The Noble Art of Sports Fishing
Back in 1964, an old broomstick, 5 meters of line, a bent paper clip and a fat lobworm produced my first ever fish: a 100 gram perch in a local lake. Ever since, I've been a keen angler, initially concentrating upon the local stock of roach, bream and tench and later focusing on smelly past-times such as maggot farming and match fishing. Annoyingly, I never became world champion but had to do with two individual district championships (1980-81).
In the late 80'ies, together with the happy fellows of the dreaded Dansk Karusse Konsortium (the first ever, and still the most notorious specimen group in Denmark), I used a lot of time in pursuit of the magnificent carp - legally as well as illegally. Secret lakes, moats and castle ponds were haunted badly, however, despite lots of tries, I failed to catch a 40 pound carp. On the other hand, I managed to get myself a Danish record rudd in the process.
During the last 15 years, my restless life as travel-freak has greatly influenced my sports fishing. Hopefully, I never get tired from fooling around the world, equipped with a bunch of rods, and pursuing whatever types of fish I may bump into on my way. So far, I've been travelling through about 150 different countries in six continents and fishing (catching something!) in around 100 of them, spanning from the claustrophobic lowlands of India and the humid rain forests of Costa Rica and the semi-dried-out Aral Sea to the mountain lakes of Tajikistan, the arid highlands of Tibet and the desolate Skeleton Coast of Namibia. For a personal hit-list of the happiest places on earth to go fishing, click HERE.
Because of my travelling, my record list doesn't really resemble anyone elses. What everybody else have caught, I haven't, while, on the other hand, I can boast a dubious record of more than 400 different species og which I know the names of less than half. Furthermore, many of my catches are smaller species, frequently labelled as "uninteresting" among the big-game hunters, but highly regarded by me. Of course size matters, however, anywhere in world, 99 % of the fish happens to be smaller species, which, of course, never make any headlines anywhere. Using the right tackle, light scale tropical fishing is amazingly interesting.