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In my pursuit of finding good vintage fishing tackle I trawl car boots, on-line sites and visit a circuit of vintage tackle fairs. There are a couple of antique and vintage markets which always produce the odd reel, box of flies, fishing bags and spinners.

On a recent visit to a local car boot sale I found in the bottom of a cardboard box a metallic blue reel, a Mitchell Match 440A. Still in good working order it is robust and will last at least another 20-30 years. Also as detailed in yesterday’s post I found a large silver plate scallop shell platter which will be ideal for serving mixed seafood on a bed of ice served with a chilled glass of Picpoul de Pinet with its notes of mineral, white pepper and grapefruit tang, it’s a great wine from the sun-baked vineyards of Languedoc. I can’t wait for the warmers days to arrive but this wine when served with fish makes me think of balmy days near the Med.

Picpoul de Pinet 2020, Domain Félines Jourdan, Languedoc, France available from Berry Bros & Rudd, http://www.bbr.com £8.95 or Picpoul de Pinet Prestige 2010 Domain Cabrol, Languedoc, France available at Majestic Wine http://www.majestic.co.uk

For Mitchell reels contact The Reel People – Jims Reel Shop http://www.jimsreelshop.com