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I went fishing today for the first time this year. It was a beautiful sunny and actually turned out to be quite hot, I wish I didn't put my fleece on. I actually sprayed water onto my neck and face to keep cool today, really was very warm indeed.

For such a beautiful sunny day, I was really surprised that there were only two other people at Town Parks match lake.

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I received an e-mail from a UK company this evening that have started manufacturing environmentally friendly fishing hooks for catching garfish. Now this idea isn't exactly new, they use something similar to catch marlin in some parts of Mexico. Basically, instead of having a traditional fishing hook which is designed to pierce the fishes mouth, stopping it from escaping, this company is using fine strands of silk. Now you may wonder how on earth you are going to catch a fish on silk, may be you could lasso it some way. Actually, it's a lot simpler than that. The garfish has a very long beak type mouth, a little bit like a crocodile I suppose. Their mouths are full of little teeth. They have designed the silk in a way that it attracts the garfish, the garfish probably thinks it's a small baitfish. As soon as the garfish grab hold of the silk, the silk becomes entangled in all the tiny teeth and the garfish cannot escape. Now if you've ever fished for garfish, you'll know that they are buggers for swallowing the bait. Normally a fish can get rid of a hook in the salty water, they will often corrode and the fish will not be affected at all. However, most people want their hook back and simply rip it out of the fishes throat which obviously results in the fishes death. This new method will obviously appeal to those people who are squeamish about removing hooks from the fishes mouth. I foresee using something like this if you are targeting garfish only, maybe if you are fishing in one of the competitions and are looking for specimen size garfish and do not want to catch anything else. Obviously the other advantages you are not going to snag up on rocks and weed whilst retrieving your tackle. I'm looking forward to trying these myself later on in the summer when the garfish arrive in our waters. The only downside I can see is that you may have to renew the silk hook every time you catch a fish. But we will just have to wait and see, it may be a case that a single silk hook will last a whole fishing session before you have to discard it.

If you are interested in trying these out then go to the website link below, these are the only UK suppliers of the silk hook

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Charlcombe used to be my all-time favourite fishing venue, you really couldn't go wrong. However, I don't know what has happened to the place but the fishing has gone down the toilet. I visited there today and didn't catch a single thing, not even a decent bite. There were a couple of other guys fishing who caught a few bream and several small tench between them, but no carp whatsoever. Obviously you can't always expect to catch fish when you go fishing, sometimes you do have days when nothing goes right. Having said this, I know Charlcombe and I know what it used to fish like, I find it difficult to believe that things can be so different without some interference. In other words, I believe that a lot of the carp have been taken out and put in the ponds at Newton Abbot. Two or three years ago Island Pond suffered a devastating algae bloom which killed nearly every fish in the pond, including some very large carp. When spring ponds were closed, the carp that were owned by the Newton Abbot Fishing Association were taken out and put in Island. I'm beginning to suspect that the same thing has happened to Charlcombe pond but I don't have any proof. You would think that on a lovely warm day in the summer, there would be some sign of carp, whether that be tail patterns when ground baiting, or fish taking bread from the surface, absolutely nothing whatsoever.

I will probably give it one more go in a couple of weeks time to see if it was just a one-off, but if the same thing happens again I see absolutely no point in wasting a whole day when you're not going to catch anything.

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