Joe Chappell

  • My Twist on the Multi Rig
    Around February, I encountered a problem while using the well-known Multi Rig. I wanted to use a low profile, 10mm popup but having only metal bait screws, the popup just wouldn’t pop up. The idea came to me to use a small piece of foam behind the hook shank, the idea being concealment, attraction, and […]
  • A Very Pleasant Surprise
    Recently The Tackle Box, one of our kind sponsors, had reached out to Bailey asking who would be well suited to testing out their new baiting pole and I guess it was my lucky day. The pole arrived a few days later and I was eager to test it out. However, last week I had […]
  • Newland Hall – An Honest Review
    Last week, I had the joy of fishing Newland Hall for the first time. A few of us from the blog decided to meet up and get to know each other better, with the hope of catching a fish in the meantime. We chose Newland Hall as Tom is pretty friendly with the Owner and […]
  • Dangling a Line Down Dungeness
    That feeling the night before a fishing trip that you have been looking forward to is like no other. I wasn’t quite experiencing the feeling as much as my dad. On both Monday and Tuesday, I had been fishing my local lake. My dad on the other hand hadn’t been fishing in over a month. […]
  • When a Plan Doesn’t Quite Come Together
    If you made it as far as the end in my last blog, I said that this week I would be comparing two rigs. A standard mono hair rig, and a coated braid blowback rig complete with anti-tangle sleave and kicker. I lied. The goal of last weekend’s session was to put the two rigs […]
  • Fishing a Two Hundred Year Old Mill Pond
    The Bank holiday weekend just gone, I was lucky enough to get some time off work. Half of my family live 280 miles away in Lancashire and my eldest cousin was moving to a new house so we decided to visit for a long weekend. Although my cousin doesn’t fish himself, he loves the outdoors […]
  • Spicing Things Up
    In my fishing, attraction is everything. I’m a big believer that all fish, coarse or sea are more likely to take a bait that has greater attraction. This can be with scent and flavour, but also colour and even sound. (When lure fishing). Last week had been a bit ill so there had been no […]
  • Reservoir Diaries, Part 3
    A few days after my previous success at Rochford Reservoir, I visited for a few hours after work. The plan was to pack light and to stalk a couple out of the margins. As soon as I got to the lake, I saw feeding carp with their tails up and heads down. I was buzzing […]
  • Reservoir Diaries Part 2
    It was the hottest day of the year so far. My alarm sounded, I turned over to see that the time read 05:30. Waking up that early only ever means one thing for me. Fishing! The plan was to pack light and cycle down to Rochford Reservoir with Jack. We hoped to do some early […]
  • Reservoir Diaries Part 1
    Rochford Reservoir is a venue I have fished a lot this year and a place I’m going to be putting some good time into over the course of the year, so it’s likely there will be more reservoir diaries to come.  It’s a day ticket lake, however they do offer a set number of memberships […]