View Full Version : Thinking of going full time. Help, thoughts, ideas

10-02-2005, 14:21
First post on here, so any help would be appreciated. I'm in a position whereby I can go full time carp fishing this year. I have a few £'s under my belt, no real ties with regards to house/job etc. The more I think about it the more I fancy doing it. I have 3 waters in mind that will require an awful lot of attention, I have a place from where I can base myself, and think I'm 32 now, and if I don't do it now, I never will.

Anyone on here who can give a bit of advice ( good or bad )


10-02-2005, 14:44

I only go to work to earn money. If i didnt have to work, i wouldnt set foot in the place ever again.

I have family commitments as well. If I didnt. I would fish full time during the summer at least.

**** it, why not.

10-02-2005, 14:47
Cheers Grumpy, It's just that I feel as though I shouldn't be doing it and I should actually be working ! Still I've been working for 16 odd years, so a year or so out wouldn't hurt !!

10-02-2005, 15:06
Get yourself a few sponsors, at least one for bait would be handy. Go for it, I know I would!!!! Get yourself a ticket a a bigfishwater and who knows what will happen....Good luck with it. Wich waters do you fancy as you've got three to go to? Do you want to do it just one year or longer??

10-02-2005, 15:15
There's 3 waters in Norfolk that I'm thinking of. All have 40's in, 1 of which could be very big. How do you go about getting sponsors then ?

10-02-2005, 15:23
Theres only one bad thing about going full time.. When you run out of money and have to back to work... http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

You'll have plenty of time to roll bait on the bank, so do it... buy your food from supermarkets, 2 for 1 offers etc.. not from the local corner shop.. blag food from people who are packing up.. buy all your line, leads, hooks etc before you start and ask for a good discount... use a petrol stove not gas.. little things add up.. the less money you spend, the more time you have on the bank..

10-02-2005, 15:24
First get a few results and let the baitcompany you use know what you've caught, but always be honest. The truth always comes out when messing around!!!! There are always companies that can supply you with "fieldtest-prices" http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smirk.gif That's just cheaper than from the shop and that's a start. Good luck and who knows.
ps it's not always how many big carp you catch that gets you sponsoring http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

10-02-2005, 15:31
Appreciate your honesty AND advice chaps, thanks.

10-02-2005, 15:38
[censored] worrying about 'you should be working'. You only get one life mate, go for it. I know I would if I could! Just try to put everything into it.

10-02-2005, 15:41
You should be enjoying life - I've had a couple of long periods of self induced unemployment and it's great - go for it! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

10-02-2005, 15:43
Totally agree there, YOU HAVE GOT TO GO FOR IT http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Full time on a lake for a year should have some good fesults if you do your homework mate, then if after a year you have to go back to work then so be it, hopefully the time you have spent there you have some good fish under your belt http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

10-02-2005, 15:49
Dont do it ! You could end up with lots of big carp,,is that what u realy want?LOL http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

10-02-2005, 15:55
Go for it, just stay off the lakes I fish http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

10-02-2005, 15:57
dont do it,think how much your work mates will miss you..........bothered!!! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

10-02-2005, 16:03
Hello Rich!!

You full time??.... Why not ya brother nearly is http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Seriously though mate go for it while ya can

As for bait... wouldn't worry too much... couple of packs of plastic corn should do the job... works for Plug http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif

I'll see ya there.... Zak

10-02-2005, 16:07
go for it if you feel the need http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif

but a few words of caution - from your profile i see you currently hold a professional position - when you return to work what impact will this sabatical have on future employment prospects and how will prospective employers view you having taken a few years off to go fishing??

different if you were early 20's just having left university

but on a more serious note there will be times when the fishing feels like work - you will hit the 'wall' http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif

but all being said if you don't do it you will spend the rest of your life regretting it

good luck

oh and by the way watch out for the green eyed monsters who will love to knock your success

10-02-2005, 16:13
Your a Bank Manager who likes carp fishing, Chelski and drinking Premium lager who goes by the Name of 'Plugsbrother' LOL
Wish i banked with your branch rather than with the stuffy old fart of a bank manager i've got that sends me nasty letters. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

10-02-2005, 17:01
Plugs brother - dont do it.....

I know where you'll be and I dont want to encourage you!
If you're after an album of pics K would be a better bet than L or C but if you're after fish of merit and pedigree......

I know yer brother so say hello when you see me!

10-02-2005, 17:26
Lets be honest Bob...

You aint gotta compete with other anglers at L & C... plus he's gotta better inside info than most for starters... and he's a top bloke too http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Who wants an album full of fish from K?... got one of them already... they might be big but thay all look the same http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif

10-02-2005, 18:08
Good luck with the going full time and good riddance to the corporate cr*p! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

10-02-2005, 18:21
go for it mate took a year out myself few years back to be a bailiff in france , although it was work/full time fishing i still had the time of my life . but be warned 7 monthes in a bivvy was a long time and not every ones cup of tea !! still say go for it though you lucky $$$$= http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

10-02-2005, 18:30
i can nee believe your even contemplating NOT doing it, your spot on when you said if you dont do it now you may never..lifes to short for being a girl and sitting on the fence, dump the job and go angling.

get it done.

10-02-2005, 19:40
Christ, I go down the pub for a few "quiet ones", and I have many many responses !! Cheers Zak and Bob. Really thinking of doing it. Just need to tie up some loose ends. After I've shamed my brother on L and C, I'll knock out single from #3, and then I'll have to think of another water !!!!!!

10-02-2005, 20:09
buy yourself a nice camper van! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

10-02-2005, 20:54
if you dont do it mate, when your 70 you will sit there wishing you had,go on mate good luck to ya.

10-02-2005, 21:14
..........Computer says 'NO' !!

Regards Tad....Good luck whatever you decide.

10-02-2005, 22:21
Dont do it ,go to work,come home knackered ,wake up and wonder when the next time you can get out fishing and when the time comes your to knackered to go.......................................just like the rest of us !

10-02-2005, 23:15
Zak - i think there'll be a few more residents on L this year but commeth the weed that'll probably change!

PlugsBro - go for it mate, although I work in the same industry as you and a gap year might not be looked on very favourably!

10-02-2005, 23:30
Surely he could just blag it? Say he spent a year in research or something? Or claim illness?
If you work in financial services, nobody ever believes you anyway.. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

11-02-2005, 06:36
Do it mate.

You'll regret it for the rest of your life if you don't.

Mugs. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

11-02-2005, 07:18
NO,NO,NO,dont!! we dont wont to see your face on every weekly mag holding some big mother f--ker carp, never bin cought before!! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

11-02-2005, 09:05
I think the fact that you are asking random people means you shouldnt.

If you REALLY wanted to you wouldnt think about it because a couple of big carp would have hypnotised you already, and you would have slipped into being full time without even noticing yourself.

It could be an expensive year otherwise. I would take a year out and go travelling to Aus or NZ, etc if i was in your position.


11-02-2005, 10:15
Alright Arfur, Just wanted some opinions from other like minded people. I have friends travelling Aus and SA at the moment and they're having a great time. I love fishing and have got a lot of fishing friends. I have a very responsible job at the moment which I'm happy to give up for a year or so, just to say "I've done it". I've also learnt that when I do earn a lot of money all I do is waste it! I want to get back to a bit of reality, back to nature, and if I can't get back into financial circles after that then bothered, I don't enjoy it anyway, and have always seen it as a means to an end. After fishing, I'll find something I really want to do..........like go fishing !!!!!

11-02-2005, 10:33
Plug bro,
Do it then mate - you sound like you have made your mind up but werent sure! If your are like me then it doesnt matter what people say once you are 'in the zone' so to speak, good luck in your quests you lucky bar steward!

11-02-2005, 10:36
Good editing Ian.
I just can't get my head round a Bank Manager doing all that. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

11-02-2005, 11:26
You're not steretyping bank managers are you sir ?

LOL !!!

11-02-2005, 11:27
It's especially bad to stereotype bank managers who can't spell !!!

11-02-2005, 12:49
Do it mate i wold if given the chance Reading area has alot of big fish waters not that far from the Colne valley either!

Dont ponder just go for it.

tight lines

11-02-2005, 12:55
ah sounds good but if I had the time and money I think i'd like to experience something different.
Tarpon on the fly, Nile perch, Mahseer http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif ooh yeah!
just need to rob a bank... eyy just a minute! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

11-02-2005, 15:33
Oct-March Id be out of this godforsaken country. Seeing the world.
Apr-Sept - Full time dangling.

I see no fun in living in a bivvy for weeks on end in winter. Overnighters are enough for me then.

11-02-2005, 15:36
Personally mate i think you would be bonkers to go 'full time' literally. If i could and wanted to then 3 nights a week would be spot on and im sure I could certainly have the fishing year of my life.

Far to many other things to be doing in this world, and I would burn out far to quickly if full time.

11-02-2005, 15:43
I took a year out in 1992 and fished for the whole year and loved every minute.if I could i would do it again.Just go for it you only live once!!!! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

11-02-2005, 16:20
go for it mate..i done 3 months once and enjoyed every minute of it.you just have to remember to keep your options open as to where your goin to fish and try not to blowout on one particular lake..i found that when your on a lake for a long time and your getting the results then some people get a very jealous streak(especially the weekenders)..good luck and many a bent rod in your quest

17-02-2005, 06:36
Forget it mate L and C to hard for you ....
anyway whos to say they will give you a ticket under there new syndicate idea

18-02-2005, 15:54
Got my ticket application through today. Had some success from L, C and B already, so thanks for that !!

18-02-2005, 17:18
Yep.. got mine too.. cheques in the post http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Too hard for ya... Yeah whatever!!

Se ya soon Rick

19-02-2005, 12:59
Read this post last night,first time I've managed to have a good look at the site.
Your obviously going to do it and good luck.
I think you should reread the 'jetski' post, I couldn't agree more.
About six years ago I went abroad to work and had a nice few quid when i came home two years later.First thing ,summers coming get the gear sorted etc,off I go.
Well of course I'm f*"^in luvin it,out in the sun,plenty of fish on top,plenty of cold beer and nothing else to do or worry about.Oh, fishing hard and getting a fair few including the some of the ones I was after.
Next summer,more of the same,and the next,and............

Guess what,not fishing as hard now,catch rates dropping..but still enjoying it, (plenty of beer here).


Six years later,moneies run out and its not too easy to get a job,(the CV's not bad), get flown everywhere for interviews....BUT always "what have you been doing for the last five or six years?We'll be in touch!"
So keep focused on the fishing or you'll be wasting your time and keep thinking to the future,YOUR FUTURE.

19-02-2005, 15:22
have you thought of just having a few weeks here and there.
working in between.
you can have the best of both worlds,and still do as you please.
myself-i think you'r ravein mad wanting to fish all the time.
if fishing is your liesure persuit-whats gunna be your liesure when you fish full time.
instead of being theroputic,it will twist your lid i'm sure.
have you made sure the waters you want to fish will allow you o do it.
whatever you decide good luck,enjoy it,then get on with life..........

mind you i'm bored after two nights anyway. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

19-02-2005, 15:25
pretty much the same as that mate 2 nights and i'm done http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Havn't got round to doing a week yet but prob be pulling me hair out halfway through lol, but depends what your happy with each to their own i suppose http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

19-02-2005, 15:50
agree on this guys, 2 nights is a good session. I do occasionally go for three but after that im ready for home and some work.

nice idea about doing a few weeks and then having a break though.

im hoping to be able to organise my home and business so I can do 2 x 2 week sessions this year but it will be a one off or Mrs Jimboo will be seeing more of the milkman and business will go to [email protected]!t ! Just fancy seeing if it really does impact on catch rate, and looking forward to getting right into it and relaxing.

19-02-2005, 16:04
It's all about getting the right balance i guess. I love my fishing, and when I've had enough, I'll have a few days away playing golf, bit of temping to keep funds flowing, but I know that when I'm teeing off, or in a beer garden somewhere, and it's that hazy sunshine with a slight breeze, I know I'll be gagging to get back to the waterside, and I'll have chosen to be able to go there. I may die in 5 years time, and If I can be happy and healthy up until then or even further into the future, then i'll know I'm doing the best thing, and if any of you come down for a visit, or I see you on the bank, then I'll get the coleman on for a brew !!

19-02-2005, 16:13
Well fair play mate, Then go for it, hope you catch some good fish too http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

19-02-2005, 18:07
Go for it mate. I am well jealous. You only live once, so do it. Just wish I was able to. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/frown.gif

20-02-2005, 20:06
Tea white with one mate! See you soon.

22-02-2005, 13:32
Plugs Brother,

If you were thinking of angling elsewhere I'd say go for it, though we might be competing for swims so I'm not sure!
If you are as good a photographer as your brother then it will be handy to have someone reliable on site when I catch the lump from L!
I find I can only fish hard for 3 or 4 days at a time. I'd suggest you fish Monday to Thursday each week leaving it to me at the weekends!
Get yourself on C, Kens loves a bit of bait. I might be biased but is there a better looking carp? Ok, there may be 2 or 3...