Thursday, 17 October 2019

Canary Wharf, West India Dock, South Quay, London

Folk's may have spent far to much time posting on Facebook, literally fished hundreds of different waters since starting this angling blog. Not featured anywhere near the amount wish had posted here. So decided to add here from now on before posting on Facebook. Having spent the best part of the last couple of year's intensely fishing London on a regular basis, not forgetting the many years fished in London on the occasional basis. Come across waters that have offered awful fishing and those that have offered some the finest fishing your ever likely to encounter.

On first visiting here had one of the best days angling in years, what's more it's free of charge...
with my fishing buddy Stephen

Used up my google account free allowance unfortunately however just paid for an upgrade so back here on a regular basis. Will be updating this blog post shortly, and the complete blog.


work in progress updates coming soon

Fishing In The Royal Parks Of London

Continuing with my London research decided to dedicate a blog purely on Fishing In The Royal Parks Of London. Here will attempt to get round or parks legally allowed to fish with the necessary permits needed to fish. Mind you this is just a blog entry for now and although will be visiting adding pictures, won't be fishing until the new season 2020. Hopefully this will prove to be another essential guide.

to be continued

Sunday, 6 October 2019

E.S.P Insight Polarized Sunglasses Review

Apologies for the word layout/spacing can't seem to correct
AWS REVIEWS: E.S.P Insight Polarized Sunglasses

Price: £15.99
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
Build Quality: 2/5
Total: 12

Afternoon All,

Shall be returning to giving honest reviews on fishing tackle purchased. Realize upset a number of companies in the past by telling the truth, at the end of the day you don't want to be told a pack of lies. The truth does no one any harm other than those producing, selling and claiming your hard earnt money is worth handing over. I for one have been robbed by false information.

Yes the summer is almost at an end however good quality polarized glasses are still essential all year round. Having recently dropped my Fortis Glasses in the drink was desperate to get another pair of glasses quick. Visited a wonderful shop called Roman Tackle, Roman Road, near Victoria Park whilst out fishing The River Lea near West Ham, Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Let's just give them a Big Shout a shop would highly recommend, very helpful Friendly Knowledgeable Staff, with plenty of stock and great prices.
Onto the subject in matter. Not having a great deal of money wanted a product to do the job in hand. These ESP glasses are excellent value for money at only £15.99 and in terms performance out performed my £20 Fortis Wraps ten fold. Certainly spotted many many more fish using these glasses. Unfortunately although the lens are excellent the actual build quality is poor. On cleaning the glass it moves about in frame, one has to be careful in case the lens drop out. Guess you pay for what you get. You don't get a hard case which is a pity however that would surely bump up the price. Despite the build quality added a little glue to firmly hold lens in place and overall extremely happy with their performance and value for money.

More products on test coming soon :)

Friday, 26 July 2019

Surrey Water, Rotherhithe, London Borough Of Southwark

AWS LOG: 26 Jul 19
After some days of extremely hot weather, the sky's have opened up here at Surrey Water. Taking cover under the trees. A walk round the lake revealed no signs of fish life, ripples or bubbles, bottom stirring. Think its safe to say this is likely to very few fish if any at all. However the only way to find out, is to have another go. Not that fancy it but Hay ho in for a penny in for a pound. The short session had here resulted in no bites. 
Good Evening All,

Surrey Water, Rotherhithe, London Borough Of Southwark

Fishing rights controlled by The New Rotherhithe Angling Club:
Continuing the Recce sessions, research studies towards book writing 'Fishing In London' publication release date to put forward until 2023. Feel another few years knowledge required before able to complete. Thanks to everyone who has already shown encouraging signs of interest requesting a copy. Not forgetting those who have contributed valuable historical archive, stories, pictures, always much appreciated:
Tonight revisited Surrey Water in Rotherhithe, next to The River Thames. On the opposite bank is the well known water Shadwell Basin, Wapping, London Borough Of Tower Hamlets, a well known London water, made famous by those on the London Carp Circuit.
However here at Surrey Water it's a completely different story altogether. No one is to sure what remains in this water after a fish kill. Despite a few sessions here yet to have a bite, see any encouraging signs of feeding bubbles. Do feel its such a crying shame. Would like to see the water quality results, if possible a restocking for the future.

Not in no position at present to commient further, explain any reason for the fish kill as yet. Good fishing was once to be had in the day. If you are an angler who has fished this water, with any further historical content feel free to make contact, any contributions will be much appreciated and credited:

Heard Surrey Water once held a good stock of fish. The original water fountain was removed by Southwark Borough Council due to danger an incident in the summer month's of people swimming out and sitting on fountain. As a result was moved to Burgess Park. Due to water no longer being oxygenation this subsequently contributed to the pollution and fish kill.
Further Updates to follow

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Greys Tactical 15ft Float Rod REVIEW

Verdict On Trial: Greys Tactical 15ft Float Rod
Once again would like to point out not received any sponsorship from tackle or bait companies.

All my reviews are independent and purchased with hard earned money. Hence not going to be happy spending money on rubbish. My reviews therefore come from the heart say it as it is. Besides if something is not great, and you go out and buy rubbish on the back of my reviews, would expect any of you to push me in the drink 😀
What's the verdict on The Grey's Tactical 15ft Float Rod purchased in the close season.
This rod didn't cost the earth, great value for money. You get what you pay for, and more. Nothing at all to look at in the eye candy department. Very plain. However having used this rod to great effect, many times in the last 3+ months. Served its purpose well, from waggler fishing at distance, to long trotting on rivers, including extremely delicate float fishing with lines down to half a pound for small fish catching.
The rod has handled absolutely everything thrown at it. This fish was into double figure and handled an absolute dream on a tiny 22 hook.

Many Thanks to Jim Taylor for taking this action shot picture at Jack's Lake, Cockfosters, London Borough Of Barnet 25 Sept 18

Jack's Lake, Barnet, London Borough Of Barnet

Definitely a trip down memory lane looking back on the one and only trip to this Beautiful venue. Met up with an old Friend Jim for the first time in a long time. A very memorable day fishing the day ticket part of lake.
The fish where not biting, was reduced to using light line bread punch on a size 22 hook in margin to tempt this carp. What an experience to handle on my Greys Tactical 15ft float rod.

Work in progress, looking forward to returning here again one day. A wonderful venue, friendly Baliffs, an all round pleasant, wonderful experience.
Late night I was looking, and feeling a little worse for wear.
Hopefully the day can only get better. The result of losing torch, charging phone off car battery and lights left on Arrrrr

Damn flat battery ! Unfortunately not the start to the day was looking for. Three hours wasted fishing time. Now back on the road. Going to run engine for at least 40 minutes before attempting to fish.
Thanks Keith of LAR Traffic Services 👍
Jack's Lake (Beech Hill Lake) New Barnet/Cockfosters, London Borough Of Barnet.
It's that midnight hour, full moon tonight. Most of you will be tucked up warm and cosy in your bed.
Only half hours drive from Hertford, looking forward to first light. Would you believe it torch packed up, make matters worse left mobile in car. Not wise, just spent a good 45 minutes lost in the dark, in Covert Way Nature Reserve LOL 🤣
Not so funny really, thankfully my dog Sammy Boy managed to find his way back on route, for a moment thought would end up sleeping rough in the woods.
Okay, time to get some shut eye, and hopefully some fish tomorrow, wipe another London Borough off the list. Goodnight Zzz Zzz

The Tidal River Thames, Isleworth, London Borough Of Hounslow

Returning back to Memory Lane. The Tidal River Thames, Isleworth, London Borough Of Hounslow. Nice day for a cold beer this place owes me a fish shall return soon 👍😎🎣
Another place happened to fish on a handful of occasions. Unfortunately failed to catch anything here despite every effort, before giving up trying and heading to The River Crane to catch a fish in order to scratch off The London Borough Of Hounslow Mission to catch a fish from all 33 London Authorities.

Shall be back here in the future, as not giving up trying. Maybe another time, different tactics will be able to scratch this venue off the list.

Forthcoming blog updates to follow work in progress...

Canary Wharf, West India Dock, South Quay, London

Folk's may have spent far to much time posting on Facebook, literally fished hundreds of different waters since starting this angling b...