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Winter Berry Trial packs
Cold water formulation

All you need to trial Winter Berry in one bag. Perfect for a couple of overnighters
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Barnwell lake pictures
One of my local ponds it only contains a handful of commons that have been resident since the 90's
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Linford lakes - Alder pt 6
It is still morning and we continue the session where we left off. After the success of the supermoon common i felt that another fish was on the cards. The day is spent keeping busy by the bivvy, walking around the lake searching for fish and the usual eating and drinking of tea. As with all things they come to an end and this was to be my last session on Alder lake. Happy days spent in solitude after the rare and forgotten.
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Nickolls lake - Hythe 2015 pt 3
It's the last few days of my session on Nickolls lake and it starts with a beautiful misty sunrise. The previous night had been hectic with the rods firing off one after the other keeping me busy till the early hours. By 3am all four rods had fired off within 5-10 minutes of each other and so with them all out of action and leaning against the bivvy i decided to get my head down for some much needed sleep. Four hours later i woke refreshed and ready to do battle again, first coffee.
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The River Ebro pictures
My first view of the River Ebro in October 2016 will always stay with me, it was breathtaking. The massive escarpment of the Tossals de' Almatret rising high above the winding River Ebro all in panoramic view. Quite an awesome sight to behold but getting down to the swim was something else as well. Steep rocky roads cut into the side of the rock with sheer drops down the valley floors it took your breath away. Then the silence and expanse of the river and the knowledge that it held some truly massive carp, all wild and un-named. I had an amazing week but it was also a very hard week, tough on the body and the soul. The weather threw plenty at us and at times we feared we would not get out in time to catch our flights home but in the end it all came good ;-)
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Alder lake pictures
Alder lake was one of the unfished lakes on the linford complex that held some secrets. Left unfished for most of the time save for a few tench and bream anglers it was thought to contain few if any carp at all and not worth the effort. I first stumbled upon it when i was invited to the Linford show to do a talk on the saturday night. After arriving one of the bailiffs took me to a gate, let me through and said 'fish where you want Steve'. As i drove down through the meadows i glimpsed Alder through the trees, quite, undisturbed and beautiful. Islands littered the middle of the lake, fallen trees, lilies and, as i soon found out features galore on the lake bed. It's an anglers paradise and as i drove round the perfect swim came into view. My time on Alder was precious and when i trod those banks i left only footprints but came away with so many happy memories.
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Colnebrook pictures
The lake that Mary and Malins came from before they were made famous in Wraysbury it's not far from the end of Heathrow airport runway and is the noisiest place i have ever fished. However it's full of carp and made a nice change from St Ives Big Fjords where i had been fishing for the whole summer. There your lucky to see a fish let alone catch one ;-) Places like these can give you your confidence a real boost as well as letting you try out things and learn.
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St Ives Big Fjords pictures
An amazing expanse of water but with few fish and a difficult proposition at the best of times. Back when i fished it in 2013 it had very few carp and getting near them long enough to catch them was difficult. Because of the nature of the lake moving around takes an immense amount of effort and you would need a vehicle for much of it if you wanted to move from one side to the other. However dont let that put you off as it has been stocked and more fish and swims will no doubt become available. I loved every minute of it but i might not do it again...but then saying that, if the right water came along who knows.
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Waterbeach barracks pictures
Situated on an old army base (39th Eng reg) i fished it back in the early 90's mostly days with my son Marcus. It didnt have a large stock of carp but i caught most of them. Eventually they all grew up to be much bigger. At the time I fished it i had the place to myself all of the time and i spent many happy days there with my son.
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Redhouse lake pt 10
The last session on Redhouse lake in 2014 and it's the end of a long hard road for sure. Out of 21 days i spent fifteen on the bank and Redhouse pretty much became my home. Fishing as single mindedly as this though can take it's toll and in many ways. The journey of 50-60 miles each way from home was really no trouble at all to be honest. The camping by the lake was a pleasure for the senses and the soul. The food and brews kept my spirits up as well as the visits from David the owner, Alf and Paul the bailiffs, Gordon Owen the tackle shop manager and of course my mate Shaun. The session with my old mate Jeff rekindled the magic of a true friendship. I was constantly busy trying to outwit and out fish the Tench and of course i managed a few gems. For me it was sheer adventure. I was on my own fishing a lake that was forgotten. No-one really knew what was in there and the chance to find out was what drove me on. If life can be measured then i had my fill by the banks of Redhouse lake.