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2016 Fishing New Years Resolutions

OK, so here’s The Compleat Angler’s New Years Resolutions. In 2016 I promise that I will: 1. Catch a Pike. I’ve never caught one in my life. I’ve “hooked” a few while reeling in tiddlers but of course under those circumstances the pike is holding on to the little fish and they always let go […]

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Llay Reservoir, An Absolute Welsh Gem!

Last month I paid £7.00 to join Llay Angling Club. This was their discount price for joining so late in the year. Today I found out

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Maggots and How To Kill Them. Plus, Founders Pool Report

This was my second visit to Founders Pool at the Antrobus Golf Course, one of Lymm Anglers waters. The first visit was marked by very patchy fishing on the pole with only a few small roach and rudd to show for it. Today

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Cheshire Fishing Pool Two. Magical Margin Fishing.

Pool Two at Cheshire Fising provided a great afternoon of silvers fishing on what was forecast to be one of the few decent weather days of the week. Click on the Google Earth image above to see exactly where I set up. A couple of anglers were already set up and fishing when I arrived […]

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Parkfield Fishery, A Short Session in the Rain

As you can see from the above photo, Parkfield Farm Fishery is near the border of the Radioactive Zone in the Wirral. For some reason Google Earth’s seventeen billion Dollar camera shows the coast of the Wirral as some post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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Lingmere Fishery – Fun in the Sun

This is Leasowe Lighthouse, pretty much at the entrance to Lingmere Fishery at Moreton, The Wirral, Merseyside. Yes, we were going Coarse Fishing By The Sea. Lingmere Fishery is only 300 yards from the beaches and mudflats of the Wirral. I was actually afraid that this part of the U.K. had been the victim of […]

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Festive Mood Spoiled By Need To Fish!

  First of all, I received tremendous news this morning. No, I had not won the Euromillions, but the next best thing plopped through the letterbox. It was a communication from Vehicle Control Services Ltd., the company which has the lucrative contract for imposing fines for vehicles they allege are parked “illegally” on private property. […]

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Manley Old Hall Fishery Great Fishing For Good Anglers

Manley Old Hall Fishery is actually one of the waters that Lymm Angling Club members get to enjoy without having to pay the £8 day ticket charge.

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A Blank At The Trap

Today the weather forecast, care of the BBC and Met Office, was for mild, cloudy and dry weather. I have to give them 66.66% on their Examination Results because it’s Mild, Cloudy and RAINING so 2 out of 3 isn’t bad for a failing grade. This means we’ll finish our Fantasy Fishing Christmas Gift list […]

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Shropshire Union Canal at Telfords

I knew today would be busy. I had an order to mail out, I had to drop my wife off at her sister’s at 1:30pm, pick up my daughter at 2:30pm from the train station plus we were having a birthday bash this evening at my brother and sister in laws. So, it only seemed […]

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A Much Better Fishing Afternoon

After yesterday’s miserable failure of a soak-fest where dripping, persistent rain and dreary, damp cold were the highlights I was determined to make up for it today with a much better planned session at Lloyds Meadow Fishery. The previous day I’d only spent an hour and a half fishing on Heron Lake before my fingers […]

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A Cold and Damp Sunday Morning

The Met Office said it was going to be cold and wet today and they weren’t kidding. It was as dank and damp as it’s possible to get but I got up, had breakfast, dressed warmly, stepped out of the house, watched my boots immediately start to grow moss because of the dampness and drove […]

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No Fishing Today. So I Studied.

I’m learning so much about fishing in the U.K. So much is new to me. My last three fishing sessions have been dismal failures and this has got to change otherwise I’ll have nothing to write about. So, after running some errands (drop daughter off at train station, shopping with the wife, ALWAYS one of […]

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Shropshire Union Canal. I Caught A Pike (On Video)

So off I went to the Shropshire Union Canal to see if I could winkle out a few roach and perhaps a skimmer bream or two. My destination, the stretch near Waverton.I’d never been there before but there’s a first time for everything except for anything you don’t end up actually doing during your lifetime.

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Two Destinations, One Bad Day Fishing

Today started off very warm for December. In fact it felt like August but only because we’ve just had a lousy summer and August was particularly bad this year.  I got up bright and early (ie. before 10am) and drove to the River Bollin at Reddish Hall just outside Lymm.

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