I’ve said it many times in conversations with fellow anglers that we are always striving to be the best.

There’s no point kidding ourselves, we all compete amongst each other even if we don’t know we are doing so. Angling, like all sports no different at all, we all want to achieve the best results.

Like in many other sports, being the best, and in fishing, on the bank itself, is something that brings a great deal of satisfaction to everyone in the game.

I love the competitive side of the angling and like many in all the disciplines, I put in everything into it to try and be the finest fisherman.

But far from it and like many it’s upon the huge open circuits of the match fishing world or even on the local club scene, there’s simply no hiding it, we all dream to be the top rod on the day.

It’s a subject that held centre stage in discussions this week with sea anglers who, very much like myself, practice at every opportunity in an attempt to make perfect their own personal approach to catch fish.

With the river fishing slow at the moment as the wind and tides are dictating the actual run of the prime target for many anglers, what strikes me like many others I’m sure, is the sometimes extreme pressure that some anglers actually put themselves through as they bare the colder nights as they

drop in this month.

As this unkinder weather does finally arrive, with the tell-tale temperatures now actually beginning to drop, it’ll hopefully now see an influx of bigger cod moving into the river. For many of these hardened sea enthusiasts, rigging up their huge cocktails of squid and Lug to try and tempt the

better fish seems so easy when actually watching them, but trying it, especially when not accustomed to it, it is, I can tell you just more than invigorating, when classed against my coarse days out.

Whiting, although not as plentiful as last year, are showing in some areas around the pound mark on both sides of the river and these lively fish can offer some great sport when the bites are coming fast.

As well as some nice ray’s that are showing as far up river as the Britannia on Otterspool and Eastham, those targeting cod, although still early, have seen fish to 3lb coming from the shore in some areas.

Better fish between 6-8lb have been reported being caught on the local charters targeting deeper marks along the river, but in the main, a month or two aided by some hard frost’s should see the bigger fish beginning to show.

Stay safe all.