Ivan Marks Floats and Thwarted by Cat Pee.

Owing to my cat Ami peeing on my telephone socket and shorting out the connection yours truly has been without the internet for nearly a week. Also yours truly has lost the notes to the match that was fished by the Watchet angling club at Trinity Waters on September 9th. Hence it is going to be a very concise account of the events indeed.

Nigel Coram smashed it with a good weight of 74 lb 05 oz fishing from peg 14 his winning tactic was pole and corn.

Rob Dodd got the runner spot up from peg 28 apparently worm was the main bait.

Eric Searle was third from peg 6 with feeder and pellet.

Well that’s it like I said not your normal match report and very concise it was to.

Ivan Marks Floats.

Looking on facebook the other day some one posed the question “what did you have in youth that you haven’t got now” The answers were varied, some genuine and others which also was true but entered for the wit as opposed to the nostalgic element. Answers such as hair, teeth and youth etc. But reading through the responses a thought occurred to me what would be my response if the question was slightly different. “what did you have in your youth and still wish you still had now”.

Well being an angler of sorts since 1974 when I was still 10, I wished I still had my first rod and reel but alas owing to the handle of the reel snapping off and the metal ferrule of the rod giving up the ghost shortly after, both were consigned to the bin. But I still have some things associated with my fishing youth from the 1970s, these include a couple of catalogues from a Leicester tackle shop called Marks and Marlow which was run by Ivan Marks and Roy Marlow.

For people over a certain age Ivan Marks needs no introduction he was an angling legend a giant among giants. He was the top angler of his age. Ivan’s success on the rivers Welland, Nene, Trent, Witham and Severn was 2nd to none. He won 3 Great Ouse championships in 4 years when attendances for these matches where well in the 100’s. To sum up this guys reputation in his book Ivan Marks on Match Fishing circa 1975 the introduction was done by a reputable angling author called John Goodwin. In the intro he writes “There are a million match anglers in England at the moment. It’s a fair bet that out of all that number there must be thousands who don’t know who the minister of sport is; but you’d be hard pressed to find a single one who hasn’t heard of Ivan Marks”.

Some of Ivan’s achievements.
This is Ivan posing in front of my trophy cabinet (only kidding).

As already stated Ivan ran a fishing tackle shop in Leicester with his business partner Roy which at the time was renowned throughout Britain and Europe in particular for the quality of it’s floats.

The Marks and Marlow catalogue main purpose it seemed was to promote The Ivan Marks range of floats. Although in name it is a catalogue but one could owing to its format and content call it a magazine on float fishing. The layout is superb as you can see from the pictures below. A very clear diagram with a detailed description of how the floats should be used.

These where produced in the days of when you entered a tackle shop part of the walls would be covered in floats attached to cards. The Ivan Marks range stood out. Looking at them on the wall you’d appreciated the quality and the workmanship. There were 16 patterns in the range so here goes. The Dart, the Carrot, the Waggler, the pacemaker, the Avon, the Zoomer, the Arrow, the 2mm Antenna, the Reed antenna, the Stick, the Ducker, the All-balsa, the Swinger, the Missile, the Canal antenna, the Javelin. As you can see from the list that there was a float for any situation. And thus one can deduce from this that the design of these floats were well thought out and practical.

one can say with a fair amount of certainty that the Ivan Marks floats made a considerable contribution and were the epitome to what I would personally say was the golden age of float fishing with rod and line. (gave me some slack here). These floats were conceived during the time when pole fishing in this country was in its absolute infancy. This was a time when float fishing with rod and line was the dominant practice amongst the coarse angler. But as we come to the present day, modernity has taken its toll on the humble fishing float.

Now most angling shops through no fault of their own I must add, display their floats in plastic trays or plastic cups. The floats of today are are made of plastic or some poly carbonite and this really does gives a synthetic and unnatural look, an appearance that is stale and dull. But these floats I have to say does what it says on the tin and as the saying goes looks are not everything. But looking at these 2 catalogues it does bring back happy memories and a longing for the past. So going back to the start and answering the question from facebook “What did you have in your youth but haven’t got now”

Waking up on Saturday morning just gone “September 17th” I was greeted by bloody back pain. So when I get back pain there is no way I can sit on my seat box for any length of time. In fact it makes my back worse. So I duly rang our Spielsekret√§rin fuhrer Alan Bland and reported that I was ringing in sick, thus I missed the last match. The match in question was Watchets Match at Avalon on the road side. All I managed to get was the results and I have to thank young Ian Grabham for that. Cheers Ian.

So it congratulations to Eric Searle who had top weight and to Dave Nash who had top Slivers.

The next match for the Watchet mob is this coming Saturday the 24th at Shiplate on the Main lake.

Until then Tight lines.

Pete C

(right where is that bloody cat).

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