There are few things in life as exciting as a proper “away for a few days” fishing trip. Especially if it involves fishing new places and hopefully catching new species. So I’m up to excitement level 8 at the moment as the days tick down to the start of the Cornish Lure Festival which begins on Friday July 3rd.
Blue skies and blue waters…I can’t wait.
This will be my first time at the Festival which is run by Ben Field at the Art of Fishing and is sponsored by SPRO, so it will be interesting to see how things pan out. This isn’t your usual fishing competition as the main focus is a species hunt and the competitors are spread right across Cornwall ! For full details of how it all works and how you can get involved, take a look at the Festival website.
So to illustrate my excitement, here is my top ten list of things I’m looking forward to.
1) Fishing Buddies. Fishing wouldn’t be fishing if you couldn’t share it with your fishing buddies and my partner in crime for the Festival is John Greenwood, who lives right down near Helston. There’s going to be a whole load of guys I’m hoping we will bump in to along the way though including Adam Kirby, Dan Sissons, Mark Taylor, Danny Parkins, Trev Gunning, Phil Medhurst, Andy Mytton, Ade Walker, John Wheeler and a whole bunch more.
My Fishing Partner for the Festival, John Greenwood, is a confirmed mental case and regularly catches these things in his crabs pots off the Cornish Coast…that would be fine, except that John doesn’t have a boat, so swims out half a mile to empty them and swims back holding a massive crab in each hand !!
2) The chance to buy lure fishing stuff ! Ben at The Art of Fishing is offering 20% off all products in the shop for Festival entrants, so it would be rude not to buy some more shiny things.
As a freshwater angler I don’t have any of these cute little metal jigs, so they will be first on my shopping list at Ben’s shop. The above is a 7g Spro Castaway.
3) Pasties…Need I say more.
If just looking at that picture doesn’t make you insanely hungry then you are either dead or French (or both).
4) Ballan Wrasse. My PB lure caught Ballan is a pathetic half pounder, so I’m determined to try to catch a decent big Ballan during the festival. There is a prize for the biggest Wrasse, so who knows I might get lucky !
Lots of celebrities are obsessed by catching Wrasse including TV Gardener Ballan Titmarsh, and Ex England Cricketer Dominic Corkwing.
5) Sleeping in a car. If there is one thing that sums up being on a trip with the lads rather than your wife it is waking up at dawn in the back of a car filled with fishing tackle. Terrible and wonderful all at the same time.
6) Catching new weird species
I would absolutely love to catch a Dragonet or any of the other cool things that swim about in the ocean that I haven’t caught before and don’t look like the perch, pike and zander that I usually catch. (the photo is shamelessly nicked from Adam Kirby’s Blog because I haven’t caught one so don’t have a picture !)
7) Celebrating the capture of new weird species. It would be very rude not to toast each new species we catch in a local hostelry, thankfully Cornwall is pretty well stocked with Hostelrys.
The very first Cornish pub I ever drank in. Recognise it ?
8) Fishing from the pier for mini-species just like I did when I was a kid. The thing that really got me into fishing in the first place was fishing off the end of the pier for little “Puddlies” (coalfish), “Hornheads” (Scorpionfish) and “Gobbers” (Gobies) in Aberdour in Fife, while on holiday with my family as a kid. We weren’t stupid enough to try to catch them on lures back then, but it will be just like being about 9 years old..can’t wait !
Here is a holiday pic from when I was 10. If you look carefully there is no spool on the reel and I look like I have no idea how to hold a rod. That’s because my dad made me pose for the picture while I was trying to get the line out from behind the non skirted spool on my “Winfield Young Angler” and my dad made me hold the rod that way, because he said it made the picture look better. I got my own back by introducing live limpets to the back of his beige mark II Cortina.
9) Garfish, Cuckoo wrasse and Gurnards. There hasn’t been nearly enough pictures of fish in this top ten so these three count as my favourite sea fish that I actually have caught on a lure.
Caught from the Kayak last year in Cornwall..it will be a bit harder to get one from the shore !!
10) The prize giving. Getting together with everyone who fished the Festival and swapping stories and jokes on the last day should be awesome. Also it will give me a chance to thank Ben for doing the organising. Having organised a few events myself and know how much hard work goes in, so big thanks go to him and Spro the sponsors for making the whole event happen.