Friday, 24 April 2015

Wild Camping Bans

Read it and weep, will be coming to your neck of the woods soon if you don't let your voice be heard now :-(

Camping ban likely throughout Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

This is like a virus that started on East Loch Lomond and will spread throughout Scotland if nothing is done to stop it. The police have existing powers and legislation at their disposal to deal with anti social offenders but don't or won't do anything. As a result, it has given our illustrious leaders the opportunity to re-write legislation and allowed local councils to introduce bye-laws which underhandedly circumvent the freedom to roam and anti trespass laws. If this is freedom it is the most warped type of freedom I have ever seen. Once again the many are going to be punished as a result of the mindless actions of the few.

Note what it says on his guitar, I never really knew what a fascist was till a few years ago.....

Monday, 20 April 2015

You'll take the high road

Went for a paddle and a bit of fishing on Loch Lomond this weekend. Nae fish but fantastic weather and also met up with a great bunch of people. Bivvied up at the loch side but my feet were absolutely freezing in the morning, need a pair of furry sleeping bag socks socks meethinks.

 Setting out at Rowardennan

 The Big Loch

 Bivvied Up

Campfire Craik

 A cold night

Cold feet !

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Browns and Bows

Nice brown trout for my pal and a hard fighting rainbow for me up at his club loch today. Nothing else to the boat but a few others each that weren't too keen on coming aboard. The rainbow was 2lb 8oz and scrapped well above it's weight. Thought I was going to lose it and had a heck of a bother getting it into the net. When I finally did the fly fell out. A nice conditioned full finned rainbow trout which seemed to have been eating a lot of reeds ?

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.