From fishing withdrawal to happy returns

Corkwing wrasse Devon LRF fishing Brixham

If you want to see how much someone misses their fishing, there’s an easy way to find out. First, stop them from any fishing for six weeks. While this is going on, insist they leave their home only once a day for a walk, usually around the same crappy park. Next, let them attempt to… Read more

Weird times and late season angling

Canal perch fishing with lures

Even for someone who enjoys an unexpected turn or three in life and fishing, recent times have been baffling. Not just unusual, but Donald Trump press conference level weird and stupid. The fishing has often been a right slog, too, or meant tearing up existing plans just to get a bend in the rod. So… Read more

Natural wonders, top fishing reads and the craziest pike fishing story ever told!

Classic fishing stories books

Fancy stumbling upon a completely free archive of angling and natural science works? I know what you’re thinking- it sounds too good to be true. But this month, I’ve made a discovery that is simply too brilliant not to share. In fact, for anyone with an interest in the art, history and literature of fishing… Read more

2019 Fly For Coarse Roundup: Winners Announced!

Fly fishing news coarse fish

After another twelve months of remarkable captures, not to mention a lot of head scratching among the judges, it was Ian Gould’s perfect crucian capture, closely followed by Stuart Watson’s magnificent fly caught catfish which topped the 2019 Fly For Coarse contest. In an exciting seventh year for the pioneering competition run by yours truly… Read more

Twists, turns & teeth: The 2019 Tiverton Christmas Match

Tiverton Angling Club Christmas Match 2019

Attending your local festive club contest is a highlight for any match angler. In fact, they become something of an annual ritual. That’s especially true of the Tiverton club’s Christmas match, which has a big entry pool, lots of prizes and an unpredictable venue- in other words all the ingredients for something a bit special…. Read more

Winter coarse fishing and new angling books reviewed

Grand Western Canal fishing

Have you ever looked at a brutal weather forecast and thought to yourself: “sod it, I’m still going fishing”? It can be a fine line between braving it or writing off that foul weather angling trip. Sometimes such conditions are better for curling up with a book than drowning maggots- and there are some great… Read more

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