You have to love the Great British Bank Holiday. The promise of sun on Saturday didn't disappoint, but sadly, the rain forecast was also true to form.
The August Bank Holiday is the annual home of the Evesham Angling Festival. I remember my first trip there as a young girl, eager to see the greats in action. I had won a competition earlier in that year to meet Bob Nudd and nearly two years in to my love of Fishing, I was walking the banks of the River Avon, in awe of these fantastic men and women who were able to entice a fish into their net in order to try and win the title.
It's now an annual trip for myself and my parents. My Dad and I as keen as ever on the Fishing and my Mum on the social. Having spent so many years Fishing and helping out around the world of Angling, we have made a fair few connections and were thrilled so see so many old friends there again this year.
As always, we walked the entire stretch of the River which was holding the match. With the fabulous Pork Bap and Cider on offer in the marquee outside Raphael's Restaurant, we were fuelled and ready to walk in to Town to see how everyone was getting on.
The only disappointing aspect really, was some of the weights that were produced. One argument is that Bloodworm and Joker should be banned and another, that there are too many matches being held in the lead up to the festival. Both may have their place, but I feel the argument against Bloodworm and Joker must be gathering support.
The weather on Saturday was fantastic and I made the most of being able to walk the bank of the River without a care to how muddy/wet the camera kit was getting. This was sadly not the case on Sunday and Monday when I (and my camera kit) became very good friends with the Evesham mud while trying to take a few shots(!)
I do wonder sometimes how I ended up with a hobby that involves sitting on a riverbank trying to catch fish in all weathers and a career that involves being outside (sometimes sitting) in all weathers! I think something went wrong somewhere...
Anyway, on to a brighter note and I was pleased to see so many people coming out to support the event. The Tackle village also looked a lot better this year and hopefully all of the traders saw a rise in their profits.
On my last couple of visits to the Festival I have been tied up with some software I have created and spent most of my time missing out on the weigh-in's and seeing the catches, so this year I decided to just do some Angling Photography. This plan definitely paid off as I got to witness this beautiful 11lb Barbel, caught by Andrew Murphy to win the Evesham Championship (Individual) event on Saturday.
I'd also like to say a special congratulations to Dean Barlow for winning the Wychavon Championship on Sunday. It mean't a lot to him and I'm sure everyone in the Angling World who remembers his Dad, will understand why.
Well done Dean.