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, 7 April 2012

The next two weeks in my diary have already been booked.  This coming week will be two days on the Colne Valley pit for bream with an outside chance of tench;  then two days at Marsh Farm for the crucians where yet again a tench of over 7lb would be a possible catch.  Maybe a day perch or tench fishing could be added upon my return but that remains to be seen.
                                                  A fish of this size would be very welcome.

I’ve been sorting out the basic gear for Marsh Farm and with those bits shown in the photo along with my 14ft Drennan Ultralight Matchpro rod, a few other different pellets both hook bait and feed, I feel hopeful of a result.  My target will be 3lb plus crucian, but although still a good venue it is not what it was 5 years ago.
                                                                  Ready for the crucians.

The following week I will again be at the roach pit for a couple of days guiding two anglers who put money into the Barbel Society’s Conservation Fund for that chance, I normally do not do any guiding but this is a special occasion and the work that is carried out using that money helps us all.  I will follow that up with days either sturgeon or cat fishing to round off a quite interesting spell of fishing.


  1. Best of luck Phil

    I've considered a season ticket for Godalming several times in order to be able to night fish Marsh but realistically it would be a luxury in terms of time spent there, a couple of trips would probably the best I could hope for. Isn't it a shame that there aren't more good crucian waters about. If I came into a fortune I wouldn't waste it on a huge house, a complex of lakes would be made with lakes dedicated to some of the more neglected species

  2. We could certainly do with a good midlands venue, with NO king carp in it.
    Unfourtunatly a commercial non starter it would appear.

  3. I don't think anyone's got the balls to try to be honest, crucians tench and roach in a lake, not much conflict there and I think most of us lot would be willing punters wouldn't we. Do we risk rudd too though or shall we put those in another lake, maybe one with a few special carp in perhaps

    1. Sounds good, but might have to wait till one of us, or someone like minded has the right oppurtunity to carry it out.

      In the mean time its either fish to around 2lb ish or long distance excursions.

  4. Marsh Pratley tried the silver fish route on the Club Lake at Orchid. Although lots of anglers had said they wanted such a venue very few turned up, and he had to put carp in to make it viable.

    Hopefully I will get night fishing on Marsh Farm on a guest ticket of a member [John Found]. I was a full member for a period but the need to do work parties spoiled that option, travelling 130 just for that did not make sense.

  5. Yes you have to do work parties at the start of your second year I think.

    Trouble is you need specimen sized fish to make it attractive, you can go and catch smaller sized fish of these species no problem, though crucians are the oddity due to the crossbreading issues, if you wanted to stock with true crucians is it even possible to buy them?

    1. It is Rob, Leamington Angling bought a batch of certified crucians to top up the stock in Snitterfield reservoir a couple of years ago. Beautiful little fish and growing on strong I might add.

      I agree with the previous sentiments. How about a crucian and silver bream venue, with rudd over the top for spice. Only 4 x 5lbers of each species permitted entrance and the pit is the size of Belgium.

  6. EA took samples from Marsh Farm in those early years to confirm true breed and the took eggs to rear at their hatchery. As mentioned certified fish are available but it is a long term project and they have a well known habit of not being caught after stocking!

  7. I better get a shift on then, I'll buy a lottery ticket this week, get the lakes dug by mid summer, should be ok to stock by winter and in five years we'll have something starting to look slightly fishery like, another five years and we'll find those cruo's!