I mentioned way back in May, a Blog entry about tackle shop etiquette.By that I mean is there a way to dress and how to act,when you step foot into your local tackle emporium ?My local tackle shop is near the home of the Lawn Tennis Association.And the staff are superb,really friendly people.
But and it's a big but,do some people leave there brains at home when they go inside.When I was in this shop just before the start of the season,on a Sunday afternoon every one was dressed in camo clothing,ESP caps on and all macho posturing.Yes they were Carp anglers,all geezers!I was dressed in a polo shirt,jeans and a pair of suede loafers.As I was not going fishing just picking up some end tackle.
I listened out as you do and one lad was saying "Yeah I had a twenty from so and so last night,and lost a right lump".This water still holds onto the original close season dates.So the "Geezer",was either telling porkies or poaching ? I plump for the former to be honest.Another lad said a particular water in Surrey was a "Fucking out an out 30's factory".I nearly pissed myself to be honest,a 30's factory what next.
Anyway I was just picking up some bits and a lad about my age came along side me and said"Can't wait for the river season eh mate".I nodded and simply said yes.He then launched into a blow by blow account of what he had caught last season,and from where.He had a few 15lb Barbel from an area of the Lower Thames,in the winter.I replied"Everyone I seem to meet has had 15's from here,the river bed must be thick with them,so you can walk across from one side to another"Though I've never seen a proper picture.This is the best bit......He tapped his nose and said"You know it makes sense,bruv".I looked round for Del Boy I kid you not.
I don't need to go into tackle shops that much,except for end tackle.But a couple of weeks back,in I go on a Friday after work.Another mass of "Geezers" all "larging"it,talking bollocks.A bit like me on here to be true ;-0.I watched two grown men picking up armfuls of carp rigs,beads and other stuff.The best bit was when one said "What are these for" his mate replied "Don't know but Tel's using 'em so they must be good"So you buy stuff and you do not know what for ?
So is it me who has it all wrong ? Should I learn to dress accordingly when entering a tackle shop ?Should I get a semi lob on and swing it around ?Annoy people and generally be a "Geezer".I'm at a loss to describe how scared I am about going back in,when the need arises.