Friday, 31 May 2019

Gallions Canal, New Acres Road, Thamesmead, London

Gallions Canal, New Acres Road, is a short stretch of canal situated in Thamesmead, London Borough Of Greenwich. It is a Members Only water controlled by Thamesmead Town Angling Club.
Not to be confused with Thamesmead Canal. This is a different stretch. Over the years, different sections have disappeared, been changed route, filled in made way for roads, houses.
This particular section runs from Gallions Lake through to the end point as seen on map above, being shut off the end of stretch.
Exclusive to Club Members Only !
Controlled by Thamesmead Town Angling Club. Absolutely worth joining not just for the 4 lakes, but this wonderful short stretch of canal πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
Not only one fishing today. Admiring wildlife. Looking forward to owning digital camera. Phone taken some nice pictures up to now, however room for improvement πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
work in progress 

IBHOOKS fishing terminal tackle, hook and accessory boxes REVIEW

AWS Review: IB HOOKS terminal tackle, hook and accessory boxes 10/10

Good Afternoon Folk's,

AWS Review: IB HOOKS terminal tackle, hook and accessory boxes 10/10

Firstly would like to point out don't receive any such fishing tackle or baits from any company. Completely Independent, not sponsored, all my Fishing tackle is purchased by working hard, spending own money.

Unlike many reviews you will come across in the press, be it fishing tackle or any product we all know most such reviews are not true, honest or well tested. Often reviews are put together without any or little Field Testing.

Purchased these boxes some months back, and have put them through months of rugged testing. Not afraid to use them without fear of falling apart. Gone through extreme weather conditions, rain, snow and damp conditions. After all fishing tackle needs to be robust and withstand some form of abuse without falling apart after a few sessions.

Over the year's purchased many item's that have received high reviews in the press only to fall apart within one session let alone rigorous testing in the harshest outdoor conditions.

If spending your money you want the confidence of knowing an item will last.

Delighted to give these products by IBHOOKS a 10 star rating. Faultless and very much part of my everyday armoury. Did have a slight problem with one box, and contacted the company, which turned out to be a defective fault in manufacturing. The company where pleasant and sent out a brand new box at no extra charge next day delivery. Can't fault that Customer Service is paramount, including after care service.

Thanks very much IBHOOKS for such amazing products, and A1+ Service. Highly Recommended 10/10 product, delivery, after care customer service. Shall not hesitate in purchasing future products from this company.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Dungeness, The English Channel, Kent


Afternoon All,

Just arrived back home after a lovely night out. First off thanks Charlie for taking me and Sammy Boy to the coast.

Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, certainly be visiting again, despite catching nothing big, or spectacular. Called fishing for a reason, not always about the catching. Was just glad to be out of the big smoke. Both caught loads of these annoying dogfish, and whiting. No bass unfortunately for anyone spoke to on the beach.
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An added bonus though for Charlie a nice first ever catch a Dover Sole, kindly gave, a nice fish supper tonight, regarded as The Rolls Royce of fish meat, according to Gordon Ramsey.
Mmm Yesssss the verdict, tasted great πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
Time for a nice bath, cup of tea, a few hours shut eye Zzz Zzz
Just getting dark on arrival, looking forward to a good night's fishing πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
AWS BLOG ENTRY : 25 May 19

Evening All,

Just arrived for a spot of night fishing in Dungeness, English County Of Kent.
Unfortunately plans to fish The City Of Brighton and Hove, English County Of Sussex was scrapped last minute due to no fresh bait lug and rag available en route. Got a phone call from Charlie at work panicking unable to get fresh bait. Phoned a few shops out of stock, ended up cycling 12 miles round trip to Anglers Direct in Crayford. As Charlie said deserve a nice bass for the effort.
Mind you on opening the supposedly 4 Wraps of lugworm ordered, was in fact 2 ragworm, and 2 lugworm. Very small to say the least, which we put down to bait being what let us down despite catching plenty of fish, bigger lugworm not tiny rags was the order of the day. Next time we shall come better prepared. 
Baits in all set ready to roll πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
First catch Charlie is into a small doggy...
The times they are a changing. The new modern day era has seen an end to the job of 'Lighthouse Keeper. The old lighthouse still exists, but long since replaced with digital, computer unmanned light houses. 
Big Baits! Big Fish! Not always the case. On The Squid.. but still catching them damn doggies!!! 
Had a small whiting hardly worth a picture. Charlie back into another small dogfish
Nice one Charlie doggie and a Dover Sole
an interesting place to visit
Bait lugworm, ragworm, and squid. 
Dover Sole, flip side
Good Morning All, the tide is high and the sun is rising. Sammy Boy enjoying his time by the seaside.
Pestesticles, shut up!

In the bad books! New surroundings, different people. He has been to the seaside before, however not in the dark. A pest today, not doing as he's told. Even scoffing my ham and cheese for sandwiches. 
In the meantime Charlie is sleeping
Whilst his rigs are doing the business... Wake up Charlie
Mad to think Charlie has only been sea fishing a short while. He has taken to it like a duck on water. Only 27yrs of age has seen more big fish on the bank coarse fishing, and travelled more places and countries than most Anglers could only dream.
Blimey! Check out the new fishing rods, could only dream of buying. Keen as mustard πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
In the meantime my old rods and Reels are giving up the ghost. Need to start investing more cash on sea gear. 
"Arrrrrrrr broken rod tip not a happy bunny"
All the gear, and lots of idea, lot's of fish today. Years of Coarse Angling has been of real benefit, watching countless YouTube videos. All self taught sea fishing. Top Angling mate. Could say Green with envy lol πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸŽ£
Dogfish curl up like this it's a defensive mechanism referred to as 'balling'
Charlie must have been shattered after a hard week at work. Must have crashed out for a good 4 hours. Wake up! Your missing high tide. 
Had my fair share now of doggy's and loads of whiting.
Wake Up! You got a bite on Charlie
Charlie did eventually wake up, not helped by Sammy Boy jumping on him πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ All jokes aside sorry mate was a pest, not normally so naughty.
Damn Dog! Sam leave the man alone for crying out loud! You don't know where he's been πŸ‘πŸ€£πŸŽ£

Hand Crafted Floats by Mike Cootes purplepeanut007

Hand Crafted Floats by Mike Cootes
Some of you maybe aware my passion for fishing floats. Been especially keen on purchasing some of Mike Cootes beautiful looking floats for sometime now. Then came across these new babies, couldn't resist the temptation any longer. 

>>on going blog feature, starting point rather than the finished article<<
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Been on the look out for a special float to tackle many of the fast, shallow rivers fish on a regular basis. Spotted these and had to contact Purplepeanut007 on Facebook straight away.  Not realising at first these where by Mike Cootes.

Order placed for next month, so looking forward to using these in the new coarse river season.

Shouldered Irwell Sticks. 
Another upgrade to my shallow fast water trotters.

The Shouldered Irwell Sticks
are wider for more turbulent water than the MKIIs, have a bigger body and have a large step in them to stop any movement of the rubbers... Read more here: Purplepeanut007

Friday, 24 May 2019

Father and Son, Bodgit and Scarper, Les étangs de La Carrière, France yearly fishing trip 2019

French Connection  Wish I Was Here With Friends 
Father and Son, Bodgit and Scarper, 
Les Γ©tangs de La CarriΓ¨re, France, 
yearly fishing trip 2019
Something a little different from usual blog posts. This being a Guest Feature put together, as a keepsake for Father and Son. Good Friends of mine, what a great weeks Angling with Tony and Mark Knightingale...
Last video before leaving this morning, Nice one Lads, thanks for sharing your wonderful week's holiday. Safe travels Home.
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Forward from Mark and Tony: A week in Les Γ©tangs de La CarriΓ¨re what a great weeks fishing with me dad we’ve caught loads of fish great food a few beers down The local bar tabac Weather’s been great fishing slowed up towards the end of the week tactics boilies approach only throwing stick fishing Between 50 and 80 yards it’s been fun using mainline Baits essential cell and the link 18 mm and 20 mm Boilies Did the damage last night now ready to come home Big thanks to Jean Claude and Brigitte the owners of La CarriΓ¨re see you next year
OMG! Fourth Grass Carp of holiday for Mark, whilst Dad is resting, sleeping off his dinner. We'll done Mate! Cracking fish! Still time to get that 40+ fingers and toes and everything crossed for you Mate. And just caught a small 15 pounder not bother photographing, put backπŸ€žπŸ™πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
Dinner is served that looks a handsome bit of scoff there. Good cooking Tony. Making me hungry, stomach is rumbling. Nice bit of Italian Spaghetti Bolognese to finish off. LovelyπŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
Meanwhile Mark is still at it making the last of the few hours left. Great fishing certainly changed my tune about coming. What a marvellous holiday. Stunning catches. Very much looking forward to visiting with you both next year. Thanks for sharing your week. Not over yet till the fat lady songs still chance hopefully for that elusive 40+ πŸ€žπŸ™πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
Tony's doing the cooking Tonight. Final night, last dinner before heading off in morning. Final goodbyes. Hopefully a few more before you leave.
29.10Ibs for Mark hopefully more before leaving in the morning.
Tony's turn to catch another fish, this time on Marks rod whilst away. Redemption for the fish which would have been Tony's PB, personal best, Mark played and landed on his rod earlier whilst away from swim. 
Friday evening almost time to start loading car ready for leaving in morning
For those not familiar with the term A "bodge job" mainly used describe miscompetent general contractors "Bodgit and Scarper"
Third Grass Carp for Mark 35Ib 10oz
Certainly not a title would have chosen, looking at some of these beauty's caught. Certainly bodging it Guys. Well done, Top Angling!
>>Catch Reports upto now<<
Last breakfast in France πŸ‡«πŸ‡· home tomorrow to see the 2 loves of my life xxx 
Nice one TonyπŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£ 
Get In There Mate πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£ YessssssπŸŽ‰
Wish could have been there on your annual French Fishing Holiday.
Thanks for keeping updated all week, amazing Angling lot's of wonderful fish had by both... Good Eating... 
Beef dripping chips, and Steak on the bank. That's Living Alright πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸŽ£
Talking top nosh on the bank. Now that's what you call living alright. Happy holidays keep the pictures coming πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸŽ£
 Visit into town for essential supplies
One of the smaller ones for Mark 23Ib 10ozs
More Drinks on the bank watching the sun go down. 
More Food 'Stick that on the hook mate" πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸŽ£
No Mate it's All Gone
More fishing 27 pound on the nose
Morning breakfast sausage, bacon, and egg sandwich
Stocking up in town on essential supplies checking out the local beer
French Cake and Auf Wiedersehen Pet
Sausage and egg sandwich, brown bread, brown sauce πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚
Another one for Mark
36.4Ib Grass Carp
Had 2 this morning 24lb 8oz mirror and 28lb 11oz common
25.3Ibs fourth fish for Tony
Good Fishing, Good Eating what more can a man ask
Breakfast on the go
More pictures in no particular order, loads of fish being caught by Mark
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Way to go... Mark keeps sending pictures of food feeling hungry πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸŽ£
33.3Ibs for Tony
Another one for Mark 22.11Ibs
26.11Ibs for Mark
OMG!!! Beast get in there Mark. A little slow of the mark, now level pegging with Dad Tony. Yesssss! Happy for you. There bigger hopefully you will get your 40+ by the end of the week. Get in there πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸŽ£ (weight to be updated)
Happy Day's And May Your Next Bite Be A Big One πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸŽ£
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Get in there Buddy! Anorher Stonker Mark slowly catching up with your Dad πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸŽ£ (weight to be updated) 
Tony's in already πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸŽ£
A 34 in the net
Mark's into his first of the campaign, slacking behind his Dad can he catch up. Its not a race or about a compilation. Get in there Mate... Happy Day's ahead. Enjoy your holiday. Tight Lines, 2U both, may your next bite be a Big One, maybe that 40+ one πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£ (weight to be updated) 
Cor Blimey! Get in there Tony Mate... into another one, look at the belly on that πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£ (weight to be updated)
Non stop action upon arrival fish weights to be updated first of many pictures, and wonderful videos sent this week. Tony started on a flyer 4 before Mark hit into his first. (weight to be updated)
Port of Calais France
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