Match Fishing and Monster Eels at Trinity Waters, Somerset

Ghost carp somerset match fishing

As much as I enjoy wild places and peaceful fishing, coming back to match angling has been one of the best things I’ve done in recent seasons. It has involved some serious adaptation, however, and I’m still learning some big lessons along the way. Competition tends to have this effect; it quickly highlights any lack… Read more

Free fishing on Dartmoor’s Avon Dam

wild brown trout fishing Dartmoor Avon Dam

With a baby due in just over a month now (so, God help me), I’ve been trying to snatch every chance going to make the most of the calm before the storm. As usual, my tastes have been pretty mixed, too, with both local match fishing (more on this in my next post) and some… Read more

Wild west fishing, from Bantham to Exmoor

River Exe Hadeo Fly Fishing Devon Somerset

Did you ever get the feeling you’d hit a great fishing location but got your timing off? I’ve been exploring beyond my regular haunts this month and found some fine locations, albeit not during any kind of fishing rush hour. Even so, I’ve managed to extract some lovely wild fish while enjoying that excitement that… Read more

Spring fishing & trials of a guide

Taunton to Bridgwater canal fishing

With both glorious sunshine and bitter winds, spring has felt like as Jeckyll-and-Hyde as ever this year. I guess one of the universal rules of fishing is that you have to adapt to the conditions; or save your efforts for another day. Those first really hot days of the year can be a golden chance… Read more

Teething problems & late season pike fishing

Pike fly fishing Devon Somerset UK

Getting back into the swing of things is never easy after a holiday, I find. It’s a bit like having a hangover. Especially when there’s still the back end of winter to get through… and you have raging tooth ache! After several days of the sort of head-splitting pain you wouldn’t wish on your worst… Read more

Fishing in Costa Rica: 13 lessons for tackling tropical seas

Roosterfish costa rica

Where do I even begin with recalling a week long stay in Costa Rica? It has been an epic way to celebrate my 40th Birthday in great company, sharing inshore and offshore boat fishing days with Keith Armishaw (who runs the Angling Heritage project with wife Sandra, and was kind enough to invite me along… Read more

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