Stuart Gardiner

  • Why We Fish ?
    While we still in this awful pandemic and even though fishing is allowed the distance, area and weather we can go to is fairly limiting for so many at this time, I myself am looking forward to brighter, warmer and drier days ahead in the months ahead when fingers crossed some new normality returns. Fishing […]
  • The Redbridge Return
    While we all enduring our current frustrating fishing time I have been reflecting on my own personal return to this great pastime after a 25 year break 3 years ago. Thinking back I am scratching my head as to why I left fishing for so long but easily done with life turning different corners like […]
  • A winters day at Churchgate Lakes
    I have been following Churchgate lakes on Facebook a while now and could not help but notice how the owner was very clearly putting so much time, effort and expense in making the fishery really top class. For me seeing fisheries put back investment into venues so as to make the whole fishing experience better […]
  • Darent Valley 9ft 3lb TC Specimen Rod Review
    I was very fortunate and humble to win one of these rods in a raffle in the summer and after seeing various reports on other models in the Darent Valley, Tacklebox range and was very keen to christen it with a suitable specimen fish fitting the rods description. With work and the general covid chaos […]
  • The Eagle Was Landed
    I have never been a serious Carp fisherman not on todays scale anyway but the first carp I caught is to this day a memory very ingrained in my fishing favourites. TBT to a July evening in 1978 at the Eagle Pond Wanstead. Back in the good old days of simple safe urban free fishing […]
  • Method Feeder Fun
    I was lucky to take advantage of a mild November Friday for a session at Crow Green on the small lake before the venue closes for its winter break, this fishery is by far one the tidiest well run venues I have fished with non muddy banks and excellent platform swims throughout. My approach here […]
  • Summer Rudding
    A Red Letter Rudd Day Sitting with the dark afternoons at 4pm now this is a blog on my best late summer session at Thornwood Springs, Epping chasing the massive Rudd that frequent there. It was a perfect mild day with prefect light breeze north easterly direction which made for perfect presentation in the swim […]