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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 16th August, 2012)


Fishermen on the canal at Haigh Plantations.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: alan on 16th August 2012 at 00:07

Those are huge rods. I've never seen anything like them in Canada.

Comment by: Janice on 16th August 2012 at 00:29

Haigh Plantations from a new 'angle' ! (Well someone had to say it). Very good photo Mick - was it a competition do you know or just a group of friends at leisure?

Comment by: Ken R on 16th August 2012 at 00:31

Nice scene. Who has the best peg?? Look at the hundreds of pounds of fishing tackle and what are those secret recipes for baits?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 16th August 2012 at 05:28

Is it free to fish on the canal, Mick?

I'd Rather Be Fishing

I'd rather be fishing, Than talking to you,
At least when I'm fishing, I know what to do.
I'd rather hold a blue gill in my hand,
Than get hit on the head, with a frying pan.

I'd rather be fishing, than look at your face,
At least the fish, don't get on my case.
I'd rather get in a fight, with an alligator garr,
Than put up with your daily naggin by far.

I'd rather be fishing, any old day,
Than stay home with you, and try to play.
I'd rather untangle a backlashed line,
Than spend an evening with you, sipping wine.

Do I love fishing, or do I love you?
I know it's gotta be one of the two.
To know the answer is what I'm wishing,
Maybe I'll think of it, while I'm fishing.

Comment by: Mick on 16th August 2012 at 08:19

Janice it will be a fishing match, they sit there all day and what they catch goes in a keep net then at the end somebody comes along and weighs there catches to see whos won.

Ernest I think you have to have a license to fish it are be a member a fishing club.

Trouble is bike riders have to keep stopping because these old fishermen block the tow path with there long rods when there changing there bate.

Comment by: peterp on 16th August 2012 at 08:26

alan they are not fishing rods they are fishing POLES.large sectionial poles with an elasticated end for your short length of fishing line/float/hook.A modern version of the branch and line that most kids of a certain era once used.

Comment by: aitch on 16th August 2012 at 08:30

They are poles Alan, made of a special carbon fibre which makes them very strong as well as very light, and can be as long as 18+ metres, and also cost in the thousands, and Ernie, its not free to fish in the canal, that stretch is controlled by Wigan centre, and for Janice it would be a club fishing match, these are usually fished weekly, I used to fish them myself, but it became to expensive,

Comment by: Top jogger on 16th August 2012 at 08:53

Some of these fellows need to stop sitting down all day looking at floats. Exercise is what they want, just look at them....and how boreing this so called sport is. Golf is what they need, a great sport and plenty of walking.

Comment by: Ron D on 16th August 2012 at 09:12

Nicely done Mick,

Comment by: Al.C. on 16th August 2012 at 10:07

I don't see why they need poles this size to fish the cut.

Comment by: maggie. on 16th August 2012 at 10:21

You want to try & find amooring place when you are boating ona canal when this is happening. Not easy!

Comment by: Mick on 16th August 2012 at 11:02

They wouldnt need expensive long special carbon fibre poles if they sat on the other bank to do there fishing.

Comment by: dirty harry on 16th August 2012 at 12:56

I'd rather watch paint dry. Except when am fishing miself.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 16th August 2012 at 14:55

Top jogger, you are right. Golf is a great game. It`s kept me enthralled and at 84 yrs.young, pretty fit.

Comment by: jeff haydock on 16th August 2012 at 16:13

Nice angle for the shot.

Comment by: bill7 on 16th August 2012 at 17:31

Who or what has right of way , the fishermen and their poles or the traffic on the canal

Comment by: alan on 16th August 2012 at 17:33

peterp and aitch.....thanks for the information...wish I had one

Comment by: dirty harry on 16th August 2012 at 19:10

this is the real dirty harry take no notice on what the imposter is posting . he's making me out to look bad as for the fisher men full of fish this stretch of canal ive had some good days ere .

Comment by: pat on 16th August 2012 at 20:12


loved the poem "I'd rather be fishing"
puts a different angle on things! Good photo, too.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 16th August 2012 at 20:39

We`ll believe you DH ! (about the imposter)

Comment by: owdkewyed on 16th August 2012 at 22:44

A couple of hand grenades and it would be all over in five minutes instead of sitting there all day.

Comment by: Linda on 17th August 2012 at 08:35

Dirty harry is behaving more like shirty harry!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 17th August 2012 at 11:38

bill7 - the boats have the right of way - and anglers are given areas where they're not supposed to fish (bridge holes, moorings, lock approaches, etc). However, both have to co-exist, and boaters are asked to show consideration to anglers, especially if there's a match on. Sometimes it's hard to do right by them - some want you to slow down, others to speed up, some want you to give their fishing spots a wide berth, others want you to stir the sleepy fish up. I do my boating in France now, and there's a marked difference between the anglers there and here - over there we exchange greetings and smiles with the fishermen....

Comment by: alan lad on 17th August 2012 at 15:27

Each to their own harry

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 17th August 2012 at 21:32

Bet they all had their tea`s waiting on the table when they got home!!OH its a mans world.

Comment by: Gary on 24th August 2012 at 19:55

Dirty harry...making you look bad? It doesn't need anyone else to do that. You're making a good job of it yourself!

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