From The Privvy – Chapter Seven

Rambling After my initial success using boiled baits and hair rigs, I thought I should perhaps try and catch some big fish, at this time twenties were still very desirable. Kevin Maddocks had recently published that in one season he had caught twenty twenties; this became the yardstick that carp anglers used for the next

My Way With Pike

I first started fishing for pike over 40 years ago on the Wallers Haven with a huge green and red pike bung that was similar to a Fishing Gazette float, except it didn't have a slit in the body. My bait was a rudd on a snap tackle caught from a dew pond in Hooe.

Terminal Boredom

"I'm enjoying this fishing.....no, honest, I am!"Sometimes the fishing aboard charter boats is so slow that terminal boredom can set in with startling rapidity. Captive anglers become restless after a surprisingly short time, partly because they know there's no turning back and by the time they find out that the day is going to be

Chronicle of the Etangs de la Croix Blanche – Part 2

For the second time in my life, as a carp angler I have been in a position to try out a water, before everyone else, in true pioneering style. There's a special feeling, when you walk round a water knowing it has huge fish and that you have it to yourself, for a time at

Autumn Perch

Although I have caught perch during every month of the old coarse fishing season, my favourite time of the year is the autumn. As the leaves start to change colour and drop from the trees, that is the time that the perch start to shoal and that is probably the best time to fish for