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Why Coarse Fishermen Can’t Feed Their Families

A couple of weeks ago the Good People of Fishing in the North West invited Your Humble Correspondent to a Fishing Get Together and of course I had to accept. That event was scheduled for today. Now, two weeks ago I seem to recall the weather was pretty benign. Calm, sunny, dry, in short, great […]

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My New Lightweight Kit

Yesterday’s fishing wasn’t just a trying experience with parking problems and a singular lack of good fishing action. It was also a lesson in having too much gear to lug around. A rod holdall, a large bag with bait, landing nets and other sundries, a fishing seat box with reels, end tackle and hook baits, […]

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Shropshire Union Canal Telford’s Warehouse

Well, the less said about my day at the Telford’s Warehouse Shropshire Union Canal the better. So, I’ll say plenty about it anyway because how else will I write this article? I’d actually intended this day to be Part Two of the Great Bait Additive Test, as you can see from the photo of the […]

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A Very English Fishery in Thailand

Over the last couple of years I was lucky enough to do quite a bit of freshwater fishing in Thailand. I did fish some “River Monster” type venues, “Fishing Parks” as they’re called, stuffed to the gills (ho ho) with large and threatening looking behemoths. Yes, I enjoyed fishing for the Big Un’s but you […]

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Fun With Bait Additives – Part 1

As promised, here are the results of our Bait Additives Tests. Today I decided to conduct the test at The Trap Pool in Buckley, owned and run by the very friendly folks of Buckley AA. It’s considered a “Difficult Water” even for the most expert of anglers, so a total fishing buffoon like me was […]

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Our Crusty Coarse Fish Mugs

Something very neat for Xmas: Funny Coarse Fish mugs. They’re original, they’re highly detailed and they’re totally daft. Your favourite Coarse Fish are faithfully depicted with one hundred percent inaccuracy, at least in their facial expressions. If you order them from Amazon the postage is free within the U.K. Plus…I just reduced the price big […]

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A Coward’s Remembrance Sunday

I served in the Royal Signals as an Army Apprentice from 1975 to 1977 and then for 12 years as a young adult before leaving the forces in December 1988. At no time was I called to serve or fight in a war zone. The only conflicts to occur during my time in the army […]

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Bait Additive Reviews

Coming soon to The Compleat Angler…we’ll be testing five popular Maggot Flavourings on a single silverfish venue (it could be a river, canal or lake but not a fishmongers) and our definitive conclusions will likely shape the Bait Additive industry for many years to come. The Five Contenders Will Be: ONE OF THESE BAIT-TECH FLAVOURS […]

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River Dee, Farndon. War is Averted!

After reading about Ian Futcher’s amazing Perch catch on the River Dee at Farndon I thought to myself “I’m free on Friday, the weather forecast for Friday 6th November 2015  is wet and dry and warm with a chance of burnt out fireworks littering the countryside, I’ll give it a go.” It occurred to me […]

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Proof that Anglers are Geniuses.

As some of you might be aware I only recently returned to the U.K. after 27 years living abroad. Those of you who are not aware of this fact, please be aware that I only recently returned to the U.K. after 27 years living abroad. (That’s how you pad a blog post). Now that I’m […]

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River Dee Amazing Dace Fishing

4th November 2015 (a Wednesday, as I write this, it’s also an evening when Arsenal appear to be getting totally stuffed by Bayern Munich in the Champion’s League) was a great day to fish. It was a particularly great day to fish the Dee at Sandy Lane. Calm, warm, and CALM again. The “CALM” bit […]

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More on the Asian Carp

This is a repeat of an article I did a couple of years ago when I was fishing in Thailand. Thai anglers catching a Silver Carp, also known as an Asian Carp and locally as a Chinese Carp. It was taken yesterday at BoSang Fishing Park. I’ve been trying for days to catch different fish […]

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Asian Carp, What a Bloody Nuisance!

We’re very lucky in the U.K. not to have these things invading our rivers.  It’s the Asian Carp, also known as the Silver Carp. They look awesome, as though they’d be a great hard-fighting sports fish. But, here’s the catch: You CAN’T catch them on rod and line, at least with normal and relatively humane […]

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Yew Tree Fisheries, Wirral, Review

Sunday 1st November was misty, calm and cool. A day to fish if ever there was one! A quick Google search of fisheries in my local area and up popped “Yew Tree Fisheries” just 20 minutes drive from my house. Went to the office, bought my ticket and chose the big lake. I asked for […]

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COARSE FISHING PORN

Well, this is just awful. The things you see when fishing in the U.K.  

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