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  1. #101

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    Well blow me down! What a catastrophically busy 3 months it has been. It's been a long while since I've visited a bankside. All feels a bit odd really and although things haven't calmed down in the slightest I have been ordered to rest up, because when things return to normal (not that they will ever be quite normal again) I'm going to need all my energy.


    The long and short is I now have a new fishing partner. Although he may not know it yet. I had it all planned out and was going to head the Shearwater on the Sunday and have a truly epic bream session. Nope on the Friday we paid a trip to the Fetal Medicine Unit and were both told "He's got to come out!" ...

    My son was born at 29 weeks!


    The list was unfortunately long of reasons why he had to come out, but at the moment, and aged 6 weeks he is a whopping 4lb 9oz, albeit he is quite short even with his prematurity.


    Obviously fishing was instantly halted, blogging too, and to a certain extent, my own well being. For any of you who've read my blog over the last 2 / 3 years may remember I have a chronic illness (CIDP) which means if I don't rest after I've pushed myself I am F'd! That really began to show a few weeks back and have been fighting over a relapse ever since, but being a NICU parent is never easy or calm or relaxing, so rest does not come easily currently.

    Anyway, back on track I have a new fishing partner! I've already been telling him and my wife how much additional stuff I'll NEED to buy him to ensure he takes to fishing successfully. I cannot wait to get the little fella home, and restart our lives, and when the time comes - teach him as much as possible about fishing.


    Anyway, I was sitting here thinking "hang on I have a few blogs written up and ready to go..." So for those of you who are interested in my slightly outdated fishing escapades by all means have a read here - Paul on Coarse Fishing: Trip #87 - Long Load Drain


    I've got a few to go on, so watch this space. I should hopefully get a few more on over the coming days.

    Until then, I hope you guys are all well and the fish have been biting.
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  2. #102
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    Congratulations on the birth of your son

  3. #103
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    Congratulations, Paul.
    I may be old, but I ain't dead yet.

  4. #104

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruitowl View Post
    Congratulations on the birth of your son
    Quote Originally Posted by slaphead View Post
    Congratulations, Paul.
    Thanks for the messages guys!

    Despite it being mid December a few weeks ago it was actually quite warm, which will explain the photo in the post. A recent trip back to Wales and a few hours spare meant we (3 generations of Murphy's) could get out on the fly for a few hours and chase some last minute puddle pigs before the water temperature really started dropping off. In all honesty though, I've caught the odd Carp at this place in mid winter, off the surface. The just needed a bit of gentle persuading! The place is stuffed full.

    You can have a read of it here - Paul on Coarse Fishing: Trip #88 - Back at Bills
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  5. #105

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    Well what a few weeks! The little one is home, growing and everything else that he should be. Still getting use to the noises he makes, but no one ever tells you the noises that babies make. Anyway, I am now mid way through my paternity and in light of wanting something to do I have dug out and published some blog posts from towards the end of last year.

    One was an incredibly productive Carp fishing session at Higher Farm. The long delay in having a cold snap meant the fish were very active quite late on this year so catching them was a lot easier than I anticipated. There are a few lakes on the venue so I'll be returning soon to try the others. You can read all about it here - Paul on Coarse Fishing: Trip #89 - Higher Farm - Higher Lakes - Lake 2



    The next was a trip of a different kind. Sea fishing. More specifically - Spinning in the sea. I am very much a novice at this at am looking forward to trying a few new venues over the coming months. The bass as supposed to be around from March, so that's when 'll aim to catch them (although given the new regulations there'll be none for the table... Thanks EU legislation, blaming the little man for big boy issues). Anyway, it was a tough morning, but an enjoyable one none the less. You can read about this coastal adventure here - Paul on Coarse Fishing: Trip #90 - Early Morning Spin Class

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  6. #106

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    What a couple of weeks it has been. In and out of hospital, hardly any chance to get on the bank in between rain showers, fixing the shed and fixing the shed again. I did manage a short session and despite the absolutely dismal weather I managed to catch a couple of winter carp.

    It was a good few hours and good to wet a line.



    You can have a read about it here - Paul on Coarse Fishing: Trip #91 - Higher Farm - Lower Lake
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  7. #107

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    Evening all! My new fishing blog is now online. It's quite a short one this week, and one which will probably provide some laughs. Will need some advice on some a suitable replacement though. You can have a read here - Paul on Coarse Fishing: Trip #92 - Wetter than an Otter's Pocket
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    Better luck next time, Paul.
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  9. #109

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    Evening all! Just put a new blog online. It was one written some time ago, but still worth a read. I finally broke my duck and landed an elusive predator on a lure. Hoping to get out there and give it whirl again when the weather improves. You can have a read about it here - Paul on Coarse Fishing: Trip #94 - Go Small or Go Home
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  10. #110

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    Well the day has finally arrived! The end of the coarse fishing river season... Cue the "Should there really be a closed season?" debate. Fact is, there is a closed season, so now we have to wait. Which is flipping annoying as I had so many plans last year which for obvious reasons didn't materialise. Maybe this year will be different... Anyway, I managed to get out on the bank for a few (very early) hours on Sunday, and was keen to at least wet a line, given that it has been so flipping long! I went, I cast, I caught. It was great. Really looking forward to trying to head back out there in June after summer Chub!

    Although I did see some very keen Pikers using very questionable gear... I didn't stop to ask them where they were from or how they were getting on (though one sounded slightly Eastern European), but they didn't seem keen on sticking around when they saw the dog...


    You can have a read all about it here - Paul on Coarse Fishing: Trip #95 - Last Day Dalliance
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