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when we catch them, we most certainly would be if they were suddenly to vanish, particularly on the winter inshore boat scene and from the beaches. Presumably then, a very familiar fish to most if not all sea anglers, for which reason I don't intend to spend too much time detailing how to catch them in all the regular ways. Most baits, especially lugworms and mackerel strips presented on hooks in the size 1 to 2/0 range at or on the bottom over every type of sea bed from clean sand through to light mixed rough should catch them. What I would like to do though is explore in a little more detail some of the peripheral stuff surrounding the species which, despite them being so widespread and obliging, tends not to get too much of an airing. Depending on where you fish, whiting are for the most part a back-end and winter species. It's not common to find them too close in to the shore over the summer months, though they can usually be caught pretty much to order around north and west Wales. Elsewhere, the summer whiting I've had have usually been good ones between two and four pounds, with even bigger specimens always on the cards, which in all cases have come from the south coast of Devon and Cornwall. To be more precise, deep water, and usually well offshore. In fact, my first taster came between fifteen and twenty miles out in a good forty fathoms of water on the drift while shark fishing out from Looe. Shark fishing is good when there is plenty of action. Less so on a quiet day. Obviously what you do then to fill in the blanks is try fishing for other things. One alternative is garfish in the rubby dubby slick which I always enjoy doing. But on other days, I've sent baited mackerel feathers down to the bottom, which for me and others have brought up quite a wide variety of fish including megrims, big haddock, and even good sized pollack if you happen to be crossing a reef, or better still, a wreck. More often than not though, if the ground is clean, much of the interest will come from big whiting, and you don't have to be fishing that far offshore either, providing the water is deep. I remember once fishing a trip out of Gillan Creek at the mouth of the Helford River. It was a holiday trip, so most of those on-board were none anglers, the plan being to drift a small wreck in fairly deep water not too far away from the shore. I don't know what the wreck was, but I do know it was lying on sand, because in the drift up to it, the holiday anglers fishing baited feathers were bagging up on big whiting to over four pounds. Then suddenly, that would switch to big goggle eyed pouting as we hit the broken scattered wreckage. Charlie Pitchers, Mersey Whiting There were a few other bits and pieces too. But that's pretty much the gist of it. Good fishing though by any standards. In fact, shark man Frank Vinnicombe who lives just a few miles up the coast at Mylor, once showed me a 116

photograph of a whiting he'd caught commercially in the same area some years ago that topped ten pounds. And so it goes on all the way eastwards into Devon waters, with Plymouth holding the current record, and not for the first time, taken over the aptly named whiting grounds off Rame Head where they catch some real beauties during the colder months. Inshore, shallow water whiting don't take too kindly to heavy weather. Not so much from the boats, though even there it can have a numerical effect if there is too much suspended material in the water. From the shore, it's a combination of the wave buffeting within casting range, plus the particulate material this throws up that seems to put them off. Fine settled conditions, particularly after dark are what make for a good beach or pier whiting session, all of which fits in very nicely with the urban myth that whiting are drawn inshore by cold frosty conditions. Often they are. But this has little if anything to do with water temperature. In winter, frosty nights occur when the sky is clear, allowing the heat of the day to escape into space. It's always slightly warmer when there is some cloud cover, though it might not necessarily feel that way if there is also wind chill to be factored in. Clear skies mean high pressure which in turn means calm settled conditions and frost. Just the ticket for a species that doesn't like either a battering in heavy surf or suspended material clogging up its gills. You're always going to find some exceptions to this observation, because it isn't a binding rule. But it's calm conditions rather than cold frosty conditions which brings the whiting in close. The two just happen to work hand in glove from time to time. Another area I'd like to explore a little more here, is timing within the tide, and indeed the sizes of tides generally which seem to suit whiting the best. This is more of an inshore boat fishing observation, though too much run will also affect both the whiting's feeding and the shore anglers ability to keep the baits out there in the zone. I personally find that too much run tends to put the whiting down. You will still catch them, but not nearly so well as when the run eases away on a big spring tide either side of the mid two hour period Obviously, on middle range, and more so small tides, the reverse may to some extent be true. For while whiting don't like too much run, in common with most fish, they still need some movement in the water to induce them to feed, and on a neap tide with less water to be shifted by the gravitational pull of the moon, the middle two hours may well be the only time when there is sufficient flow. Whiting Blackpool North Pier Jetty Local geography can play a major role here too. Take the River Mersey yet again as an example. Tides in the north west of England generally range between seven and ten metres. 117

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    THE ACTUAL BUCKET LIST 100 species

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    Colin Penny: skipper of the Weymout

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS Page The Actual B

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    Long Rough Dab 153 Turbot 154 Brill

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    Introduction to the Gobies 251 Blac

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    Bitterling 322 Gudgeon 323 Bleak 32

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    Spain 479 Thailand 479 Tunisia 484

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    As always, with any sort of ambitio

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    Working in conjunction with these i

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    viviparous reproduction, and the me

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    possible, use a landing net, and th

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    Only when a world record claim was

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    pectorals, with the second dorsal d

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    The harbour itself completely dries

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    Nor can weights be estimated by usi

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    shark and porbeagle exploits, all o

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    Mincing also makes demands on the m

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    Plymouth and some of the surroundin

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    That however isn't the entire story

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    Mark Ward, 71 pound Norfolk Tope I

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    off around Shell Wharf to the south

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    Network (SSACN), and it was on thes

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    COMMON SMOOTHHOUND Mustelus mustelu

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    But you would be wrong. Because exp

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    There are lots of good smoothhound

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    But it was a long hard fought campa

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    The object of the exercise was to c

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    LESSER SPOTTED DOGFISH Scyliorhinus

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    One of the few occasions when I can

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    When they were more numerous than t

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    With its recent history, can there

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  • Page 67 and 68: Ross Johnson, skate from the shore
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  • Page 79 and 80: With fast tides, a profusion of ban
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  • Page 83 and 84: Spotted Rays also lack rough prickl
  • Page 85 and 86: A strikingly beautiful fish which e
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  • Page 89 and 90: Most of the time we spent fishing i
  • Page 91 and 92: Another of those at best rarely rep
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  • Page 95 and 96: As with all species, and for a rang
  • Page 97 and 98: Our first trips didn't exactly ligh
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  • Page 101 and 102: The Fylde would fish best after a b
  • Page 103 and 104: Muppets too began to appear in a ra
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  • Page 107 and 108: Colouration and lateral line are tw
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  • Page 121 and 122: fishermen, presented as a flapper,
  • Page 123 and 124: mouth is noticeably dark. There can
  • Page 125 and 126: LING Molva molva Bucket List status
  • Page 127 and 128: Mac McAllister, Whitby Ling Now, th
  • Page 129 and 130: GREATER FORKBEARD Phycis blennoides
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  • Page 133 and 134: SHORE ROCKLING Gaidropsarus mediter
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  • Page 147 and 148: e enough to push them right out wit
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  • Page 151 and 152: He also uses this description for t
  • Page 153 and 154: I spent some time chatting to Paul
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  • Page 161 and 162: 161 And if you are not holding your
  • Page 163 and 164: MEGRIM Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis B
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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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    TOMPOT BLENNY Parablennius gattorug

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    BLACK FACED BLENNY Tripterygion del

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    A very dark blue-grey fish over its

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    If it's a conger, the eye will be l

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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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    SHORT SPINED SEA SCORPION Myoxoceph

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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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    FIFTEEN SPINED STICKLEBACK Spinchia

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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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    THREE SPINED STICKLEBACK Gasteroste

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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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    PART TWO BEYOND HOME WATERS THE CAT

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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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    FLORIDA - BISCAYNE CANAL When I fis

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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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    407 What we had not expected was ei

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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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    PART THREE INDIVIDUAL TARGETS THE C

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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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    With this mind we motored off down

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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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    PART FOUR OTHER STUFF PERIFERAL & H

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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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    RESIDS 0.18 0.16 0.14 0.12 0.10 2 3

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    An asteroid impact 66 million years

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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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    Podcast Interview 95: Sven Hille, B

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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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    The Lesser Spotted curse: Photo Phi

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