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  1. FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

    Are you struggling to find a gift for your fishing mad dad this Father’s Day? Socks won’t cut it this time of year, and the fish can smell the boxed deodorant set a mile away. As an angler, he may not be the easiest to buy for, which is why we are making things easier by giving you a rundown of the top 5 gifts this year. You can’t go wrong!

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  2. CATCHING MY NEW PERSONAL BEST!

    Are you struggling to find a gift for your fishing mad dad this Father’s Day? Socks won’t cut it this time of year, and the fish can smell the boxed deodorant set a mile away. As an angler, he may not be the easiest to buy for, which is why we are making things easier by giving you a rundown of the top 5 gifts this year. You can’t go wrong!

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  3. CATCHING MY PERSONAL BEST CARP

    During the summer I was fishing the Oak Lake at Boldings Pools fisheries in Shropshire. I started early by getting to the pool at half six. As the fishery doesn’t open till 7, I decided to have a walk around the pool and find the best peg where a lot of carp were surfacing to feed.

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  4. BEATING MY OWN PERSONAL BEST

    I have been fishing from the age of 5 years old. I attend almost every week and participate in a few 24+ hours sessions at locations across Essex.

    Brentwood:
    In 2016, I beat my personal best with a common carp of 22lb 07oz. This was caught at Crow Green Fishery in Brentwood. I cast the rod out using a single 14mm Nash Citrus pink boilie. I had been set up for around 1 hour when suddenly, it screamed off.

    This year I have done a big number of sessions at Crow Green but was blanking and couldn’t pin point why. Eventually I decided to try a new way to have my hook and bait.

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    Beating my own Personal Best:
    I did another 24-hour session at Crow Green in Brentwood Essex. I arrived around 4pm Sunday Evening and was set up by 5pm. I managed to get on the swim I had hoped for, which is a big area that has open water to the left and to the right. I casted one rod that had an Urban Nutcracker 14mm boilie on next some overhanging trees. The next rod was out more towards the middle of lake in open water. At 11pm my right rod screamed off, and I was playing a good fish for a little while. When I got this in the net and looked, I thought to myself this looks a big carp. Finally weighed the mirror carp and yes, a new personal best of 25lb 79oz.
    So, now I have achieved a new personal best that I am really pleased with and the new tack ticks paid off.


    Luke Nottingham

     

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  5. AN ATLANTIC TRIP | DEEP SEA FISHING

    Two years ago, I was asked to help crew a yacht across the Atlantic from Tenerife to Barbados via Cape Verde. Obviously, I jumped at the chance. Not only for the experience but more importantly, imagine the fishing I could do.

    I’ve never been deep sea fishing before. After a bit of research, and a reality check that I could land a monster as I was on a sailing boat, I decided to buy a small yet robust boat rod and multiplier. I received a lot of help from my local tackle shop about lures, but they didn’t have anything in stock being in the middle of Woking.

    November 11th, the date I left for Tenerife. Rod and basic gear packed, and away I went. The rod was out the back the second we got the sails up. Using a monstrous bit of polished stainless-steel bar with a treble on the back (local tip from Tenerife) 2 days later and not a single bite, although plenty of flying fish on the decks in the morning for breakfast. I thought I was seeing things when I looked over the side of the boat and saw a school of small tuna swimming alongside. I tried to entice them with my big lump of metal to no avail. I had a small spoon lure with me so chucked that on as a last-ditch effort. The second it hit the water bang!! I landed my first fish of the trip, a small tuna around 12 inches long. Unhooked that and tried again, again the lure was in the water 10 seconds before I hooked into my second tuna. In the space of 5 minutes myself and one of the other crew landed about 10 tunas, naturally we kept the best 2 for lunch and put the rest back.

    Cape Verde came and went. We were mid Atlantic before I caught another fish. We had given up on shop bought lures and ended up making our own with pieces of rope, an old spoon and anything bright we could find. Off the rod went this time being a Dorado, only a small one but about 20lb never the less. 10 minutes from sea to plate. As cliché as it sounds, it tasted just like chicken.

    About an hour later we were surrounded by 100-150 dolphins, so the rods came in and we admired these amazing animals.

    500-miles from Barbados my rod went screaming off. I jumped up and struck into what felt like a freight train, then about 100ft from the back of the boat a Dorado easily 6ft long lept clear of the water. And snap, my 150lb braid snapped like it was a piece of string. Obviously, this was ‘the one that got away’. The only other thing we caught was a 5ft long wahoo, the size of the teeth on the thing put my mum off bringing it onto the boat, so this was unhooked and released.

    All in all, an extremely memorable trip. And me? Well and truly hooked on deep sea fishing. I look forward to my next trip. Maybe I’ll gear up this time and go for a monster.

    Written by Tony Russell

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  6. UNPREDICTABLE 24 HOUR SESSION

    I wake up knowing I've got a hot day ahead. A nice day for fishing, but not the best to catch them. 20 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, with high pressure leaving me with not much hope.

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  7. THE CHUB WHISPERER

    We’re all aware of those rare individuals who have an affinity with dogs and horses but I’m a chub whisperer! Very often, I just know where one will be hiding, 

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  8. THE SEASON IS UPON US

    THE SEASON IS UPON US

    It could be said that pike fishing takes a back seat in the warmer months purely because there are so many other species to occupy our minds; or that pike anglers don’t want the hassle of keeping sea-baits cold and fresh during summer trips.

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