Hi to everyone, I write regarding recent derogatory remarks made of myself, and pictures shared around. Thanks to so many of you for your support and for getting in touch! Yes there are two sides to every story and this one more than ever!
I had rescheduled a day`s fishing on the Wye from Tuesday to Thursday last week because of the heat. I had been following closely the forecast drop in temps and the water release levels reaching the lower river, and the difference this would make, I took water temp readings on the Wed and Thursday and indeed there was a drop of nearly 2 degrees. The water was open on our side of the river, so I knew the perfect spot for these conditions where the water is well oxygenated and weir like. The gentlemen with me would all fish the same area rotating turns and having a much needed family day.
Further more the calamities photographed were solely due to my having to cross the river to hear someone telling me off! One of the gentlemen was into his biggest ever barbel and his father (at 70+) rushed to try and net the fish…. because – as some of you maybe saw in the photo – I was still returning across the river! He would not have been falling otherwise!!
We had already caught several fish, most returned without leaving the water, those that did leave the water left for seconds before safe return! The gentleman’s story and pictures shared are just that, “his”. My client’s had a fantastic and memorable day with the only dark cloud being the half hour they met the gentleman filming them on the opposite side of the river.
In fact the elderly gentleman (David) said to me that I had made his “dreams come true” by helping to get him his first ever barbel! This is why I do the day`s I do… He had a few more too!
The fish were feeding not “dying”…
Even though I should not have to explain myself, I feel duty bound to.
I would like to say a massive and emotional “thank you” to all those who stood up to defend me without knowing any of this already and having faith in my judgement.