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THE ULTIMATE ANGLING BUCKET LIST

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I also put those same

I also put those same points and more to BRFC chairman Mike Heylin in a two part audio interview, and while he as an individual was sympathetic, it's now 2015, and still nothing has changed. Let's take a more detailed look now at some of the problems I highlighted in that presentation as to why many anglers are no longer making claims, and sea anglers in particular, because coarse anglers don't face the same in-boat weighing difficulties and potential need to kill situation often facing saltwater anglers. Two reasons in particular why claims are not forth coming are that, as previously stated, people don't want to have to kill say a large bass or a tope to make a successful claim and are happy just to ignore the records, and also, for some species, it is now illegal to bring them ashore anyway. They can be still be fished for, weighed, and photographed, but must be returned alive at the point of capture. Two working examples of this legislative protection are skate and tope. Yet the BRFC still insist in their most recently published claims procedure that all potential record fish must be weighed on solid ground, and not in a boat, if a claim is to be considered. Should that then be seen as an invitation to commit an offence?. That's not for me to say. But certainly it could be interpreted that way. When last approached by me on this subject, the Scots were equally unwilling to accept anything other than records carefully weighed on firm ground. Yet the Welsh are now quite happy to stray from that requirement. Ian Burrett - In boat weight estimation So much so that they already have records for tope and smoothhound which weren't weighed on the shore, all of which brings into doubt the subject of Welsh national records being slotted into the British or European lists where the qualifying rules are different, more of which later. For now it's probably better not to cloud the debate by wandering off track. Weight estimation charts can be extremely reflective. I have deliberately avoided the word accurate here, because that in itself would be in-accurate. The better ones have been painstakingly put together based on many hundreds of actual weighing and measuring sessions across the entire size range for the species in question, and in so far as they are often no more that just a few percentage points out when comparing estimated weights to actual weights, as it's the same for everybody, where is the problem?. People either accept that weight estimation for some species is the only way forward, or have a record fish list in which certain categories are allowed to stagnate because claims can no longer be made, despite fish bigger than the listed records quite legitimately being caught but could not be claimed. It has to be said that weight is only one way of expressing the size of a fish. It's a good way, and one we have all grown accustomed to so therefore feel comfortable with, but it does not have a monopoly. In America for example, fish lengths, including a list of IGFA world records, are often given as a nose to tail length measurement. 488

I suggested in my representations, not only to the BRFC, but also the Scots, Irish and Welsh, that they might want to take this one stage further by requesting a girth measurement at the widest point as well, or in the case of skates and rays, between the wing tips. By multiplying length and girth together, you then arrive at a representative points score. The fatter or longer the fish, the more points it will generate in the same way that it would pull the needle around further on a weighing scale. The difference is, this could be done quickly and accurately in a pitching boat, after which, with all the usual safeguards of photographs, witnesses etc. in place, the fish could then go back at the spot from where it was taken, in some cases as required by law. I further proposed that they run these scores in an additional column next to the existing weight records, in effect creating two parallel lists – one each for those willing to kill fish and others insistent on returning them. A second alternative was to consider creating a separate sporting species record list for those fish which anglers want to return and/or cannot legally be brought ashore. But yet again, no response. And no response either to my focusing their attention on a wide range of more general anomalies within the existing lists, which could so easily be rectified by a quick meeting and a bit of administrative tidying up. Perhaps they just don't take kindly to 'unqualified outsiders' highlighting their faults, mistakes, and short comings. For example, the sandy ray appears in the British record list when clearly it shouldn't. As new species come on to the list, and also in some cases with long standing inclusions where only one of the two available boat and shore record slots is occupied, such as for example the mako shark which has only ever been caught from a boat, the corresponding vacant slot is then declared open for claims, which is fine, but with a minimum qualifying weight, which is not fine. If a specimen is the biggest example ever caught, then it should be the Separate list for sporting species?? record without having to cross some artificial threshold. So why have qualifying weights at all. If elevated standards need to be met to make the list appear more respectable, exclude the current British six gilled shark boat record of 9½ pounds as they have been caught in excess of a thousand pounds in nearby Irish waters. Anyway, back to the sandy ray. A species listed with two qualifying weights, one each for both boat and shore, which in real terms means that in common with numerous other deep water species potentially available around the British Isles, none have ever been officially recorded on rod and line. Why then not either remove this empty inclusion, or for consistency, list all the other fish nobody has ever caught too, in addition to which I have a further axe to grind here. Back in the 1970's I actually caught a sandy say in the deep water off the Isle of Arran in the outer Clyde. 489

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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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    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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    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

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