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Latest (Tuesday 6th September 2016):

With the summer seeming like a distant memory & the seasonal temperatures beginning to take a distinct nose-dive, we're now at that point of the year where I look forward to my fishing excursions with earnest. There just seems to be something about waking on a cool, crisp morning at the waterside, firing up the kettle & savouring the atmosphere that as anglers we know only too well. The slow start to my Spoonbill campaign seemed to gather some momentum after catching three fish in quick succession, but things have really slowed-up for me again of late & I think I'm starting to get my head around just why that is... I'm forever evaluating my sessions & even whilst I'm not catching, as long as I'm learning then it gives me something to work on when I am next able to get on to the bankside. My recent conclusions are derived from examining the results of the more successful anglers on the lake in direct comparison to myself & in effect, the biggest discernible difference is quite simply, time. Overwhelmingly, my sessions are limited to a quick end of week overnight session where there is a limit to the amount of hours that I can devote to locating fish in direct relation to time actually spent with a bait in the water. Whilst I don't evaluate my level of success by the success of others, it can become quite frustrating while some anglers are catching relatively well by virtue of the amount of time they are able to commit to the pursuit of their quarry. Not that I am envious or jealous in any way - on the contrary, I applaud their success. Whilst some may consider that they are unable to 'compete' with the more successful anglers & fish elsewhere, it makes me more determined to find my own solution. In simple terms, I need to swing things in my favour & by simply turning up, chucking in a few kilos of boilies, going to sleep then waking up in the morning to pack up & go home isn't the way forward & truth be told, has really never been my style, so I've been working on a few edges that might hopefully improve my results in the near future. Remember, it's not a competition - I'm not trying to catch more or bigger fish than the other anglers on the lake, I simply want to be able to keep a few fish visiting my unhooking mat from time to time in the relatively short periods I am able to spend there. It's all about utilising my time more effectively. In some ways, it can be a little embarrassing. Here you are fishing with some of the country's 'elite' carp anglers & when they are catching fish consistently & you aren't, there are times when you can be made to feel quite silly, but that's fishing. I'm solely reliant upon being in the right area, with the right bait presented in the right way with a relatively small window of opportunity & even the best get it incorrect occasionally. However I realise that there are certain things that I can do to hopefully swing things in my favour & I certainly don't feel as if I'm out of my depth fishing amongst these good anglers.


In recent weeks, Spoonbill has produced its first thirties, culminating in an awesome lake record fish of 36lb+, testament to the progression of the residents of the lake. Of course, the political wrangling will ensue upon such captures & to be fair, I'm not privy to these discussions & ultimately, I don't actually care too much for the political side of angling. As I see it, it's a hobby, a pastime that I enjoy & if people want to immerse themselves into the political arena, then that's their prerogative, but it's not where I see my place. Ultimately, these are great achievements & should be celebrated as such. Specifically in the case of the new lake record fish, I personally admire the captor for his result - make no mistake, he deserves it wholeheartedly for the amount of effort he has put in, not only in a fishing sense, but in all areas of the development of the fishery & for this I publicly applaud him (a well-known angler, I don't need to name him here). I'm sure that over time further discussions will take place as to the origins of these fish, but when all is said & done, does it really matter? Let's celebrate such achievements for what they are - big, healthy fish in a wonderful, thriving environment. Their future is bright, let us not lose sight of what we as anglers are trying to achieve...


Welcome to my website -

Within these pages you'll find a detailed insight into my fishing ideas & methods, & should strike a chord with many carp anglers.

Like most anglers, I regularly buy the monthly magazines & enjoy reading the stories, especially those from friends that I've met along my angling path. This website has been created along these lines - a blow-by-blow account of my latest angling experiences & some insight into my ideas & methods.

The site name was taken from a quote of a friend who once said to me 
"too many anglers are more interested in what happens inside the bivvy, it's what takes place beyond the bivvy door that matters..."

Tight lines!!!



Volume 39, issue 232 of Big Carp Magazine is dedicated to canal carp fishing, featuring articles from myself & my good friend Josh Myatt, Danny Champion, Dan Cleary, Matt Lee, Jade Martin, Nick Mays, Keith Williams, James Willets, Liam Webster, Liam Chapman, Dan Sibley & Luke Sparkes.

Also available Canal Carping by Rob Maylin & Friends (book), which also features one of my articles about my canal fishing exploits...
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