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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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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...

Free at Last!! Free at Last!!After being largely housebound for a month, it was SO good to be outside fishing again, albeit at the local reservoir on a glorious sunny spring day.Read more...

Valentine's Day Fiasco Valentine's Day FiascoThe Roach Club arranged their annual winter gathering on 14th Feb - Valentine's Day! On the basis that you can only be divorced once I arranged a little trip.Read more...

River Reads completes its move to a new move River Reads completes its move to a new moveWell, we've moved and all is finally well with the world. We have the internet and our old phone number has now been transferred. So it should be business as usual. The only difference being that if you want to visit, please ring before setting out as I may be fishing. There is a also a new map on the website of how to find us.

But have a look at what is on display!!! 

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Angling Heritage gathering on the Kennet Angling Heritage gathering on the KennetAs I was over fishing the Test, Lee and I decided to drop in on our friend Gary and fish the Kennet with Ed Whitby who manages the Angling Heritage Facebook page and Chris Yates.Read more...

Fishing Dave Steuart's Garden Fishing Dave Steuart's GardenIn the last couple of years we have been lucky enough to meet Dave Steuart, one of the more famous anglers of the 1960's who hade regular columns in the angling periodicals. We also managed to record him with Bob Church in Recollections V scheduled for 2016. Dave kindly offered the chance to fish his stretch of the River Test running through his garden.Read more...

River Reads Moves River Reads MovesThe move that we have been talking about for a while is under way, but the shop carries on as normal with more room for growth.Read more...

A Week on the River Wye A Week on the River Wye Every year during October I take Sandy to the Wye as an anniversary present; this time our son Lee was down from Edinburgh and came along too. Read more...

Gudgeon Fishing on the Golden Scale Club water Gudgeon Fishing on the Golden Scale Club waterI recently had a days fishing on the Golden Scale Club water on the Dorset Stour, won at a charity auction for the Avon Roach Project (great cause) with Richard Battersby, the club cake maker, and what a great day I had too.Read more...

Still no Wildie Still no WildieI had another day at Stevenstone trying for wildie carp.Read more...

A Cow-Assisted Carp A Cow-Assisted Carp

I went out to an old ex-estate lake at Stevenstone for a couple of hours last evening after the "wildies".
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Fishing off Lundy on the Jessica Hettie Fishing off Lundy on the Jessica HettieNever one to pass up an opportunity to fish, as my son Lee and my fishing buddy Reg were down at the weekend, we chartered the Jessica Hettie out of Clovelly.Read more...

Fishing the Taw/Torridge estuary Fishing the Taw/Torridge estuaryWith my son Lee down from Edinburgh, we decided to catch up on some fishing. Dave Gabe, skipper of the Cheeky Monkey out of Appledore had offered us a day out on his boat in the estuary, so we decided that we couldn't let this pass.Read more...

Escape to the Exe Escape to the ExeAfter working flat out to prepare for the shop move, I managed to get a day out on the River ExeRead more...

The depressing side of modern carp fishing The depressing side of modern carp fishingThis poor fish says everything about the downside of modern carp fishingRead more...

An August Mullet An August MulletAn evening after troublesome mullet - even ruining the picture!Read more...

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