Posted 09:13, 23 April 2009
Check out the latest Article 47 updates and a short video clip of UKIP leader Nigel Farage arguing the case for UK sea anglers right here
. I am not a political animal by nature, but I can vouch for the fact that Nigel is a passionate fisherman, the same as you and I - we have spent a few days over the years out at sea, indeed the whole Farage family are fishing nuts. See my original post and thoughts on Article 47 here
. Burying your head in the sand and hoping that this kind of thing goes away ain't going to do any good at all........
Some more black and white shots - not sure it makes much sense when the weather is as stunning as it currently is, but what the heck. Live dangerously eh ? The photo above is one of my all time favourite photos that I have ever shot of a bass, but even in colour it does not make complete sense until you see it blown up to full size. I have done a black and white conversion above, but I am not completely sure it works. I have always reckoned that a portrait-style crop of this photo (see below) would work really well as a front cover of a magazine, but so far it has not been used in this way. Perhaps the fact that it is an eye and not an immediately obvious "look at me, I'm a fish" kind of photo has been the reason why. Frustrating, but that's the way it goes in the fishing world from time to time.
A lot of bass fishing lends itself naturally to being photographed - especially in wide open places with big, imposing skies. Give me a complete lack of other people around and I am an even happier person. They are a very visually appealing fish to be around, especially when we are using lure and light bottom fishing tactics, rather than the more traditional "stick two heavy rods in a tripod and watch for a bite" fishing. All is good stuff, but I know what I would rather photograph out of choice. Not a hard guess !!