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THE ULTIMATE ANGLING BUCKET LIST

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with Wayne on the rod and Graeme on the camera, which blitzed the media at the time, including the prime time national TV evening news. That wasn't the first big Porbeagle small boat encounter Graeme had been involved in over the years, so it can be done, and for my money, this is one of the hot favourite candidates, and a fish that I only narrowly missed out on myself. I had the invite from Graeme to be there that day, but unfortunately was unable to make it, leaving Wayne to jump in as my replacement. On the basis of the arm wrenching struggle Wayne ultimately then had to endure, whether or not that was a good or bad thing on my part is debatable, particularly as he is much younger than me. As ever unfortunately, in that neck of the woods there are drawbacks. Not the least of these are accessibility and personal safety, though as I've discussed elsewhere under the porbeagle shark sub heading, Boscastle, where this particular event took place, is a far better location that Bude which was previously used, though in reality that still isn't saying much. Bude with its rolling surf tables can be a potential nightmare both for getting out and coming in, regardless of how flat sea conditions might be out on the fishing marks. At least Boscastle with its ram shackle slipway is a predictably safer launch and retrieve, if only its availability was better. Boscastle is very much a high-water slip with access on and off the trailer only possible around the top of the tide, which as it pulls back, virtually empties the entire harbour, the entrance of which is also concealed inside of an 'S' bend opening through the cliffs making it difficult to find on the way back in. Once outside, that's it for ten hours regardless of conditions, with absolutely nowhere else to run if it suddenly cuts up. On the plus side however, early in the year around March and April when the biggest porbeagles are on the cards, they are only a short travelling distance away close in to some of the many headlands which protrude seaward all along this inhospitable stretch of coast. The final species, and the one I personally used to get my particular tick in the box is the flapper skate, formerly known as the common skate. When I first fished for big skate with Ian Burrett, Paul Maris, and Dave Hawkeswood, it was either the Sound of Mull or the Firth or Lorne according to the weather around our base at Lochaline. March and April is the main season, which up in the Scottish Highlands can be less than hospitable, with hail, snow, and wind a constant threat. If conditions were very bad, we also had the option of trailing over to nearby Loch Sunart which is especially sheltered, and from where we've taken some very big fish. You can also hire small self drive boats there at Laga Bay which Dave Devine and I have used to good effect in the past. In the early days you could launch at the salmon farm slip. More recently however, Salen and Resipole have become the preferred launch sites of choice, with plenty of good fish about immediately out from both. In fact, I've even seen Dave Devine, self drive Skate 518

kayaks tied up to some of the buoys there fishing for and beating them. Obviously, when they hook up, they need to un-tie from and work clear of the buoy anchor rope ASAP. Fish to well over one hundred and forty pounds have been landed and released by the kayak lads fishing in this way. As with some of the other big fish mentioned earlier, fuller and more detailed accounts are given in the species run down in Part One and would only be repetition if we covered them again fully here. On the particular visit when I broke the two hundred pound barrier, we'd trailed our Warrior 165 up to Lochaline, which at the time offered good access, weather permitting, to our preferred destination of choice which was the Firth of Lorne opposite Oban, anchored up over on the Mull side. Small tides and fishing the slacks is when the majority of the skate action usually takes place, and it was doing just this, anchored up in over five hundred and fifty feet of water on soft ground that I had a two hundred pound plus skate in absolutely perfect conditions. The sea was like glass, the sun was shinning, and yet it was still only April. The tides were favourable too, plus we had plenty of bait. Normally back then that would be a coalfish of around three to five pounds, though dogfish, mackerel, and squid will also catch. This day however we had around a dozen two pound jacks from Ammo baits which were so hardy that you could catch more than one fish on each if needs by. Onboard with me was Dave Devine and Charlie Pitchers. Dave and I had both caught big skate before. Charlie on the other hand was a skate virgin. So we enacted the plan we always stick to, which is for each person to take the first fish on his own rod, then drop out, still leaving his rod fishing for the benefit of the others, until everyone has had a fish, after which it's every man for himself. Disgorging large Skate It's a fair way of doing things so that everybody feels they have a chance. But when the first take came along, which happened to be to my rod, I felt sorry for Charlie and invited him to take it, which he 'reluctantly' did. An inspired move as it would turn out. That fish came out of the weight estimation formula at just under one hundred and eighty pounds. That chart by the way is available online for printing and laminating on the catchalot home page. I then took the next fish on my rod which was two hundred and three pounds, followed quickly by another different fish of the same size and weight to Dave before the tide picked up and things went quiet. A smaller male fish of around the hundred pound mark later in the day completed the session. Since exploring out from Lochaline and the upper reaches of Loch Sunart, Ian Burrett has moved his spring and late autumn annual skate hunts to Crinan on the Sound of Jura. A far more sheltered proposition where the fish are often very much closer to base. It's almost like fishing in an enclosed lake, where only a good stiff breeze from the south west is likely to cause any real problems. Last time out fishing with Ian and Dietrich Burkel, we had high winds from the north bringing squally hail and snow, but still we were out comfortably fishing. 519

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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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    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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    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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    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