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Great news for fish stocks, by creating a commercially viable alternative feed for farmed prawns, which actually performs better than existing feeds based on wild-caught fish-meal, there will be less pressure on fodder fish stocks that feed the larger fish in our oceans. And produce more healthier and larger prawns as well to feed the worlds growing appetite for seafood products.

Next step - Fish feed for farmed or ranched fish such as Salmon and Tuna that does away with fish-meal based requirements. They estimate they should have that cracked in the next 5-10 years so long as the profits from this development get re-invested back into research, but being a government agency that recently had budget cuts there is no guarantee that will happen though.

Small but important steps on the path to sustainable aquaculture to replace the rape and pillage of our natural fish stocks.
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Well the fishing has dropped right off. Temperature have plummeted to single digits (Celsius) for the past couple weeks. The rapids are mostly closed for sea trout and salmon spawning. Went out this afternoon and had only a single bite the entire time. Luckily for me it was a big perch. Not many people fishing. Only saw one other fish caught which was a rainbow trout by the fly fishermen at the mouth of the rapids which are still open. Hopefully the pike are receptive next weekend as I am going out again fly fishing in a float tube.
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WANTED: A fishing store in Helsinki that sells bait and is RELIABLY open on a Saturday.
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Hello scott, your carrrerar it' s intresting, ere you really imtelegrnt
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Having got my new phone back I tried it out at sea-life since the camera on it is much better than the temporary phone I bought for while it was being fixed. Of course a real camera could do much better but surprisingly my phone didn't do all that bad a job! Or at least I think so.

Conditions for taking pictures in the sea life aquarium are very hard. Flash is not permitted and everything is quite dark. My phone is a Sony Xperia Acro S with a 12.1MPx camera. I've side loaded the google edition camera they released with Jelly Bean 4.2 onto the phone since Sony has only updated it to 4.1.2. I found the best mode was flash disabled, fluorescent indoor lighting setting which didn't do a bad job considering how mobile the subjects are and how dark the place is.
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Today had  been and very up and down day fishing. Got to the city rapids in Helsinki and bought my 6h ticket. Weather for the day was supposed to be an overcast 20 degrees C. As usual this was wrong and had periods of rain and me without my rain jacket. Luckily it wasn't too heavy to soak me. 

Got setup up the top to fish and walked to the head of the rapids, rules are the progress of the angler should be downstream, and somehow managed to pull a muscle in my back while walking on flat ground.

So an entire day fishing with a pain across my back and chest. Managed to catch a nice chub up the top section. Was hoping for some large rainbow trout though.

Went down to the bottom section and there was not much biting today. Much less than was there my first trip with my fly fishing course. In the riffles section I fished a team of nymphs and caught some small chub and roach.

At the exit of the rapids hooked into two small rainbows. Tried to beach them but they got off at the last minute so no photos. Then hooked into a nice trout which turned out to be a brown, which was nice! Managed to get it to shore for a photo.

Then it was almost time to go when I got interrupted by a work call. After dealing with that I was reeling into to go when suddenly I was pulling something heavy. Something big that was staying put and barely fighting but still could hardly move it. Finally got it up and it looked to be a 80cm salmon! Couldn't believe my luck.

Was fighting it for a while and then were getting it in when someone came down with a net and offered to help. Big mistake, should have just tried to beach it myself as it was firmly hooked. But I thought, big fish, lost the couple rainbows due to not having a net handy (need to buy a new one that I can strap to my fly chest pack) so I said, put it in the water I'll bring it over. So I was fighting the fish, got it close to the net, and before I could do anything the guy just grabbed the fly line and tried to yank the fish into the net! Naturally with a lazy sweep of its tail it snapped the line and was off. Was absolutely spitting! Luckily for the fish all my flies are barbless so it will spit it easy enough now the line is off. An agonizing ending to my days finish. Went home absolutely furious with myself.

Got some more days off this week so I'll have to go back and have another shot, this time I'll try and get a net I can take with me on my fly pack, and certainly not going to accept any help from someone with a net again! Just can't trust that they will know what the hell they are doing.
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What's better than a big fish? A tall fishy tail, you can keep telling that one and it gets bigger by the telling. Well done son, I hope you keep having fun. Don't get too upset just say 'that's life' smile and get on with it.
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I decided to stay in Europe this year for a white Christmas with the in-laws. Way to disappoint European weather! Sunny 10 degrees in Poland. Still its been interesting having a Christmas where everyone isn't in shorts and shirts hovering around the air-conditioning.
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It did snow in Helsinki... briefly. Before all melting and the grass turning green and starting to grow again....
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Well this weekend I had a big fly fishing weekend organized in with guided courses booked both days through http://www.ruoto.fi

On Saturday I had signed up for the beginners fly fishing course again because despite my best efforts I still hadn't caught anything on dry flies and felt my basic casting skills were not that good. And I'm glad I did as my casting is now much improved and I landed my first fish on dry fly! A small chub but a fish on dry fly none the less! My biggest problem seems to be the fact I only have an 8wt rod, with the course I used the rods they provided which was a 5wt.

Fishing down the rapids was a lot slower than the last beginners course. I think the last one was much better as they had more guides that actually went over a wide range of techniques, with one showing dry fly fishing, another nymphs, another with a 2-handed rod throwing large flies for zander or asp and another showing streamer techniques with intermediate and sinking lines.

This time there was just the 2 guides between the 10 students and only used the 5wt rods with floating lines fishing the basics leech and nymph flies.

I hooked into a small trout early but it shook the fly shortly after I saw it take it. Then I swapped to a dry fly as I could see some action up near the surface and started to land small chub. I was glad to finally catch something on a dry fly at least. Moved up and down the bottom section for most the day but it was slow fishing. Hooked into a lost a couple more small trout, landed a small perch and large roach. Hooked into a larger rainbow trout that gave an impressive fight before eventually managing to shake the fly right up near the surface while I was reaching for my net, just to taunt me.

Went up to the top section for the last hour and soon hooked into an landed a small rainbow. Continued fishing the top section and hooked into a big sea trout! Gave a very solid fight before I finally managed to get a net under it. This is the 3rd sea trout I've hooked since I've started fly fishing and the first I've actually managed to land! Was 58cm long and 3kg with the cut adipose fin indicating it was originally a stocked fish, which is lucky because in the rapids you are only allowed to keep sea trout with the cut fin and then only if they are over 50cm.

When I got the fish home I found it was a ripe female so I looked up how to prepare the roe (Thanks to +Pali Fisher on youtube) and made an attempt with a basic brine cure. Seems to have worked but I'll need a more experienced taste tester to tell for sure, I don't eat much roe so can't really tell.

On Sunday I had signed up for pike fly fishing from a float tube. As it turns out the weather was terrible for pike, warm bright sunshine! Didn't get a single bite all day but some of the others caught a couple pike. But the weather was warm and sunny and it was actually quite relaxing spending the day floating on the water gently kicking myself along. It my first time fishing from a float tube and my first time fly fishing for pike. I'll have to wait for the weather to turn a bit and have some good cloud cover and try again, apparently I can rent the float tubes from Ruoto when they are not being used for courses and they fit into a  small enough carry bag that I shouldn't have too much trouble taking them on the public transport to some places I can launch from.

A great weekend fishing and a welcome relief after needing to work a ridiculous number of hours this week with 3 important phases I needed to support all unfortunately starting at the same time.
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One of the people at work sent an email out about how they could get free tickets to the Assembly 2013 convention in Helsinki so I got one from them to go check it out.

I don't think I've ever seen so many computers in one place before. The whole of the stadium was packed with them and there were sections of tables in the annex completely full too.

Wandered around taking in the sights of the fancy hardware and indie game studios. Tried out the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset which was a bit weird. Was on a roller coaster ride while sitting in the chair which was confusing my balance and gave me a bit of motion sickness. Fun system though, might get one once it reaches commercial stage if the price stays the same or drops.

Watched some of the pro-starcraft 2 matches and the televisation of the robowars which was nowhere near as interesting as the one that used to be on TV from the BBC hosted by Craig Charles (Dave from Red Dwarf). Didn't see a single chainsaw or flamethrower!

Was still a bit sick from a cold/flu thing so I didn't hang around too long. Would have had a lot more fun if I took my computer and actually had some games installed on it. Getting married and having children really killed my video gaming hobby.
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My mobile finally got repaired and back to me and they have released the older Jelly Bean (4.1.2) for it while it was away being fixed.

Now I've got it back I've side-loaded the newest camera app that google released with Jelly Bean 4.2 which is much faster, has better settings and best of all, can take photospheres!

They take a while to make and some haven't worked very well with lots of stitching artifacts and a couple I tried somehow never saved to the device but I've made one good one from the top of the hill near our apartment overlooking the Olympic Stadium. Going to have to make more from some of the picturesque locations around Helsinki.
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Well I had my holiday in Kotka and did manage an Ok days fishing while there. Kotka was nice to visit again. While walking around the Sapokka water gardens saw some very big carp sunning themselves. Being a park there is no fishing for them though. Also saw a nice sized bream sunning itself in the harbour area. Plenty of roach there too.

But for my days fishing I was going to do some fly fishing and the closest spot to do that from the hotel was the Langinkoski rapids on the Kymi river where there is also a museum of the Imperial Fishing Lodge built by Alexander III of Russia. Went there with the family on one nice day and had a look around. The rapids were very strong and fast flowing. There also was some very nice side streams feeding along but fishing is only permitted in the central rapids.

Hired a bike from the hotel to ride there as it was 5km away. Only fly fishing is permitted in the rapids and licences are only sold by the day to a maximum of 8 fishermen per day. On the day I went the weather had taken a turn for the worse and there was a strong, cold breeze that had picked up. Only one other angler was fishing the rapids while I was there and he was catching chub and perch while fishing for salmon, trout and anything else in there.

As the salmon season had started I bought some salmon flies and a sink tip fly line which was recommended as the water levels were so low. I tried a little for salmon when I got there but there were no bites or fish to be seen and the other fly fisherman didn't have any luck either. So I swapped to my floating line and nymphs in the river and started getting into bites very quickly.

Managed to catch 3 new species for me, chub which were the most plentiful catch, a couple of dace which managed to unhook themselves while I tried to grab my phone to take a pictures and a single small brown trout which was the only fish caught on my top, more natural nymph. Also caught the occasional roach.

The most popular fly of the day was the one I caught my 2 best rainbow trout on when I did my fly fishing course and was allowed to keep afterwards. A black, gold headed nymph with a gold tinsel tail and silver tinsel ribbing. Going to have to find out where I can get more of that pattern because thats two fly fishing trips where it has been the most successful fly and unfortunately it was lost to a snag right at the end of my nymphing session.

After losing my favorite nymph I switched back to the sink-tip line and streamer pattern flies which didn't have much luck. Then I moved to the mouth of the river and put on the heavier salmon flies to try for salmon as the light faded since I was told that would be the best time for them this early in the season. Still had no luck with the salmon but did catch the largest chub of the day on a big black salmon fly!

After dawn rose, a scant 4 hours after the sun had set with still enough light in the sky to fish by the entire 'night', I packed up and headed back to the hotel tired, disappointed in the lack of salmon, but still very happy with catching 3 new species and having a very successful 3rd fly fishing trip. Might have to look at nipping back there later in the season when the salmon season heats up some more. September is the best time according to the local fly-fishing store/guides and its only 3h by bus.
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Dropped in for dinner since it was near the hotel and I wish I found the place when I first arrived. Food was fantastic and the service excellent. Definitely will go again next time I'm in Birmingham.
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