The year is 1981. A few days into a new coarse fishing season and a year after Ferney caught his Redmire Pool record. We boys were still on a high about this and constantly thumbed our copies of Angling magazine which had a superb photo special spread to mark the capture.
I opened the season in 1981 at a lovely pool which I had to myself and was filled with excitement as I caught a Donald Leney carp of about 6lbs. I can still see the float going under now. I had cycled from home at first light to the village a couple of miles away where a legendary former Redmire angler allowed the local tackle shop to issue day tickets to fish his pool. I loved it there, paradise for 50p.
It was a Tuesday and I had bunked off school. My classmates were all caught on the canal after being dobbed in, but I remained undisturbed in a quiet corner of Gloucestershire just watching my float and excited about a new season and a gig in a couple of nights!
The poster (above) was from the gig and recently found in a quiet undisturbed section of my folks loft! Buried treasure! A piece of letterpress history and my first ever gig at 13 years of age.......it was brilliant. Halcyon days. Here comes the summer.