It’s been a while since I last used my Outdoor Kitchen Kotlich set (read about it here) and I’ve been looking forward to cooking with it again. To make it worse, reading recipes in my Kotlich cook book, on Trish’s blog and on sites like Campfire Magazine have really been getting my appetite going! After much deliberation about what to try next, I decided that I would cook up some mussels using the Kotlich. I thought this was a…

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  I love Mackerel, it’s one of my biggest pleasures in life. A lonely mackerel made me fall in love with fishing and I’ve spent many a happy summer eve proudly cooking my mackerel catch of the day. Mackerel is a hugely delicious and versatile fish, making it great to experiment with when cooking. Fishcakes are one of my favourite ways to cook it and I’ve tried lots of different recipes; this is the best one I’ve found, albeit with…

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  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to browse Debby’s stall at the Falmouth Oyster Festival. I fell in absolute love with her work. Debby is a very skilled printmaker who specialises in etchings and mezzotints. She is so good, I even forgive the fact that she lives in Devon! Debby makes prints of a plethora of natural life, however it was her work on salt water UK species that I was particularly taken with. She had an…

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  So, Sunday definitely turned out to be a gluttonous day! We popped down to the Oyster Festival on Events Square, Falmouth at about midday. We browsed the really good selection of high quality stalls and my girlfriend couldn’t resist and bought some jewellery. My eyes however, were set on a very different prize – Oysters and Stout. We made our way into the main marque and headed straight for the oyster bar. I purchased four oysters on a paper…

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  The Garfish is the UK’s fastest fish and one I adore catching. It’s a powerful fighting fish for it’s size and it jumps and kicks like a mini Marlin. Its appearance is totally gnarly, with an uber streamlined body and long beak which is filled with tiny teeth. It has almost a radioactive green colouring to its scales which easily enables you to spot any successful Garfish fisherman. Garfish meat used to be thought to be poisonous, which is…

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  This is one of my kayaks, the Tarpon 100 made by Wilderness Systems. The Tarpon is made in several different sizes the 100, 120, 140 and 160, the Tarpon 100 is the smallest of the pack but is still a decent 10 foot / 305cm. The Tarpon 100 is at the top-end of the small sit on top kayaks market. As you can see from the picture above, it is kitted out with all manner of additional extras. It’s…

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  There are two massive reasons why you should wear Polarized Sunglasses while fishing. Number One They let you see into the water better. Polarized lenses stop reflections and glare, I’m not going to go particularly into how they do this because Its a bit boring and I don’t fully understand it! But that doesn’t matter, what does matter is that it’s true and it will help improve your fishing. Being able to see into the water helps you spot…

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  This is Fiiish’s Black Minnow. I really like the 12g, it swims really nicely and you can easily work it over shallow ground, which makes them ace for bass. They’re a French soft plastic lure but are now getting very popular over here. The Black Minnow is made up of three sections. 1. Weighted head with big eye which is sure to attracted predatory fish. 2. Soft plastic body which gives it a great swimming motion. 3. Weedless style…

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  Now this post isn’t about what is contained within the box, it’s purely about the box itself. I have a few tackle boxes, one for storing spares at home, one for spinning, one for rigs and one for kayak fishing. My kayak tackle box started off as a fairly standard double sided tackle box. What is most important to me in a kayak tackle box, is to keep everything safe in the event of a capsize. So when choosing…

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  Handlining is a very old and simple method of fishing. It is also one of my favourite ways to fish, read on to see why. Handlining is uber simple. Basically you have a thick fishing line, something around 50lb or above, something to wrap it around (instead of a reel), some terminal tackle like feathers or baited hooks on the end and finally a weight. What I love about it so much is how natural and close to the…

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