The whistle has blown, the points counted and it’s a massive congratulations to James who won this year’s Blogger’s Challenge! And also top work George for a very hard fought second place.
It was interesting to watch James’ pursuit of giant fish verses George’s more systematic approach. And I very much enjoyed George’s occasional commentary on the challenge as a whole.
Personally it was great getting out fishing for species I normally neglect, although if I enter the next one I’m going to have to spend more time on the canals - my poor canal total really let me down.
I tend to get obsessed with one or two species (normally pike and barbel) and I’m not one for sitting still, but the challenge has expanded my fishing - new locations and long forgotten techniques.
I know a lot of the guys don’t get much time on the water and have limited local venues, so I was lucky to have both. And I managed third place - bonus - I’m more than happy with that!
My full list of fish is here. But fish that spring to mind are stalking the orfe, beating my tench and crucian personal bests, my first Thames zander and poaching a river carp out of James’ swim - great fun!