• Don’t leave a springer spaniel in a car with strawberry-flavoured groundbait nearby

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    This is my dog Dougal, looking extremely guilty after tucking into a bag of strawberry-flavoured groundbait in the back of my car this weekend. He managed to create this mess in under 10 minutes. I’d picked up a couple of friends and had to move some tackle and bait into the boot to clear some space inside. When I got out to unload their bags, there was Dougal, his nose tucked into a large bag of groundbait that he’d stolen from a plastic bag and opened, spraying it everywhere in his desperation to eat as much as he could before he was discovered. The boot (and their bags) were covered in fine crumb, and the dog had strawberry-covered flanks, paws and nose. The only good thing: my car now smells not of dog but strawberry.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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