Sunday, 10 February 2019

Catch a Fish from All 69 UK Cities

With The London Mission catch a fish in all 33 London Authorities soon to come to a close. Have been in deep thought as to the next challenge. For some months have pondered the idea of visiting and fishing every City in The UK. For this adventure setting no time limits. Could take a very long time to complete. Unlike the lonely sessions experienced out and about in London the plan is not to fish alone. Each City it is hoped will get to meet many along the way. This new blog post is a starting point rather than the finished article. Shall be starting in The City of Ely, Cambridgeshire returning to The River Great Ouse in July. Looking forward to exciting adventures, some wonderful fishing, above all meeting some lovely people on the way.

Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire
work in progress to be continued

England

1. Bath
2. Birmingham
3. Bradford
4. Brighton & Hove
5. Bristol
6. Cambridge
7. Canterbury
8. Carlisle
9. Chelmsford
10. Chester
11. Chichester
12. Coventry
13. Derby
14. Durham
15. Ely
16. Exeter
17. Gloucester
18. Hereford
19. Kingston-upon-Hull
20. Lancaster
21. Leeds
22. Leicester
23. Lichfield
24. Lincoln
25. Liverpool
26. (City of) London
27. Manchester
28. Newcastle-upon-Tyne
29. Norwich
30. Nottingham
31. Oxford
32. Peterborough
33. Plymouth
34. Portsmouth
35. Preston
36. Ripon
37. Salford
38. Salisbury
39. Sheffield
40. Southampton
41. St Albans
42. Stoke-on-Trent
43. Sunderland
44. Truro
45. Wakefield
46. Wells
47. (City of) Westminster
48. Winchester
49. Wolverhampton
50. Worcester
51. York

Northern Ireland
1. Armagh
2. Belfast
3. Derry
4. Lisburn
5. Newery

Scotland

1. Aberdeen
2. Dundee
3. Edinburgh
4. Glasgow
5. Inverness
6. Perth
7. Sterling

Wales

1. Bangor
2. Cardiff
3. Newport
4. St Asaph
5. St Davids
6. Swansea

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Catch a fish in all 33 London Authorities

Welcome Back Folk's, 

AWS BLOG BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND 
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In this week's Anglers Mail WoW !
29 Jan 19: In this weeks Anglers Mail, out today. Overwhelmed so much so shed a tear reading, seeing this evening. An angler messaged today informing, rushed out to a couple of shops unable to pick up a copy until just now. Very touched indeed. Never been in the Angling press. Thanks very much to The Anglers Mail team, looking forward to meeting soon, doing a full feature.
As for fishing tonight, cancelled due to a sudden stomach bug 😩🎣


Work in progress much more to add shortly thanks for your patience 

Not easy holding down a day job, fishing every opportunity, trying to keep up with writing. However pleased to say Blog is now back, will be updating more regularly.

Mission: Catch A Fish In All 33 London Authorities, 32 Borough's, plus The City of London.

Authorities Completed: 24/33

Mission: Catch A Fish In All 33 London Authorities, 32 Borough's, plus The City of London.
The River Lea, Small Arms, Enfield, London Borough Of Enfield.
Total made up, 3.5 hour journey getting here, so glad to scratch off list. That's all for the day heading back home. Further pictures write up tomorrow.
Authorities Completed: 24/33 Date: 3 Feb 19
Still on course to complete all 33 London Authorities, 32 Boroughs, plus The City Of London. Thanks for your kind words, and support.
As always tight lines and may your next bite be a big one 👍😎🎣


The River Crane, Shot Tower, Crane Park, London Borough Of Hounslow.


Good job came prepared with an unhooking mat, and scales. One bite one monster of a fish 😂
A fish is a fish, 5 attempts in The London Borough Of Hounslow. Won't be back for awhile 🤣

Authorities Completed: 23/33 Date: 24 Jan 19

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The Regents Canal, St Pancras, Kings Cross, London Borough Of Camden.


7th Attempt, finally can scratch off another London Borough. Never blanked so many times in over 40 years of angling. Taken 5 attempts on the Regents Canal, and 2 at Hampstead Heath.

Really couldn't make this story up if I tried. Kept saying last cast, last cast, literally was about to pack up after 8 hours with not so much as a sniff. Using possibly the smallest float could find in box taking just two small no 10 shot, light hooklengh, and a 26 hook. Working the bait a single, or double maggot by lifting a fraction of an inch constantly to try and keep the bait looking active.

Feeding no more than 2/3 maggots every 3/4 casts, walking up and down, trying the far bank, middle channel and as close to the near bank as possible.

Not a single sign of fish movement, or activity. Then to my shock the float went under, almost fell off the stool, as whipped this little monster out as quickly as grease lightning. Only to be lightly lip hooked and fall off the hook an inch from the bank, a repeat of a 2nd attempt some months back, when a perch fell off the hook only to plop back in the drink.

That's All for now Folks, a long bus journey back home. Cup of tea, then bed, up early for work in the morning.

Authorities Completed: 22/33 Date: 6 Jan 19

Still on course to complete all 33 London Authorities, 32 Boroughs, plus The City Of London, this freshwater coarse fishing season. Thanks for your kind words, and support.

As always tight lines and may your next bite be a big one 👍😎🎣

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The River Wandle, Earlsfield, London Borough Of Wandsworth.


On the way to The River Wandle, London Borough Of Wandsworth.

Missing the car, back on London Transport, waiting for a bus. Looks like going to miss light, so will probably end up targeting the barbel, instead of trotting a stick float.

Ended up staying a little later than expected last night, hoping for another one, over slept. Hopefully scratch off another London Borough.

Bye for now, have a wonderful New Year 👍😎🎣


Hardly breaking the scales with this tiny chublet, or putting a bend in my new Nash Outlaw, three passed on courtesy of Dad, love Ya Pops ❤️ A fish is a fish, that's another London Borough complete. Yeeee Haaaa 😂

Be honest warnings from not one person but many to stay well clear from here at night had me on edge all evening. From the moment of arrival had stray dogs running around from a local gypsy site, kids on motorbikes, and yobs shouting. One even asked was I fishing, in most circumstances would have been sarcastic saying no, playing golf lol 🤣 However wouldn't want to upset anyone around here.

Started with a big lump of spam hoping to pick up a bigger fish, a barbel, chub or carp. Nothing at all. Kept feeding loose maggots throughout the evening. On the first signs of fish topping, switched over to the maggot feeder, and instantly got a take. Chuffed to bits.

That's All for now Folks, getting out of here. Goodnight 👍😎🎣

Authorities Completed: 21/33 Date: 1 Jan 19
Still on course to complete all 33 London Authorities, 32 Boroughs, plus The City Of London, this freshwater coarse fishing season. Thanks for your kind words, and support.

As always tight lines and may your next bite be a big one 👍😎🎣
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The Old River Lea, Old Ford, London Borough Of Newham


Ha Ha Ha not the one wanted, however thank you little fish for taking my bait. Possibly the most greatful little fish caught in 40+ years of angling. Taken four attempts to catch a fish in The London Borough Of Newham. Apologies for latest video upload thought had completed 23 London Authorities, actually 22, feels more like 222 LOL 🤣

After yesterday's 7+ hour return bus trip to Isleworth for only 2 hours fishing and another blank, delighted to at least catch something this afternoon, and scratch off another Borough.

Arrived to late in all honesty, only managed an hour before darkness set in quick. Was convinced another blank was on the cards, looking at how shallow, gin clear and bleak this stretch looked. Then soon as it got dark, to my amazement fish started topping. Couldn't believe it when the float went under. Even more shocked, sorry to say, sad may be, on returning a huge splash as a pike ate the poor little fish ☹️

To make the trip even more special met a local angler on his push bike heading towards Tottenham. He was full of information, and advice. Let's just say he doesn't do Facebook, he showed me pictures on his mobile that made my eye's pop out my head, not literally. Now very confident and keen to get back out on this river soon, knowing some secret locations. They are in there big pike, perch and dark black carp to be caught at a later date.
That's all for now, having an early night Zzz Zzz

Authorities Completed: 20/33 Date: 27 Dec 18

Still on course to complete all 33 London Authorities, 32 Boroughs, plus The City Of London, this freshwater coarse fishing season. Thanks for your kind words, and support.


As always tight lines and may your next bite be a big one 👍😎🎣

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work in progress

Thanks for your patience

to be continued 

Keston Ponds, top pond, London Borough Of Bromley 6 Sept 18

Day one: 01/33
The Grand Union Canal, Uxbridge, London Borough Of Hillingdon, date to be confirmed. 
The Regent's Canal, Islington Tunnel, London Borough Of Islington  date to be confirmed
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Regent's Canal, Camden Town, London Borough Of Camden, date to be confirmed
Erith Pier, London Borough Of Bexleyheath, date to be confirmed
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The Tidal River Thames from Vauxhall Bridge to Southbank, Queen's Walk, The OXO Tower, London Borough Of Lambeth 11 Jan 19

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

A Big Salty Lower Thames Carp


Good Morning All,

The Tidal Thames,

The Lower Thames has been my main focus of late. Not easy fishing by any means. Surprisingly caught Dace here at Greenwich many years ago, and roach as far down as Rainham, London Borough Of Havering. Still not yet caught a salty carp, however all is about to change, and hopefully soon. Can confirm finally in the catch zone carp of 35+ spotted. The homemade boilies are not going to waste on a water that can't produce a 30.

Amazing just how many miles of free fishing is available on The Tidal Thames. Sad more anglers don't tap into it. Even more surprising how few carp anglers have visited. Then again it's not your usual fishing on a lake with known specimens with names. Said before and will say again for the benefit of those reading for the first time. Would gladly catch the odd uncaught virgin carp, than one from a known water. Worth far more in weight of gold than a fish caught many times.

Can now confidentially say after spending hundreds of hours walking in search of these elusive carp. Can fully understand why so few pay the Tidal Thames little if any attention.

My Luck is finally about to change.

Since seeked advice and help off a Fishing Friend, a local angler, who has grown up in the area. He has revealed a secret location excited to visit this week. His knowledge is vast, having spent his lifetime building such valuable knowledge since a child. Could be accused of cheating, no way, put in the hours of research with no results, so don't feel totally guilty for not putting the effort in, and being told such information.

So lucky am I, sworn never to reveal exact locations. The only person shared such knowledge with is my Dad.

Hopefully be on one very soon. In the meantime thanks everyone who has liked my page, and for your continued patience.

As always Tight Lines and may your next bite be a big one 👍😎🎣