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The competition would be for the biggest individual fish as opposed to overall weight, and competitors would be required to broadcast weights immediately over their VHF radio so that everyone else would know to return all fish under that weight. Sadly, it still meant that some tope were brought ashore. But no huge pile of dead bodies, and if my memory serves me well, out of over two hundred tope caught across something like thirty small boats, no more than half a dozen were brought to the scales, which while still far from ideal, was a vast improvement on other events I'd witnessed in the past. The following year I was again persuaded to attend the AGM. Not in a hotel this time, but rather, in the lounge of someone's house with just four of us present – myself and Dick Elliot of course, some chap from Birmingham who was more interested in CB radio, and obviously, whoever it was that owned the house. In short, not enough people to occupy all the required active posts which saw us all multi-tasking, taking on two or even three committee roles until it could finally and legally be wound up, which shortly afterwards it was. Whether this was due to a lack of interest in tope fishing or simply in large single species clubs generally we will never know. The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain down at Looe endured a similar down turn in fortune, whereas the British Conger Club continues to thrive. The SACGB still exists, but its prestige has long since departed. Despite this, tope fishing as a pursuit has continued to be popular, and tope as a species have been the subject of a great deal of conservation effort, finally delivering some formalised protection, more of which later. So, the angling interest in the species is still very much alive. Unfortunately, the fish themselves have been a bit up and down at times in terms of availability, despite their current recreational fishing only status with a forty five kilo's per day commercial by-catch allowance in England and Wales, which suggests that all may not be well on the wider European scene, where long-lined fish only have to be retuned with no limits at all on netted fish. This is something the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN) have been fighting on behalf of all home water anglers for quite some time now. So there is a certain irony in the fact that since protective legislation has finally been won by SSACN, stocks visiting the south west of Scotland, and in particular Luce Bay, appear to be experiencing the greatest pressure, and as yet nobody has been able to put their finger on the precise reason why. Rather than do a systematic sweep of the whole UK tope potential, some of which, if Tagged Tope ready for release I'm honest, I am not really in a position to comment on anyway, what I propose to do is offer a round-up of my own experiences, starting as you might expect on my home patch of Lancashire, where over the years I've had some very good fish and numerically good catches. But never with any real season on season consistency. Inshore we see a lot of small bait robbing tope hovering just either side of the double figure mark. But I've also had them to over fifty pounds within minutes of the beach. However, when you move further 42

off around Shell Wharf to the south of Lune Deep, and Lune Buoy on the north side fishing along the Lune slope, tides allowing, bigger fish and more of them are a much better prospect. The patchy rough ground at the south end of Walney Island is another good area. I remember back in 2008 going out from Fleetwood aboard Andy Bradbury's 'Blue Mink' to shoot some video and write a feature on a trip aimed at catching mixed species with a party from British Aerospace at Preston, which by default turned into a real tope trip to remember. Initially sticking with the game plan, the lads started off with a variety of traces and mix of baits, which unfortunately kept getting bitten off by tope. We finished up with over forty tope to around forty pounds, all of which is on YouTube, a haul made all the more creditable taking into account the fact that nobody had any tope gear with them. Other than a small spool of old wire for traces, there was nothing else suitable onboard. Imagine then what the final figures might have stacked up like had tope been the primary objective. Another memorable angling feature and video trip was a day spent aboard Stan Dickinson's Liverpool based 'Tusker'. The weather was perfect. A beautiful flat calm summers day at anchor many miles off towards a couple of rigs somewhere midway between Liverpool and Rhyl, and loads of good tope up to just short of fifty pounds, along with the usual huss, LSD's, plus some very nice tub gurnards. I suppose it would have been just as easy to hit the same area sailing out of Rhyl from where I've fished many times and for all manner of stuff including tope with Tony Parry aboard his boat 'Jensen II'. You would see some very good tope hauls out there with some very big female fish amongst them late spring to early summer. Or should I say, you did. Less so these days unfortunately in one of Tony's favourite areas, which features a gulley up which good numbers of big tope would run. That was until the North Hoyle and Rhyl Flats wind-farms were constructed and ran their power cables from North Hoyle back to shore right along the gulley in question. As I mentioned in my introduction to the cartilaginous species, sharks are very sensitive fish able to pick up tiny electrical signals from concealed prey fish, which for tope includes a high proportion of flatfish. Forget mackerel as an important prey fish. They make the best baits, but hardly feature at all in the tope's regular diet of dabs, whiting and the like. So they ran these power carrying cables emitting their electo magnetic fields (EMF's) right along one of the favoured pathways for tope to the north of Rhyl. It should have been obvious to their so-called science experts what the outcome was going to be, and not only to sharks and rays, but reputedly bass, plaice, cod and eels too if they were present. Yet research scientists funded by the energy companies concerned say there isn't a problem. What else would you expect them to say. You never bite the hand that feeds you. So in light of the many thousands more of these turbines that are proposed all around the country, isn't it about time that a meaningful independent investigation into EMF's as a barrier to fish migration and distribution is carried out. 43

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  • Page 3 and 4: THE ACTUAL BUCKET LIST 100 species
  • 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: Mark Ward, 71 pound Norfolk Tope I
  • 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
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  • Page 53 and 54: But it was a long hard fought campa
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  • Page 57 and 58: LESSER SPOTTED DOGFISH Scyliorhinus
  • Page 59 and 60: One of the few occasions when I can
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  • Page 63 and 64: With its recent history, can there
  • Page 65 and 66: Getting back to the history of thos
  • Page 67 and 68: Ross Johnson, skate from the shore
  • Page 69 and 70: From the shore, obviously, it won't
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  • Page 73 and 74: have a lot to do with numbers, dist
  • Page 75 and 76: That said, I have on occasion been
  • Page 77 and 78: I once took a bucket full of live m
  • Page 79 and 80: With fast tides, a profusion of ban
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  • Page 83 and 84: Spotted Rays also lack rough prickl
  • Page 85 and 86: A strikingly beautiful fish which e
  • Page 87 and 88: An occasional specimen might even t
  • Page 89 and 90: Most of the time we spent fishing i
  • Page 91 and 92: 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