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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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