Posted 8th Feb 2018
In the latest of our Humans of the Waterway features, courtesy of the Canal & River Trust, we meet Conrad, Josh & Marshal
"Fishing is meant to be completely relaxing, but I promise I will get stressed if Josh catches one and I don't! And he will the other way round!
The enjoyment of it is the unknown - when you catch something under the water you could have something really small or you could have a big 30-pound fish! We always fish for the big 30-pounder of course!
Many fishermen on the canals are carp fishing, but we're looking for pike today. We like keeping active and on the move when we fish, and on a cold day like this, it keeps us warmer.
The sort of fishing we're doing is different to the type of fishing when you find a spot and sit there for hours hoping to catch a fish. We keep moving along so we're looking for them, rather than waiting for them to come to us. Our method is just trying different spots, dragging with the spinner at the end of the line. What I'm doing is making this spinner look like a fish in distress, so it bobs up and down and catches the pike's eye and they think it's a fish they can eat.
A tip I'd give to anyone thinking of taking up fishing is keep at it, don't get disheartened. My birthday is on the first day of the fishing season, 16 June and I've been fishing ever since I can remember!
I live near Trowbridge, which is not far from the canal, so it's nice and convenient for me. I can remember when this canal wasn't being used and I've seen all the work done on improving it. When I was a little kid I used to ride here with my whole family and we'd make a day out of it going up as far as Bath. It's so much nicer and safer than on the roads. We had a lot of fun."
Text and images courtesy of the Canal & River Trusts