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The Value of 'Giving Something Back'

18.03.14

Mike Kerman

Mike Kerman looking very happy with his catch thanks to advice from a fellow angler

We received a letter recently from Mike Kerman that we would like to share with you concerning his very positive experience that demonstrates the tremendous value of 'giving something back' to fishing by helping a fellow angler either new or returning to the sport.

As a child I spent many happy hours coarse fishing for small silver fish in a lake along side of which my parent's had a temporary caravan. These wonderful memories ended when we were forced to dispose of our caravan & vacate the site so that "permanent" caravan homes could be built instead to produce the sites' owners with more income. After the sad loss of my Dad in January of last year, I was determined to re-commence fishing in his memory & to introduce my four children to it.

With this in mind we joined Uxbridge Rovers & tried to progress to carp fishing but hadn't had any success. This came to a head on Bank Holiday Monday last year when the three of us had "blanked" at Billet Lane & I'm sorry to say I was seriously thinking of not renewing our membership. However, towards the end of the evening, a Shining Knight arrived in the guise of Marc Crockford. 

Unbelievably, he put his gear down, said we were using the wrong method (i.e. Method Feeding on the bottom) & created a Zig Rig for us  & said that we must renew our membership because the club had many wonderful waters at their disposal. Scepticism turned to joy as we caught a nice sized carp before we left (which made our season, let alone our day). He offered me his phone number in case we needed any further advice.

Mark Crockford

Marc Crockford with a nice carp

It became very obvious that he is a very accomplished angler but, contrary to what I had heard about anglers in general, he was prepared to divulge any information that we asked for & even recommended swims. In spite of this, I thought I wouldn't trouble him because he was probably only giving me his number to be kind & would be too busy (as a self-employed person) to spare us any more time. Well, I could not have been more wrong & Marc has subsequently helped us out on more occasions than I can remember. 

He is an extremely patient teacher & a very good listener. His passion is clear for all to see & he will literally do anything he can to help. I did actually ring him for advice & prior to going on a family fishing holiday in August this year he lent me his expensive weighing scales, took time off work to take me to a fishing tackle shop & advised me of the best & most cost effective equipment to take with me.

That same evening I also visited his home (until the early hours) whilst he made up end rigs for us to use on our holiday. He also came around to my house on another occasion to go through all of my Dad's fishing gear (in a very sensitive manner) & to advise me as to what could be used & what could be sold. I found this advice invaluable & a great weight off my mind. At the same time he was excellent with my Downs Syndrome son, Stuart, & this was a clear demonstration that he has the (natural) knack of effective communication with all types of people.

Since my chance  meeting with Marc he has continued to teach me, not only about all aspects of carp fishing, but has also introduced me to the new & exciting world of barbel fishing. In the process he has saved me lots of money & provided me with a quality & quantity of knowledge which would have taken me many years to have acquired under my own steam. I think he deserves enormous credit for his selflessness & for the fact that he brings enormous credit to the Uxbridge Rovers Club & I also know that he takes his role as a Bailiff extremely seriously & travels some distance to fulfil his duties.

Needless to say, we HAVE renewed our family membership of Uxbridge Rovers (number 528) & I am looking forward to pass this knowledge on to each of my three sons & I have to say that my daughter also thoroughly enjoyed fishing during our holiday to the Isle Of Wight so perhaps she might become another participant in the future. Who knows? 

I thought it was only right to make you aware that one of your members is giving so much back to the Club & also to its members.

Yours Sincerely,

Mike Kirman


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