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.

Thursday 2 February 2012

New gear.

After four or more years of faithful use I finally decided to change my p.c. tower to a new and improved model, the trials and tribulations of that event are detailed in an earlier blog, but there was still one outstanding issue to be dealt with.

My previous system worked on XP and as with most new pc's this one has Windows 7 already loaded and looking quite nice.  Amongst other problems this gave me was in that the scanner I had used for years now became obsolete.  It appears that the Epsom Perfection 640U works on a 32 bit system, whatever that means; Windows 7 uses 64 bit and that means trouble.  I looked for new drivers, but eventually found out that it could not be increased and hence is of no use, a perfectly good scanner that has to be replaced.

Having looked at several new scanners I finally decided on a HP Scanjet G4010 and I have to say that other than a few teething problems I am very pleased with its performance.  For one thing it does appear to complete that task a fair bit quicker and it is also quite user friendly.

Of course I needed to try it out and my first scan was that of the first double figure barbel I ever caught, 12lb-4oz taken in Aug 1996 from Adam's Mill.  Since my first digital camera was brought in 2004 I have plenty of these film based photos to change to digital before I run out of tasks for the unit to complete.
A 12lb-4oz dream at the time of capture.


  1. Did you try this with you old scanner Phil?


    Worked for with my old scanner.

  2. Had a look and maybe it would have worked but I've already got the new one now. It looks as though you need to pay for the service after the initial run, $35 so perhaps better to get a new one.
    I will put the old one back on and try it out just to see if it will do the job and then whoever has it next can take either option.