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THE ULTIMATE ANGLING BUCKET LIST

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ANCHOVY Engraulis

ANCHOVY Engraulis encrasicolus Bucket List status – result outside of home waters At our latitude, the anchovy could hardly be described as common, despite there being the occasional flurry of commercial interest when for whatever reason, large enough numbers decide to invade our side of the western approaches to the English Channel as they did in back 2009. This probably was as a consequence of prevailing local climatic conditions linked to climate change more generally, as the anchovy is not a common fish in our corner of the world. This, together with its smallish size which rarely exceeds eight inches makes its interest to anglers minimal, though it does willingly take small baits and feathers. Its normal geographical range more or less mirrors that of the pilchard to which it is related, though it lives very much closer to the shore during the summer months. Anchovies are elongate slender fish with a more rounded body than the other members of the herring family. The mouth is large extending well back beyond the eye, with the upper jaw protruding noticeably further than the lower. Colouration is green on the back and upper sides and silvery below, the two colours being separated by a greyish band. A fish I have caught on small baits in the Mediterranean while collecting illustration specimens off Majorca back in the 1970's for artwork done by Dr. Dietrich Burkel. TWAITE SHAD Alosa fallax Bucket List status – result Like the herring and sprat, the twaite shad has formed a number of geographically localised races, one of which has become permanently landlocked in Lake Killarney in south west Ireland where it is known as the goureen. Elsewhere, the species can be identified by colouration and markings, though this is not an entirely reliable approach. The upper back is a brilliant deep blue becoming yellowish, particularly around the head, giving way to silvery white below. There are usually several conspicuous dark spots running along each flank starting just behind the gills, with the operculum or gill cover having a number of radiating ridges on it. Unfortunately, the flank markings may not always be present, allowing the fish to resemble the allis shad which has either a single dark mark behind the gill cover, or in some cases, no mark at all. The only fool-proof method of identification is a gill raker count on the first gill arch which will contain between forty and sixty gill rakers. However, due to the undoubted damage this would cause, and their current protected status, this now is no longer an option. 248

Phill Williams, Shad on fly Unusual among marine fishes, the shads are anadromous, which is to say they live out the bulk of their lives at sea, but need to enter freshwater to spawn. In times gone by they probably ran all the river systems of northern Europe. Now sadly, rivers that still see them are the absolute exception rather than the rule. By and large, man-made obstructions are to blame here, though to a lesser extent with the twaite shad than the allis, the latter preferring to migrate further upstream and therefore is more likely to encounter weirs and similar man made barriers which fish like salmon are better able to negotiate. Speaking of salmon, likewise, shad are also said not to feed during their brief stay in freshwater, though they are not infrequently caught on rod and line. Ironically, often by salmon anglers fishing either the River Severn or the Wye. Whether the feeding strike is through frustration, irritation, or out of hunger is difficult to say, though to be honest, it makes little difference from an angling perspective if in the case of the bucket list all you want to do is tick it off a species list. At sea, shad are a very rare catch indeed, in part due to their current scarcity resulting from an inability to access suitable spawning sites, but as much to do with them preferring a pelagic offshore lifestyle, much of the time placing them beyond regular angling reach until it comes time to run up into freshwater, which can take them through harbours and past jetties that are based on river estuaries. Offshore, a very occasional one will turn up out of the blue on feathers. Early summer, mainly around Kent and Sussex, and much further west, the upper reaches of the Bristol Channel, a few more will be picked up on small baits or small spinners as they prepare to head inland. But we are talking here of extremely low numbers compressed into a very short seasonal window of opportunity, other than which, I can think of just a couple of specific locations where I used to catch them in very big numbers, though that is no longer possible, as both species are now legally protected and must therefore be avoided or returned immediately wherever possible. As it's no secret where they used to be caught, I don't feel I'm setting them up for potential illegal exploitation here by looking at some historical detail based on my own experiences. Both twaite and allis shad were predictably found at two locations I am aware of and fished, my first encounter being a drive down to Tewkesbury on the River Severn one day in May back in the 1970's where large numbers of mainly twaite shad, plus a few allis shad, were being held back waiting for heavy rain to take them over Tewkesbury weir. It was Des Taylor who first introduced me to the spot, after which we trailed a small rowing boat down on a number of occasions. Tiny lightly weighted fly spoons were the in thing back then, and if I'm honest, as we had to take turns fishing from the boat and the bank, we probably had just as many fishing from either, and fantastic fishing it was too. It was rather like hooking a mini tarpon. They would clear the water time after time, never giving up until enveloped by the landing net. What a pity then it is that anglers now are prevented from fishing 249

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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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    Colouration is brown with some dark

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    Dan Burrows, Fleetwood Because of m

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    Where there are still a few bass le

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    ecruitment in the face of imminent

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    As ever, there was always the dange

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    The EU is relying on existing enfor

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    The total reduction in fishing mort

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    south, as it is a common enough fis

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    A fish with a large mouth and power

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    weaning these otherwise algae graze

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    spots, and put in the time both swi

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    Ollie Stenning, 8.7.4 Thin Lip reco

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    Despite living nearby in Hampshire,

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    Simply fold the pectoral fin forwar

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    Otherwise, a family of fishes of vi

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    epeated off the Yorkshire coast. Ye

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    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