You can now search this website using the box below (try pressing refresh if no box) for any topic including sea angling for bass, mullet, wrasse, conger and pollack, freshwater fishing for pike, trout, grayling, dace and roach and tactics for getting the best out of fishing the coast, rivers, lakes and ponds, braided line, circle hooks, etc.
The archive is now in the form of three pages 'SALTWATER', 'FRESHWATER', and TACK-TICS. All three are updated fairly often (usually every week if I've been fishing). The actual frequency will depend on what sort of fishing I've been doing and family commitments. Have a good read!
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The book was written for anglers who fish in the seas around Britain but it has much of value to anyone who wields a fishing rod anywhere in the World. The idea of using scientific fact and observation to improve catches can be applied to any sort of fishing. As the blurb on the back cover states -
"Mike Ladle, Harry Casey and Terry Gledhill, because of their work at the Freshwater Biological Association, came to live in Dorset after fishing in such typical North Country locations as Cumbria, Northumbria and Merseyside."
"Although they had a fair amount of experience between them they found that consistent success in sea fishing eluded them and they turned their considerable talents (two of them are zoologists and the other a chemist) to the problem of maximising the return on their fishing expeditions. They studied the food that fish eat; bait strategy; wind, tides and weather; growth patterns and the peculiarities of such fish as bass, wrasse, conger, mullet, rays, bream and sole."
"As proof of the pudding, their book contains tables of results covering four years' fishing to show how this approach has increased their success rate by a considerable amount. This experience can now be shared by other sea anglers who can not only gain valuable tips but can also catch that, scruffy, smelly, seductive aroma of real sea angling which comes over in the lively narrative."
These are the chapter headings of Operation Sea Angler and this will be the order in which they appear. The entire book is here plus a vast amount of extra information about fishing with lures, flies and baits.
1. 'You should have been here last week!'
THE HOW, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY
2. 'Food glorious food!'
WHAT FISH EAT
3. 'So what's the big attraction?'
WHY A FISH TAKES THE BAIT
4. 'Blow the wind southerly.'
ON TIDES AND WEATHER
5. 'Life begins at forty.'
THE GROWTH PATTERNS OF FISH
6. 'Who's been spinning on my reef - part I?'
PLUGGING FOR BASS
7. 'Who's been spinning on my reef - part II?'
PLUGGING FOR BASS
8. 'Once in a blue moon.'
BASS FROM THE ROCKS
9. 'The gay cleaners.'
FISHING FOR WRASSE
10. 'You gaff it!'
CONGER FROM THE BEACH
11. 'Playing hard to get.'
THE GREY MULLET - PART I
12. 'Playing hard to get.'
THE GREY MULLET - PART II
13. 'On your marks!'
SMALL-EYED RAYS AND BLACK BREAM - PART I
14. 'On your marks!'
SMALL-EYED RAYS AND BLACK BREAM - PART II
15. 'O Sole mio!'
SOLE AND OTHER FLAT FISH - PART I
16. 'O Sole mio!'
SOLE AND OTHER FLAT FISH - PART II
17. 'Four Year's Facts and Figures!'
FOUR YEARS' FACTS AND FIGURES
'Other good fishy info.'
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