Do fish get too full to eat?

Russell Cowell Small Pike from Chew

As some of you may know, I’ve been feeding a pike since it attacked my keep-net over a year ago. I tend to save a few deadbeats for her whenever I visit the fishery and, without fail, she always turns up before I leave. She’s normally keen as mustard but, as this video shows, she’s […]

Catching large pike from the River Nene

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I am a self-confessed compulsive fisherman to the extent that I sometimes wonder what people who don’t fish actually do with their lives?! That must sound very strange to the many disbelieving folk who have over the years said to me: “I don’t know how you can just SIT THERE?!”, or alternatively: “Don’t you get […]

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 […]