Pike and zander fishing at Grafham Water

Bob Church Zander

Many people know that I fish regularly with Bob Church, possibly the best know angler in the UK. Despite not being in the best of health in recent years, Bob’s keenness and enthusiasm is undaunted – and he NEVER wants to pack up! Even so, when we fish together these days it often seems to […]

Fly fishing for GTs in Christmas Island

Christmas Island GT on fly

Before fishing for giant trivially on Christmas Island, I’ve been lucky enough to catch a number of the brutes elsewhere. I’ve had giant trevally (GTs, as opposed to G&Ts, to which I’m also a bit partial!) up to 70lbs fishing in the Seychelles (now a ‘no go’ area because of the Somali pirates!) and also […]

Salmon fishing with the Airflo ‘Balance’ Reel

Salmon from the River Lyon, Perthshire

There was a time when salmon and sea trout fishing was at the top of my list and I would look forward to four, five or even six trips in their pursuit, mostly to Scotland, but occasionally to Ireland and Wales. Off the cuff I can think of eight different Scottish rivers that I have […]

Sod’s Law

Nice rainbow trout

Yesterday afternoon I had a lovely little spell of “bonus” fly fishing. Bob Church and I were at one of our favourite venues in Bedfordshire, comprising three private gravel pits: two large ones of about 30 acres each, containing mostly carp and pike, and a smaller one of about 4 acres in between them. This […]

Catch rooster fish in Baja Mexico

Rooster fish in Baja, Mexico

One fish I have for a long time admired, but never thought I would ever catch, is the rooster fish – dashingly handsome and by reputation electrifyingly fast. If this were not enough, being a member of the jack family (which also includes the giant trevally/GT), the ferocity of its fight is legendary. It was […]

Float-tube review

Float tube review1

My good fishing pal, Ryan, located some reasonably priced float tubes to try and we thought we’d report back. At the time it seemed like a really good idea.