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THE ULTIMATE ANGLING BUCKET LIST

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and Joe Gomez at Guernsey, who while they weren't seeing red mullet regularly back in the 1980's, were certainly still getting their share. So with me a none shore angler, and them both ardent shore match specialists, who better to team up with. And while red mullet were very much at the top of the my visit list, that wasn't necessarily the expectation that first evening when we fished from the rocks at Havalet Bay just to the south of St. Peterport harbour wall. I remember it well. It was quite late in the year and therefore dark fairly early. I don't recall what Peter and Joe were after, but I can remember them telling me to fish small and hard on the bottom with ragworm. I can also remember Joe climbing down the rocks with his head-light on to lift up what until that point could well have been anything, then shouting back up "I don't bloody believe it. It's a red mullet". I couldn't bloody believe it myself either. But there it was. I'd done it. Not only a species I had long wanted to catch, but the completion at long last of the main strand of my bucket list project, the catching in home waters of one hundred species of fish listed by the various record fish committee's. Since that time, red mullet it seems have not only become more regularly caught, but also more widespread, though the south coast is still the place to be, with the north coast of the west country across into South Wales running it a close second. Odd specimens have even turned up as far north as Scotland. On the other hand, in some areas such as Falmouth Bay, commercial fishermen are now targeting them with small mesh monofilament gill nets, though these reportedly kill more un-wanted by-catch species than red mullet, and should therefore under the regulations be classed as illegal. Percentages there depend to no small degree on sea conditions, with warmer summers on into autumn producing more than in cooler years. Also working against good codes of practise is the fact that as they grow larger, red mullet appear to prefer deeper water, making the smaller, possibly immature fish most vulnerable. The same is probably also true of angling, as most specimens are caught from the shore in areas of sand, mud, and gravel in that order. Don't however assume them to be restricted to large areas of open clean ground. Any soft substrate, even patches between rocks will do. Even so, their availability to anglers is not easy to assess. With shore fishing in the most productive areas more widely practised there than at a lot of other locations, plus the fact that where there are boats available, these tend to fish out deeper and for bigger stuff, then this is perhaps an unbalanced view. As regards tactics, simply placing the baits hard on the bottom is going to be in with as good of a chance as anything. My choice was for a two up short dropper rig with size 1/0 hooks and ragworm, though without doubt other baits would also catch. Live shrimp for example would be an item from the fishes regular diet. THE MACKERELS AND TUNA'S Mackerels and tuna's do have anatomical differences which set them apart from each other, though not enough to take them out of the same family, which is scombridae. Tuna's for example have a lateral keel either side of the body which the mackerels lack. 192

Otherwise, a family of fishes of vital importance on a number of levels, ranging from human consumption and food for other predatory marine species through to angling for pleasure, and angling as a source of tourism income in some corners of the world. It also contains some of the largest fish on the planet, several of which have been caught around the British Isles, not to mention some of the hardest fighting fish it could ever be your fortune or misfortune to hook up, depending on which species and how big. Having caught various small to middle range tuna and related species over the years, I can honestly say that currently at my time of life, I would not want to hook up a big treble figure tuna, and most certainly not a giant blue fin. You can pay far less to have the same level of pain and suffering inflicted on yourself by hooking up to one of the many sado-masochism sites that currently advertise on-line instead. TUNNY or BLUE FIN TUNA Thunnus thynnus Bucket List status – no result yet Blue Fin Tuna, Downings, Ireland Not that many tuna species visit the British Isles, and none, other than the blue fin tuna, has evolved the physiology to generate sufficient internal body heat, not only to withstand, but to thrive in the cooler water temperatures at our latitude. So on that basis alone, confusion with other similar species is most unlikely to be a problem. Size and rarity are also going to be determining factors. This is the largest of the tuna's, and is infrequently caught by anglers at weights low enough to allow cross species confusion to creep in. For completeness however, the back is dark blue changing quite rapidly to greyish white above the pectoral fin extending down to the underparts where it becomes more silvery white, often showing a good scattering of silvery or even colourless spots and lines. And while the two dorsal fins don't actually touch, they are very close together, with only a small distance of separation. 193

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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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    Ross Johnson, skate from the shore

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    From the shore, obviously, it won't

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    I remember one particular fish that

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    have a lot to do with numbers, dist

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    That said, I have on occasion been

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    I once took a bucket full of live m

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    With fast tides, a profusion of ban

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    igger than ten pounds, then it's a

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    Spotted Rays also lack rough prickl

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    A strikingly beautiful fish which e

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    An occasional specimen might even t

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    Most of the time we spent fishing i

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    Another of those at best rarely rep

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    A much smaller fish of more souther

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    As with all species, and for a rang

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    Our first trips didn't exactly ligh

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    etween Christmas and the last big t

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    The Fylde would fish best after a b

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    Muppets too began to appear in a ra

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    own boat over there to fish the rou

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    Colouration and lateral line are tw

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    Deep diving plugs too, providing th

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    pollack have a protruding lower jaw

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    The upper flanks and back have been

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    From my own experience, certainly f

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    photograph of a whiting he'd caught

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    s monofilament to help eliminate se

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    fishermen, presented as a flapper,

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    mouth is noticeably dark. There can

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    LING Molva molva Bucket List status

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    Mac McAllister, Whitby Ling Now, th

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    GREATER FORKBEARD Phycis blennoides

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    In common with all the rocklings, t

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    SHORE ROCKLING Gaidropsarus mediter

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    I used to tag along to collect dise

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    As with the more familiar flounder

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    fish, little realising that they we

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  • Page 163 and 164: MEGRIM Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis B
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  • Page 167 and 168: Dan Burrows, Fleetwood Because of m
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  • Page 173 and 174: As ever, there was always the dange
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  • Page 225 and 226: AXILLARY BREAM Pagellus acarne Buck
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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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