I am only going to set myself three targets this year and hopefully this will make me divide my time better. Don’t get me wrong, I did what I did last year to learn as much as possible about all lakes and river. I did do a fare bit of fishing & walking on the river and as much time as possible on the lakes.
In 2016, I am going to firstly try to catch a new PB pike from the river, this at the moment stands at under 25 lb.
My second target is a 40 lb+ carp. This is possible, depending on the number of angler pressure on that particular lake.
I don’t fancy predicting the future, as last year when I did my plan for 2015, I was not aware of what was happening at work and within six months I would go from UK & Ireland Operations Manager to house husband! This has turned out to be a very interesting and fun year with the family. I have never spent so much time with my children and I think my bond has grown with them. I was never there for them (really) due to working, travelling and fishing. I do feel sorry for the wife as the tables have turned.
2015 I was lucky enough to be able to spend 3 separate days between the school runs and a night out each week, I don’t think this will be that possible in 2016. But, being able to get out of that amount of time each week really helped my fishing.
My third target is to finally get a Barbel on the bank and I am really banging my head against a wall on this one. I really need to separate my fishing styles from lake to river, I am finding this impossible over the past few years that I have been hunting down a Barbel.
This year I hope I may have got my head around it more, we shall just have to see.
Good luck to you all in 2016