I am writing this from my bed! Not my bedchair, but my actual bed in my house. I am chilling whilst watching some programmes on Discovery Max, and suddenly remembered the message I received on my blog, whilst I was undertaking my last session at Sierra Brava. The request was would I write the occasional blog when I am not fishing, so here we go.
I have a session planned at Sierra Brava in the next few days, which will probably take me up till the end of the month, give or take a day or three. I am still living by my new rule with regards to my fishing these days, which is ‘I go when I want to, and not because I have to’. I could be fishing right now, as I have no clients, and therefore have plenty of free time, but I have a few other things I am taking care of at the moment that are taking precedence.
My giving up cigarettes is going very well. I have not had one for over a month now, and I am really chuffed with my effort. I feel healthier, probably look healthier, and I want my new routine in life to continue. In addition, I have almost removed alcohol from my life. Not completely, as I still like to have the odd social drink with friends. However, I feel I am a much better person without alcohol in my day-to-day life. I can take it or leave it in truth, but it’s when I drink, that my naughty side appears, so I now avoid the odd lunchtime beer with my Spanish friends, and I am now throwing myself back into exercise instead.
I have always loved exercise, in particular cycling, weights, swimming, and boxing. With the money I have saved from smoking in the last month I have added a punch-bag to my patio gym/workout space, and a new barbel with weights. I have also taken advantage of a few bargains on Spanish Ebay. After a very cheeky bid in the last two seconds, a second-hand carbon framed bike is now in the post, so I will be out climbing those hills in the next few weeks. At the moment I am slowly rebuilding my right pectoral muscle after an injury last year, so I am taking extra care, and avoiding the heavy stuff! I have added a few kilos to my body weight so I am happy with my progress.
Life is all about balance really, and after all the fishing I crammed into such a short space of time, I need to ensure that when I go fishing these days, I will enjoy the experience. I still love my hobby but I can’t just sit at the lake enduring it any longer, and fortunately as Sierra Brava is close to my home, I can always pack up and go home if I have had enough. One of my dilemmas in life is my very low boredom threshold, and I feel I now have a few extra things to help with that. I would really like a female for company but I am working on that, and that is all I can say on the matter!
My aim over the next few months is to divide my summer time between fishing, fitness, friends, and fiestas! I have a trip planned back to the UK in July for a quick week, to catch up with my family, and my best friend and his wife, as they have had their first baby. I also have my friend Dan popping out to see me in July, so I will take him carp fishing for his first time which should be fun. Also, in July and August they open the municipal pool in my village called Zorita. My daily swimming training can begin once again, even if it is just for ten weeks!
With regards to my previous post about the cattle pond carp, I will update you on my progress. So far I have been observing their behaviour in their environment. Where they like to feed, and where they are generally found. The only cover is the reeds, so generally they are taking refuge in there, but I have also noticed one of them likes to take floaters from the rocky edge. I haven’t seen the larger fish since I last saw him, but I am sure he will appear when I am least expecting it.
The good thing about this little project is it can be a labour of love over a period of weeks. There is no rush, and I can fit it in between my dog walks, as I usually have a rod ready in my vehicle. One thing I have noticed is the fish seem to prefer the dog biscuit to bread! The other amusing observation is how many people appear whan I attempt to do any fishing. The other day I had a cheeky little carp taking biscuits at my feet. I was crouched down and out of view, and I was just about to have a go for him when a local appeared! He shouted hello, and then came and stood right at the water’s edge watching me. Not surprisingly the carp vanished!
That’s all for tonight.