What a year this has been. When I wrote my last year’s review (again over the Christmas period), it was sitting in front of an open fire, in Ireland with the family and I had a glass of wine next to me. Little did I know that by the end of January, (after work my way up from being a 16 year old dock runner to becoming the UK & Ireland Operations Manager for a shipping company) my company would decide to relocate to Estonia. My job would be based in Stratford (London), with no real recompense and it still being a 60 hour week. Having two young children, it was time to take the money and run. I am building a small on-line tackle outlet call Carp Tackle Supplies. This is still very much in it early stages. I and helped the company retrain staff until the end of May and also helped office close down. I then spent the summer holidays with the family, which was a fantastic time. I then started to go fishing a lot more and tried to become part of the fishing world. This has been hard work but successful, I am now supported by Bait-tech, Godman Angling, ASSO Fishing Line, Tf Gear and more to come. Which I feel is pretty amazing. To be completely honest, I only really started fishing properly in the Autumn, as my head was still in the clouds and I was trying to get over what had happened. It was a bit of a shock, as I had dedicated 23 year’s of very hard work to this company and it was no more. I understand why they did this and we did try and work things out – there are no hard feelings between us. It was mostly the stress levels reducing and opening up my mind again as I had been focused in that direction for all these years.
So, the fishing improved and what a last half of the year I have had!
There was a new lake to get my head round and a new section of the river, which is about 6 miles long. In hindsight, I should of planned it better and divided my time up. I was trying to be on the lakes and rivers. I did try for the Barbel. But also kept thinking I must understand the lake before Winter, so, as well as the Barbel, I was looking for nice Winter Pike swims.
In the end, I moved off the river and on to the lakes and ended up with 5 thirty’s and a fair few twenty’s. This was amazing and I have learnt a lot about that lake, which I am very happy about. With the lesson’s learnt, I will wait until next year and dedicate June, July and August to the river solidly. The beginning and latter part of the year will be the lakes again. January and February will be Pike fishing time, with the odd session on the lake, when the weather is looking great.
So, at the moment I am a full time house husband and fisherman. I need to dedicate a bit of time to the tackle shop side of things and build a better website. I probably not sell on eBay so much and see how things pan out over the next year. I believe that a lot more time is needed to get things up and running better. I am loving the fishing more and more as the stress of work did effect that side of things more. Also the house husband side of the equation is also fantastic, I had missed so much of the children growing up, it’s been great getting some of that back before they get too old. They are growing up very fast.
That was a year in the life of me, a quick snap shot and next year will bring more changes. However, I will be in control of these more.
Have a great 2016
Until next time