Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • Friday 26th September 2014 - PAC Conference.

    September should have been full of sport but I've struggled for both time and opportunity. The continued drought (despite floods on The Archers) affects both river and lake, and shows every weekend limit my time. I've had two sessions for mullet without any success. On the first occasion I covered dozens of fish with good imitative flies, some almost under my rod-tip, without a touch. For the second occasion I scratched together a few harbour ragworm and tried both baiting small spinners, and drifting a bait under a float, with a similar lack of result. Both times I was distracted by small bunches of teal and wigeon flighting up and down the river; a reminder that I am picking up my new dog in a week or so, and it won't be too long before I swap the rod for the gun.
    Later today Luke and I head off to the Midlands for the PAC Conference and the launch of our new Lure Fishing book (see News section on this site). We're hoping to cast a lure for pike or zander before we return on Sunday - watch this space!

  • Lure Fishing: Presentation and Strategy

    Lure Fishing
    Presentation & Strategy
    By Dave Pugh

     

    Lure Fishing by Dave Pugh. First 250 copies signed and numbered by the author. Price just £19.95.

    Standard edition - a high quality hardback with cover illustration by Maurice Pledger. First 250 copies signed and numbered by the author. Price £19.95.

    Collector's edition - quarter-bound in leather and presented in a slipcase. Limited to only 30 signed and numbered copies. Price £95.00.

    Launching this Saturday (25th of September) at the PAC Convention, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, is this excellent new book from professional lure fishing guide, Dave Pugh. The first 250 copies will be individually numbered and signed by the author. Pre-orders are coming in fast!

    For the collectors among us we have also produced just 30 copies quarter-bound in emerald green scale-effect leather and presented in a Royal blue cloth-bound slipcase. Each copy will be signed and numbered by the author.

    Dave Pugh's success as a fishing guide is totally dependent on his customers catching fish. No fish means no customers. This book is an accumulation of twenty-five years of trial and error, and the defining and honing of a few basic methods on thousands of fish. Reading this book and putting into practice its no-nonsense advice will certainly improve your lure fishing skills and help you catch more fish, more consistently.

    "Read Dave's book carefully and I’m sure you will increase your effectiveness. The lure will not have changed, but what you do with the lure most certainly will have." (from the foreword by Neville Fickling).

    Contents include:

    Presentation

    1 What Really Matters
    The background information, the real nitty-gritty about the important stuff that helps us to catch fish with our lures. A lure is just a bait that is best suited to a moving presentation. The underwater world. Speed, depth and lure size.

    2 Lure Control - Casting
    Guidance on casting, this sounds very basic, but it is important.

    3. Lure Control – Retrieving
    Depth and speed control.

    4. Lure Control – Structure
    How lures can be chosen and controlled to take account of the shape of the river or lake bed.

    5. Basic Tackle
    Exactly that, some guidance on equipment. The same kit is not right for everyone.

    6. Lure Types
    A simplified description of lure behaviours. In terms of control, there are essentially only 3 types!

    7. Lure Colour
    Why it does, and does not, matter.

    8. Good Lures
    Things to consider about what makes a lure a good choice. Includes qualities like strength, durability, casting range and price.

    Strategy

    9. Introduction to strategy.
    Lures or bait? Fish density and behaviour. Mobility and access, a boat, seasonal changes and water conditions.

    10. Searching
    New waters and your regular spots. Finding good places and numbers of fish.

    11. Bagging Up
    Making the most of the opportunity when you have found numbers of fish. Competing fish. Speed and depth.

    12. Scratching
    What to do when you cannot find numbers of fish. Extremes of speed. Concentration, determination and thoroughness.

    13. Pike Specifically
    Technical application: fishing for pike in weir pools, margins and weedbeds. Lures as tools. Precision and control.

    14. Time Management
    Planning, reacting to results, optimising time in best places.

    15.Never Stop Learning.
    Reading critically, choosing your fishing buddies, team ethos, protecting your best fishing, and getting your money's worth from guides.

     

    De luxe quarter-leather edition of Lure Fishing by Dave Pugh. Limited to only 30 signed and numbered copies. Price just £95.

    Here's what Dave himself has to say about his book on his Lure Fishing UK website.

    "Some time ago I decided that I'd like to write a book about lure fishing. I felt I had something to say that was rather different from the usual stuff that gets repeated and recycled endlessly. It comes down to experience, I've been fishing with lures for 25 years now, and during that time I've caught a lot of fish from various water types and in a huge variety of water conditions. Something that is plain to me from all that experience is that the majority of everything I've ever read about lure fishing is either irrelevant or misleading, and worst of all, totally unhelpful to someone who wants to catch a lot of fish with lures.

    There are two main threads of lure fishing that have to be woven together to create the fabric of success: the first is simply the ability to control lures, which involves not only the cast and the retrieve, but the choice of lure. The second is how you should go about applying that ability on the water to make sure you catch the maximum number of your target species. So the book, entitled: Lure Fishing – Presentation and Strategy, is in 2 sections, the first part covers Presentation, all the technical stuff that enables you to get the right lure in the right place. The second part is about the Strategy, selecting the right places, including searching for fish, catching loads when you've found them, and also getting the best from a hard day.

    Alongside the main text there are over 100 colour photographs, all with informative captions that describe detailed examples within the general thread.

    Everything in the book is drawn from experience, I've no daft theories about lures and fish, there is no lazy speculation about irrelevancies, it is just a practical guide to getting the most from your lures. It contains plenty of original information, important things that I've never seen written anywhere but that have made a big contribution to my success, the sort of things that really matter when you're out there on the water: I believe that information will be helpful to any other lure anglers seeking to improve their catches."

    Lure Fishing Presentation and Strategy by Dave Pugh
    ISBN 978 1 904784 64 7
    Published and distributed by
    Coch-y-Bonddu Books Ltd, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8DG
    01654 702837
    www.anglebooks.com

    Lure Fishing: Presentation & Strategy by Dave Pugh

  • Back from the Midland - with signed books!

    Back from the Midland Game Fair where several authors were kind enough to sign a few copies of their books for us. We only have a small number of signed copies of each of these so if you are after a copy get your order in quickly! Details below:

    Stalking Muntjac
    A complete guide
    By Graham Downing

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    The spread of muntjac across southern England has made deer stalking available to more sportsmen than ever before."In this book, Graham Downing outlines their origin and spread, explains in detail their natural history and gives his experiences of muntjac stalking. He covers the pursuit of muntjac on foot, the use of high seats and calls, and even the rare opportunity to stalk barking muntjac by sound alone. For the stalker who is interested in trophies there is advice on the preparation and measuring of heads, while nobody who enjoys local food, fresh from the countryside can fail to be enthused by his notes on muntjac cookery."

    Chapters include:-

    The story of muntjac in Britain;
    Natural history;
    Muntjac and man;
    Stalking practicalities;
    A muntjac stalking philosophy;
    View from a high seat;
    Both feet on the ground;
    Calling all muntjac;
    A feast of muntjac;
    Trophies.

    Gamekeeping
    An illustrated history
    By David S.D. Jones

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    "David Jones has written a fascinating and comprehensive book on the history of gamekeeping since the inception of the profession in the late seventeenth century until the present time. He writes about all aspects of gamekeeping with chapters on training, pay, cottages, gamekeepers in wartime, loaders and loading, lady gamekeepers, gamekeeping throughout the UK and Ireland and also overseas, especially in the days of the British empire. There is an interesting section on the moorland gamekeeper which includes the memories of George Grass of Ramsgill. Gamekeeping not only contains a but also draws on oral and written testimonies from gamekeepers, contemporary newspaper cuttings and extracts from historic documents. With its comprehensive coverage and wealth of stunning illustrations, this book provides a unique insight into gamekeeping and gives an accurate record of gamekeeping in times past, something often neglected by other authors who have painted a much rosier picture of the gamekeepers life in bygone days, rather than a truthful one based on hard facts."

    Chapters include:-

    The gamekeeper;
    The gamekeeping hierarchy;
    Gamekeepers' pay and perks;
    Gamekeeper training;
    The gamekeeper and his caste;
    Game preservation;
    Poaching; Pest control;
    Game shooting;
    Gamekeepers' cottages;
    The gamekeeper abroad;
    Gamekeeping in Scotland;
    Gamekeeping in Ireland;
    A country gentleman's country gentleman;
    Gamekeeping professional bodies;
    The moorland gamekeeper - memories of George Grass of Ramsgill;
    The park keeper;
    The lady gamekeeper - a rare bird;
    Gamekeepers in wartime;
    Loaders and loading;
    Beaters past and present;
    Game records.

    Think Like A Pheasant
    Brian Mitchell and the rise of the Exmoor high bird
    By Brian Mitchell and Stephen Manning

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by both authors.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    "A fascinating and comprehensive book on the life of Brian Mitchell and his philosophy towards gamekeeping and countryside management - his once controversial views on pheasant rearing and cover crops are now accepted worldwide. The book covers his early working life from under keeper on the Sherborne Estate through to the great Exmoor shoot of Miltons where Brian saw the potential of the shoot to produce the now renowned Exmoor high bird. It discusses his move to Castle Hill, the many challenges he faced there and the development of the shoot over 25 years. Mishaps and successes are chronicled and each chapter is littered full of anecdotes - many of them humorous - and laced with the names of characters from the world of shooting." With a preface by Prince Eric Sturdza and an introduction by David Clark, head gamekeeper on The Sandringham Estate.

    Chapters include:-

    The morning after the season before;
    An early love of the country;
    Mapperton - a new life and a new challenge;
    Miltons and the goal of the Exmoor high bird;
    Castle Hill - a new beginning;
    'Prevention better than cure...';
    'Not always the most popular guy...';
    The future of the Exmoor high bird;
    Legacy and the future.

  • The Midland Game Fair, 20th & 21st of September

     

    Coch-y-Bonddu
    Books at the Midland Game Fair, 20th & 21st September
    It feels like Autumn - must be time for
    the Midland Game Fair! We are already busy loading up the van and trailers
    with lots of bargains. As usual we will have the largest display of fishing,
    sporting and countryside books available - new and second-hand and some very
    special offers. Scroll down for our FREE BOOKS OFFER along with
    details of a few recently published titles. Quite a number of authors will
    be on our stand at various times throughout the weekend so come along to
    have a chat and pick up your signed copies. See you there!
    Pick
    up your FREE books at the Midland Game Fair

    ***FREE BOOKS***

    Come along to our stand at the Midland
    Game Fair to claim your free gift! Spend over £10 and receive a free copy of
    The Countryside Cartoon Joke Book or spend over £20 to receive a free copy of
    Mike Robinson's Countrywise
    Country Cookbook
    . Just ask us at the show.


    The Countryside Cartoon Joke Book
    By Roger PenwillPenwill's delightful
    cartoon-take on life in the British countryside today will raise a laugh
    with all farmers, rural post-mistresses, public transport users and village
    pub landlords. Packed with hilarious cartoons about life outside the city,
    from small-holders, to ramblers, to Aga-owners and others, this topical
    little book is a wry comment on the state of rural life today. With a cover
    price of £5.99, you can now pick this book up from us at just £2.95 or FREE
    when you spend over £10 at the Midland Game Fair.


    Countrywise
    Country Cookbook
    By Mike RobinsonA good game cookery book packed full of recipes for
    the country kitchen. This large hardback book, with a cover price of
    £20.00, is now available at the very special price of just £3.95 or FREE
    when you spend over £20 at the Midland Game Fair. A fine
    companion for the same author's book on game preparation, Fit
    For Table
    .


    To be launched
    at the Midland Game Fair
    This year at Weston Park we will be launching
    several new books. A few of the authors, including Graham
    Downing
    , David
    Jones
    and
    Brian Mitchell, will be attending so do come along to pick
    up your copies and get them signed. If you can't make it to the the show
    this year, but would like a signed copy, then simply place your order
    through our website or over the telephone and we can get a copy signed at
    the show on your behalf. Just call or email us with your request.

    Stalking
    Muntjac

    By Graham Downing

    To the deer stalker the arrival of the muntjac
    presents a new sporting opportunity, for though they may be the smallest
    of our deer species, muntjac are nonetheless a challenging and absorbing
    quarry to hunt. In this book, Graham Downing outlines their origin and
    spread, explains in detail their natural history and gives his experiences
    of muntjac stalking.

    Mint new hardback. £25.00

    Signed copies available from 22nd of September - contact us to reserve a
    copy.

     


    Downing's book should make a fine companion to what
    many have already said has become the definitive book on muntjac
    management in Britain,

    Muntjac: Managing an Alien Species
    by Charles Smith-Jones.
    Mint new hardback. £19.95De luxe leather-bound edition in slipcase limited to only 20 signed and
    numbered copies. £150




    Gamekeeping:

    An Illustrated History

    By David S.D. Jones

    David Jones has written a fascinating and
    comprehensive book on the history of gamekeeping since the inception of
    the profession in the late seventeenth century until the present time.
    With its comprehensive coverage and wealth of stunning illustrations, this
    book provides a unique insight into gamekeeping and gives an accurate
    record of gamekeeping in times past, something often neglected by other
    authors who have painted a much rosier picture of the gamekeepers life in
    bygone days, rather than a truthful one based on hard facts.

    Mint new hardback. £25.00

    Signed copies available from 22nd of September - contact us to reserve a
    copy.



    Think Like a Pheasant

    By Brian Mitchell & Stephen Manning

    A fascinating and comprehensive book on the life of
    Brian Mitchell and his philosophies towards gamekeeping and countryside
    management - his once controversial views on pheasant rearing and cover
    crops are now accepted worldwide. The book covers his early working life
    from under keeper on the Sherborne Estate through to the great Exmoor
    shoot of Miltons where Brian saw the potential of the shoot to produce the
    now renowned Exmoor High Bird. It discusses his move to Castle Hill, the
    many challenges he has faced there and the development of the shoot over
    25 years. Mishaps and successes are chronicled and each chapter is
    littered full of anecdotes - many of them humorous - and laced with the
    names of characters from the world of shooting.

    Mint new hardback. £25.00

    Signed copies available from 22nd of September - contact us to reserve a
    copy.



    An excellent new
    book on freshwater fishing with lures

    Lure
    Fishing:

    Presentation & Strategy

    By Dave Pugh

    Dave Pugh's success as a fishing guide is totally
    dependent on his customers catching fish. No fish means no customers. This
    book is an accumulation of twenty-five years of trial and error, and the
    defining and honing of a few basic methods on thousands of fish. Reading
    this book and putting into practice its no-nonsense advice will certainly
    improve your lure fishing skills and help you catch more fish, more
    consistently.

    Due to be launched at the Pike Anglers' Club
    Convention, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 27th of September.



    This great new book will be published in
    the following two formats:
    Standard
    edition
    - A high quality hardback. The first 250 copies will be signed
    and numbered by the author. Price just £19.95!
    De
    luxe edition
    - Quarter-bound in emerald green scale-effect leather and
    presented in a royal blue cloth-bound slipcase. This handsome edition will
    be limited to only 30 signed and numbered copies and will be available at
    a very affordable price of just £95! First come, first served.



    One for the
    falconers

    The
    Passage Merlin

    By Jeremy Bradshaw

    Years of experience flying merlins led to the
    writing of this instructional book. From trapping to training to setting
    up a slip, The Passage Merlin gives falconers a foundation of knowledge
    about merlins they can build upon with their own experiences.

    "This original contribution will bring merlin
    falconry to ever higher standards through a deep, personal understanding
    of the wild caught merlin's psyche and its predictable responses to
    training protocol. This is the most comprehensive and finest example of
    merlin falconry methodology, alternative methods, and options in
    existence. No other volume comes close; it is cutting edge, state of the
    art, truly an organization of teaching and learning in a class by
    itself." (Mike McDermott in his foreword).

    Hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    £60.00


    Beautiful large
    format shooting books
    These two large format sporting book
    continue to sell well - even better, we can now offer Shooting: A Season
    of Discovery by the Duchess of Rutland at the superb price of only £9.95!
    We also have some signed copies of Lord Percy's
    book, Fields of Dreams. Available only while stocks last.


    Was £30.00Now only £7.95! Signed copies availableOnly £30.00!
    Some newly reduced-price books
    We are continuing to fill the warehouse with bargain
    books (must be almost full by now). Below is a small selection of the most
    recent titles but keep an eye on the
    newest listings
    and bargain books
    sections of the website for the full range.









    Was £16.99Now only £5.95! Was £14.99Now only £7.95! Was £17.99Now only £9.95! Was £14.99Now only £7.95!





    Was £9.95Now only £4.95! Was £15.95Now only £7.95! Was £18.95Now only £7.95! Was £60.00Now only £30.00!
    And finally, too
    many big game books to fit in the newsletter!
    Due for publication at the end of the month is the
    new edition Kevin Robertson's,
    The Perfect Shot
    . If you can't wait that
    long then we still have one or two copies left of the previous edition - click
    here
    for details. We have also just taken delivery of several new
    books from Safari Press together with new stock of much of their range of
    African and Asian hunting titles. Below are a few examples but you can
    also keep an eye on our newest listings section for further details.
    As well as the new books mentioned above we have
    also been cataloguing quite a number of second-hand, out-of-print and
    antiquarian big game books. We now have over 1,000 listed on our website! Click
    here
    to browse through the site and if there is anything you are after
    in particular but can not find then do contact us as we may have a copy
    sitting in the corner of the warehouse.








     

  • Saturday 13th September 2014 - Back from Oz.

    Short-sighted diarist angling in the remote Outback. Short-sighted diarist angling in the remote Australian Outback.

    and the result.
    and the result.

    Ceri and I have just returned from a lightening trip down the east coast of Queensland, finishing with an island wedding and visits to assorted nieces in Brisbane. We tracked down the elusive platypus in the rainforests of Eungella, and took to the seas to look at the Great Barrier Reef, and in pursuit of humpbacked whales. All was successful, although if I'd known how densely populated the south would be I might have spent more time in the wilder north. I carried a flyrod and dabbled in a few inland streams with a total lack of success, though I hooked one or two strange fish in the teeming (teeming with people) waters of the Gold Coast.

    Back home to wonderful weather and a day at the bream and mackerel with Charlie.  Next evening I spent wading on the reef at Tonfanau - no result except a couple of swirls at my lure, but there is no finer place to watch the sun go down.
    The mackerel gave me an excuse to haul out the smoker and, while I was at it, I cold-smoked a couple of sides of sea-trout from the freezer - a resounding success. Unfortunately the early end to the sea-trout season on the Dyfi has put paid to ideas of more. I'll just have to work hard for a salmon.

  • The Passage Merlin by Jeremy Bradshaw

    The Passage Merlin
    By Jeremy Bradshaw

    **Signed copies now available**

     

    Just arrived from the 'States is this privately published new book on merlins and merlin falconry. All of our copies have been signed by the author.

    "Years of experience flying merlins led to the writing of this instructional book. From trapping to training to setting up a slip, The Passage Merlin gives falconers a foundation of knowledge about merlins they can build upon with their own experiences. Interspersed amongst the information-filled pages are personal stories, incredible photos, and helpful tips intended to help falconers successfully trap and fly passage merlins."

    "The Passage Merlin is written as a practical guide; a training manual that both teaches and inspires. This original contribution will bring merlin falconry to ever higher standards through a deep, personal understanding of the wild caught merlin's psyche and its predictable responses to training protocol. This is the most comprehensive and finest example of merlin falconry methodology, alternative methods, and options in existence. No other volume comes close; it is cutting edge, state of the art, truly an organization of teaching and learning in a class by itself." (Mike McDermott in his foreword).

    Fine new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author. Price £60.00.

  • The New Zealand Collection

    We've recently been tidying up the New Zealand corner of the warehouse and have found lots of good stuff. So many good books in fact that we have created a new section on the website for books relating to hunting and fishing in New Zealand. Here is the link:

    http://www.anglebooks.com/all-fishing-books/fishing-and-hunting-in-new-zealand.html

    There are already several hundred books in the section with plenty more to be catalogued over the next few days. If you are looking for a specific title that you can't see on the website then as always, do email us with your request and we can search our uncatalogued stocks for you.

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