Ivan Marks: The People's Champion: His Greatest Ever Stories

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Ivan Marks: The People's Champion: His Greatest Ever Stories

Ivan Marks: The People's Champion: His Greatest Ever Stories

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For his charisma, innovative thinking and all-round star quality, on either float or leger methods, few if any anglers can be compared with the late, great Ivan Marks. It is hard to imagine a more popular UK match angler anywhere, anytime, at his peak in the 1960s and 1970s. Kev and Ivan Although Ivan was definitely my fishing hero, his styles didn’t really translate to the Upper Great Ouse where I grew up. I didn’t actually meet him in person until the early 90s ….. pegged next to each other on a winter league on the middle Nene. It was a horrbile day, foggy & cold. We both had about 2lb of little roach, but his smile brightened up the day! Ivan was well known on the local canalised part of the River Soar in the centre of Leicester known as the ‘Straights', and he lived just a stone's throw away on Saffron Lane.

Interestingly, Ivan was credited with speculating on the potential for anglers future earnings to become their main income, for televised matches becoming as popular as golf. His alleged views on continental groundbaits not being needed for ‘our’ waters does in the light of the ‘Ghost Writer’ make me wonder now just how much of this book was Ivan’s take on matchfishing, or someone elses take on Ivan’s take on fishing. Now in Lancashire, size 12s hooks were for hanging slabs of beef on at the butchers, but this being Ivan, I wasn't going to question the judgement of my hero, so on it went, on went two worms and out into peg 29 went the lot. It's a reasonable statement to make that the majority of club committees are, to this day, made up of people who are or were at one time active on the match fishing scene, usually at club or sometimes at open match level. Few, if any of them, would not know the name of Ivan Marks. Ivan was well known on the local canalised part of the River Soar in the centre of Leicester known as the ‘Straights’, and he lived just a stone’s throw away on Saffron Lane.For the army of match anglers who grew up in the 1960s and 70s, Ivan was the man who changed match fishing and we remain forever in his debt. As his biographer, I have more than a passing interest, but he was my hero too when, as a teenager in the early 1970s, I eagerly devoured his weekly column in Angling Times. Greatest of the greats

He films hunters with their kills and beavers gathering wood for their dams. He then shows footage of Bigfoot at another river and a second Bigfoot close by, mentioning a related strong musky odor. Bigfoot is shown eating grass and Marx mentions he must be a vegetarian. So RIP Ivan. I didn’t know you personally, as a personal friend that is, but like thousands of others, I felt like I did.Ivan also taught me to use fine line below the float, double the length of the traditional ‘yard bottom' of finer nylon tied the hook. As described in the book ‘Ivan Marks – the People's champion' in any swim of six-foot depth or more he would use twice that length of finer line for the added stretch it gave him. The line stretch assists the cushioning of the rod tip and acts just like elastic in a pole, counteracting the force of the strike and protecting the most fragile of hook-holds on a fish. Hook designer and other Ivan innovations Ivan Marks rose to prominence in the 1960s and established himself as one of the match fishing greats with some huge wins – including success three years out of four in the Great Ouse Championships, a contest with over 1,300 participating anglers. Smith, Steven C; Francillon, Vincent J (1994). Film Composers Guide (2nded.). Los Angeles, California, USA: Lone Eagle Publishing. ISBN 9780943728575. OCLC 30629076 . Retrieved April 8, 2013. He confessed to me that he had mixed feelings about the development of commercial fisheries such as Drayton. He believed first and foremost that young anglers should serve a proper angling apprenticeship on their local canal or river, and that commercials may end up doing more harm than good to the sport if they took away youngsters from natural venues. History may yet judge him to be right about that. Goodbye, people's champion

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