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


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

Here’s a nice video from our tarpon fishing trip to Silver King Lodge in Costa Rica. Check out some of these big tarpon and jacks, which we caught on fly.