Mike Green - All-Rounder!

Mike Green fisherman

Mike Green retired in 2004, having spent most of his career as a practising opthalmic optician in Northamptonshire. Mike has fished in the UK and abroad for most of his life, catching all manner of species in the UK, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand, Asia and Americas.
 
In recent years Mike has become a self-confessed pike fanatic. He loves nothing more than working his way down the bank of his beloved River Nene in Northamptonshire, flicking out a pike fly. In 2009 Mike caught the fish of a lifetime - a pike of 40lbs 8oz, which he caught on fly at Bristol's Chew Valley Lake - at the time the lake record.
 
Once retired, Mike started his own fishing blog, www.luckygreens.co.uk, recording his escapades both at home, mainly fly fishing for pike, and abroad, chasing saltwater species like tarpon, GTs and bonefish. Mike was the first fishing writer to join drowningworms.com in 2013.
 
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Palm Springs Salmon Fishing

18lb stillwater salmon from Greetham Valley Fishery

Son James also had an epic battle with another big fish, running him all over the lake, and finally turning the scales to 19lbs – a wonderful fish and in perfect order!

Where else can you catch 200lbs of carp in an afternoon?

Holmes Farm Fishery, Leicestershire

In the week all you have to do is turn up and fish and, having caught 200lbs of carp in a few short hours, I would suggest that you could do a lot worse!

The Carp Wake Up

Molly at 33.2oz - mirror carp

This time things were to be different. I managed a few rudd, twenty carp in the 8oz-to-a-pound class, a 5lb zander, three pike and two thirties, pictured here.

Want to catch a salmon?

Palm Springs Salmon Fishing Rutland UK

At the weekend I took 5 friends to the remarkable inland salmon fishery, Palm Springs, where I have almost always managed my limit of four fish. What sport!

Where to fish when the UK rivers close

Mike Green 16lbs 14oz zander

Saturday was officially the last day of the season for UK rivers. As many look towards 16th June, I get my kicks elsewhere by turning to my favourite stillwaters and reservoirs.

When To Fish For Pike

Nene bonanza small

Yes, it is possible to catch pike in the summer – especially on surface lures – but on the whole it only gets good after two or three hard frosts and a good flood, at least in my experience.