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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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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...

A few hours on the Bristol Avon A few hours on the Bristol AvonAfter a period of being indoors to avoid the rain and the wind in an exceptionally warm period, I had to get out fishing.
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tough time on the River Wye Tough time on the River WyeSandy and I have just spent a few days away on the River Wye just above Hereford, one of our favourite bolt holes. 

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My First Camel Trip My First Tamar TripThe trout season had ended and I wanted to fish a river so had a chat with fishing buddy Graham and we decided to have a go for grayling. I hadn’t ever fished the River Tamar so that made our mind up to go and fish Netherbridge.Read more...

Fishing in Madeira Fishing in Madeira

I have always fancied catching a Wahoo, and Madeira is the nearest place to the UK to do it and the best time is meant to be October, so when Sandy suggested spending our 30th wedding anniversary there in October, I thought what a great idea.

 

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A Chub on the River Culm A Chub on the River Culm

I managed to slip out for an hour or two as I fancied catching a chub, I hadn’t caught one in a while.

 

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