Along the Margins is a book written from the heart by an all-rounder with a love not only of fishing but also wildlife and the outdoors. It is difficult not to be moved by the man’s conviction, his first hand experiences of the golden years on some of the country’s best known waters and empathise with his displeasure of how some aspects of angling have, over the years, unfortunately changed for the worse.
Contrarily, it is fortunate for us that Mick has, in many different senses, from the wonderful photographs included in the book to the descriptions of ledgering for double figure tench and bream at dawn and solitary trotting for monster chub in the evening, been able to capture the best of his time spent by the water and effectively put it down on paper for others to share and enjoy.
What does Mick say - Always known as Mick to my angling mates and some one who "ploughs a lone furrow" when it comes to the actual fishing. I like to do my own thing in my own way and try very hard not to be distracted by what and where other big fish are being caught. I like nothing better than than exploring a new water and being on my own in doing so.
On a lighter side, some of my tackle is now starting to interest a local museum - only joking, but I have a reputation for making things last; in fact I've only ever purchased two umbrellas in 45 years, although I never use one when river fishing in the winter for chub, often returning home looking like a dishrevelled tramp. I'm also famous for wearing woolen bobble hats, that always seem a tad too big for me, with the result that they always look as if they are "cross threaded" on my head!
As I get older I can now honestly say that just being out in the countryside is just as important as the fishing itself. There really is so much to see.