Summer barbel

I started my barbel fishing a little early this year with a trip to the river Wye organised by Nick Watkins, a fellow coach. We have a couple of outings together each year – here is one of our first….

Summer tench fishing

Once again a lot of water has flown under any number of bridges since I updated this blog and once again I have run out of excuses (to myself) for not posting, so here goes. I usually start my spring…

It’s not what you know but who you know!

Tench have always been my favourite stillwater fish, I think I caught my first one in about 1962. In those days tench were for grown up, proper anglers and us kids were happy with little perch and roach. So when…

Truth is stranger than fiction

We anglers are famous for our stories. Non anglers would call some of them lies, but this would be to ignore the mythical element of our sport and I will try to explain what I mean. Fishing is about much…

Are you coming to the book signing?

The summer is on its way and it really makes a change to be able to leave my fleece and waterproofs at home when I’m coaching. I’ve also had a couple more days at Marsh Farm and my season’s best…

At last a day for myself

It’s been a busy Spring of coaching for me and I haven’t had a day’s fishing for myself since before the end of the river fishing season. On Monday night last week I had a last minute phone call cancelling…

More big fish from the Thames

I have just had an email from Robert Waters. He writes: Hi Martin, thought you may be interested in seeing these photos. It was a great last eve of the season at the spot on the Thames in Chertsey. The…

More big Thames chub

As a result of my previous two posts I was sent a picture of this 7lb 4oz chub caught by Robert Waters from Molesey in Surrey. He says: It was caught on 6/3/09 on the river Thames at Chertsey Surrey…

Big roach from the Hampshire Avon

Earlier in the Autumn, a friend and occasional house guest, Martin James, recommended a stretch of the Hampshire Avon at Britford near Salisbury for big roach and put me in touch with the LAA’s river keeper who looks after the…