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ISREAL Potentially, as with its near neighbour Egypt down the other end of the Red Sea at Sharm El-Sheikh, Eilat has a tremendous fishing potential. You only have to put on a set of scuba gear and walk in over the edge of the rocks as I did to appreciate the diversity, abundance, and sheer quality of the fishing which could be on offer within just a few yards of the shore. It was quite staggering. Unfortunately, it isn't available, as the Israeli's, along with the Egyptians, prefer to keep it as a marine national park, which on the one hand is understandable, but for an angler, very disappointing to say the least. I did manage to track down a few holiday maker boat trips where they would let you put a line out over the back trolling lures for bonito or whatever, but nothing worth bothering with. So, I had to content myself with my little telescopic rod down at the harbour snatching out all sorts of weird and wonderful things, none of which would have made half a pound. KENYA One fish I had long wanted to catch but somehow always seemed to miss out on was a sailfish. With that in mind, after taking advice from a number of people including Dave Lewis on specifically selecting the venue offering the best chance of success, I booked a trip to Malindi fishing with Angus Paul who operates the kingfisher fleet based there. February was ear marked as a good all round time to be fishing, and requesting Angus personally as my skipper was also a key part of a recipe, which I was assured would be successful. So there I was very early on the first morning stood on the jetty steps looking out on the moored fleet of offshore boats, with numerous smaller craft ferrying anglers out to them across the lagoon. Then I glanced seaward where beyond the protection of the reef, I could see big breaking swells coming from across the Indian ocean. They start fishing early in the morning there for just that reason. As the day heats up, so the breeze gets stronger to the point that by late afternoon you can sometimes barely stand up in the boat. The idea then is to get out early, bag up, and be back ashore before that happens. Our primary target - Sailfish I also remember how cool it felt, and how we even took a bit of a battering in the skiff from swells making it in over the reef top. I remember too thinking we need to get some early fish so as not to miss out in case Angus decided to cut things short, worrying that this might be yet another missed opportunity. I made it on to the boat at around seven am while the Kenyan crew were still getting everything ready. By around half seven we were exiting the lagoon, and immediately the lures were being paid out. Small self weighted skirted lures with long cuts of fish lashed to their hooks fished in a spread along the outside of the reef, and by five minutes to eight, the first sailfish had been to the boat, was tagged and released. 452

In less than half an hour it was mission accomplished, and seven hours later, something of the order of fifteen others had gone through the same process, along with various other equally desirable species. Malindi had proved to be everything people said it would be and more. Marlin are also very popular Kenyan sailfish are not big fish. Typically they would range between about forty and sixty pounds, but still spectacular fish to catch, because unlike marlin they are not so big that you need to reverse the boat back down on them. Instead, you can stand there as you would with any other fish and fight them completely un-aided, so you get to see all the leaping and aerobatics, which you can also get from marlin, but often miss out on with the boat in reverse against a swell, as the man on the rod gets swamped with seawater coming in over the back. Everybody else on-board other than you gets to enjoy the marlins aerial spectacle. All you get is sore eyes with the salt, sore shoulders with the fight, and if you're lucky, a photograph at the end. So in that regard, sailfish are much more enjoyable billfish to catch. I was also able to join in the tagging and release process which was good, except that not all of the sailfish got to swim away. One in particular bellied up almost immediately it was released. In a flash, we could see a huge brown blur in the water circling around underneath it. A tiger shark was homing in. Then the order came from up top for one of the Kenyan lads to go in and retrieve it quickly before the shark got to it. I think I'd have told Angus where to stick his job. But life is different there, and as commanded, in he went. Thankfully, he won the race, but only by a small margin. A very difficult thing to watch. Wahoo were probably the most prevalent 'other fish' species we also encountered, which on the thirty to fifty pound class outfits used for the sailfish went particularly well, the best of which I had weighing in at fifty five pounds. We also had a few similar looking kingfish, along with quite good numbers of small yellowfin tuna, skipjacks, and bonito, one of the smaller specimens of which went on as a live-bait fished deep using a heavily weighted down-rigger. This produced both the biggest and the toughest fish of the day. A giant trevally or GT of around seventy pounds. As good as that might sound, you don't want to be hooking up too many of those things in quick succession. The power GT's have is unbelievable, particularly when hooked so far down where they stay and slug it out rather than making long runs. Imagine dangling a hook down from a motorway bridge and latching on to a lorry travelling in first gear, then trying to stop it. That's deep water GT fishing. So when Angus offered to put another livebait down, understandably, or was it wimp-like, I decided to give that one a miss. Day one was my trip to remember. Instant success with the sailfish followed by all those others, not to mention the wahoo, kingfish and GT, and the remaining days were pretty much a repeat of the same. 453

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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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    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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    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