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Fish the Mersey on anything greater than say 8.2 metres and you'll struggle to hold bottom. It quite literally screams through. So even on the smallest tides, the whiting there tend to feed most heavily as the tide dies away. Yet just a few miles up the coast at Blackpool, it's not worth turning out on anything less that the same 8.2 metres, as you'll be faced with hardly any run and even fewer fish. Bearing in mind what I've just said about whiting not liking too much run but requiring some movement to stimulate feeding, quite a few years ago we did some experimentation with small slider floats set to present our baits within a few inches of the bottom, the idea being to use these when the run had virtually gone, but with just about sufficient of it left to trot the float away from the boat to give the bait some movement. In addition to that, I also took along my small push net to get some shrimps which were kept alive in a flowtroll floating live bait bucket which I'd brought back from America. Whiting love live shrimps, but if you put them down on the bottom, they will instinctively burrow out of sight. So just off the bottom is perfect. The other draw back with shrimps is that to present them live, they need to be nicked on to a small fine wire hook around three to four segments up from the tail, which unfortunately leaves them vulnerable to being ripped off. So you have to be quick. You could of course thread the hook down the centre of the body of the shrimp as you would a worm, but then it's offered dead which reduces its appeal. Float fishing presents them perfectly and shows up every little touch. Definitely a very exciting way to fish when conditions are right. I've also used it under similar circumstances for black bream and for tope, when everyone else using standard drop down tactics has been waiting for the tide to kick in again and re-start their day. For my final observation, let me say that I'm of that age where I remember regularly seeing boat anglers fishing with wire three boomed paternosters, and pier fisherman with bells clipped to the ends of the rods as bite indicators. But you know, just because an idea or an approach is antiquated, doesn't necessarily mean it's also out of fashion with the fish. Most traces, in fact most basic tackle items, are no more than updates and variations on a few basic themes discovered and implemented back in the 1960's and 70's when I was first starting out, one of the most useful of which is still the wire paternoster. I must admit to not having seen a pat for many years. Then one day while out with Tony Parry aboard his charter boat 'Jensen II' fishing the Mersey, he came out of the wheel-house at slack water with one he'd made and said here, put this on. Complete with size four hooks to probably thirty pounds Tony Parry, Whiting full house 118

s monofilament to help eliminate self tangling, all it needed was bait and it was ready to go. For what we were doing, which was fishing for whiting and dabs over the slack until the tide brought the cod back onto the feed, it was ideal. By placing the baits at rather than on the bottom, it introduced an extra visual stimuli just at the point where many fish would be starting to switch off in their feeding. Of course, you can also do this with droppers strung out above the lead. But then, only the bottom bait is where it needs to be. The three boomed wire spreader on the other hand cleverly puts all three baits in the feeding zone at the same time. Old fashioned, certainly. Looking like a Christmas tree, perhaps. But the presents it's might have hanging from it's branches can more than compensate for the antiquated retro look, which has also brought up cod and even thornbacks, while others fishing more 'modern' terminal gear have been left sitting out an otherwise quiet time of things. BLUE WHITING Micromesistius poutassou Bucket List status – result Despite once being one of the most abundant species of fish in northern European waters, and still commercially landed in vast quantities, blue whiting or poutassou as they are also called, are a very unlikely fish for anglers even to see, let alone catch. In the main this is down to their life style choice which is very much centred on deep water, usually way beyond angling reach, a fact hinted at by the large size of their eyes. At a glance, a fish not unlike our inshore whiting Merlangius merlangus with its sharp teeth and general body layout. The major distinguishing feature here is the very wide spacing between the dorsal fins, and in particular between the second and third dorsal fins, which in the case of true whiting all pretty much touch each other. The first two dorsal fins are also quite noticeably angular and pointed. The chin barbel, which whiting have a tiny one of if you look closely enough, is absent here. Colouration is a deep slatey blue on the upper flanks and back, giving way to silvery beneath. There are other anatomical differences. But the likelihood of ever having to deploy them is minimal in the extreme. That said, one particular day while feathering in reasonably deep water on the outer edge of St. Agnes in the Scillies, we suddenly brought up several strings of the things, then just as quickly, they were gone. Later during that visit, I again saw a few in a trawl out off the bottom end of St. Mary's. Scottish anglers also pick up the very occasional specimen in some of the deeper western sea lochs, particularly Loch Fyne. Otherwise, a fish more at home in waters beyond a hundred and fifty fathoms. 119

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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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    Getting back to the history of thos

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  • Page 83 and 84: Spotted Rays also lack rough prickl
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  • Page 95 and 96: As with all species, and for a rang
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  • 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
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  • Page 127 and 128: Mac McAllister, Whitby Ling Now, th
  • Page 129 and 130: GREATER FORKBEARD Phycis blennoides
  • Page 131 and 132: In common with all the rocklings, t
  • Page 133 and 134: SHORE ROCKLING Gaidropsarus mediter
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  • Page 157 and 158: Whatever the reason, it did actuall
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  • Page 163 and 164: MEGRIM Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis B
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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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