Friday, 29 March 2019

Catch A Fish From All 48 English Counties

Catch A Fish From All 48 English Counties
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2/48
ENGLISH COUNTY OF EAST SUSSEX:
22nd June, 2019
English City Of Brighton And Hove, The English Channel, East Sussex
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1/48
ENGLISH COUNTY OF KENT:
25th May, 2019

Being live in London fished Kent hundreds of times. It's a start
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AWS Blog Entry: 19 May 19
Welcome to My Angling Blog called Angling With Shaun.

Coming to the point of ending one Mission 'Catch A Fish In All 33 London Authorities' and taking up next Mission.

There is no need to define this next quest a Mission, or Challenge. Certainly don't want to feel under so much pressure again, to the point of feeling down.

Couldn't put myself through such stress again, that was some Mission really wouldn't want to set a deadline again. Hence taking this one steady. No time scale. No stress whatsoever!

That's not what fishing is all about. Not a task, catching the most, the biggest or setting impossible goals, or being The Best!

That's why taking this at a steady pace, treating each County visit as a holiday. A long weekend. If only had a motor home, didn't have to work would be on the road right now 365 days a year fishing every possibility. But that's just a dream. No different, like the majority who have to work hard to pay the bills, earn enough to play a little. Endulge in their passion for Angling.

Unfortunately just going to have to make do with the odd county trip, now and again. Not being a full time angler, these trips will be more than likely just once a month.

Due to privacy, decided to visit Counties unannounced. Many will be pre arranged journeys, very much looking forward to rΓ©union with old friends, and meeting new along the way.

This is more a journey, an adventure, excitement, a travel log of events in own relaxed time. All about the fishing. Not about the attention, which honestly without sounding ungrateful not seeking. Far to many Prima Donna's in Angling nowadays.

Just an average angler, 51 years of age who's loves going Fishing. nothing more nothing less. 

The whole experience and journey up to now like mentioned has been totally overwhelming, even to the point of overpowering to the extent of causing anxiety.

Looking back in hindsight could never have imagined Facebook Page getting over a 1000 Likes, so many comments, likes, support, help, advice, encouragement from readers the response has been totally overwhelming to say the least.

Never in wildest dreams ever once imagined myself being in the Angling Press not once, let alone four times in The Anglers Mail in recent months. Its all very new, still coming to terms with all that's happened the past year.

Come to a point where started to feel having such popularity, has its pressure of maintaining such a state. There had to come a point where needed to cut off from being popular for popularity sake, and keep feet firmly on the ground. Simply get out there and enjoy, love the fishing.

Don't want Fame! Not knocking those who like, follow. Would rather continue doing what love at my own steady pace, without fear of people loosing interest. Far better development to continue being passionate about, a pasttime, hobby, skill, call it what you want, don't want to worry what others may think.

So without sounding rude or selfish anything but! Now have to return more to a the subject in hand the fishing. Having to visualise getting on with what you do regardless of what people think. Not be so vulnerable.

Shall return, soon, and keep you posted with my fishing adventures.

As Always Tight Lines, and may your next bite be a Big One or anyone big or small πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
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Good Afternoon All,

Yes! It's Official Raving Mad 😊

Before start to draw up a blog for this mission. A completely different challenge put to me by a reader recently.

Sure many are aware of the next challenge 'Catch A Fish From All 69 UK Cities' however further research has shown some Cities are going to be extremely difficult. Therefore have decided to do two separate challenges.

Will be doing both Missions alongside each other purely for love and the hell of it. There will be no time limits, or added pressure.

Really looking forward to completing present Mission 'Catch A Fish From All 33 London Authorities' hitting the road later this year meeting many of you along the way.

Further Updates, and blog post to follow πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£

p.s - one country at a time shall also be planning to visit Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the future.

48 Counties Of England
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire, including Isle of Ely
Cheshire
held jointly with Chester
Cornwall
Cumberland
Derbyshire
Devon
held jointly with Exeter
Dorset
held jointly with Poole
Durham
Essex
Gloucestershire
held jointly with Gloucester and Bristol
Hampshire
held jointly with Southampton
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Huntingdonshire
Kent, held jointly with Canterbury COMPLETED. 
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
held jointly with Lincoln
City of London, having commissioners of Lieutenancy
County of London
Middlesex
Norfolk
held jointly with Norwich
Northamptonshire, including the Soke of Peterborough
Northumberland
held jointly with Berwick-upon-Tweed and Newcastle upon Tyne
Nottinghamshire
held jointly with Nottingham
Oxfordshire
Rutland
Shropshire
Somerset
Staffordshire
held jointly with Lichfield
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Warwickshire
Westmorland
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
held jointly with Worcester
Yorkshire—had three Lieutenants, one for each of the three ridings
East Riding, held jointly with Kingston upon Hull
North Riding
West Riding, held jointly with York

Fishing In The London Borough Of Westminster

Fishing In The London Borough Of Westminster

The Grand Union Canal, Paddington Arm, London Borough Of Westminster


The Grand Union Canal, Little Venice, London Borough Of Westminster

to be continued thanks for your patience 

Fishing In The London Borough Of Wandsworth

Fishing In The London Borough Of Wandsworth
to be continued thanks for your patience 

Fishing In The London Borough Of Waltham Forest

Fishing In The London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Good Morning, 

Having fished all 33 London Authorities, decided to write a separate blog for each London Borough and The City Of London. These separate blog posts are a starting point rather than the finished article. From 22nd of June 2018 to the 21st of June 2019 set about catching a fish in every one. 

Limited in time to just a year to complete, holding down a day job didn't have the time to catch a Specimen fish from each. Some attempts resulted in tiny fish as a result had alot of negative feedback. In order to catch a Specimen from each and every Borough it would take far in excess of a year. 

Have decided to invest far more time on the bank in order to achieve a reasonable sized fish from each and every one this time round with no time limits or added pressure. 

This blog is certainly not all about myself, in fact get a lot more pleasure meeting other anglers on the bank, taking pictures and sharing their stories. Especially look forward to meeting many more of you out and about. 

Along the way will be adding pictures from many different Anglers get to meet, including every venue available, those can fish, those you can't. Including all Fishing Clubs, Day tickets, and free fishing. 

This is one of all 33 London Authorities... 

Starting point rather than the finished article, thanks for your patience...

As Always Tight Lines, may your next bite be a Big One or anyone big or small. 

Shaun.

THE BOOK 'FISHING IN LONDON THE GUIDE' BY AWS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 2022
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Walthamstow Reservoirs, Walthamstow
Walthamstow Reservoirs, London Borough Of Waltham Forest 1st April 19

Absolutely made up today. Fabulous company, wonderful fishing. Fantastic venue. Certainly got the fly fishing bug now. Got my 4 fish limit no where near as quick as my Buddy great angler Jim who managed 25 and could have had more if not for teaching.

So made up lots of pictures to follow. And a full write up. Big Shout out to The Staff, not forgetting the wonderful Gentlemen who met today.

Now to head back home, and prepare some dinner.

Bye for now πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸŽ£
Mission: Catch A Fish In All 33 London Authorities, 32 Borough's, plus The City of London.

Walthamstow Reservoirs, London Borough Of Waltham Forest

Happy April Fools Day,

Finally getting better at shooting the line. My first Reservoir Trout. Massive Thanks to Jim, teaching, and his home made Damsel Nymph. Chuffed to bits. Totally buzzing like a kid at Christmas. Hopefully catch my 4 fish entitlement before day is through.

Authorities Completed: 28/33 Date: 1st April 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, or anyone big or small πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
Walthamstow Reservoirs, London Borough Of Waltham Forest.

Exciting fishing Jim is smashing it and already hit fish limit before 10am. As for myself still struggling with the casting, but slowly getting more distance, and just lost my first one. Hope my turn soon.
Bye for now πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ£
Nice one Jim thanks for taking this one love it πŸ‘❤️😎🎣

Good Morning,

Walthamstow Reservoirs, London Borough Of Waltham Forest 1st April 19

What an amazing day out. Has to be said certainly got the fly fishing bug. Only ever had a go a handful of times on own over the past 46 years, mainly ending up in trees, in a total mess, not having a clue. Always been something wanted to take up more seriously.

Having spent a proper day on the bank with an experienced fly angler delighted to say will be doing far more fluff chucking from now on, not just for trout, coarse species also.

Firstly A Big Shout out to Jim, for which today would never have happened without his knowledge, expertise and guidance. Not only setting me up properly, but teaching this fine art of angling.

A massive shout to Walthamstow Wetlands, and their warm, pleasant, friendly Staff. Thanks very much.

Not forgetting every last respectful Gentlemen who came by with the most friendly attitude. A total breath of fresh air from some of the coarse fishing venues visited over the years. Showing kindness, most courteous, offering tips, advice, and help. Such a pleasant, calm, relaxing environment.

Had so much fun, wonderful fishing, one for the memory pot.

On a final note, thanks again Jim for literally saving my life. Once he had hit his 4 fish limit switched to barbless hooks, catch and release. Unfortunately a fish went belly up. Rushed down the bank to rescue with a landing net, slipped down bank. Was like stepping on washing up liquid as slowly lost footing going further into the water unable to get a firm footing, sliding further and further out. Thankfully Jim was there to hold out a hand grab and pull in. That was scary, no telling how far would have ended up probably upto neck and swimming. Phew! Thankfully a beautiful day dried out quickly, apart from feet.

All in All an excellent day out, a venue wouldn't think twice coming back. Even very tempted to join Walthamstow Fly Club. Not forgetting another Borough scratched of The list of 33 London Authorities. Loved it! Took many more pictures add here soon. 


Bye for now, have a wonderful week ahead πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ£

 Jim with one of the 25 landed

 Jim's limit first 4 of 25 fish, before changing rging to barbless, catch and release...



 Soaked...
 Just some of Jim's homemade flies, nymphs...
 More if Jim's handy won't
 Opps that's a lively one...

 One of Jim's homemade which caught my first Reservoir trout, and cracked another London Borough...

 Jim's homemade works of art (not the one on the sponge, some of my old ones)
 Jim setting me up...
Jim checking my two rods, opting for The Shakespeare... 

 Spotless, clean and tidy...




 The Famous Coppermill Stream...


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Highams Park Lake, Woodford Green, Chingford
Highams Park Lake, Woodford Green, Chingford, London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Highams Park Lake, Woodford Green, Chingford, London Borough Of Waltham Forest

Beautiful looking wouldn't recommend that he fishing

Many more pictures details, further venues to add 
to be continued thanks for your patience 

Fishing In The London Borough Of Tower Hamlets

Fishing In The London Borough Of Tower Hamlets

East Lake, Victoria Park, London Borough Of Tower Hamlets

These  logs are a starting point and will be having much work and time in order to complete.
Shadwell Basin, London Borough Of Tower Hamlets.
Hertford Union Canal, Victoria Park, London Borough Of Tower Hamlets.
Bow Back Waters, River Lea, Three Mills Wall River, Bow, London Borough Of Tower Hamlets.

work in progress 

Fishing In The London Borough Of Sutton

Fishing In The London Borough Of Sutton

to be continued thanks for your patience 

Fishing In The London Borough Of Southwark

Fishing In The London Borough Of Southwark
Greenland Dock, Surrey Quays, London Borough Of Southwark
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Fishing rights controlled by The New Rotherhithe Angling Club: https://www.tnrac.co.uk
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Fishing rights controlled by The New Rotherhithe Angling Club: https://www.tnrac.co.uk
Fishing rights controlled by The New Rotherhithe Angling Club: https://www.tnrac.co.uk


Burgess Park 
19th April 2019: On this day met a fellow angler travelling on same bus, different locations. Great to meet you Daz Salmon nice fish from Burgess Park 30 Mar 19. Thanks for sending, staying in touch, looking forward to meeting again on the bank in the future πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£ 

Burgess Park, London Borough Of Southwark
Burgess Park, London Borough Of Southwark
London Borough Of Southwark by Mike Hall
https://www.behance.net/gallery/70207005/New-London-Borough-map-series-(updated)

to be continued thanks for your patience 

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