Saturday, 31 December 2011

2011 highlights

Well the year is almost over so I thought I would sum up my years fishing as I see it. The most enduring memory of 2011 for me is the number of new angling friendships that I have forged via the Salford friendly anglers in particular a certain Mike Duddy without whom I would not have caught several of my memorable captures from 2011. So I have to say thanks Mike not just for the information and advice but for the laughs and friendship on the bank I hope to spend many more banter/fish filled days on the bank showing you how to catch in 2012! :)

Well here are a few captures from this year that stick in my mind.

January this year I bagged this nice pike from the Irwell after losing a bigger fish the previous day but it was still a great start to the year

This was followed by a trip to the ribble on a bitterly cold day when thanks to Mike being as keen/mad as I am we stuck it out wading in ice cold water and I managed 2 firsts my first grayling followed by my first sea trout

Then it was spring on the quays with Mike and after a number of nice tench and bream this carp gave me one of my most memorable and scary fights ever on 5lb line in the quays seeing it head for every snag in the clear water!

Another memorable fish was this nice perch from a tiny manchester pond on another trip out with Mike.

Then it was another trip out that provided two firsts my first grass carp

And my first catfish

Although I didn't manage any very large fish this year there were countless days when plenty was caught and a great time was had. My new years resolution is to update this blog properly when I go fishing.

I have to say 2011 was a great year the Salford friendly anglers are a great bunch and the club is going from strength to strength. To see barbel stocked into the irwell was a privilege, thanks Ian.

Thanks again Mike for some superb days out and I look forward to 2012 being another exciting year for the club and myself.


  1. Hey, nice blog Paul... I didn't recognise you on that profile picture!

  2. Well I was 19 when I had that fish and its a picture of a picture so not the best!

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