Andrew Pilgrim

  • Dazed & Confused
    As you may recall from last weeks blog this week I fancied getting the big lures out for Pike. One thing you, dear reader, should appreciate is that when you sign up to write a weekly blog such as this the pressure is ramped up when you do have a days fishing, you have to […]
  • New Tricks for the Old Dog
    What’s this new-fangled ‘Drop Shotting’ that I keep hearing about? Laughably tiny, whippy little rods and baby reels with a small bit of neon wobbly rubber for bait….. Quite frankly that sounds absolutely ridiculous!…… So, naturally, I thought I’d best give it a try. Now as I have mentioned before I consider myself an all-round […]
  • Sowing the Seeds
    It seems lately that every time I write a blog something I mention in it prompts me to have a go the following week. Last week in my ‘Back to the old School’ blog I spoke of how the smell of hemp or tares reminded me of fishing with my Grandad, and as we are […]
  • Small River Roach Fishing
    Regular readers of my blogs will recall that I have a soft spot for one particular Essex River, and in particular one little stretch a mile of so long, I fished this beautiful meandering river at least weekly often 2/3 times a week for many, many years, 10 years ago I moved to Colchester and […]
  • Back to the old school.
    When I was a lad growing up in South Yorkshire in the 60s & 70s (stick with me) things were different in many ways. In my late teenage years it seemed that everyone was a fisherman – at work on a Monday morning the question “Where did you go at the weekend?” invariably received an […]
  • ALL CHANGE……( A Sea fishing report for Freshwater Anglers)
    When you have been hammering away at the same old thing for a while, with the same results often what is needed is a change of technique, location or even species. I put this to Sheena (my wife) and she disagreed vehemently, but when I explained that I was referring to fishing she seemed much […]
  • The Painful Truth….. WARNING, Graphic image!
    I have never experienced anything like it….. Beyond excruciating…. I blame John Wilson! It is beyond debate that the late John Wilson was an angler of some repute and did much promote Fishing in this country, and if you are of a certain age, as I am, you may know of other angling legends through-out […]
  • It’s a funny old game…. (Pt2)
    My quest for a 6lb Chub from the Chelmer was proving to be a real challenge as not only was I out 2/3 nights every week fishing from dusk to well into darkness I had also been asked to join an Essex Match fishing team and the commitment this involved – most weekends coupled with […]
  • My Wife is a Tart….
    If like me you are fortunate to have a fishing mad partner it can throw up some strange problems….. Let me explain. I, like many, am a bit of a tackle collector. Not the vintage museum exhibit type, more along the lines of slowly accumulating rods and reels and never parting with any. Now for […]
  • It’s a funny old game….. (Pt1)
    … fishing that is. Rewind to 1988 and yours truly made the move from Gods own Country down to sunny Essex.  Now while Essex has some outstanding stillwaters it would be fair to say that it is not blessed with big, fast flowing rivers such as the Trent which was my old stomping ground. Luckily […]