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Then unfortunately it was back either to more conventional gear, or to heavier duty flowing traces which produced dozens of tope to forty eight pounds. What a good day. Sticking with Pwllheli for a moment, another bream trip I took part in for a magazine feature some years earlier was aboard Dave Carey's boat 'Judy B'. Besides it being a beautiful day and producing lots of decent fish, two things in particular stand out about that trip. The first was that as the tide died away and the fishing started to tail off, Dave produced a huge container of boiled rice with he put into a mesh bag tied to the side of the boat so that it was just lapping in the water, slowly releasing the rice grains, which in the slack tide fell by gravity out of view a short distance from the anchored boat. This was sufficient to revive the flagging attentions of the bream which came right back on the feed again, though not with quite the same intensity as earlier. And when they came up they were bursting to the gills with rice grains. It's not as if we were using rice as hook bait, so just why it should trigger that level of response is difficult to say. The important message here however is that it did. Dave also had another trick up his sleeve to winkle out a few more extra fish. A sliding float rig with a one ounce drilled bullet lead stopped by a swivel around twelve inches above a size four hook baited with tiny sliver of mackerel. The bait was allowed to plummet dragging the reel line through the centre of the float until it touched bottom. A small piece of elastic band was then tied tightly around the line to act as an adjustable stopper and slid down until the float was holding the bait a couple of inches clear of the sea bed. What little tide there was could then be used to slowly trot the float and bait away from the boat, imparting just enough movement to get the bream interested again. I spent half an hour fishing the same way myself, and I have to say that the excitement of watching the float bob, plus fighting the instinct to strike every time it twitched, made for some of the best edge of the seat fishing I've enjoyed in many a long time. On my local patch, over the past several years, an odd black bream has been picked up over the boulders along the Lancashire coast and further up over similar ground around the southern edge of Walney Island. But not in a way that could be regarded as with either regularity or predictability. Genuinely, just odd ones. Charlie Pitchers and I also had a few out from Caernarfon in our boat, which should come as no surprise as they had been about in a couple of localised holding areas around Trefor and Dinas for quite a few years. And we again had a good session on them in the same area aboard Andy Owen's boat 'Morgan James' out from Port Dinorwic. I've also caught black bream from my own boat well up inside the Menai Strait, and more recently, Tony Parry has discovered quite a small but prolific hot spot for them off Rhyl. All part of what could be argued is a progressive advance northwards since those early days back in the 1970's when Sussex ruled the roost. Graeme Pullen, Sussex Bream 216

What clinched that line of thinking for me was when Ian Burrett, who I often fish with in and around Scotland's Luce Bay, called to say that he'd found them in quite big and reasonably predictable numbers at a couple of marks higher up in the bay when putting the boats in at the village of Ardwell up towards Sandhead, where on one exploratory visit, between his three small boats, they'd taken in excess of a hundred fish, all of which, in true Ian Burrett style had been returned to the water unharmed. So who knows what the future holds in terms of northerly migration. With much sparser boat fishing activity further up along Scotland's west coast, they may already have progressed up there too as yet un-noticed. Boat fishing obviously has been my main focus of attention so far, but is by no means the only approach. Rock perch fishing can also produce black bream, dependant of course on where and how you choose to fish. Some of the steep shingle beaches along the south coast also turn up the odd one here and there too. I'm no shore angler as I've made clear elsewhere already, so my experience in that regard can at times be limited. That said, I do have experience of catching black bream from the shore. From the rocks in fact around Herm in the Channel Islands on various baits, including ragworm and sandeel strips fished deep under a sliding float in a trail of rubby dubby made up from boiled sandeels, bread, and pilchard oil, spooned into the water to attract and hold fish in our swim. Associated audio interview numbers: 40 and 162. RED BREAM Pagellus bogaraveo Bucket List status – result 217 A deep bodied bream with a noticeable hump between the eye and the start of the dorsal fin, the eye itself being large, hinting at its deep water offshore preference, which are just two of several points of anatomical detail useful for identification. For our purposes though, simply look out for a deep bodied laterally compressed fish with a wash of red colouration over the back and upper flanks of an otherwise silvery grey background, with a very prominent diffuse dark blotch just above where the lateral line starts close to the top of the gill cover. A fish which is a protandrous hermaphrodite, meaning it starts life with both sets of sex organs eventually maturing as a male, some of which switch over to being females as or when required. Personally speaking, this is my favourite bream species, and a fish I have invested a lot of time, effort, and money into fishing for, particularly in the 1970's and early 1980's when the long run south from Lancashire to the west country was regularly rewarded with some quite spectacular light tackle fun fishing, plus some excellent meals later when I got back home. The Eddystone reef fishing out from Looe was the main focus there, though we also had them off Mevagissey over the rough round, plus some particularly good ones when anchoring the wrecks at slack water out from Plymouth. Guernsey, and Newquay.

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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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    Though it was still very early in t

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    A fish with a distribution potentia

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    aits, and a tiny sliver of squid or

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    e enough to push them right out wit

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    Hooks obviously can be bigger where

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    He also uses this description for t

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    I spent some time chatting to Paul

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    fin extending right around to the h

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    Whatever the reason, it did actuall

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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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    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