Part 1 went down a treat, so here is the second half! More words of wisdom we've gleaned from some wise heads during the curation of the first two SUBmags. Whether that is about catching carp, finding balance, keeping a home life steady, setting realistic expectations, or as in Samir's case, ditching the norms for a life less ordinary... One thing we've learnt is that everyone has a different world view, a different set of circumstances, and a different set of goals for life. We do our best to dig into it all
1. TRAVEL IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL
SAMIR AREBI #001
'No Sad Faces'
'Part of the beauty of travelling is being exposed to different people, different world views, different landscapes, sunsets, cultures … unlike the algorithm that just gives you more of the same every day, more of what you already know and consume. The real world is different. It is great when you put your phone away.'
2. FIND A WORK-LIFE BALANCE
LUKE VALLORY #001
'Working Man's Club'
'In a way, I can be my own boss, but saying that, I am very regimented, and really conscious about how quickly things can fall apart. If I’ve got no work, I’ve got no living, simple as that. I won’t pull an extra night unless I know for certain I can make up the work and time. Things would get on top very quickly if you started to let it slip'
3. BE REALISTIC
TIM ROWLAND #001
'My mindset is that I am trying to create just one opportunity for a bite. When you’ve put the rods out, you’ve done everything possible to your angling ability to tip the odds in your favour, to create an opportunity for a bite – that’s all you can do. If someone is in the ‘going’ swim for the weekend, so be it. If the going swim is randomly available on a Friday night, it is just a bonus. I also know that if I do blank, I will enjoy myself whatever happens, through spending time with a good bunch of lads, and nice food.'
4. DO WHAT YOU LOVE
TOM MAKER #001
We had a fair bit of it when we started fishing in Europe a lot... 'When are you going to start fishing for some proper UK ones again?' the conversations would often go... To be honest, it narked us, and although it didn't change how we felt about our own fishing, and we enjoyed it as much as anything we'd ever done, it was still frustrating and sometimes made it hard to ignore the idea that people didn't respect what you were doing. It really shouldn't matter what anyone thinks about how you spend your time, and what you fish for, that is one thing we've learnt over the years. But in the age of comparison, and everyone sharing everything they do, it becomes hard to ignore. Back in the day when it was all 35mm prints and no iPhones, no one knew what you were up to unless you showed them some physical prints - great days they were! Do what makes you happy, f*ck the rest. Tom is one of the most consistent, keen and confident anglers out there, no doubt about it. And there is also no doubt he has earned that over years of fishing some of the most pressured lakes in the land. We've always admired how absolutely steadfast he has remained about doing exactly what he loves, for the right reasons...
'The numbers I catch will always dominate my motivation, but I’ve focused more on targeting larger carp recently, hence why I’ve done a fair bit of time on B1. No doubt the KIR brigade would dismiss them as ‘wrong-uns’, but I couldn’t care less – they give me the same buzz as any other carp would. I do what I love, without a care for other’s opinions, and to me, that’s so important in my angling. Whatever you want to fish for, wherever that may be, just enjoy it and find your own buzz that no one can take away from you. That’s the key to enjoying your fishing'
5. TAKE A GAMBLE
JOHN CASH #002
'All Or Nothing'
'A lot of lads are too scared to try things and potentially waste their time, so you end with everyone fishing the same way. The caster thing, for example; everyone had been fishing zigs all spring and it had done about 80 bites, but by the time I got there that year it had tailed off, the hits had already happened, and lads were just nicking odd ones. I thought there had to be something, so I thought, ‘Fuck it, I’m gonna come down and stick 10 pints of caster in and see what happens’