A NEW BOOK NOW OUT. Targets set and achieved.

My third book, 'Targets set and achieved' is now complete and ready for sale. As the title suggests it reflects the past seven years of my fishing. Twenty different rivers where double figure barbel were caught, crucians and roach to near record size, perch, chub, tench and bream to make the mouth water. All will be in the pages and well illustrated with lots of colour photographs.

There is a 1000 copy print run of the hardback edition and a further 40 leather bound copies for the connoisseur.

Copies available from myself just email phlpsmith9@aol.com or ring 07980 394864 for details

Still a limited number of leathers available.

Alternatively use the web page http://www.philsmithangler.co.uk/ where you can order by Paypal or credit/debit card.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

open season.

I started the new season with a short session on the upper reaches of the Avon.  barbel could be seen in the swim, not big, but the target species,  A few hours later one picked up my artificial casters and I had my first barbel of the season.  Maybe 4lb but a start, and better than lots of blanks I've suffered on previous opening days.
                                                             First day barbel 2011
Today I went back for an afternoon session.  Again with casters/hemp and I hoped my previous bait dropping would have got their taste buds working.  Sure enough, between the rain showers [and storms] I caught a further three barbel to about 6lb and five chub to about 3lb.  I had forgot just how much barbel can pull, even these little ones put a nice bend in a 1.5lb test rod - I look forward to the bigger one pulling it round.  :)
                                                           Typical of chub caught.

                                                                        heavy rain as well

1 comment:

  1. Good to see such good roach from the Avon. I wonder what the top possible weight is?