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Pike fishing…The “Lamprey” Kebab Rig

The Lamprey is a bait I have never done very well on, I would say that until recently I had caught more chub and barbel on them than I have pike, in fact I would say that if push comes to shove and I was pressed on the matter lamprey wouldn’t even make my top […]

Pike Fishing… Legered Dead Baits.

I love pike fishing, I am certainly not a master of it but I am proficient enough to handle them without injuring myself but more importantly the fish, pike fishing is something that I think only the experienced angler should attempt as they are probably the most dangerous of all our fish but also one […]

Carp Fishing…Using Method Feeder Rigs at The Delves!

Instead of going on the Trent recently my fishing buddy Dan Stewart-Smith and myself decided to have a go at a bit of carp fishing instead for a change…Well as they say ” A change is as good as a rest!” Now if I were to say that I am not an experienced carp fisherman […]

Trout fishing…Fishing in the shadow of giants!

Trout fishing in the shadow of giants…That is what it felt like for me when I attended a fly fishing “social event” on a lovely trout fishery on December 30th last year. Everywhere I looked there were  legends and not legends measured on today’s standards but actual legends, blokes that are the giants that provide the shoulders on which today’s “stars” stand, men […]

River Pike

Looking through my archive of old articles in search of something fitting to add, I found this, it is about fishing for river pike and is circa 2009, I think it fits perfectly and ties in nicely with my other recent pike article. This winter has been pretty bloody dismal, whereas last winter I achieved pretty much […]

Time for some Trent Pike!!

The temperature has fallen through the floor,the chub may need a day or two to acclimatise therefore …it is time for a bit of Trent pike! Like carp I don’t really do much fishing for these prehistoric creatures on man made venues, I don’t really like the whole “fakey-ness”  about the places, yes some of the fish are stunning and yes, I would fish […]

A December night on the Trent

   A night on the Trent. “Zombied, The Night I was fishing bread!”   The drop in temperature was the first thing that hit me as I left work, it had been a reasonably  warm day but when you get into December any warmth from the early winter sun is quickly replaced with bone chilling […]

Dam Flask…Lies, damned lies and that old rainbow trout

It was usual during the summer holidays for my brother Jamie and me to fish the Dam Flask three, four or even five days a week   The fishing at Dam Flask when I was a young lad was always what I would call “challenging”, never has there been a day fished by anyone on the “Flask” […]

Tench fishing at Sywell…In Search of Emeralds

Here is the story of one of my first tench fishing sessions, the year was 2007 the venue was Sywell reservoir in Northamptonshire . Happy days! Flushed with the success of the trip down south for Crucian gold I have had a bit of a bump down to earth in my search for other precious commodities…In short I haven’t been […]

Crucian Carp…In search of Gold!

             Mike Townsend arrived on the dot and by 2.30 am the car had been  fully loaded and we were well on our way towards the nearest junction of the M1 motorway and from there the beginning of the long journey south. The mood within the car was upbeat and optimistic […]