One of the best things about fishing is meeting new people. The next best thing is telling people your angling tales. Building an app lets us do both and here at Finygo we have a LOT of stories. Here’s a great one we heard recently.
A New Fishing Spot
I sought some advice about finding and fishing a picturesque lake from the helpful owner at Crowthorne Angling, who pointed be towards Bowsaw Lake near Odiham in Hampshire. All tooled up, feeder rod and quiver tip ready, I arrived eagerly at 7 am the following morning. Now let me tell you, this is a lovely mature lake, away from the roads and they don’t allow bite alarms. It’s just the kind of place I like to fish, I can relax into my fishing in tranquillity, fishing more traditional methods.
Now what makes this lake special though is the diversity in species available. Tench, Carp, Chubb, F1s, goldfish…yes, goldfish! A bit weird right? So I caught not just one but several fancy goldfish up to about 2lbs! I had to ask the owner what was going on and the story he told me is simply brilliant.
When the lake was first opened, they decided to have a competition on opening day. The lake had been dug and stocked, and as a bit of a bonus, they advertised the fact that they had stocked a solitary goldfish. The person lucky enough to catch this fish would win an additional prize of £50!
When it came to match day, the lake was fished hard and several excellent bags were caught. There was a fear, of course, that the goldfish would not get caught. However, as the marshal moved around the lake, those fears were not realised as there it was, in a keep net of an angler. Congratulations handed out, weight recorded, the marshal moved on… and there it is, the goldfish, again, in another angler’s net! Something fishy right? In total, 5 goldfish were ‘caught’.
You Cheating B*!stards!
So it turns out that 5 anglers (or at least 4, discounting the original fish) had brought their own goldfish with them, and had placed them in their keep nets in an attempt to win the prize! The owner refused to pay the bonus, and at the end of the day, all fish were returned to the water… including the new goldfish, which have now gone on to breed successfully! What a great story I thought, and I have to say, they are beautiful goldfish!
So what can I find out about my goldfish catches?!
So for the millions of specimen gold fish anglers out there, I thought it would be a useful experiment to see what I can learn about my goldfish catches in Finygo? Using the research filters, I can see in an instant where I am catching all my goldfish, and generally how I am catching them. Pretty neat!
Analyse your own experiences
If you are interested in analysing your own angling experiences at the places you fish, and you would like to help us test, sign up to get the free Finygo fishing app early here.