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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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In the River Culm In the River CulmI fished the River Culm today, a tributary of the River Exe just outside Exeter with Graham after chub as we hadn't coarse fished in a river for a while.
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Sea Trout and dace fishing from a punt on the Hampshire Avon Royalty Sea Trout and Dace fishing from a punt on the Hampshire Avon RoyaltyA little while ago, I purchased a day’s fishing on the Hampshire Avon Royalty from the punt in the tidal water at a charity auction raising money for the Avon Roach Project.
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Bassing off Braunton again Bassing off Braunton againAfter hitting the shoals of bass off Braunton Burrows last time out, I treated myself to some new lures to try to tempt some bigger fish.
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Sharking aboard Mystique II out of Looe Sharking aboard Mystique II out of LooeI've never caught a shark in UK waters (excl tope, spurdogs etc) so when Sandy and I visited Looe a few weeks ago I took the opportunity to book a trip for Blue Shark aboard the Mystique II. Read more...

A Century of Bass A Century of BassAs the weather had improved to a sunny (24 degrees) and an offshore wind, Graham and I decided to try for bass from Crow Point on the Taw/Torridge estuary.
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A Burst of Fishing A Burst of FishingAfter not being fishing for a couple of weeks, disaster struck when the planned sea fishing trip was cancelled, so we switched to coarse fishing helped by friends.Read more...

On The Torridge - Finally On The Torridge - FinallyThis year, I've fished in Mexico, Madeira, the Wye, the Hampshire Avon, the Kennet etc but only today have I finally fished the River Torridge for trout which is only two miles away.
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Fishing The Royalty Fishing The RoyaltyJohn Langridge decided to take a summer break in the UK and he had always wanted to catch an UK barbel. He had never fished the Hampshire Avon so we decided to have a day together on what is probably the most famous coarse fishing stretch in the country, the Royalty Fishery.
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Bassing on the Burrows and Bee Orchids Bassing on the Burrows and Bee OrchidsAfter our travels it was good to have a few days back home in North Devon.
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Two cancelled trips and a new species caught Two cancelled trips and a new species caughtTwo organised trips arranged; both had to be cancelled. However, by switching techniques and venues, I still had good sport.Read more...

At Last a Mullet At Last a MulletAs I have been trying different styles and methods of fishing being a jack-of-all-trade, I went a-mulleting last night with freelined bread flake in the River Torridge.
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At Sea in the Estuary At Sea in the EstuaryAfter a trip tenching and then fly fishing, it was time for some sea fishing.
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A Cracking Wild Trout A Cracking Wild TroutI have been travelling around, making a recording for Angling Heritage and buying old tackle for the River Reads site, but managed a few hours fishing on the Wye staying at Brobury House thanks to the hospitality of the friends, the Cartwrights.

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A 10lb tench with a little help from Fred J A 10lb tench with a little help from Fred JI was chatting to my friend Mick Cutler about tench fishing. He said I should go up to Kent where several waters there hold tench to over 10lbs. I said this was probably just anglers' talk, but he swore it was true and duly invited me up to have a session with him.

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Carp on a Hand Line? Carp on a Hand Line?Interesting pictures which tell a story. Today I fished Stevenstone with Reg and Graham as we hadn't fished together in recent months and the weather in the morning was great. 
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Another Fishing Trip to Madeira Another Fishing Trip to Madeira

After returning to Madeira last October, we had such a lovely time that Sandy wanted to go back this year and timed it to coincide with the Flower Festival.

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A Very Mixed Week A Very Mixed Week

The week started in sorrowful style as Sandy and I attended Fred Buller's Thanksgiving Service, paying tribute to a great man and a dear friend.

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A Day with Lee on the Test A Day with Lee on the TestWith the Devon rivers flooded, Lee and I decided to head for a chalk stream for some long-trotting.Read more...

Fishing the Kennet Lamb Stream with Chris Yates Fishing the Kennet Lamb Stream with Chris YatesChris Yates and I were meant to be fishing the Golden Scale Club stretch of the Dorset Stour but due to communication probelms (neither of us have embraced modern technology and own a mobile phone) it didn't work out.Read more...

A short break in Cancun, Mexico A short break in Cancun, MexicoWe were working in November on a dark wet winters day when a holiday came up and Sandy and I looked at each other and said "Let's go for it" - Cancun, Mexico in January.Read more...

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