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17 Apr

SPRING BREAK – Part 1

Winter 2016-17 must rank as my best ever in terms of big pike, but come March 14th and the start of the close season on rivers, I was glad that the pike gear could be packed away for a bit. It was almost time to start the spring campaigns, but rather than make a start on the mega-tough low-stocked gravel pits right away I decided to have a bit of fun and spend a few weeks fishing some day ticket fisheries. Now, partly this was to have a break and to get back to the simple enjoyment of catching a few fish, but also there was another motive - to get a few magazine features in the...
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28 Mar

SUCK ON THIS?

Are missed runs and lost fish all down to a lack of suction? Fishing is all about percentages. If you can swing the odds in your favour by loading the dice then your chances of catching are obviously greatly improved. This could sometimes be as simple as fishing the right place at the right time, but that is only part of the story and, more often than not, a lot of the small tweaks that can be made to every aspect of our fishing are made not through certain knowledge that they will make a difference, but because gradually acquired experience leads us down a particular line of thought. [eltd_blockquote text="Of course, very often this is a case of...
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22 Mar

FISHING PHOTOS PT1

Buying a Camera - First published in Coarse Angling Today magazine 2015.   Fishing and photography seem to complement each other perfectly. From recording our catches, to recording the scenery, most of us have a hankering to capture the moment whilst on the bank. Yet, to put it bluntly, most anglers take rubbish pictures! This doesn’t have to be the case though, with a bit of practice anyone can take great fishing photographs, as I hope to show you how. Over the next few months I hope to cover the basics of angling photography, cutting through the jargon and hype to show you how to take better photographs of the fish you and your mates catch, and the venues you...
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10 Jun

From the archives – Contrary bream

A short article from the archives, at a time when I was finding one bream lake particularly frustrating - some things never change! Hopefully it might spark something in your own fishing if targeting bream this year.   Bream can be amongst the easiest of fish to catch, or the most difficult. Which makes the fishing when you come upon a venue where the fish stubbonly refuse to get caught even more frustrating than normal! I can catch my fair share from the easy venues, but on the harder venues I would put my results at well below the average, and that has got me thinking. So, please do not take what I am writing as gospel, but more...
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14 Apr

A little bit of what you fancy

Even though we are living in the twenty first century anglers still tend to form into tribes. You can be a fly angler, or a coarse angler, perhaps a carp angler. Once that is established you might want to further pigeon-hole yourself as maybe a specimen hunter or an urban angler. Well that's fine, but personally I think you become a better angler by trying new things and throwing ideas from various disciplines into the melting pot. This year I plan to put my money where my mouth is and embark on some new ventures into forms of fishing that are somewhat out of my comfort zone. I don't plan to become expert at any one of them,...
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6 Apr

UNDERWATER ANGLING – Near enough?

Iget asked a lot what are the most influential things that I have picked up when filming underwater. Now, I could make up some bull about how this or that has been absolutely revolutionary, but that’s really not my style. In fact, often the things that stick in my mind are some of the pictures that are a lot more mundane. Take this shot for example. We had been messing about looking at casting accuracy and I came up with the idea of tethering a marker float to a big lead and leaving it on the bottom to mark a spot I had found using a normal marker float set-up. The game then was to recast the marker...
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5 Apr

Thanks for the memory

Taking decent pictures of fish is not rocket science if you follow a few simple rules. I spend a lot of time out on the bank taking photos with anglers for magazine features and often the talk turns to photography and before long I am setting up their cameras to try and get them some improvement. The most common change that I have to make is to simply switch their camera to recording their images as high quality jpegs. You’ll find this hidden away in the cameras menu somewhere, normally under a heading like ‘image quality’ or just ‘quality’.

Whatever you do, DO NOT be tempted to store your images as smaller files.

 These might be...
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2 Mar

Pike Patterns

And so another rather damp and unproductive February slips into history and the overwhelming feeling that I take from the month is one of what might have been. After all, there are not many times when you are fishing next to a bloke who catches a forty pound pike are there? Well, believe it or not, it has actually happened to us a few times, so if you want to catch a monster pike then perhaps the best tip I can give you is to anchor up next to us! To see such fish in the flesh though is just so awe inspiring, whilst a thirty pound pike is big a forty is just another level altogether and...
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