I have not been fishing now for two weeks due to work commitments and need to get back to the waters edge before I get out of the habit. As rain is falling steadily outside I have decided to put aside the rods yet again and stay home in the warm by the fireside. I may well venture out in a while to collect a few lobworms from the lawn in preparation for a forthcoming session after perch.
Perch are undoubtedly one of the most handsome looking fish that anglers are privileged to catch which brings me onto my subject matter in this brief blog. When not fishing I enjoy reading about it and of other anglers experiences. I also enjoy writing about my own times beside the waters edge and attempt to capture these moments.
Through this writing and in particular through the weekly Journal column I get to meet some interesting people who share my passion for angling. Last weekend I met up with a local angler who has combined his carp fishing with enviable artistic talents.
David Blackaller has been fishing North Devon’s lakes for many years and has certainly caught some handsome carp. David brought his portfolio of sketches to our house for my wife Pauline and I to view. The graphite sketches of anglers cradling the carp they have landed are a unique memento of an angler’s triumph.
It is David’s ambition to turn his hobby into a way of making a living and he certainly deserves recognition for his work. Carp are David’s favourite subject at present but he intends to widen his portfolio to include other species and perhaps even peoples pets.
When I catch my next 5lb perch I will certainly be contacting David for a portrait.
Blackaller Portraits in Pencil
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