About Just AnotherAngler

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About Just AnotherAngler and the Website

"To all Readers of this discourse, but especially to the honest Angler"  I.W.

Just AnotherAngler (JAA) has worm-drowned around for two-score odd years and in 2005, fenced off this piece of internet negative equity to write about fishing and generally indulge himself, a 100% vanity project. In 'those days' blog templates were rare, but the previous year I'd taken on the running of a website for a 'local protest group' which consisted of interfacing to the chap who'd done the work so far. The trouble was that his idea was that we'd ask him to do stuff and he'd do what he thought was best. It was simpler even in the short run to teach myself HTML. This, it turned out took less than a week 'FAPPFor All Practical Purposes'. The 'chap' wasn't amused twtThe early code had stuff 'left in' that did nothing, as I worked intially by trial-and-error on a quiet webpage tucked around the back. Then I discoved 'CSS' and all manner of other things. 'PHP' came later. SQL next (maybe). I still occasionally find incorrect hyper-link target fields or picture ID's that have no use at all... . Meh.

If you can see the fun in catching small perch and gudgeonA gonk a day keeps you smiling: The GUDGEON is reputed a fish of excellent taste..., then you may well like this site but if you don't, then it's just possible you are missing the point, but it's a free country. Mostly. This site is not really about catching fish, it's really about why I fish at all slipIf you think 'the how to' bits must have stuff like "I put up my Beastmaster XXX 3½lb rod, loaded 300 yards of Bloggs Triple-Strength 12lb onto my Overlymanley Big Pit reel and tied on a Noddy's Chod rig with a Tiger Claw size 8 hook...yada yada"...bo££ocks, then you're on the wrong website. Really. SFAlthough if that kind of stuff makes you feel good, you'll be pleased to know that Sigmund Freud got there well ahead of you. .

JAA AAIn a past job, I worked with Ian who was recovering from 'substance abuse' and one day at fag-break he asked if I'd been fishing, so said I was considering starting a website to present my own view of the fishing world. He took a long drag and gazing into the middle distance, said "An alternative look at fishing...another angle..." He was always doing that. One of his favourite words was 'wheelbarrow'. No reason.  is a 'pleasure angler', which is to say I don't spend days and nights camped rhAlway amused by those tales of 300 rod hours finally 'nailing' the target fish. I'm rather more in the "after four hours I'm fairly sure the fish is somewhere else so will have a re-think" mould myself.
'Long session' or no idea where to fish? You decide...
 by a water, trying for the 30 pounder that I know is in there, mainly because the owner put it in, it's been caught three times already (this year) and has a name. So have my childrens' goldfish GF'Goldy' and 'Finny'. Well the Marmite-Angler was only 2¼ at the time. Mind you, they've were recently joined by 'Crucial' the Crucian, 'Mr. Smith' the Common and 'Jaws' the Mirror. 'Jaws', that's what happens when boys name fish. Heh.
P.S. July 2010: Mr. Smith didn't make it. R.I.P.
P.P.S. ...as of June 2011, indoor fisheries are now up and running, or 'goldfish bowls' as I hope they will be known...
. I am a bit obsessive about knotsPick a knot, any knot, tie it properly mind. Test it, you must. though, to be fair. And surface fishing for carp...still chasing butterflies come to that.

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"We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered."

- Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

This quote is included as: (1) I like it (2) Almost without exception, folk who advise one "not to burn your bridges" only have their interests at heart and (3) if you're going to burn them, make a commitment, trample the ashes to powder then kick them in the river.

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Herein I expound on fishing in general, tackle, methods, plus an occasional diaryToday I went fishing...or wrote about something else that amused me. Or annoyed me. Or something.. Possibly the occasional rant as wellGrumpy old anglers of the world unite...my therapist says it's good for me and I'm 'making progress' whatever that means. She thinks I'm a paranoid schizophrenic, but we both know she's lying.. Well, it's my website, which I hope you find as it is written and if you think you've guessed my secret identityJAA lost in France, do email in. I may even own up anonOr not...
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It's just possible this site contains information unsuitable for overly sensitive folk with low self-esteem, no sense of humour and/or an irrational belief system. It's possible to mistake me for someone who gives a stuff about 'opinions'. However, I am open to reasoned debate on most topics. If you believe you have some kind of 'right of reply', reserve a domain name, pay a hosting service and write your own damn website. Bear in mind I write this for my own benefit and entertainment. There may be mistakes and in keeping with an engrained engineering mind-set, it is continually being 'improved'.Random Fish

If you see anyone you think is me and they are using a keep-net, barbed hooks, live bait, 2lb line, halibut pellets, trout pellets or boilies, it's not me. There is no chance anyone using a 'bolt-rig', a fixed lead, an 'anti-eject rig' (the gin-trap of fishing), a 'spod' or a 'method-feeder' is me. Anyone ledgering is not very likely to be me, I don't really enjoy ledgering, but free-lining on the other hand - that might be me. I never have and cannot see why I might ever kiss a fish. If you see someone taking a picture of himself with a fish, that's not me. I like to keep pictures of some fish, what I refer to as the 'digital keep-net' but I see neither point nor purpose in a multitude of pictures of myself with 'some fish'.

If you see anyone using treble hooks it's probably not me either (I just don't like them, nasty spiky things, plus I'm not convinced they're actually more effective).

Remember, the only sure way to catch fish every time, is buy a barrel and then buy some fish - you'd blank eventually even so...

"To go fishing is the chance to wash ones soul in pure air, with the rush of the brook or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity to tackle makers, patience to fish. A mockery of profits and ego, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men, for all men are equal before fish"
Herbert Hoover

Not so very common carpI am content to wait. I am well used to it...(and back to the top of the page) Not so very common carpa very subtil fish Not so very common carpWatch for magpies on your path. Throw salt over your left shoulder. Walk around ladders. Not so very common carpif you will Fish for a Carp, you must put on a very large measure of patience Not so very common carpI am content to wait. I am well used to it.

Navigation

On a ship canal this is easy. It's pretty much 'straight on' as a rule. At the top of every page is a menu linking to the main website pages. Some of these menu entries will shuffle about every time a page is loaded. You may find this (a) amusing or (b) mildly irritating. In case it's the latter, the middle row items, including the 'DiaryThe diary of the moment. The 'blog'' and 'LinksLinks to some things that are mildly similar and entertaining' pages' hyperlinks, never move. At the bottom of the latter page is a list of 'all the site's pagesa site map of sorts', a site map of sorts, where every page is listed with a permanent link.

The diary pages have expanded like demented slinkies, so at the bottom of each page is a "Back to the top of the pageAh go on...have a guess...go on, go on, go on......." link. Guess where it takes you? On all the jovial page break separators, whether hooks, sinkers or gudgeons, the left-hand image will also link you back to the top of the page. So will the curly page-divider things.

Hint: so, on the row of 'fishingy things' below, click on the left hand one....

And if all else fails, on the 'DiaryJustAnotherAnglingBlog' page there's a custom search facility which is also available below. You're on your own thereafter. You can email me using the address at the bottom of every page, but it's manual entry - too many 'bots stealing emails for spam spam spam...and I will answer them as well, unless it's abusive.

Tight lines to you.Random Fish

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Hyperlinks and 'Tool-Tips'

These generally don't work on mobile devices - so I've modified the way this works so that they do (in 2017). All links internal to this site and external should work this way as do 'tool-tips' for images and any common abbreviations. It's taken a while to get around the whole site and implement that, along with other site-wide style changes. I concede this was done for myself, as I use my own 'handy' to look stuff up on my own site...

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How it Works

As of late 2017, the entire site has been converted to a kind of 'php' database that I invented myself. I wanted to learn 'php' to a decent standard and it also occurred to me that if I didn't get the maintenance and structure under control now, in ten years' time it would be a nightmare and I'd give up...Random Fish

...so almost every entry on the site is a stand-alone content file with a set of associated variables. I've built various 'engines' which will display pages according to 'some criteria' and also extract entries that match (e.g.) 'some criteria' for specific pages. I can create whole new pages by simply copying a file and changing it's name (sneaky, oh yes...). The idea is that from 2018 all I need to do is write something, add the right data fields, then upload it and it will magically appear in all the right places. For ever. Currently there are around 1,200 such entries.

The bad news for any competitive angler reading this and already mentally rubbing their hands together thinking this site will be a mine of useful information that will give them 'an edge', is that I don't record fish's weight, the bait I caught fish on, the water temperature, the barometric pressure and a lot of other things, although I mostly record what bait I took with me. Quite often I just note I caught, for example, 'some perch'. I might mention the weather/temperature/hook size. I might not. It's mostly 'not'. While there are those that consider this a wasted opportunity to become a far better fishermen, this place is for the most part a longitudinal memory experiment I'm running with a single non-randomly selected participant. If you'd like to join in, write me a letter...Random Fish

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'Cookies'

This site doesn't use or set any cookies of any sort. Nope. None. Nada. No money being made here. In point of fact, I put money in and 'anotherangler.net' comes out. It's a bit like opera. You put money in and opera comes out. Although 'anotherangler.net' doesn't have interminable arias and love-stricken soloists mooning about the place, getting on yer nerves. So that's good.

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JAA

I've been fishing since I was twelve, but wanted to before that, which means I've been sitting behind a wet worm for forty plus years, so consider myself a neophyte. As a young angler I was fortunate to find a little mystery, helped by 'Old Bob'. Then 'real life' intervened and the mysterious was put on a high shelf. Fortunately I've re-earthed the current in the last few years and with a bit of luck this will continue.

I live in Dorset real...as opposed to 'middle-class TV Dorset', which looks lovely on the telly, but honestly, it's just not like that. Very few of us bother with 'artisan made' anything as it's generally three times the price and not any better than the 'regular stuff'.  where most of my angling takes place, but have fished all over the place. I'm lucky to get my tackle out most weekends, thanks to Mrs AA's good graces. I used to think my opinion of today's over-commercialised angling were 'Just me', but the discovery of 'Waterlog', its forums, other anglers and succeeding forums was cheering and have led here.

I'll fish anywhere for anything, which is how I've come by mullet, grayling, wrasse and moray eels. I've had as much fun on two-feet wide mountain streams catching bullheads and 1oz wild trout as I have catching tench in lily patches - although it's true to say I've done a lot more of the latter.

I like some traditional things, but not at the expense of picking the best tackle for the task in hand. I once got a Wallis cast about right; that is to say it went a good distance more-or-less where aimed without tangling on the reel handles or a tree.

I am not a 'traditionalist', perhaps 'orthodox' is a better term, and don't automatically assume old tackle is best, nor do I think all modern tackle is 'new fangled', although it's easier for some to believe this than consider the alternative. It took me until 2011 to catch a barbelBoris the trespassing horse gudgeon, 1½lb, and that was by accident, and in 2010 I caught two 30lbL'Orange Daze and one 40lb carpTangerine Days, but had to wait until 2011 for a first 'twentyGosh, that was a chilly session.'. As of 2016 I'm up to 'three' of those carp, mostly float-fishing and with the bait on the hook. Can be done.

I've never used bolt-rigs, boilies or pellets, (trout or halibut) and mean to keep it that way. I've tried 'anti-eject' rigs and will not use one again. I side with those who consider this little better than foul-hooking. I go fishing to go fishing FFAs opposed to 'I go fishing to catch fish', which is generally used for justifying some questionable tactic, tackle or stocking density. Normally stated in a belligerent and bullish manner, but I take comfort that those folk generally give up when things get tough 'because the fishing's rubbish'. . I like green and grey, and make a lot of floats, some of which even get used. I nearly always float-fish, even when most sane folk have got out the ledger rod or gone home. Some call this obsessive; I prefer 'dedicated'. I'm usually to be found in a quiet windward corner of the lake reclining under a hat, six feet from one of the said floats, rod resting on one boot, apparently not paying any attention. I'm trying to achieve the virtual equivalent with this site. I admit to being a bit obsessed with knots.

I tend to put coffee in the flask as long as proper stuff is available and might one day invent an espresso attachment for the Kelly kettle. I'm overly fond of strong coffee, red wine, good whisky, very dark chocolate and log fires; 'addicted' is a word that has been used in respect of these things. Part-paraphrasing, I like the creak of leather and the magpie's shriek, but prefer the jay's screech, the yaffle's chatter and the squeak-and-scurry of the furry folk at my feet, possibly because these noises mean I'm so far unnoticed.Random Fish

Fire, for the reaching out of toes of. Fire, for the reaching out of toes of.

I like weathered red-brick and am not yet tired of Spring, but like Autumn most of all. I'm technically competent and happily continue to have 'authority issues' AIThis is quite deliberate. I've never agreed with the notion of 'feudalism' either inside an office or outside. I don't have to repect anyone. Respect is earned. Or not. And it can be lost in a trice, often with small things, like slipping a pen into your pocket when you think no-one is looking, or a curl of the lip or a moment's fawning to your boss... . I've spent thirty odd years in electronics, designing and providing ASIC field support all over Europe and the world. I've given that up for an MSc in psychology. I like stuff made out of brass, which seems to me more honest that gold and tend to find things other folk have left behind, sometimes last week, sometimes 15,000 years ago. I like oak that's weathered to silver. I'm not scared of the dark and enjoy dusk most of all. I'm not a morning person. In fact I'm not a person at all until 9am and two cups of freshly brewed black stuff.

There's no telling whether my children will find the path by the water, but I took them fishing anyway and they seemed to like it. Hopefully one will wheel me to the water's edge in a bath-chair when I can't get there myself and ideally before making the great last cast.

"Nullius in verba" - "on the word of nobody" NIVThe Royal Society's motto 'Nullius in verba', roughly translates as 'Take nobody's word for it', and is an expression of the determination to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment...or more roughly "That's what you claim, now prove it or push off".
How we miss the good old days of rigorous science.
 ...and be Lucky...

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10:10pm on 2018-06-23 JAA