December 25, 2014

Some days don't get off to a great start, especially when you own two ageing and somewhat incontinent Labrador dogs, who rarely manage to make it through the night without some kind of bladder or anal accident. And such was the case at 5.30 am on Monday morning, as I g...

December 4, 2014

Good things come to those who wait, or so they say! The trouble is that these days most of us would rather take the waiting out of wanting and go for immediate results. In a straight contest between delayed gratification and instant rewards, the latter is usually a mor...

November 29, 2014

I'm utterly convinced, that every self respecting carp on our planet is thoroughly schooled in the ancient art of line tangling, from the moment it leaves the fertilised egg.  Certainly, the piscatorial equivalent of  "Knit with Norbury" must be a No. 1 best seller in...

November 22, 2014

What a transformation walking 20 yards from one lake to an adjacent one can make to one's catch potential. In fact, it can make the difference between blanking and bagging up! All will become clear, as you read on.

I started off my session at Wetlands on the Pipe Peg, e...

November 5, 2014

Recently, my youngest daughter came home with a 1000 piece jigsaw. It was graded as extremely difficult, given that the underlying picture  was of a huge shoal of uniform, bright yellow, silver striped tropical fish, with only the subtlest of difference in shading acro...

October 24, 2014

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, so they say! Certainly, if I had the opportunity to fish this week's session all over again, I would approach it very differently.  The problem was that I took a (not unreasonable) gamble that the carp would be stacked up on the end of t...

October 17, 2014

Well this week is a tale of two hard fighting branches and an almost instantaneous cut-off.  That 's not to say that I blanked; in fact one rather nice result lifted the session into a memorable and treasured  occasion, as will become apparent later.

The pre...

October 1, 2014

Ducks! - don't you just love 'em?!?  Well, after this session I feel like I would happily wring the necks of those wild & foul things or blast the little blighters to oblivion with a 12 bore shotgun.  Just in case anyone from the animal protection league is reading thi...

September 27, 2014

I have to say that this week's session was the most painful I have ever endured! Not because of catastrophic fish losses or poor performance, but quite literally that I was in a state of physical agony. During the preceding week I bent down to get a yoghurt out of our...

September 18, 2014

"Oh what a grey day!" (as a certain 70's TV presenter would often say), is probably the best description I can come up with for this week's almost blank session.  Kevin Maddocks in his ground breaking book "Carp Fever" expressed the view that carp fishing is very unpro...

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