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It may well be that there is nobody left out there that wants to read this, such is the length of time that I have let it lie abandoned in the weeds. The truth is that we have been struggling with lures, both for results and to maintain the enthusiasm. True we still aren’t blanking, but excessive and self defeating electro fishing has spoiled much of our fishing recently and what remained has been let and as a consequence is over-lure fished.

I am confident that given time, the balance of my lure fishing world will tilt back into a stable orbit and the autumn has been set as launch date for some new ideas and a rejuvenated effort. In the meantime serendipity led Pete and I along the banks of a local still-water where we bumped into an old acquaintance. The usual exchange of ideas began and after passing the time of day, we hatched a plan for a combined project that would initially at any rate see me following George Burton (Floatflightflannel) around the local canal network in search of silver fish.

George is an experienced ex-match angler with similar interests to my own and watching him fish for roach awoke the sleeping bait fisherman within. Within ten minutes of arriving home after our first foray to the Grand Union, I was up in the loft again rooting out a float rod and a centre pin.

This strand of the Artificial lite blog then, is devoted to the pursuit of silver fish and it has to be admitted, any gold coloured ones that aren’t, most definitely aren’t, king carp. Crucians I love, tench I love, but big common and mirror carp no longer hold any attraction for me. As an avid lure fisherman, the idea of dragging any quantity of gear to the water now fills me with dread, so a light, adaptable approach is my way forward. Rod and net in one hand, bag over the shoulder and a lightweight seat in the other.

I have match fished and carp fished and enjoyed every minute of both but I am most definitely not going to get back into the minutiae of either. Simple gear and simple tactics. That fun approach that Pete and I have used with lures so successfully is being stretched to include all those species that we used to enjoy catching when we were kids. So this is going to be about roach, rudd, bream, hybrids, crucians and tench. Maybe one day it will include river barbel, dace and chub. It may one day too give me a day fishing for gudgeon, surely one of an angling life’s greatest pleasures.

So why not come along with me as I ease myself gently back into the world of silver fish and bait. There are sure to be plenty of cock-ups on the way along with a few nice pictures and, I am hoping, some fresh insight into lure fishing from a different perspective.