
Ask me what my favorite kind of fishing is????????
And its hands down matchfishing for many reasons
Its by far the most challenging branch of Fishing.
Because its the most difficult.
For any, all fish, anywhere.
New places, and fish are even more challenging.
I'm linked to many ridiculous Myths from Europe
So.................I must destroy them.
Here i must destroy many myths about European fishing.
Carp Europe's favorite fish, roach is ( its a European shinner ) thats very hard to catch, and anglers do NOT EAT!
Many of USA Top Musky anglers started catching little fish.....Gills & Perch
The Cats & Carp.
Then when they could afford a boat moved on to Bass, Pike, EYES, and Mighty Muskie.
The skills needed to be a good bank / match anglers are far more challenging to open minded anglers who learn about the challenges of matchfishing.
This is why its the biggest participant sport in the World.
It come in different forms in Asia, but it one on one fishing.
Equal to all who take part.
Most Bass & Crappie & Muskie & Salmon tournaments are dominated by anglers who have lots time, and lots of money that allows them to prefish extensively, and find where fish are, and the patterns.
Again.........All the above Fish tourneys are great for those who can afford it.
Team Matchfishing is 90% pure skill.
Individual events are won from best spot quite often.
This is great for a new comer to beat a Pro.
Club and Matchfishing is much , much cheaper to learn.
Or a real challenge for experienced anglers who like a new , and real ch allege.
Its great because you can do it alone, or with friends, even better with the whole family, or Club..
Together safely from the shore.
Most matches are just 4 hours long!
Families can be together, and new comers, or experienced anglers, and watch and learn.
And its.......................FREE to watch, and learn
Yes Matchfishing is / was dominated by a few full time Pro Teams in Europe. who have the time, and money to prefish.
Drawing for your spot, makes the sport fairer.
Matchfishing & Ice Fishing have International rules ( CIPS-FIPS used by 95% of the rest of the World ) rules.
Strict bait limits make the sport cheaper, and naturally fairer in 98% of the World & now USA.
Only England has no bait limits, and longer matches.
Sadly the In England sport has driven many anglers out for these reasons.
There are no longer big matches every weekend as it was 15 years ago.
Now the sport been driven to man made Carp lakes, for about 30 anglers.
While the sport is same, or growing in France. Italy, and Hungary.
Matchfsihing is PURE fishing skills, no boat costs, or boating skills needed ( which I have very little expertise )
So for me the skill is learning the Art of freshwater fishing for any fish.
( I'm still learning, all the time )
What ever any angler likes to fish for, equal to mine.
We are all just anglers.
And WE should be working together helping the sport grow.
Unlike some who are being arrogant bigots.
Some must like it?
Others are just brain washed
Its like Tiger Woods telling someone you must play golf on a Championship course to be a considered a real golfer.
OR Andre Agassi saying if you do not play Tennis at Wimbledon, you a nobody!
All golfers are golfers.
Every anglers, is just another angler..
A Carp ( AGAIN....not my favorite fish ) is equal to Muskie, Salmon angler..
Every fish is a game fish to a beginner, and me..