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THE ULTIMATE ANGLING BUCKET LIST Dr. Phill Williams Copyright © 2016 by Dr. Phill Williams ISBN 978-0-9957216-1-6 All Rights Reserved To be born a fisherman is to win first prize in the lottery of life 2

THE ACTUAL BUCKET LIST 100 species of fish from British and Irish waters 300 hundred species in total worldwide A 200 pound fish from my own trailed boat A 200 pound fish from the shore A 100 pound fish from freshwater A double figure trout A double figure bass Any fish in excess of 1000 pounds A British record fish A European record fish A World record fish Write features for all the UK sea angling magazines Produce 200 archive audio angling interviews Complete a fishery based Ph. D research project Produce and publish this book 3

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  • Page 5 and 6: Colin Penny: skipper of the Weymout
  • Page 7 and 8: TABLE OF CONTENTS Page The Actual B
  • Page 9 and 10: Long Rough Dab 153 Turbot 154 Brill
  • Page 11 and 12: Introduction to the Gobies 251 Blac
  • Page 13 and 14: Bitterling 322 Gudgeon 323 Bleak 32
  • Page 15 and 16: Spain 479 Thailand 479 Tunisia 484
  • Page 17 and 18: As always, with any sort of ambitio
  • Page 19 and 20: Working in conjunction with these i
  • Page 21 and 22: viviparous reproduction, and the me
  • Page 23 and 24: possible, use a landing net, and th
  • Page 25 and 26: Only when a world record claim was
  • Page 27 and 28: pectorals, with the second dorsal d
  • Page 29 and 30: The harbour itself completely dries
  • Page 31 and 32: Nor can weights be estimated by usi
  • Page 33 and 34: shark and porbeagle exploits, all o
  • Page 35 and 36: Mincing also makes demands on the m
  • Page 37 and 38: Plymouth and some of the surroundin
  • Page 39 and 40: That however isn't the entire story
  • Page 41 and 42: Mark Ward, 71 pound Norfolk Tope I
  • Page 43 and 44: off around Shell Wharf to the south
  • Page 45 and 46: Network (SSACN), and it was on thes
  • Page 47 and 48: COMMON SMOOTHHOUND Mustelus mustelu
  • Page 49 and 50: But you would be wrong. Because exp
  • Page 51 and 52: 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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    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