For the last eight years or so Bob Church and I have done our best to help raise funds for the Sue Ryder Foundation, which supports people with terminal illness, often cancer victims, in a lovely care home. It started with Bob and I doing a brief presentation to 60 or so folks, and has escalated to the point that some 250 people attended the presentations given by Matt Hayes and Martin Bowler in the last few years.
As part of the evening, our very good friend Arnold allows us to escort anglers (successful in the auction) to a day or two pike fishing in his wonderful private lakes in Bedfordshire. For some time this has proven a great success and the winners have seen many fine pike taken, including 20-pounders. Recently, however, both the lakes we fish have suffered – one from algae pollution, and the other from in explicable total loss of form. Obviously this has made life more difficult, but anglers have been very understanding in the circumstances. This time Ken and Adrian had waited patiently for 12 months for their chance to take part.
I was not confident in our chances on the formerly favoured South Lake, but following dedicated restocking of the North Lake by Bob and myself, we thought it was worth a go.
It wasn’t what you’d call ‘easy going’ but we ended up with 12 pike between us – mostly on live baits, and I’m pleased to report that Ken and Adrian – the auction winners – each had a pike of over 15lbs. Both anglers seemed fairly pleased and I have to say they were a delight to be with. Congratulations lads, thank you for supporting a very worthy cause and see you on the bank again some time!