No, matches aren’t my thing. Did 3-4 junior matches in the early 80s. Like you, I’m a pleasure angler and I value peace and natural beauty more than anything. A bunch of blokes shoulder to shoulder is my idea of fishing hell although I respect them for the skills they have doing their thing.
Went out for a couple of hours with the lures again. One small fish in the river and then I found some in a canal marina, where I had four perch between half a pound and a pound.
I used to love fishing matches. I just really enjoy competing against other anglers and the randomness of the draw, which can give everybody an opportunity. It's usually a fun and friendly atmosphere too. On commercials it is a bit shoulder to shoulder but not too bad on natural venues. I really miss it and am looking forward to getting back into it when I return to the UK next year. That and City are the 2 things that make the prospect of returning bearable!
I also enjoy pleasure fishing and usually do that as practice for venues where I will have a match in the near future. Best of both worlds (for me at least).