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Back Match Fishing

November 24th, 2015

Let’s flashback to last Monday to a conversation with Rich at work:

Rich “Have you even been fishing yet this year”
Me “Err”

Rich “You’re not really a proper angler are you?”
Me “Eh?”

Rich “Why don’t you come on this weeks match?”
Me “N..”

Rich “Go on, I will book you in”
Me “Yeah, ok”

That was that. It might be hard to believe, but for someone who runs a website that mostly features commercial venues, it must be around 12 years since I fished one.

Back Match Fishing

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Win a signed copy of Des Taylor’s Great Days – Extra

November 8th, 2015

I was fortunate enough to run into Des Taylor at a Barbel Society event where I managed to get him to sign a copy of one of his books. Pretty much anyone who has ever picked up a fishing magazine will know who Des is, he is a regular contributor to so many publications. The book is signed on the first page, along with a “tight lines” message.

Des Taylor's Great Days - Extra

Great Days Extra is the paper back version of his “Great Days” book, but with an extra three chapters. There are features on all types of coarse and game fishing in the UK, and sea fishing in some much more exotic locations. Learn how Des first got into fishing down on a local canal where he grew up.

I’ve dipped into a few chapters, but now is your chance to take ownership of a great book.

How to win the book

The competition is pretty simple, to be in with a chance simply like the Looks Fishy Facebook page:


The competition will close on Sunday 22nd November. The winner of the book will be picked at random and contacted by direct message.

Happy Birthday Looks Fishy

October 29th, 2014

Looks Fishy is 2 years old

Time flies eh? The Looks Fishy website is now 2 years old! I’ve just been reviewing the website after neglecting it somewhat over the past 6 months or so and noticed the time that the site in its current form has been online. It is sometimes quite hard to date a website as the domain was registered a good few years before, but October 2012 is when the first fisheries were added. If my memory serves me correct, I think Makins was the very first venue I put on the site. This was one of the first commercials I fished as a kid and I used to love the trips down the M1… to some it will always be referred to as “Daiwa Makins”.

I originally set myself the challenge to build a website that received over 10,000 visits a month, and this is now regularly the case. Hopefully the site will continue to grow and become the most comprehensive guide to for places to go fishing in the UK.

The long winter nights are a good time to spend working on content and features for the site. If you have any thoughts or feedback on how the site could be improved then please get in touch or leave a comment.

Interview with Jack Perks

January 7th, 2014

Jack Perks is a film maker and photographer who is based in Nottingham. His work has been used by the BBC, The Wildlife Trust, RSPB, The Environment Agency and The Canal & River Trust. I came accross his profile on the Kickstarter website and then got in touch with some questions about his work.

jack perks

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Interview with Charlyfarly2

October 29th, 2013

If you are into fishing, barbel, chub and YouTube, then no doubt you will have already come across the Charlyfarly2 YouTube channel. I have been subscribed to this for quite a while, I love logging in and seeing that a new video has been uploaded. I do confess to sometimes skimming through the video to see when a barbel screams off along the river!

Tom is the man behind the alias, I contacted him so I could find out more about him and his fishing.


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