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19 Jan


If you have bought yourself an echo sounder with built-in GPS then there is a seriously useful bolt-on that you can add to it that won't cost you a penny, but which can give you some fascinating insights into why certain areas and spots are better than others. I'm talking about adding topographical maps showing the underwater contours of your favourite fisheries to your sounder that can be accessed whilst you are out on the water. Such maps don't exist for every waterbody yet, especially in the UK, but there are enough to get started and it is easy to record your own. Until recently you normally had to pay for software to create maps. My buddy and I...
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19 Oct


I am planning to put together some semi-regular blogs on my own fishing over the next few months. A lot of these will be combined with photo-shoots or other work, so hopefully will tie in nicely with some of my printed articles and give a 'behind-the-scenes' look at some of the things I get up to. Here is the first one, shot a while back at the prolific Earlswood Lakes in the West Midlands.   ...
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17 Apr


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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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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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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