With finishing back on the agenda, TGA caught up with blogger Ross Minton to discover just how his TGA Maximo has enabled him to continue his passion – and what advice he has for beginners with restricted mobility...
Hi Ross, when did you start fishing?
“I started fishing at the age of 14, an old school friend got me into it and I was immediately hooked. Pardon the pun.”
What kit do you have?
“I have so much kit, probably too much, but I love my Korum chair, they are just so comfortable and perfect for anyone like me who has back pain. Nine times out of 10 I use a 1.5tc rod and my Shimano Baitrunner reels are my pride and joy. It is really surprising how much equipment I can carry on my Maximo.”
Why is the Maximo ideal for fishing?
“The Maximo is amazing because of the terrain it can cover. Most fishing venues are relatively accessible but the further you get from the car park, the harder the paths become to negotiate. This doesn’t matter with the Maximo as it will go through mud, long grass and over uneven tree roots and stones with no problem – it’s the active suspension that makes the difference. However, what is really great is the fact you get a scooter with off-road capabilities yet it still fits in the car. I think most keen anglers own a SUV or estate-type car so the size of the Maximo will be perfect.”
Any favourite locations?
“I love being as far away from the car park as possible and my Maximo allows me to do this. I feel at my happiest out in nature and have often found the further you can travel down the river or around a pool the more wildlife you get to see. My favourite is at the National Trust’s Dudmaston Hall, run by the angling club Kinver Freeliners. It’s called ‘The Point’ as it pokes out into the lake opposite a 17th Century boathouse. The fishing there isn't bad either.”
What’s your advice for those looking to fish with restricted mobility?
“All anglers have a habit of taking too much tackle so I would honestly suggest going light – one rod and a few bit and bobs. Firstly, this gives you the chance to get to know your venue’s limitations. The way you once walked 10 years ago may not be the best way to take a scooter. There might be a gate to manoeuvre or a few brambles to negotiate, so having bags and bags of tackle will only end up annoying you. But the best bit of advice is to enjoy the independence on the right scooter such as a Maximo – fishing shouldn't just be about catching fish. It may sound strange but just being outside and free to explore on my Maximo can be more important. Add to this the sport of pitting your wits against a fish and you have a perfect day in the great outdoors.”