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James Hinley
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Family man, keen River angler
Family man, keen River angler

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A smashing river tees specimen
After two weekends on the bounce of blanking whilst chasing after pike on a gravel pit, I had a small window of opportunity mid week to get out after dark for a couple hours. Given the cold temps and water that was holding a little snow melt soon, chub were...
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A glorious morning after pike
Up early on sunday morning and taking the dogs for a walk noticed there had been a hard frost. That couple with clear skies and high pressure, I had a feeling it would be pretty tough going. I decided to fish a gravel pit, casting different baits to differe...
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Tees Grayling and chub update
After a blank on the swale whilst targeting pike (something that I get really bothered about!), I managed to sneak an hour fishing in midweek, after dark, on the tees. I really didn't have long, so the rod already set up was cast out with steak and mince in...
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Floodwater Barbel fishing the Swale
Having been too busy to get out midweek due to work, I was very keen to get some fishing in this weekend. Temps were up and I had in mind to do some more wear chub fishing, but was surprised to see the levels had shot up in the hills overnight. A quick chan...
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A River Wear 5lber
After some chub success on my first trip to the river wear last week, I got out this afternoon in search of something bigger. What a contrast a Saturday afternoon in Durham was to early sunday morning....canoeists, dog walkers, joggers etc. As I set up, and...
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Wear chub campaign
Got out this morning for my first attempt at wear chub (other than one or two half hearted attempts a year or two ago). Walked downstream for a while and stopped at a peg, with the idea of roving back to the car. First cast and I was getting touches quickly...
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Target smashed, pb chub!
So I had my winter campaign planned out. Having successfully had six pound chub from the river Swale previously, one of my prime targets was to do the same on my more local (and preferred) river Tees. The problem is that this river just doesn't hold many su...
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Testing out the new Drennan Acolyte 13ft Distance Feeder rod
I was fortunate (very fortunate!) enough to enter and win a drennan competition with the prize being a drennan acolyte 13ft distance feeder rod. Received in the post this week, the rod is a 3 piece feeder rod, primarily designed (I believe) with deepish sti...
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Pike season has begun
The pike rods have been dusted off, new reels purchased (shimano 8000d's), rigs tied up and I was up and on the river tees for daybreak on sunday. I hadn't managed to get out midweek so I was pretty eager to get catching, and with a slight chill in the air ...
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An evening on the Tees
I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours fishing tonight, arriving shortly before dark. The River Tees is really on its arse - desperately needs some extra water in. As it was low, I opted to fish the chub rod with steak as bait, waiting until after dark b...
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