I caught my first fish a long time ago. A very long time ago. I was twelve at the time. My father took a schoolfriend and I carp fishing for the day. I was ledgering a piece of luncheon meat, using the only rod I owned back then, a bright orange six foot spinning rod. After a couple of hours without any action my rod was suddenly pulled into the lake by a fish (no bait runners back then!). 
The man who was fishing next to us calmly cast over my rod with his lead and hook. By now my rod was halfway across the small lake. He wound it back in and handed it to me. The fish was still on. I still remember the excitement I felt reeling that fish in and imagining what was on the end of that line. It wasn't a monster, far from it. It was a three and a half pound mirror carp, but to me it looked enormous. We didn't have a camera with us that day, but we didn't need one. That capture was nearly forty years ago, but I can still picture that fish as if it was yesterday. Every scale, the shape of its body, even the swim I caught it from. This is coming from a man who can barely remember what he had for lunch yesterday these days.
If you can relate to this tale we have a lot in common. The night before I go on any fishing trip I'm still as excited as I was as a child on Christmas Eve.
I don't get to go fishing as often as I'd like, but I guess that is the case for most of us. The species I like the most are Carp (PB 47lb 6ozs) and Perch (PB 3lb 13ozs). In recent years the latter species have appealed to me more and more as I adopt a more mobile approach to my fishing. I enjoy lure fishing and have recently started fly fishing. I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences. If you see me on the bank please stop and say hello.
I live in a small village in South Gloucestershire (U.K).
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