From the water’s edge



December 2012 - it’s all over now

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I can’t say that 2012 has been a vintage angling year for yours truly. Work intervened and opportunities were limited which explains the overlong period of inactivity on my website. Nothing about angling is ever dull though and as I get older my attitude has changed. I no longer feel that I have to strive manically from dawn ‘til dusk in search of the next monster and dinnertime will inevitably find Pete and I in the pub now diligently working our way through the menu and testing the beer for flaws.

That doesn’t mean that we don’t try any more, simply that after years of striving we have realised that Walker was wrong and it isn’t war; it is just fun. So we have fun catching big fish and small and when it starts to hurt we just stop.

I say big fish and small, but in truth I doubt if my tally of big fish would excite many people these days. The Thames was kind to me again with yet another three pounder on the rubber crayfish, but in keeping with my current attitude, I am blowed if I can remember how much over 3 pounds it went; and this is a guy that not so many years ago, used to weigh and record every perch he caught over a pound!

This carp was the cause of much hilarity. I was fishing the Grand union with Old Pete and Colin one day and a boater told us that his mate had seen one roll up by the next lock the previous evening. I forgot all about it - not interested - but on the way back down the flight it rolled next to Colin so I wandered over and told him that all it wanted was a crayfish to catch that one and flicked my bait in the general direction of the swirl. I let it hit bottom, gave one turn of the reel handle and - donk- there it was. Fairly hooked and cast for deliberately but all that swagger about the crayfish was pure bull**it. I always knew that one day I would get a carp on what is after all a copy of their natural food, but keeping a straight face still wasn’t easy.

If nothing else it did demonstrate why a bit more line on the reel might be useful after all those preds that just nip backwards and forwards a bit when you hook them. The scales hit the stop at 12 lbs hard enough so I reckon 13-14 lbs or so.

The sea fishing was thin on the ground this year and we got blown off a time or two only getting out once. The lure fishing was hard but bait at slack water was working well and these two contrasting images show. One ugly one and one pretty one to look at. I couldn’t believe it when the ray started pulling faces at Sharkey but I love the picture all the same. Our fishing is always fun. There is a report that the fish and sharkey are displaying two similarities but I couldn’t possibly comment on that.

It’s always a pleasure to get out there with guys who know what they are doing and this was the first and only time I have ever fished with Tim Kelly. He caught loads as I should have expected and these bream were stunningly attractive. Straight from the sea they were quite brilliantly coloured as you can see. I would guess this was a male in breeding colours.

I will leave you with this picture of a more successful angler and wish you all a happy new year and lots of great lure fishing in 2013

artificial lite



stiff stuff.

short winter crays.

my day.

cold calling.

twitching and scratching.

back to reality.

golden years.

never mind the clarity.

never mind the pollocks.

hard hunting.

grubbing around.

autumn perch.

back home.

mind games.

pockets of opportunity.

indian summer.

wringing results.

meal ticket.

tidal torment.

five spice.

half measures.

staggering result.

hot chub.

go with the flow.

fading away.

stop think catch.

doing time.

bagging up.

on the bounce.

tiny torrent.


last gasp.

clean hands.

wading through treacle.

focus failure2.

sharp relief2.


baitbox blitz.

pressure points.

ordinary day.

dry run.

mission intolerable.

cart before horse.

ronnies and reggies.

little creatures.

firing blanks.

dog house blues.

course of leeches.

more by luck.

another howler.

journal 2013.


journal 2013.