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Busman’s holiday take 2

Last week I found myself in the south of England where I grew up and now over 50 years ago started as my wife says my obsession with fishing. Managed to get two early morning passes so decided to target two old quarries tench and plaice. If you are thinking why would a guy who runs fishing holidays in the Florida Keys want to catch tench and plaice, well to me I just love fishing and yes in Florida fish over 100 lbs happen nearly every day but the sight of tench bubbles then the float sliding away or the rattle of a hungry plaice still excite as the did all those years ago. Also now days it is also not just about the fishing but who you are fishing with in fact now I have ticked nearly all my must have fish it is more about them than the fish. First morning I was on a stunning lake fished by Lee Jasper and to say hopes were high was an understatement. Everything was spot on and as dawn came eyes were pinned to the floats but dawn came and went but old orange eyes was not having it, roach and rudd every cast but that solid strike into a powerful fish did not happen. Normally when I fish with Lee he is bent double into something very big and when he was into that 1000 lb + hammerhead a few years ago his comment ” the second hour sucks as well ” during his 2 hr 23 min fight will be with me forever.

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So on to a morning with old friend Jim Whippy with plaice and bream on the to do list out of Eastbourne on the south coast. Jim is a partner in the selfdrive boat hire run by Hartwell and we were using their main boat check the operation out at www.hartwellcharters.co.uk  the boat was spot on and if you can handle a boat I am sure you will have fish just as we did. Soon the rod tips were rattling to old orange spots and we soon had enough fat plaice for tea then off to Jim’s bream mark. Pouting every drop and Jim even managed two small huss then as the tide picked up Jim had a couple of bream but a very strong tide ended a very enjoyable morning.