Have You Caught A Ringneck Blenny?

In September 2019 I caught what I believe was the first positively identified ringneck blenny from the shore in England. Now I have caught a second and my good mate Richard Salter has caught two as well. This has led me down the ringneck rabbit hole and I’m here to ask you… Have you caught…

LRF – The Fighting Whiting

There are few species that generate such derision and divides in the sea fishing community as the whiting. Many bait anglers see them as a pest, getting in the way of catching more prized species such as cod or bass. Other anglers are just pleased to catch in the bitter, most challenging months of the…

My Favourite LRF Catches

The lockdown continues and so do my trips down memory lane. This time I wanted to tell the stories that I haven’t told on this blog yet, of some catches that blew my mind at the time – big and small. Gilthead bream – May 2018I come up with madcap plans to catch fish all…

Understanding The Weever Fish

I’m standing on the edge of a harbour wall, the ancient stone it’s made from having kept countless winter storms at bay. Now the weather is very far from stormy, it’s gloriously settled. The sun slowly sizzling my exposed shoulders, dancing off the gently rippling sea below. Both the sky and sea are mirrored blue,…

UK Wrasse Species – My Guide

Despite our overcast skies, constant rain and often grey seas, UK waters can hold colourful species. Wrasse are one of the most successful fish groups on earth and we have many species around our coast. This is my guide to the more common species, fish that are often confused with one another. When compared next…

LRF – Sight Fishing For Flounder

How many favourite fish can you have? I seem to collect them. Recently I have had a new, rather flat, obsession – Platichthys flesus, the European flounder. I have caught plenty over the last few years, ranging from cute beer mat sized babies to two pound plus brutes. Frosty, clear December nights scream flounder to…

LRF Royalty – The Topknot

Inspiration is a funny thing, the weather has been awful recently and that has kept fishing to a minimum, meaning less ammo for me to write with. Poor weather does lead to more time to read though and what a book I have been reading – Hooked On Lure Fishing by Dom Garnett and Andy…

Pout vs Poor Cod – Spot The Difference

It’s pretty much winter and it’s time to talk about some unfashionable fish. Yes, the moment has arrived… It’s time to play spot the difference between two species that are uncannily similar – the pouting and the poor cod. First a little background on these closely related species. Both of these fish are relatives of…

Blenny Bashing – My Guide

Not in fact a violent act, more a form of appreciation of an easy to catch species. For example, ‘I’m not catching anything at the moment, I’m going to go blenny bashing’. Blennies are routinely ignored by the majority of the angling community. When LRF first came to prominence, fishermen started to notice these little…