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THE ULTIMATE ANGLING BUCKET LIST

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Either way, this was an interesting situation, but unusual in that we had to ease our way in with the boat so as not to spook the fish, then actually cast our lures onto the dry beach in front of us so that as we retrieved them they were working right from the water’s edge, where they did indeed start to pick up bass. The numbers and size of the fish we caught was quite staggering. There were short lived blips where a new mark needed to be moved to from time to time. But by and large, it was good action all the way through, with moments when you genuinely needed a time out for a rest. Particularly with the bluefish. Mainly though we caught bass, a good number of which were in double figures, with the biggest tipping the scales at twenty two pounds, which considering the tiny wands of rods we were using paired with small light fixed spool reels was great fun. Lots of bluefish too, though these tended either to bite through the mono leader, or simply cut the sluggo off behind the hook. Wire traces were the obvious answer Phill Williams, 17 pound Striper there. And of course, there were albacore. I even had bonito one day, plus we picked up what looked like spurdogs occasionally too. Ian then turned his attention to the fly rod, taking a grand slam on a range of sandeel patterns. I even gave it a go myself and hooked up a few bluefish, ending up with reel battered knuckles as a result. But still good fun none the less. I mentioned earlier that we had a mid-point day off from the bass fishing and had decided to fish out from Plymouth. We'd taken a drive over there one evening to have a look at the place, and had spotted a number of large party boats in the harbour with their advertising boards covered in pictures of cod. So, always willing to try something different, and having brought along some bottom fishing outfits just in case, we decided to book in on one of these. As is the norm in these parts, all the bait was supplied, which was shellfish and squid. The boat itself was huge with an under-cover dining area, showers, and toilets. Inside the main cabin area there were the usual photo albums showing endless streams of people lifting up monster cod. That unfortunately is in the springtime, on top of which, as with elsewhere these days, even there things weren't what they used to be. Still, we caught cod, and lots of them up to maybe five pounds, plus wolf fish, and quite a few small wrasse like fish. There were probably a few other species mixed in there too elsewhere around the boat. Not exactly earth shattering. But different, and a nice little break from the bass and bluefish. While we were at Plymouth we spotted a Wal Mart close by and decided to call in and take a look at the fishing tackle area. It was there that we bought ourselves some of the ultra-light bass rods to take home. But as importantly, we also spotted a range of small plastic kids rods with tiny closed face fixed spool reels moulded to them, decorated with pictures of mickey mouse and taz, and decided it might be a bit of fun to buy one of each. 378

The obvious problem was that Dave, our skipper, hadn't even the slightest hint of a sense of humour, so we had to smuggle them onboard and hide them in one of the lockers where they remained for a couple of days. It wasn't until Ian had boated the first of the twenties that 'taz' finally surfaced and was tackled up with a sluggo. To say that Dave wasn't impressed would be no understatement. I actually shot some video footage of the whole episode which is on YouTube, and I honestly don't know how I managed to hold the camera still as I was laughing so much. First throw out, Ian felt a few bumps, but no fish. Next throw he got a good solid take. The tiny reel couldn't have held much in the way of line, and its little plastic gears were literally on the verge of melting. That one must have been a bluefish, as there was literally nothing on the end when the line eventually came back in, persuading Ian to use a short wire trace, and next throw he was in again. Ian Gaskell, Bluefish Hardings Beach As before, the sound of the plastic gears is one I will never forget as the two foot long rod buckled and creaked under the strain. It looked inevitable that something was going to give. The rod, the reel, the line; it had to be one of them. Incredibly however, it turned out to be the fish. I think that had it been a bluefish or an albacore there may well have been a very different outcome. As it was, a seven pound striper was just about within the outfits capability. Certainly one of the most amazing, amusing, and dare I say impressive angling feats I have ever witnessed. FLORIDA - BANANA RIVER This was a one day session tagged on to a day out from Port Canaveral, and two days fishing the nearby Stick Marsh before we headed off down to Islamorada in the Florida Keys. For the most part, you can find many of the same species in varying mixes at a majority of the venues throughout Florida. One exception however is the red drum which needs to be specifically targeted, and it was these that brought us to the Banana River and Indian River system, which aren't really rivers at all, but a couple of long linked lagoons between the mainland coast and the fringing islands running south from Cape Canaveral. Phill Williams, Red Drum at the net There was no particular reason to choose one lagoon over the other. Our guide trailed his boat to a slip on the 379

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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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    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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    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