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Thank goodness then for

Thank goodness then for Miguel who at the time was living with his Austrian girl friend who ran a little food shop and was able to point us at the restaurant, bar, and car hire, not that there was very much choice available on any of those counts. One thing people should understand about El Hierro is that it's always windy. Very windy in fact. Throughout the entire summer, the north east trade wind blasts the eastern side of the island which is where La Restinga harbour is situated. I remember lying in bed that first night listening to the windows rattling and the wind quite literally whistling around the corner of building, thinking there would be absolutely no chance of going afloat the following day. Yet when we made it down to the quay, there was Miguel ready and raring to go. A quick look over the harbour wall showed white horses breaking as far as the eye could see. But you only need to sail a short distance to tuck in around the sheltered southern tip of the island to fish an area the locals affectionately call the 'Costa Calma', which is where the big sharks are. Because of the depth, Miguel had two buoyed permanent anchors in place. The first, maybe half a mile out was where he fishes for stingrays, with the second in very much deeper water maybe a mile of so off where he targets the six gilled sharks. To put the depths here into some sort of context, depending on the direction of the wind and the tide pushing on the outer buoy creating an angle in the rope, you could be fishing in as little as two hundred fathoms or as much as four hundred fathoms, as the island quite literally is an almost vertical rock wall climbing to the surface from the abyss, and unfortunately, six gilled sharks like to feed hard on the bottom. What normally happens is that the boat catches one big six gill, then moves to the inshore buoy to use up any remaining time fishing for stingrays. What Dave and I did was extend each of the days we fished to ten hours so we could stay tied up to the outer buoy, thereby, theoretically at least, giving us both a shot at a big fish, and sufficient time to get them in. For while six gills certainly don't put up much in the way of a recognised fight, their sheer bulk, coupled to the extreme water depth and blazing sunshine, makes it tough going to say the least. Imagine trying to winch in a wheely bin with its lid open up the side of three Blackpool towers stacked on top of each other under a blazing sun and you start to get the picture. One six gill in a session is enough for anyone. The bait was a whole bonito. When they are about you can sometimes troll up a few en route from the harbour. We were not so lucky and had to make do with frozen baits. But with food presumably quite scarce in a dark world often reliant on corpses falling from above to provide meals, the six gills aren't too fussed. Phill Williams into a big Six Gill That said, the buoy, which was marked by what appeared to be a large floating mattress or air-bed, attracted reasonable numbers of small dorado, some of which we caught on small lures cast to them while the shark baits were down. 522

I even tried bottom fishing with small hooks and baits. This brought up all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff including bright red beryx. But that soon started to wear thin. I remember on one occasion that as soon as the baits had completed their very, very long drop, a shark bite developed, so it was straight back up again at high speed with my arms feeling like they were about to explode. When a shark took the bait, which was little more than just a few pulls at the rod tip even though we were fishing with non stretch braid, Miguel would release the rope to the buoy and start motoring away, which both helped set the hook and cleared the anchor rope. Then the work really began. A long, slow, arm aching pump to the surface that would probably take the best part of an hour. You might get the odd head shake or token dive. In many ways six gills fight like bull huss. In fact, at the surface they even look like bull huss, but obviously on a very much grander scale. And at the boat they still stick with the dogfish theme. You can easily hold one in place with just the trace and pretty much guide it around at will into a good tagging position, after which, the hook is either retrieved or the trace cut, allowing the fish to slowly make its way back down. Tagged fish are occasionally recaptured. So taking such a huge up and down with its enormous changes in pressure doesn't seem to be having too much of a detrimental effect, certainly not on every fish. On the other hand, tagged recaptures are still quite rare, which might also be saying the opposite. What it certainly does seem to say is that there is no shortage of huge six gills down there, a fact backed up by the rarity of scoring a blank. Unfortunately however, having the fish present and getting the takes doesn't necessarily mean you are going to have a successful day, or end up cracking the thousand pound barrier, because that is precisely how it ended up going for myself and Dave. By the last day, we still hadn't seen a grander. There had been some big fish, but quite simply, not big enough. So for the final session it was all or nothing. Thankfully, the fish themselves were in good feeding mood. Getting the takes was easy enough once the complicated drop down procedure was complete. Unfortunately, keeping them on the line was proving to be another matter. One parted company due to a faulty hook which straightened under the strain. Another just simply came free half way up, presumably due to a light hook hold, while a third fish got away as the taut braid parted after touching the sharp head of a screw in the diving platform at the stern. With all the baits out of the water, we sat down despondent for a spot of lunch, debating whether to call it a day and move inshore to finish off with a few hours on the stingrays. Miguel was up for that. But we were there to do a job, and as such, the opportunity might never come around again. Miguel with huge Six Gill at boat So having re-grouped and managed to find a few extra dregs of enthusiasm, the baits went down again, resulting this time in a six gill each with estimated weights at around four hundred kilo's, and a YouTube video. But not unfortunately four hundred and fifty kilo's, which is as near as damn it the one thousand pound equivalent. 523

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    THE ACTUAL BUCKET LIST 100 species

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    Colin Penny: skipper of the Weymout

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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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    Spain 479 Thailand 479 Tunisia 484

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    As always, with any sort of ambitio

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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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    shark and porbeagle exploits, all o

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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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    One of the few occasions when I can

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Cape Cod is a venue where bass in t

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    The obvious problem was that Dave,

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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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    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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    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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