A Brace of perch for six pounds

Just before Christmas we had our first real cold spell of the winter and it started the night before one of the school outings I so enjoy. I took three young lads, all new to the sport, to fish on…

Summer Coaching

I am sitting at my laptop writing this and the rain is hammering against the window driven by a cold north westerly gale. Summer seems such a long time ago, despite the mildest autumn on record. One of the earliest…

Another River Fisherman

I mentioned Nicky in my last post and told how I had been forced to disappoint him by not taking him pike fishing, well, I decided to give him a taste of river fishing too. On our next outing I…

Big Pike on the last day

Last week I picked up Nicky from his home to go fishing but there had been a hard frost the night before which had been thawed by a cold North Eastery wind carring a lot of drizzle. He wasn’t dressed…

Winter and what a Winter!

The winter term started quietly enough if a little uneventfully except for a fine carp caught by this young lad on his first lesson. He caught it on a four meter whip without elastic and a two and a half…

More proper fishing

In early Autumn I returned to Britford for another coaching session, this time with Colin and his son Joe.. Their second lesson is featured here and their third here. I knew this session would prove a very steep learning curve…

Proper fishing!

Some of my students have expressed an interest in river fishing, I can’t imagine where that idea came from… (if you keep on about something for long enough they will eventually come to believe it was their idea). This obviously…

Apologies (again!)

It has been eight months since I have updated this blog and I have spent the last three of them trying to think up a plausible excuse. Yes, I have been busy coaching four or five days most weeks and…

Royal Berkshire Spring Carp

I have been promising Jordan some serious carp fishing since the start of the last ice age that masqueraded as our winter and today I took him to Royal Berkshire Fishery to try for carp using conventional carp tackle. I…

New fishery, new rules, whoops!

On Monday I took Josh to a fishery I had never fished before – Lizard Fishery at West Drayton is closer to Josh’s home than most of the venues I normally use. On our arrival we met the baillif and…