Rather than hi-jack Gozzers thread here is an off-topic slant on "Angling Aids - ie where and when I first heard the term.
During WWII some Canadian soldiers were billeted at one of the stately homes that grace our part of the High Weald. War over, Canadians gone home, said stately homes empty, unguarded estate lakes to fish – heaven on earth for us schoolboys.
There were numerous lakes and ponds, some yielding better fish than others. We were assisted in our choice of which lake to fish by a conversation with Shep – a nice enough lad, but only about ninepence in the shilling in general awareness. Shep’s mother had worked as cook for the Canadians (also she put in voluntary overtime, said the more malicious of the village gossips) and had from time to time brought a big perch home for the family supper.
Shep, prompted by us, had gleaned from his mother the information as to which lake the perch came from, and the method employed. “Littleshaw, and they used angling aids” he said,
Angling aids ? Well yes, but what ? Electrofishing ? Seine nets ? Some sort of Asdic?. A secret ingredient in their groundait ? Never mind, we now knew which lake to fish, and standard perch tactics yielded numbers of fish up to two pounds.
It was some years before the explanation dawned. Examining the lake’s sediments during a new-found interest in Limnology, food chains, lake substrates and the like, some small pieces of shrapnel were found. Not from a bomb, but from something smaller.
“Angling aids” was simply Shep-talk for hand grenades.
Boom boom !
Readers of "Angling Vagabond" will have seen the story before..
Edited by Vagabond, 23 March 2017 - 06:04 PM.