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The Archives – Part 18 – Evolution (1999 cont’d)

This year, my birthday in May fell on a Sunday and I was at Howley which was probably my favourite venue at the time. I drew peg 7 which I was happy with but the pond has fished quite hard, I managed two carp plus skimmers and roach for 10lb 12oz and a birthday win! The following Sunday we were back again,

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The Archives – Part 17 – Evolution (1999)

One of the first matches of 1999 saw me finally draw peg 14 at Horlicks, the trouble was it was bitterly cold and my cause wasn’t helped when Rocking Roy came down just before the start and said I was sat at the top of the swim when most people fished the bottom! I got off to a flying start though, with

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Torquay Tart Interview

Hi Torquay Tart, thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I’ve known you for a very long time (although it feels longer!) but I thought the readers might find it interesting to learn a little more about you, Firstly, why are you called The Torquay Tart? Hi Jamie and thank you for the opportunity to tell my

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The Archives – Part 16 – A Rude Awakening (1998 cont’d)

After the K & A disaster, the next match was a teams of four on the Huntspill, I drew peg 49 which was a decent area, started on the feeder for a small perch and a decent skimmer before coming in on the pole after an hour and twenty minutes. Bumped a couple of fish before catching another small perch and then

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Hit Parade Update

A few years back, I did a series of ‘Hit Parades’ on everything from ‘My Top Ten Match Wins‘ to ‘Virgin Venues’ where I looked back through the blog and picked my favourite posts on different subjects. The last one was in September 2016 so with no fishing at the moment, I thought I’d do a new ‘Hit Parade’ covering my most

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The Archives – Part 15 – A Rude Awakening (1998)

Checking the records, the first match of the year was supposed to be on the Isle but was cancelled due to the river being flooded (sound familiar?). The next few matches were nothing to write home about either (also sounding very familiar!!!) and I seemed to be losing a lot of fish that were costing me framing places and section wins (also

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Eight Things To Do In Lockdown

In these unprecedented times, if you’re missing fishing already (I certainly am, especially with it being a gorgeous day outside), there are plenty of things you can do to keep you busy and stave off boredom while you are housebound. 1 – Give your kit a clean If, like me you’ve spent most of the winter on muddy riverbanks, now’s the time

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Dillington Pond – V.E.S. Precision League 7 – 22nd March 2020

The final V.E.S. Precision league match arrived and I was starting to think we’d never reach this point! If it wasn’t Storm Dennis and strong winds, it was heavy rain and flooded rivers and then just when we thought we were out of the woods, the bloody Corona Virus arrived! It’s supposed to be a river league but even the rescheduled fixtures

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Perry St Pond – Spring League 1 – 15th March 2020

I always look forward to this league as the fishing is normally really good, the breakfasts are superb and the banter even better! In the week leading up to the first match, the world went mad as the Corona Virus sent everybody into a blind panic with supermarket shelves empty of bog roll and pasta and sporting events called off all over

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Dillington Pond – V.E.S. Precision League 6 – 8th March 2020

I had hoped we might get on the river for the last Sunday of the season but more rain scuppered any chance of that so we would head out the pond which has been hard but fair in recent matches. We met at the bowling club for breakfast and decided to use the Aplin bank plus pegs 2 and 4 and to

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