Saturday, 23 August 2014

Keeping it Simple

A boat was docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.
A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and... asked how long it took to catch them.
"Not very long" they answered in unison.
"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"
The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.
"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.
We have a full life."
The tourist interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."
"And after that?"
"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City!!! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."
"How long would that take?"
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."
"With all due respect sir, but that's exactly what we are doing now. So what's the point wasting twenty-five years?" asked the Mexicans.
And the moral of this story is:
Know where you're going in life, you may already be there! Many times in life, money is not everything.
“Live your life before life becomes lifeless”

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Server Problem

There is a minor server problem with the blog at the moment. It can still be accessed but not if you only use in your search criteria. If you're looking to access the site, the search needs to be under

Things should be back to normal once the server updates, 48 hrs at the most.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Hardcore Lanzarote Shore Fishing

Fekkin' Hardcore...

Me, Mike and Pete with Jamie, catching Bonito on the west coast of Lanzarote. Check out that Atlantic swell...

Jamie's Bonito.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A wild wet day on the kayaks

Met Dan and Declan today for a wee bit of kayaking down at Lochwinnoch. Driving down, the wind must have been blowing about force five and when I crossed the bridge between the two lochs, the water was a light chocolate brown with white horses and spray flying.

Dan and Declan had already had a wee paddle before I arrived and after a brief chat we set out. Wasn't too bad to start with but then a squall came through making padlling and lure setting quite difficult. Dan decided to head across the Loch for hopefully calmer waters and I headed for Declan to let him know the plans. Just as I caught up with Declan, I hooked a wee jack pike about 9 inches long that must've headbutted the lure as it was hooked under the chin.

Didin't take a photo as it was just too wet with the spray flying and difficult enough to control what was going on. Put the wee guy back and headed over to join Dan with Declan following. We decide to head down the loch but it was just too wild and headed back in for a re-think.

The photo's don't show how difficult the paddling actually was but it was hard going.

Decided the better part of valour might be to head for the canal where we could find shelter from the wind and rain and this we did but didn't expect the weed growth to be as hellish as it was.

We soldiered on for a bit but found trolling the lures for a couple of miles really hard going until Dan eventually hooked into this massive beauty

With Declan losing a better fish close to home time around seven o'clock.

Had a wee chat with some of the local lads who were catching tiny perch for a bit of fun from the bank.

Great day out with Dan and Declan, looking forward to the next time already.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Tale of The Old Fisherman

A couple of years ago, I was down at the Colzeum estate in Kilsyth with my wife and kids and feeling a bit jaded about things past.

The wee one's did their thing and ran about the adventure playground till it was almost dusk and time to leave. As we left the Colzeum on our way to go home, I noticed an old fisherman tackling up by the boot of his car.

 Me, being me, thought I would have a wee chat with the old fella and talk about angling related stuff.

I asked him if he was going fishing and he said " Aye " never even looking away from the flies he was tying on his cast. I asked him if he was going to use the fly on The Big Dam ? "Aye " he said as he concentrated on what he was doing without nereay a glance.

Maybe that Ancient Mariner knew a thing or two...

God, grant that I may live to fish
until my dying day

And when it comes to my last cast,

I then most humbly pray
When in the Lord's safe landing net
I'm peacefully asleep,
that in His mercy I be judged
big enough to keep.

With a slight riposte

"A well a day what evil looks,
I had from young and old!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross,
About my neck was hung.

He prayeth best, who loveth best,
All things both great and small,
For the dear god who loveth us,
He made and loveth all. "

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Aberdeen Fishermen Found Safe and Well

Good news, the two creel boat men, Jim Reid, 75, and his 35-year-old grandson David Irvine, have been found safe and well after their boat out of Gourdon harbour had gone missing at sea for three days due to a faulty compass.

They were, by fortunate chance, spotted and rescued by F/V Sylvia Bowers at 8 a.m. this morning 45 miles off shore.
One of the rescuers, fisherman Mark Spence, from Buckie, described the chance discovery in a Facebook post this morning.
He said: "My night was awful boring until we came across the two lads that've been lost at sea.
"Got the lads on board safe and sound.
"Now towing their boat to Montrose to get them ashore.
"Both men safe and sound."
Unfortunately their creel boat sank while being towed in by a lifeboat but if it hadn't been for calm seas over the last couple of days it could have been a much sadder tale for the two men.

I don't want to sound judgmental but can't understand why they didn't have rescue beacons or distress flares they could have used to aid their rescue.

Full details here in this Scotsman article 

Monday, 19 May 2014

James Lockard Memorial Fishing Trophy

Just had news that the now annual James Lockard Memorial fishing trophy will be up for grabs again this weekend 24 -25th May at Snypes Dam near Neilston.

Not sure what the entry fee is but a barbeque and tackle prizes will be on offer with profits going to a worthy charity.

Some pictures from last years event

Further details available from Alex Cairnie on facebook

Lost Paddle

2 piece kayak paddle lost at Dullatur basin on Forth and Clyde canal on Friday night. Aluminium shaft, black paddle blades, ball and socket locking mechanism.

Please share if you think you can help us get it back.