End Of Season 2000

Well for me that really was the season that wasn't. I can't remember the last time I caught a fish that I was really chuffed with, but at least I finished the season having a fun time down at the Bisterne charity match on the Hampshire Avon. In fact, I only just made the match

Just A Dream

I'm starting to get used to these weird experiences now. Not quite a dream, more of an alternative reality. Everything seems to be ordinary, but not quite right. Perhaps it's the sounds, or the light. Slight imperceptible differences, but enough to make me realise that I'm having another one of those ‘funny turns'. And so

A Barbel Story

We arrived about 6pm, bundling out of the car to stretch cramped limbs and eagerly look at the river. The Teme ran summer low. A little recent rain had put just a tiny tinge of colour into it. It looked good.   Unable to wait we hauled the gear out of the car and began

The Power Of A Good Bait Recipe

I’m sure most carp anglers start off their specimen hunting days using shop bought ready-made boilies. These baits are very convenient, relatively cheap in small amounts and effective fish catchers. The number of different manufacturers and flavours found in tackle shops illustrate just how popular boilies are. Once anglers have started catching consistently on boilies

Fiddling With Yer Tackle

Rosie always has a job selecting the right rod! With the start of the so-called close season I began to think about tradition. There seems to be less and less of it about, these days. I admit to being dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century – born too late, that’s me – but