Anglers generally go about their hobby in isolation or small groups, but every now and again we come together in one awkward gathering like spawning eels, or home-schooled kids at a barn dance.
These annual events known as fishing shows are always good for spotting weird and wonderful sights.
At the Big One last weekend we noticed…
Yes, you can wear whatever you damn well please at a fishing show. Yes, you want to indicate that you are A Serious Angler… But spotting men in camo at indoor fishing shows is never not funny.
There were plenty of contenders this year, but our favourite is this chap who went practical and stylish with this pair of salopettes. Sweaty.
Korda always brings a big stand and plenty of slick presentation to any fishing show, but behind that sheen lies hard graft and elbow grease.
You can’t show off your new clothing ranges with creases in them, so we applaud this staff member who drew the short straw on the Friday afternoon and had to get the iron out.
CARVING OUT A NICHE
One stand at the Big One had some seriously impressive fish carvings on display…but, how can we put this delicately, this particular carp looks like it was modelled in a fairground hall of mirrors.
It might look like Johnny 5’s severed head (what do you mean, you’ve never seen Short Circuit?!), but this slab of microchips is an underwater drone.
It’s made by Westlake, costs £1,699, and has the best name of any item of fishing tackle you’ll ever see – the Pro Thunder 4.
We have no idea what Pro Thunders 1, 2 or 3 looked like, but this beast has a 100m cable, an HD camera and a cool remote control. We shot a bit of footage below:
WE NEED A LIE DOWN
Toppled one-hand mannequins are creepy, aren’t they?
We’ll be back later this week with a more serious look at the best tackle we spotted at the Big One.