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This diary sections shows what we get up to, sometimes in the business but often around and about.  As I go fishing on every chance I get, I thought you might like to see what I catch in each place, tactics and bait used.  You will soon realise that I am not a sophisticated angler and anybody can do what I do (most people probably better)

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Tope fishing off Wells, Norfolk Tope fishing off Wells, NorfolkI was determined to do more sea fishing this year, so when I was offered the chance to go tope fishing with Keith Elliott and Reg Talbot, I jumped at the chance. It was a fabulous day for me learning so much and managing a small tope on a glorious sunny day.Read more...

Tarpon Fishing in Florida Tarpon Fishing in FloridaAfter another British winter, it was good to travel to warmer climes. Islamorada half way down the Florida Keys was the venue, staying with John Rawle the internationally renowned guide. We were fishing for Tarpon, one of the world's hardest fighting fish.Read more...

Back on the Kennet Back on the KennetWith the coarse fishing season on the rivers nearing a close, I had planned to get away for a couple of days on the Kennet and the Avon only for the snow to nearly scupper my plans which were saved by a friend.Read more...

Back on Darracott Back on DarracottIt may have been Friday the 13th but after a break, I had a good day back floatfishing on still waterRead more...

Out again - At Last! Out again - At Last!After all the foul weather and snow, it was a relief to get out on the river again for a roach club match on the Dorset StourRead more...

Freezing Darracott Freezing DarracottBefore Lee had to return to Edinburgh on 2nd Jan, we decided to open the new year fishing Darracott Reservoir. After seeing ice forming in the corners, and the shallower 10% of the water frozen over, we decided to try for silver fish and perch.Read more...

Christmas on the Wye Christmas on the WyeWe decided that, for a change this year, we would spend Christmas on the banks of the Wye in a small cottage over the Christmas week with Lee, our oldest son, and Jenny, our youngest daughter. We stayed at Brobury House which is one of our favourite bolt holes where the scenery is beautiful and the fishing superb.Read more...

Fishing the Freezing Tone Fishing the Freezing ToneAfter fishing the Wye, we returned to Devon. Lee was determined to get a couple more sessions in before he had to return to Edinburgh. So we scratched our heads about which river we could fish in sub zero temperatures where we stod a chance of catching fish. We decided on the River Tone just above Taunton where there was a possibility of chub and grayling.Read more...

Mid-Month Break Mid-Month BreakFollowing a dreadfully wet week or so, I had to get out and fish. Sandy had booked to see Joe Bonamassa in concert at Bristol, so I took the opportunity to fish the Avon and Kennet.Read more...

Catching the Impossible Catching the ImpossibleI had heard great things about Hugh Miles' new series "Catching the Impossible", the sequel to " A Passion for Angling" so when I had chance to go to the world premiere on 25th November, I just had to go and was amazed by the quality of the film.Read more...

The Culm with Phil The Culm with PhilAfter a period of inactivity, I managed a day out at last with Phil from next door. He hadn't fished for many years, but we both managed to catch on a nice October dayRead more...

The Magic of the Rod The Magic of the RodReg Talbot of the Mahseer Trust visited recently and we managed a couple of hours fishing in a day of gale force 8 winds and driving rain. Despite this, there was great story which Reg has written, a real red-letter day.Read more...

Fred J Taylor MBE - Dedication Ceremony Fred J Taylor MBE - Dedication CeremonyOn 14th September 2008, we travelled to Angling Projects to dedicate a bench to the late Fred J Taylor MBE and his wife, Carrie. Angling Projects was a cause very close to Fred's heart as it helped youngsters to learn how to develop through fishing.Read more...

Chris Yates visits River Reads Chris Yates visits River ReadsOn Saturday, 20th September 2008, people travelled to North Devon from Oxford, Aylesbury, Hertfordshire, London, Somerset, Plymouth, Nuneaton and Kent, especially to meet angling icon, Chris Yates. He was visiting River Reads' bookshop in Torrington to sign copies of his latest gem, Out of the Blue, and judging by the smiles on people's faces, they weren't disappointed by their meeting.
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Darracott Revisited Darracott RevisitedFollowing my trip during the previous week, I decided to try for a day's session, and got caught up in the foul weather.Read more...

Zander Failure Zander FailureOn a trip to catch my first Zander, I am again thwarted by the weather, but meet up with other species that I haven't caught for a while.Read more...

Sea Fishing off Clovelly Sea Fishing off ClovellyWe have lived in Devon six miles from the coast for 17 years, and I've only just got around to sea fishing. This was my first trip off Clovelly.Read more...

Darracott Reservoir, Torrington Darracott Reservoir, TorringtonAfter the trips and big fish featured previously, it's good to get back to some traditional British fishing with cane rod, centre pin and quill for roach.Read more...

Fred J. Taylor, MBE Fred J. Taylor, MBEWhen Fred J. Taylor, MBE died on the 7th May, 2008, his daughter Valerie very kindly passed his schoolbooks on to me for preservation ...Read more...

Bangalore: An Indian Love Affair Bangalore: An Indian Love AffairWhen my husband suggested a trip to fish for Mahseer on the sacred River Cauvery in Southern India, I made one helluva fuss.

'I don't want to go,' I protested; followed by: 'and anyway, what will I do whilst you're fishing with your buddies?'

'Write about it,' he said. So I did ...
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