10 of the most ugliest fish you may see!

June 26, 2008 by  
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10 of the most ugliest fish around:

Blob Fish Viper Fish Stone Fish
Wolf Fish Snake Head Fish Fish Monk
Lumpsucker Fish Cartilaginous Fish Fangtooth Fish
Long Spined Sea Scorpion

The monk fish is common in the UK and I have frequently seen these just sitting on the bottom when scuba diving. Although I wouldn’t like to come face-to-face with a Fangtooth!

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If you can identify any fish you feel would be suitable for this page, please let me know by making a comment below

Orvis Fly Fishing Reels

June 18, 2008 by  
Filed under Game Fishing Gear

orvis fly fishing reelOrvis are one of the best fly fishing tackle suppliers around and have an exceptional range of fly fishing reels.

A traditional fly reel is basically a storage for line, most of the work in fly fishing is achieved when the line is pulled of the reel, slack line is then guided through the fisherman’s hand, the length of cast depends on the amount of slack line available.

When playing a fish, it’s best that any slack line is quickly reeled in and then played by a method called ‘palming’, this is basically controlling the spool by the palm of your hand, allowing line to be fed out if the fish is fighting hard. I always recommend you reel in slack line, as it’s easy to get in knots with slack line, and you have more control playing a fish when the line is being palmed off the reel.

Fly reels are often rated for a specific weight and type of fly line in combination with a specific strength and length of backing. For example, the documentation supplied with a reel may state that the reel can take 150 yards (140 m) of 50 pound-test backing and 30 yards (27 m) of fly line. An angler should be able to “load” the reel with the specified length of line and backing and still have sufficient room between the line and the spool’s edge. As well, many modern reels are designed to take interchangeable spools. Such spools can be quickly switched, thus allowing an angler to change the type of line in a matter of minutes.

Shore / Rock Fishing – Beginners Advice

June 18, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Methods

We all have to start somewhere and this blog is intended to help the beginner as well as give essential advice to the more experienced angler.

Ok so you’re interested in fishing and would like to take up the sport. My advice for the complete beginner would be to hitch up with a friend who fishes and go with them, try out their rod and see if you’re really going to enjoy the sport. Purchasing rods, reels and tackle can be expensive – so you want to make sure you are going to enjoy the sport before splashing out on new tackle.

Hopefully you enjoy the fishing session and the next move is to purchase your first rod and reel.
The rod will depend on your size; it’s no good purchasing a rod which does not feel right. I would advise you go for a rod capable of casting a 4 to 6oz weight. For a beginner definitely buy a fixed spool fishing reel. A fixed spool reel is much easier to use than a multiplier reel, and generally the cheaper option.

Tackle, is easy. Main fishing line 15 to 20lb, shock leader 30-40lb, hooks, swivels, beads, 4 to 6oz weights, knife, fishing box and rucksack.

The ideal place to find all the above is a car boot sale, you could probably get the lot for under £40.

Another option is the internet, if you are buying over the internet I would recommend you go to a tackle shop first and just feel the rod and reel to ensure you get the right balance but for the complete beginner I would still go to the car boot for your first fishing rod, and then once you’re hooked on the sport spend a little more for the better quality rod and reel. Like all products, the more you pay the better quality and build you receive.

For further advice look around this fishing blog, leave comments or questions below and I will answer them all.

Good luck on your first fishing trip…..

Gordon Ramsay – eels kitchen!

June 16, 2008 by  
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This time is not ‘hells kitchen’ but more like ‘eels kitchen’.

Ok, this is no joke really, Gordon Ramsay was filmed trapping elvers (young eels) on the River Severn for his F Word show and then cooking them on a barbecue before serving them on toast. Read more

Brown Trout

June 16, 2008 by  
Filed under Game Fish Species

The brown trout can found in UK brooks, streams and rivers. The size is dependant on their environment, a trout in a brook may reach only 7 inches, yet a brown trout on a larger river can easily reach 5lbs.

There diet consists of small fry, worms, snails, flys and general insect life.


June 16, 2008 by  
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The mullet is the ‘coarse’ fish of the sea. They are very difficult fish to catch and a grat deal of patience is required.

Mullet can be found all around the coast, but are best targeted where frequent food is present. For example, harbour walls, slip-ways, jetty’s and even sewage out-lets. Estuarys and creeks are also a great place to fish for them.

To get the fish feeding groundbait should be used, a mixture of bread flake with mashed up mackerel is great. Coarse fishing or fly tackle is best, simply use light tackle with a waggler float, a size 8 or 10 hook is ample. With a fly rod, just use a hook with either bread, maggot or a thin strip of mackeral and cast out.

Bites are very small so strike as soon as the float goes, or fly line moves. These fish put up a great fight and can vary in size, a fish of 5lb is common.


June 16, 2008 by  
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The barbel are very slim and streamlined making them well suited to fast flowing rivers. Barbel tend to feed mainly on various bottom dwelling creatures including insect larvae and crustaceans such as crayfish, freshwater mussels and shrimps.; larger fish also catch crayfish, molluscs and small fish.

With it’s streamline body and large, deeply forked caudal fin the barbel has got to be one of the hardest fighting fish you will ever catch. They won’t give up until they are totally exhausted. Therefore care must be taken when returning them to the water. Hold them in their natural position until they are ready to swim off. Failure to do this especially in rivers could cost the Barbel its life.


  • Upper jaw protrudes over lower jaw
  • 4 Barbules
  • Long slim body
  • Powerful pharyngeal teeth
  • High, short dorsal fin

Carp Fishing in the Summer – In the margins

June 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Carp Fishing Methods

It makes me laugh at times watching fisherman lofting massive baits into the middle of a lake.
Ok, at times on big lakes, or gravel pits it is sometimes necessary, and yes on occasions I do it my self.

However the majority of the time I have a much higher catch rate fishing close into the margins, literally only a foot if that from the bank.

Fist of all, before hauling all my gear around the lake I look for a spot that looks inviting, I find either reeds or overhanging trees on the bank edge, with the depth of water approx 3feet works well. Also ensure there isn’t another swim close by, as you dont want another fisherman spooking the baited area.

Before I setup my end tackle I mix up some ground bait, the mix depends on the clarity of the water, and water temperature, but normally includes halibut or trout pellets as the main feed. I verly carefully place a few handfulls of bait into the area, Being cloe into the bank I can ensure the ground bait is all within close proximety and not spread around.

My tactic is to us a standard carp rig, with either a boilie or pellet. Place the bait about 15 feet down the bank from where fishing, I don’t cast the bait into the area, but walk down and just plop the hook bait into the chosen area (where I have just pre-baited the area) and retreat quietly back to my chair (letting out line to ensure the bait remains in place). I take this approach as I do not want to sppok any fish that may already be around the swim.

Once the spare line is reeled in I clip the line through my bait alarm and sit back and wait.

Look out for watermovement or a cloud dust appear, this will mean the fish are moving and hoovering up the particles within the groundbait – It’s only a matter of time before your bait alarm sounds and the clutch is screaming with your first run….

I always find the majority of carp I catch within the margins are bigger than the ones in the middle of the lake. It makes sense that a carp will feed in the margin and they feed into the bank for worm and grubs, overhanging trees also provide a food source in the form of insects anf flys.

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