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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 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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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...

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