Some of you might already know that my husband Aaron is an avid angler (aka fisherman – we’ll get to some common lingo later) and has been partaking in this mysterious hobby for almost a decade now. Over the years, I’ve gone through phases of turmoil, yearning, being completely baffled and finally, understanding. Before The Fashion Faux Pas of Gabrielle was born, I was toying with the idea of “The Diary of a Fishing Widow” but thought it might not have as much scope, so a couple of posts could probably cover just enough.
It’s hard to accept and understand at the beginning, so I’m here to help you come to grips with; what the common lingo means, what impact it can have on your relationship with a fisherman and what the obsession is all about. This is going to be a three part series and first up is…
The fisherman – this definition covers all types of fisherman; carp, trout, bream, rudd, pike etc. There are MANY types of fish – you will learn this.
The girlfriend/wife/partner of an angler – you.
A tent used for fishing – but not your standard camping tent, don’t EVER call it a tent. This is for the inevitable night fishing sessions, is normally in some shade of khaki green and comes in a couple of different forms, most common is a standard tent-like set up or a brolly, named brolly because it’s essentially a massive umbrella that you peg down to the floor and store your little set up in.
A type of bait that resembles a Bon Bon that you’d pick up in the sweet shop – you just don’t eat them, unless you’re an odd ball that enjoys fish food.
The section of a carp rod that is used to hook the fish (at the end of the line with the bait on).
Day/Night/Season Ticket Waters
There are loads of different lakes out there (I’m speaking as a carp fisherman widow, so lakes are more my bag) and different times you can fish them all. Day ticket waters are for fishing during the day, same with the nights – you pay to fish for a single day or multiple nights if you’re going for a couple of nights. Season tickets are for the lakes where the angler wants to visit all the time and the lake doesn’t welcome day/night ticketers. Some season tickets encompass more than one lake.
Things you should know
- Don’t wear new shoes fishing – unless you’ve purchased them specifically for going on trips with your other half. It’s muddy, wet and dirty
- Wrap up warm – even if it looks warm out, don’t be deceived. Lakes are windy places and it can get quite chilly – especially if you’re spending the night lakeside
- Find out what they’re fishing for – a big catfish isn’t the same as a big carp or tench or bream, they’re all different and you should KNOW!
- Expect to plan some kind of fishing trip when you go on holiday anywhere – they will find somewhere to fish 🎣
- This is an EXPENSIVE hobby, so expect to receive birthday/Christmas present requests for fishing gear that seems more expensive than it should be – rods, tackle bags, bivvies, brollies, unhooking mats, THE LIST IS ENDLESS and there’s always something new to buy!
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful, make sure to tune in next week for the next instalment!