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Out over the deep water

Out over the deep water wrecks for example, it's common practise to touch bottom with the lead in the run up to wreck showing on the sounder, then as the target begins to show, start winding, while at the same time counting the turns of the reel handle when fishing redgills, sidewinders and similar soft bodied swimming lures, so as to gauge the feeding zone on the day. This can be well up and sometimes even well off the wreck, as the pollack, attracted by their prey fish, and in particular mackerel, may well be 'riding' the pressure wave created as water pushed along by the tide is deflected upwards in the same way that rocks create boils in rivers as they disrupt the flow. That said, where you feel the first nips and tugs if they are playing with the lure, may not be a true reflection of where the fish first see it and give chase, as they will on occasions follow a lure for quite long distances. Sometimes even to within visual range from the boat, which on a calm day I've witnessed while reef pollack fishing around the Isles of Scilly. This is probably the ideal point at which to talk about strikes and takes when fishing with a flying collar rig, which tactically can be any one of several variants on winding up a long monofilament trace through the water column. I've read many articles on this topic across a very wide range of views and experiences, some of which at times seem to be at odds with each other. Some say traces in excess of twenty feet tied up from fluorocarbon are a must. Others suggest just plain old thirty pounds bs monofilament at lengths of between twelve and twenty feet. My feet are firmly planted in the latter category, and I would add that the shorter the trace the fish allow you to get away with on the day the better. I say this because long traces if not handled carefully can lead to self tangling problems on the drop down. Not so much on days with a good run of tide, or wind and tide working together taking the lure well clear of the wire stand off boom with it's lead attached. It's in slower conditions that you need to be more aware, flicking the lead away from the boat to create a better angle of drop, then moving the rod tip to one side to keep the end gear clear of the main line on the descent. Slower controlled drops also help and are much better than allowing the lead to go in to free fall. And it need not always be with lures. King rag nicked through the head, live sandeels, even mackerel belly strips can all be fished in the same way either inshore or off, over both wrecks or reefs where a nice slow steady retrieve and sufficient self control never to strike are a must. When they are ready, pollack will take a bait, turn, and kick for bottom in one fast continuous movement, hooking themselves in the process. So be sure and have the reel drag set right, both allowing and controlling the power dive under drag pressure which in turn will set the hook. You can use a similar, lighter, shortened version for fishing soft lures from snaggy deep water rock marks, though with the advent of light rock fishing (LRF), and more so for bigger fish, heavy rock fishing (HRF), self weighted soft lures are now more the fashion. With this in mind I talked at length to, and recorded a very interesting audio interview with Danny Parkins in which he talks primarily about targeting big ballan wrasse, but also of picking up bass and pollack from time to time. I suspect slow twitching self weighted lures across the bottom would not be as good an approach for pollack and to some extent bass as would be a lure travelling overhead silhouetted against the surface, something I base on my fly fishing experiences. 108

Deep diving plugs too, providing the water isn't too deep, might be another good option, as would be a big lively ragworm, live prawn, or live sandeel, fished a few feet off the bottom under a sliding float bobbing along in the tide for that bit of extra movement. I've also seen shore caught pollack taken on toby type lures and various other heavy self weighted spinners, plus of course, feathers fished cast and retrieve. A more recent addition to the variety of potential approaches while fishing out in the boat are shads, either on the retrieve or fished sink and draw bouncing the bottom, and even large chrome pirks will on occasion also catch, though it has to be said that the flying collar approach with either soft swimming lures or natural baits takes some beating. But believe it or not, under the right conditions, it can be beaten, and comprehensively so on the right day, with a technique which while it is gaining in momentum, is still rarely used. Fly fishing. I was out with Ian Burrett and a party of Scottish salmon Allan Everington, Pollack on fly anglers headed up by Allan Everington aboard Ian's boat 'Onyermarks'. We were fishing in some thirty feet of water in and around the various coves and pieces of reef just either side of West Tarbert Bay on the Mull of Galloway. A session planned as a fly fishing only demonstration for a YouTube video, followed up more recently with an audio interview with Allan on the topic. One of Ian's other boats was also out fishing not too far away using a variety of more traditional inshore pollack tactics, ranging from soft lures to slider floats, providing an unintentional control against which to compare the fly fishing results. Later on in Part 3, in the section detailing my need to break a world record as part of my bucket list, I go into a lot of fine detail regarding the fly tackle and tactics required for pollack and coalfish, so rather than rehash that now, let me refer you over to that section instead. What I will say here, is that despite the weight of the outfits, and in particular the weight of the larger lures which were tied in a range of sizes and colours to a basic sandeel pattern, fly fishing in saltwater from a boat is not as difficult as it might sound. For starters, you can snake out line length as the boat drifts, then use the same drift to help work the lures. You don't have to get right down to the bottom either. In fairly shallow clear water, pollack will readily come up to snatch a meal passing over head. In terms of direct comparison between the fly and the more traditional methods on the day, the fly won out by a very big margin indeed, with a number of IGFA world tippet record fish featuring in an overall catch in excess of fifty fish, all of which were returned to the water. Wherever there is heavy ground, reefs, or wrecks, from Lands End to John O' Groats both east and west you will find pollack. Maybe not always big pollack, but game fighters on suitably selected outfits none the less. So I'm not going to single any particular location out. 109

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    From the shore it's slightly differ

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    161 And if you are not holding your

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    MEGRIM Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis B

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    Colouration is brown with some dark

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    Dan Burrows, Fleetwood Because of m

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    Where there are still a few bass le

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    ecruitment in the face of imminent

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    As ever, there was always the dange

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    The EU is relying on existing enfor

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    The total reduction in fishing mort

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    south, as it is a common enough fis

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    A fish with a large mouth and power

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    weaning these otherwise algae graze

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    spots, and put in the time both swi

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    Ollie Stenning, 8.7.4 Thin Lip reco

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    Despite living nearby in Hampshire,

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    Simply fold the pectoral fin forwar

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    Otherwise, a family of fishes of vi

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    epeated off the Yorkshire coast. Ye

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    were forced to remove their fightin

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    So far as I can ascertain, this is

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    different scales starting at the gi

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    everywhere as was once the case. Wi

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    Quite an unusual visitor to our pat

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    Four of us we were drift fishing a

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    Physically, the almaco is a slightl

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    Already we are seeing that, not onl

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    the end of the trip, still with no

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    I've had it happen to me on more th

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    What clinched that line of thinking

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    much stronger sharper hooks, and bu

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    Mike Thrussell, Gilthead Bream I ha

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    BOGUE Boops boops Bucket List statu

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    AXILLARY BREAM Pagellus acarne Buck

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    Caught out, instead of reversing th

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    The biggest of the four was put at

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    So there I am winding in, certain I

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    CUCKOO WRASSE Labrus mixtus Bucket

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    For deliberately targeting them, th

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    The scientific wisdom suggests it t

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    As is the trend with most of the gu

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    In this particular case however, re

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    Although I've never caught one myse

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    So you can expect to see them in mo

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    The knock on effect would also sign

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    Phill Williams, Shad on fly Unusual

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    THE GOBIES Potentially quite a larg

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    Colouration varies between reddish

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    A very dark blue-grey fish over its

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    Yes, conger can be a handful. Dange

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    to make a short flowing 10/0 hook t

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    Anyway, a good hour went by without

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    More recently, that trend has given

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    A fish well capable of weights well

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    eam covered in a mosaic of heavy sc

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    Trigger fish are not overly demandi

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    Distribution extends throughout all

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    exaggerated long filaments stretchi

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    sometimes lighter vertical bars on

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    GREATER WEEVER Trachinus draco Buck

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    The anal fin follows a similar patt

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    Colouration is sandy brown with a s

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    By far the biggest numbers I have e

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    RED BAND FISH Cepola rubescens Buck

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    After spawning, the adults drop bac

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    So not a likely repeat prospect for

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    As for mirrors, commons, leathers a

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    That was it. We would film a demons

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    Granted, Richard Walker was from a

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    Anglers however tend to have mixed

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    It took us some searching to locate

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    RUDD Scardinius erythrophthalmus Bu

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    Match anglers love them too, as all

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    ait on their heads and immediately

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    BARBEL Barbus barbus Bucket List st

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    In addition to that, Mike also had

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    More towards the back-end however,

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    Looking at recent reports of catch

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    Let's start with the feel of the fi

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    distances on a regular basis to fis

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    I'd never been to East Anglia befor

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    Phill Williams, small Zander locati

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    Not exactly a fish to set the world

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    Dave and Paul went straight for the

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    For a whole range of reasons you co

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    Let's also not lose sight of the fa

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    You only have to look at the wider

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    villa I stayed in. Using worms boug

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    Included in the adipose finned spec

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    Other boats also came ashore with s

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    Theoretically, a very straight forw

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    particular tenkara fly fishing come

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    A scale count from the adipose fin

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    Living in a three dimensional world

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    the hook inside a small ball of the

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    Colouration is typically dark green

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    In Grayling circles, I have to say

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    around one hundred and forty or so

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    across the lake, and would therefor

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    There were certainly less fish abou

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    One day, Bob Fitchie and I decided

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    Inspired by Wally's catch, John and

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    Cape Cod is a venue where bass in t

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    The obvious problem was that Dave,

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    So why go to the trouble of fishing

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    It's just a pity that the hundred o

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    This is controlled by a single lock

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    idea was that as the light faded, t

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    You could drop a live mullet or blu

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    Having fished there on a number of

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    getting access to big fish too for

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    and reels supplied on-board, which

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    Paul Bennett hooked up a huge snapp

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    As one local party boat angler put

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    The entrance can get quite busy wit

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    Each morning at breakfast we would

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    cameras, this went into a rucksack

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    The fishing itself was straight for

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    ottom. It was all bait fishing with

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    Smaller asp on the other hand tend

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    also run this river in their millio

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    Surprisingly, for the size of these

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    Eventually it appeared within reach

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    On one occasion, as soon as I touch

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    shark, which, along with a fish I h

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    fixed spool reels. Fortunately we h

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    As it would turn out, this was the

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    A stretch of land separated from th

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    The food was very nice. Fresh lobst

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    What you needed to do was cast as f

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    He in turn blamed the local lads on

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    against the concrete above us and h

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    The one remaining option was to go

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    More important still, so too were t

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    Our problem was catching the necess

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    Unfortunately, everything seemed to

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    was emptied, carried to us by scant

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    me there from Calangute where I was

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    In less than half an hour it was mi

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    said, as I'm not one for aimlessly

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    This happened a couple more times b

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    inside edge of the reef. As the sto

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    limited time, we were satisfied, an

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    Phill Williams, Puerto Vallarta Jac

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    Some days he would even walk into t

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    Were it not for the many bite-offs,

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    Gurnards very similar to our tub gu

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    Cod though were always the number o

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    up into the jungle. So late in fact

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    As was often the case, the chat wen

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    things turned out, it was nothing o

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    SPAIN I've only ever been to mainla

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    These eventually turned out to be f

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    In terms of approach, we used a ver

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    Dove-tailing very nicely into this

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    I suggested in my representations,

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    Fortunately, most of the recorded s

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    not mentioned in this section of th

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    Opportunities to realistically and

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    Hamish Currie is the only home wate

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    through holes in bushes, around sub

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    to adjust the working depth, depend

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    One of the recorded audio interview

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    Wels Catfish - now excluded from th

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    Okay, so you can access much of it

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    As a sort of prediction as well as

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    Phill Williams & Johan Burger with

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    Let's look at the pro's and con's o

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    It may surprise some people here wh

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    kayaks tied up to some of the buoys

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    Because of the geography involved,

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    I even tried bottom fishing with sm

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    magnetometer behind the boat as the

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    Luckily, Pete had installed a bilge

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    But endless pages of print unfortun

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    And now here we are with the bucket

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    with no relevant qualifications, I

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    Deformed surviving Tope Most other

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    you dip the sampling can in at the

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    acteria feeding on it, or other inp

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    separate bucket for reintroduction

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    As a point of balance, I should als

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    a vested financial interest in mopp

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    Podcast Interview 8: Graeme Pullen,

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    Podcast Interview 33: Zyg Gregorek,

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    Podcast Interview 55: Dave Beecham,

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    Podcast Interview 74: Justin Anwyl

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    shore, and a 1000 pound fish from a

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    Podcast Interview 134: Mike Heylin,

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    Podcast Interview 155: Ally Gowans,

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    Podcast Interview 176: Terry Mosele

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    his job had to fish with many of th

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    Smoothhound at surface: Photo Phill

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    Dave Devine Haddock trio: Photo Phi

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    Gibraltar harbour: Photo Phill Will

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    Anchovy: Photo Phill Williams. Phil

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    Grass Carp: Photo Bill Rushmer. Vir

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    Char in breeding livery: Photo Phil

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    Danny Cove 200 pound Stingray: Phot

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    My angling hero & mentor, Davy Agne

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