My fishing book does not mention the tarpon I hooked on the Belize River. It kept jumping out of the water and on one of these leaps I lifted the tip of my rod and the dead weight broke the line. It does mention a catch in Ethiopia. Continue reading Another Bite
It’s red pin time again. The Owenduff meanders through peat hags in Co Mayo towards the Atlantic. There are clumps of rhododendrons in blossom along its banks. A few scruffy sheep mooch about. The country looks devoid of any human habitation but on inspection there is a sprinkling of small houses.
The three greatest game fish are the Atlantic salmon, tarpon and bonefish; Ted Williams says so. Continue reading Fish
If you are under fifty you may want to skip today’s post – perhaps saying “what a saddo” on your way out. Continue reading Ear to the Ground
This is the title of a petition made to Parliament. As it has received more than 100,000 signatures it is eligible to be debated later this year. Continue reading Ban Driven Grouse Shooting
In the middle of July I went on a day trip to Cheltenham to watch Gloucester play Essex. As I am not especially fond of cricket (I was a Wet Bob) there was another reason. Continue reading Percy Jeeves
Let me introduce you to Ischnura, a female dragonfly, and the name of this trimaran. She was designed and built in Denmark about ten years ago and now she scuds across coastal waters in the UK. Continue reading Sailing on the Solent
In a recent post, On Appro, I referred to my grandmother’s brother, Tommy Jameson. My Bellew grandfather was listed in The Field magazine among the best 150 shots in an article celebrating 150 years of that magazine’s publication. He represented both England and Ireland shooting clay pigeons and was a fine sporting shot. However, his brother-in-law was a greater sportsman as his obituary in Wisden in 1965 shows. Continue reading Tommy Jameson
Once a year in June Barons Court is the focus of attention for tennis fans. The Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club is a week-long tournament – a warm-up on grass courts for Wimbledon, so long as you are male – ladies play next week at Eastbourne. Continue reading Anyone for Tennis?