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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 Day on the Royalty, and with the Avon Roach Project A Day on the Royalty, and with the Avon Roach Project

October has come around again, and this time Sandy and I were able to attend the Avon Roach Project fund raising weekend.

 

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The Canadian Sturgeon & Salmon Experience The Canadian Sturgeon & Salmon ExperienceOne of the items that has always been on my bucket list is fishing for Sturgeon in British Columbia. A friend put me in touch with BC Sportfishing (BCSF) in Harrison on the West Coast of Canada and it was recommended that I chose an odd numbered year so that I could catch pink salmon too, possibly on the fly.Read more...

Squirrelling about in Poole Squirrelling about in PooleSandy and I decided to spend a couple of days away in the Poole area. The main reason was to join Mark Everard and his crowd, mostly Environment Agency scientists or associates in a species competition to see how many sea fish species we could catch off Poole harbour.Read more...

The Quest for Sea Trout The Quest for Sea TroutI went out trying to catch a sea trout last night. It was first time wet fly fishing in the Torridge as I usually prefer dry fly fishing, trying to cast to a fish and see the take. However, more sea trout are caught at dusk and at night wet fly fishing so I opted for that this time.Read more...

A great day sea fishing A great day sea fishingAfter having our previous trip cancelled by the weather, this trip more than made up for it - brilliant!Read more...

Bass from the Burrows Bass from the BurrowsIt was a glorious day in Devon so Graham and I decided to travel to Crow Point off Braunton Burrows fly fishing for bass. Read more...

Angling Heritage work Angling Heritage workI've just spent Sunday and Monday setting up the initial displays in Torrington Museum for Angling Heritage. Read more...

What, No Mullet? What, No Mullet?The day was meant to be mullet fishing but with Graham, Reg and I but there were none to be seen at low tide. I don't know if this was because it was midday, or the sediment in the water due to the spring tides. Always there is so much to learn.Read more...

The Tech hunt continues The Tench hunt continues

My friend Graham has never caught a Tench so we headed to a local pond where I have caught them in the past.

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Flyfishing for Bass in the Taw/Torridge Estuary Flyfishing for Bass in the Taw/Torridge EstuaryAfter introducing Graham to the joys of Mulleting, we decided to head to crow Point near Braunton Burrows to fly fish for Bass.Read more...

Torridge Mulleting Torridge MulletingHaving had success with trout fishing a couple of days earlier, I decided to chance my luck and go mullet fishing on the lower Torridge.Read more...

Torridge Trouting Torridge TroutingOn a warm evening at the end of June, I decide to try my luck fly fishing in an impromptu session.Read more...

Chaos on a Tench Trip to Kent Chaos on a Tench Trip to KentMy friend Mick Cutler and I had been talking for a few months about having a day or two fishing together for tench in Kent, but it didn't quite go as planned.Read more...

Bullied by Bullocks Bullied by BullocksThe season might not have opened, but I had to get out for a fishing session and went to Stevenstone, an old estate lake just outside Torrington with wild carp.Read more...

Devon Wildlife Devon Wildlife

One of the joys of living off the beaten track in Devon is the wildlife you see around and about.

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Sea Bream fishing from Poole Sea Bream fishing from Poole

I had been invited and unable to attend some of the trips arranged by Mark Everard last year so I jumped at the chance to join him and his friends for a black bream trip out of Poole Harbour.

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Fishing in the Midlands with Lee Fishing in the Midlands with Lee

One of Lee’s favourite fishing places is a string of pools we know as Michael’s in the Midlands.  We met Michael many years ago on the banks of the Wye and he offered us the chance to fish his pools

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A Working Weekend to Treasure A Working Weekend to TreasureWith Sandy having a break overseas, I travelled around meeting friends, learning more about angling history and collecting a library to sell in the shop. Many hundreds of miles driving (my Audi has done around 270K miles) but stimulating and rewarding.Read more...

Nile Perch Fishing Trip 2015 Nile Perch Fishing Trip 2015

Ever since I watched John Wilson lose a massive Nile Perch in his ‘Go Fishing’ show back in the 1980’s, I’ve had a yearning to try and catch a Nile Perch.   

However, as the years have passed and the locals have developed harvesting techniques, not just for the perch but also their food supply, the Tilapia, the size and number of fish has fallen dramatically.  However, I had to find out for myself and hopefully catch one.

 

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Whupped with a Pole Whupped with a PoleOn a bright sunny day in North Devon, We found roach fishing very tough, but the pole fisher took the plaudits.Read more...

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