Alan's enthusiasm for fishing was fired almost as soon as he could read, when he borrowed a copy of Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing. In Magic in the Water you can feel his real love for and fascination with water, its inhabitants and those of the land that surrounds it. He has fished for specimens of most species in his long angling career, but has mostly taken his own route to do so, strongly believing how you do it to be as important as what you catch. By his own admission Alan has never joined the big fish circus or toured the circuit waters, but rather fished the waters he liked for the fish that were in them. Sometimes they were quite big. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he has never fished full-time and is keen to show what can be caught within a limited time frame if a little thought is put into it. Magic in the Water is his second book although he has written a number of articles for various angling publications since the 1970s. This book is about one man’s fishing life and the waters and fish that attracted him. It covers not only the captures of carp, pike, tench, perch, roach, barbel, chub and other fish from lakes and rivers across the country, but also the frustrations we all share of not being able to catch. It also includes a section on game fishing for trout and salmon in both this country and Alaska.
In the carp world he is renowned for his exploits to tempt the huge carp from Colne Mere including the black mirror. The book goes into great detail on the five seasons he spent fishing there. Alan and a few like-minded friends were the first to realise the potential of this then hardly known water and did much of the pioneering work there. The Colne Mere section of the book also includes a fascinating transcript of a taped discussion about the water between Alan and two of his friends .
Alan is an excellent photographer and we hope the publication has done justice to his work. The book runs to 384 pages with over 300 photographs.
Alan worked full time in IT and since being made redundant and taking early retirement spends his time teaching all aspects and all types of angling in the summer and working abroad as a ski instructor in the winter.
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