An incredible experience

Nene perch fishing

A while ago I wrote a short article in ‘Pikelines’ describing a fabulous morning’s sport I had experienced fly fishing for pike on a local private estate lake. The action had been non-stop resulting in 21 pike boated (including 4 doubles) and plenty of really exciting on/offs and follows etc. I recall that my final […]

3 different methods for catching pike

Fly-caught twenty number 20!

My regular fishing pal, Bob Church, and I are very fortunate in having access to some wonderful  fishing venues, sometimes exclusive access, which is a rare privilege. One such place is a small midlands estate with two 35-acre gravel pits where no one else fishes for pike. Indeed we are only allowed on one of […]

Cormorants and fishing?

Cormorant Fishing

We anglers are continually moaning about the ever-increasing presence of cormorants – a predatory bird erroneously put on the protected list thanks to a bureaucratic cock-up by the E.U. (as I understand it, they wanted to protect the shag, a less numerous bird much like a cormorant, and evidently the name in Brussels covers both!). […]

Tarpon fishing at Silver King Lodge, Costa Rica

30lb Jack on Fly

I have just about recovered from the endless delays and missed connections James and I suffered on our recent excursion to Silver King Lodge in Costa Rica, thanks to the bungling inefficiency of American Airlines, and would strongly advise travellers to avoid flying with them at all costs if there is an alternative?! I won’t […]

The Green luck holds firm!

Lucky escape for Mike Green

Enjoy your fishing at every opportunity. That is my heartfelt advice, and if it sounds a bit morbid let me relate an experience that showed me just how rapidly this sweet life could be curtailed. It happened a few years ago when my first Nissan Pathfinder (I am now on my third!) was almost three […]

Catch carp on luncheon meat

common vs mirror carp

Before going on holiday to Costa Rica with son James for some giant tarpon fishing, I thought I would pop up and spend one night at my best friend’s little fishery near Stafford. He is such a great lad and doesn’t get the chance to fish as much as I do for many reasons that […]