Me, well it has been years since I felt the need to open my wallet for an angling magazine, as they do not grab my attention anymore. Whilst waiting for my train home from work, I flick through the various issues that adorn the shelves of "Smiffs". But it seems to be more product placement than literary content. How many photo's of bags of bait do you the reader need to see? The latest must have, will let you slaughter 'em rig. Magazines do need adverts to survive, but in my eyes it is all to prevalent in most articles.
This little cracker is different! The front cover did give me cause for concern, not the shot of Dominic Garnett but the words "A medley of piscatorial prose". That to me screams twee and possibly would put others off too, it has a mate of mine. Simply I just cannot do twee, just get out on the bank and fish.
My fears though were unfounded , it really is a good read. I will not spoil it for those who have not read this yet, or intend to purchase a copy. Each article is laid out well, looks good and tells a story that draws you in. You can fish from Manhattan to Pembrokeshire, my old stamping ground of East London to South Africa. Fish for Squid by night (this gave me nightmares) or fluke out your largest Perch.
Jokes aside, it will appeal to those of us who are getting on in life, fished about a bit. Maybe learnt to dangle a worm in your local canal as a child. Moved on to various species, different styles of angling. Then you come full circle and you understand doing your own thing is enough. Old enough to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Give it a go, the editor Garrett Fallon is indeed brave to start this venture and lord knows what the start up costs are? Support something different, from most of the current angling publications and I hope you like I are not disappointed. If you are then you must be mad!
Enjoyed this edition to the core and let's hope it takes off.