The last few years have seen me increasingly returning to riding my bike solely for the reasons that drew me to life on a bike as a child.. to explore, to escape, to have fun, to go camping.. and to go fishing. Something else I used to do an awful lot of when I was young and had the time. I’ve now sold all of the racing stuff, including the bikes; after more than 20 years of being wrapped up in what one might call ‘performance cycling’ I’ve finally kicked the last dregs of that habit out of my life and just indulging a love of playing on my bike. It’s great.
A small 6ft 6″ light spinning rod in 4 pieces fits nicely across the front rack, it’s just a smidgin too long to strap to the top tube. The handlebars are still wider than the rod so I don’t think it’s particularly vulnerable. Carradice Barley bag is just the right size for a reel, box of lures, stove, sandwiches, camera and an insulated jacket.
I only have to ride 20 minutes to drop a line in but it was a beautiful day so it seemed more sensible to ride 5 hours (return). The view from the King Harry Ferry is always a favourite.
Fish on. It turned out to be well worth the effort. This is Turnaware Bar in the Fal Estuary. I had never visited this spot before so it made sense to have a look on the flood tide.
Dinner. These mackerel are not very big but at this size they are so, so sweet, and being super-abundant around here I have no issues with eating them. Lovely grilled and dressed with a spot of lime juice and sea salt.