Using Flavours

When I wrote my Flavours and Attractors piece for Crafty Carper (Nov 98), I was very surprised at the large number of calls I received asking for further information. Some of these were very perceptive; which made me realize there are far more serious carpers out there than I thought. There are also many less

The Spin Doctors’ Lure Angling Oddessy – Part One

Back to Basics On the evening of March 16th 1999, I was enjoying a cold glass of Irish black stuff with my friend Paul. I’d known Paul for a couple of years, having been brought together by our mutual love of loud music and electric guitars. Talk, as ever, centred around the usual subjects; music,

A Change In Venues

Although my first real attempts at catching fish were in the North Sea, I became a freshwater angler when my parents moved to Luton, which is just about as far from the sea as one can get in England. However, my love for sea fishing never left me, and once I had some decent transport,

Pike – The Basics

Pike - the biggest, strongest, most aggressive fish you are likely to come across in our fisheries, but also the most delicate and easily damaged fish you will encounter. Pike will die more easily than any other freshwater species, even when not particularly badly handled. (Did I hear a muttered but triumphant ‘Good’ from all


Found out by accident that Nashy's flavourings make exceedingly good cakes. My sons had used up all my cake flavourings, for their boilie experiments, before carefully replacing the empties so I wouldn't find out. Faced with a basic madeira and no vanilla essence I visited their bait cupboard and found some little bottles with Kevin