It was an "interesting conversation" with Mr James Baird, it took place on the Welsh game fair ground a couple of years ago. We spoke for nearly an hour, in which time he managed to convince me that he had never used a long net, ever.
It was not fair really as I knew who he was, but as far as he was concerned I was just another punter. The spiel he was spouting was unbelievable, ( well to anyone with more than a rudimentary knowledge of long netting). I must admit I did lead him into making claims that were, lets just say, a little outlandish, but to be fair he did make them with a straight face. How I will never know?
My parting shot was worth it's weight in gold, just to see the look on his face. (It was netrigger off here who showed him how to rig up nets, but instead of being grateful, he caused a lot of unnecessary animosity for netrigger by telling his porkies.) As a parting shot I asked if he was from just outside Glasgow and named the town? To which he answered yes, I then told him I have a mate living a couple of miles away from him who knows practically everything there is to know about long netting. Oh yes he answered what's his name? When I told him netrigger's name you could see the colour drain from his face, at that point I walked away smiling to my self.