Friday, 7 August 2020

Jurassic Pike

Reusing the pike skull illustration from the abandoned Hell's Anglers t-shirts, click the designs to see the shirts or visit the shop here.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Friday, 31 July 2020

The New Blogger

As other bloggers have noted the interface for writing these posts has been ‘upgraded’ - the new interface has a few glitches shall we say. For example ‘preview’ doesn’t work unless you disable your pop-up blocker, and let’s not get started on positioning photos.

The temporary fix is to click ‘Revert to legacy Blogger’ on the bottom left of the screen (or in the drop-down menu on an iPad). This will work until August 24 when this option will be taken away and we’re forced to use the new interface - hope it improves by then!

So this is the important bit: once you have clicked ‘Revert to legacy Blogger’ go to the address bar, copy the address into notepad* and save it. In most cases the legacy interface isn’t deleted - just our access to it is removed - we can use the saved URL to access it.

* Bookmarking it probably won’t work - may need some tinkering.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Quick Barbel Report (39)

Five barbel added to the challenge - total now 39.

Still not finding the bigger fish - but still a lot of fun.

Best 7lb 13oz - recapture, but 3oz heavier & tail is healing nicely.


Monday, 27 July 2020

Gudgeon Hunt II

The ponds I fish for carp in the summer and pike in the winter are closed to anglers - perhaps for the season. And I'm try to avoid public transport as much as possible - so fishing options are limited.

Fortunately the river is about an hour's walk from home - my route takes me through a park, over some waste ground and across a railway line - so there's often bugs & butterflies to chase about!

I needed to use up the remaining maggots from my crucian trip - so a walk to the river, stick 'n' pin, minimal kit and around 3 hours of fishing once I arrived - and only one target on my mind...

The mighty gudgeon! I fished three swims, about an hour in each - and found gudgeon in all of them - probably a couple of dozen landed along with a few roach and chub. Well worth the walk!

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Bugs & Butterflies 5

Common Blue, it’s just butterflies this time.

Small Copper, I’m up to 28 species photographed.

Chalk Hill Blue, what a beauty.

Small Heath, bloody hard to get a photo of these!

Green-Vained White, my full butterfly list is here.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Quick Barbel Report (34)

Four barbel added to the challenge to about 4lb, plus a bonus 1lb+ eel. Season total: 34 barbel. Where are the bigger fish I wonder?


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Quick Barbel Report (30)

Five barbel added to the challenge. Best about 4½lb. Plus 3 bonus chub. Season barbel total now 30. End quick barbel report.


Saturday, 18 July 2020

The Farm Train

First time on public transport since March - Marsh Farm is too far away to walk and I fancied chasing gold! Masks on, me and Richard followed the one way arrows to our train - it was early and we had a carriage to ourselves. Off the train - alcohol hand gel - fishing...

One feeder rod with either halibut pellet or mini-boilie and a waggler rod with maggot or sweetcorn. And to cut a long story short; loads of rudd, roach and perch, 8 tench - and gold... Two crucians, the best going 2lb 1oz (mini-boilie) - brilliant - might have to do it again!

Thursday, 16 July 2020


There are advantages to stinging nettles - they show you where hasn’t been fished so far this season - the disadvantaged is, well, they sting. Most anglers cut a path through them, I try to disturb them as little as possible - only at the rivers edge will I make enough room to stand.

A couple of hours wading about in nettles and three barbel landed, the biggest going 8lb 7oz (above). And if you think this post is about a stinging nettle fetish - and there is one, I just Googled it (Urtication Fetish) - it’s not, the title refers to the kinky little barbel below!