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,

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

From The Privvy – Chapter Two

Hoo Flung Dung? My first sight of Hong Kong was when I woke up on a wet miserable morning, I looked out of the porthole in my cabin and saw mountains, there won't be any carp lakes up there, I thought. I got out of bed, got dressed and went out on the deck. What

Nashcake!

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

Fisherman's Friends!

A while ago there appeared in an EMAP angling magazine, an advertisement, small and discreet, offering a service. 'Friends or Lovers for Lonely Fisherfolk,' it declared, together with a box number for applicants.A date line for those who have been abandoned at the river bank. Haven't we all, at one time or another, I hear