2nd OCTOBER 2014


River pike

A fine river Thames Pike caught on twitched sprat

Yay! It’s October and it is the traditional time to start Pike fishing. Of course lots of anglers fish them prior to that date but October is always the month I consider them in the crosshairs of my lures and deadbaits. I start this week with the YouTube stats that show our films are flying as far as popularity goes. The minutes actually watched has gone up, which indicates to me that many are actually watching the whole programme from start to finish, rather than just skipping through. If you skip through you may miss those important tips. And it could just be that one vital tip that gets you a fish. The subscribers are also up, even more so after we breached the magic 50,000 barrier. Seems many like to share us with others and tell them of all our not-too-serious, fun to watch, fishing films. Mind you the female counter is a bit dismal. It was riding as high (did I just say that?) as 14% of female followers, but it has slumped to 9.2%. I’m sure it’s nothing personal, and I fully understand the downcast feelings of many women when they learned that George Clooney just got married. It’s a shock, I know, but then I do things like…tell you how to catch Carp on washed Baked Beans. I mean there are not many men that can do that is there?

On the site Mike has had a flurry of our stickers. Lots of the “Awesome Army” had been waiting to get their hands on some, and don’t forget there are packs of three different stickers you can get. Check the shop and mail Mike if you want to “badge up” your tackle box or car. We still have some stock of the three Dvd’s but I fear they won’t last until Christmas, so anyone out there wanting one, better get in soon as they are all still at the old price.

I had to whizz the replacement car down to the coast to get a new Towbar fitted in readiness for a bit of boating. Not sure if it will be a last minute shark trip, or an early minute run to the Bristol Channel for Codling. Either way it’s got to be done. Obviously being near the coast I thought I would pass the time by soaking some ragworm. Venue was Southsea, and the promenade there is dead handy as the car is close and you can lean your rods on the railings. It was Wrasse city there. Nothing large, just bite-sized fish, but I did fire a couple out in the hope of a big rogue bass. With all the small wrasse around I’m sure they must feed on them. It was a very pleasant day indeed, warm sunshine of autumn, and the odd rod top rattle to get me excited.

Then, Mike had a Saturday off so we chuntered up to the Linden Lewis marina at Shepperton on the River Thames and had a test run out in one of their aluminium Jon boats. It only had a tiny 2.5 hp Yamaha outboard on the back, but we were both amazed how fast it pushed us along. It can take a lot larger outboard, but for pottering around on the Thames I can’t see why you would want anything larger. On the fish front Mike nailed a load of Perch, and I stuck it out for a Pike, which I got. Tough fishing again, but a super day of weather. On the way downriver Mike saw a truly monster Perch hammer up after my twitched sprat. He was standing and wearing polarising glasses while I was seated so I never saw anything. He puts it at close to 5lbs and was babbling for a couple of hours afterwards. We shall return, and next time I will see if I can catch some Gudgeon livebaits.

The wife had some friends visiting and they stayed in their caravan at a country park that had a lake. Some of it I was told was syndicate, and cost £1,600 a season!!! Wow, that is a lot of money with no guarantees of a catch. I think I would sooner put that cash towards a trip to the River Ebro in Spain where a guarantee of a big carp or giant Catfish is even higher (and a whole lot warmer). Our UK catfish expedition seems to have fallen by the wayside, and with cold weather approaching it might actually be “CAT OUT OF THE BAG”. They tend to get lockjaw in the colder nights. But you never know, there might still be a chance of a trip.

If you do want a target then Barbel are the species to go after at this time of year. They feed greedily now, fattening up for the winter and if on the right water your chance of a biggie is good. Same goes for big Perch on lures. Once it gets colder I feel minnow or Gudgeon livebaits will be better. And how about the 1,200lb Sixgill shark taken aboard Luke Aston’s charter boat out of the Shannon estuary? I saw on some bloke’s Facebook a huge amount of bitching and whining about the size of an obviously massive blue shark from the UK south coast, then this monster comes along and blows their whinging “must-measure-it” etc right out of the ballpark. A real big shark this one, and at almost SIXTEEN FEET it makes those other shark whiners pale into back-biting insignificance. Most of them will certainly never have even seen a shark of this stature. I’m lucky. I have. Many times. Which is why I don’t need to be one of the armchair poison pen brigade who do more talking than actual fishing. If anyone wants to see the biggest Blue shark ever caught in British waters I suggest you track down a photo of the immense Blue taken by the Penzance charter boat in south Cornwall. Easily the biggest, it’s chunky, has the length, and isn’t being held out for the camera like others I’ve seen. Well done guys, a great Blue shark for ENGLISH waters. And of course ENGLAND still has the best all-species shark fishing you can get, with big Threshers, Mako, Porbeagle and Blues. Only a couple more to go, and that’s the Bluefin Tuna and Broadbill Swordfish. Both on the cards at this time of year.

While trawling through my files I ran across some more vintage footage that I had previously paid to have converted from deteriorating VHS tapes, to digital in order for me to at least salvage something from the films. Mike is putting one up in his “Mid-week Madness”, so I hope people can see what the fishing was like a quarter of a century ago. The good news is I also found another two Vintage films, and that’s adding to the 30-odd brand new ones that we have lined up from now till Christmas. Tell your friends there’s only one to watch…”The Totally Awesome Fishing Show!!!”And wait for this. I’m aiming at an entirely new format section for us that will give you even more interesting information, and it’s not in film format. We can’t say more as our “twatometer” lets us know there are loads out there homing in our ideas. They think they know our secret to success, and of course they don’t. The “secret” is YOU GUYS. The numbers alone tell us you just can’t get enough. Until next time…Good Fishing…..Graeme.




My latest Perch video has some great tips on drop shot fishing with soft plastic lures!

Well I wish I could say I have been flat out fishing….but unfortunately I haven’t. I have been hard at it with lesson planning and observations, finally settling into the start of the new school year (and it’s already week 6!) On the plus side I did really enjoy the session on the Thames I had with Dad fishing from Lindon Lewis Marine. Fishing from a boat adds a whole new element and it was something I loved doing. My target species was of course the Perch. I didn’t have any huge ones, but I still caught a good amount on the drop shot technique which I am really enjoying at the moment. The Perch that I saw follow dads twitched sprat was a true monster! I was shaking where I stood and as soon as I started shouting about the Perch bolted, probably spooked by the twitch of the sprat but as I was looking at it another big perch took my lure but unfortunately I lost it on the way up.

Hoping to get out and do some more Perch fishing over the next few weeks as well as Pike. And I am also looking forward to some Winter beach fishing with the cod run that will soon be on us. I have been editing away hard and we have some pretty cool episodes coming out with some great tips so keep watching!

Good luck to anyone out fishing over the next week,

Tight lines,



Perch fishing with soft plastic lures

Perch fishing with soft plastic lures

Sea fishing for tope - vintage

Sea fishing for tope – vintage