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.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Is that big fish there this time?

The sturgeon trip booking has come around again, and with Merv out of action another friend, Kevin Vass, jumped at the chance to go along and battle with these giants.  All plans had made so off I set for the venue having arranged to meet Kevin there, I arrived to find him waiting and eager to go, he had not even seen a sturgeon let alone caught one!

My tackle was as used on previous trips, 2.25lb test rods coupled with 18lb main line and 35lb braid hook-links to a size 2:0 hook.  A matchbox size chunk of salmon with the skin still in place was then loaded directly onto the hook, and this was then sent out into the trench that runs level with the bank at about 5yards out into the lake. Following a number of sturgeon that just showed themselves around the lake, it was my bait that was finally taken, then following the usual terific fight I had yet another 20lb sturgeon on the bank.  This one went 26lb-10oz and it made the appropriate impression on Kevin being the first of the species he had seen in the flesh.


That was the first of four fish taken, all over 20lb and equally shared at two each.  Kevin is already looking forward to another trip and I am still looking forward to hooking the big one, still, that's what fishing is all about, anticipation of the next trip!

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