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Steve Lockett with a variety of winter caught fish

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After a long trial period, Gareth Purnell's movie channel is now running. The film I made in India, following a fishing journey in the watershed of the River Cauvery, is available to view here: Angling Masala.
It costs less than a pound to watch and lasts for 40 minutes. During the film, I look at different ways of fishing in India, on a variety of waters. I also take a look at some of the issues which threaten the waterside environment and show my favourite area in southern India, where I stay on a coffee plantation.

Back home, and the first port of call was Gwinear for a practise session. The draw for the Supercup has pitted South Devon MG against Kernow MG. So trips down to Newquay for the next few weeks for me and the other lads.

To get a first look at the venue, myself Bally and Yardie tried Phase 1. It fished very hard, with none of the larger carp we were expecting putting in an appearance. Small roach and perch were the mainstay of a double figure net for me. I also got a few small carp and F1s on both short pole and expanders and groundbait feeder with red maggots. Bally managed to put a healthy net of little tench and a couple of bigger carp together and all three of us got a single skimmer.

I also went to...

The Mekong River.

During my holiday in Thailand I managed half a day fishing on the Mekong River.
Sadly, I didn't catch, but saw plenty of fish rolling to encourage me on a future trip.

I suspect they were mainly predatory fish, so I will take spinning gear along next time.

In the middle of Bangkok, there are lots of catfish and Siamese carp in the river. All in all, it looks like the natural waters there hold good stocks, unlike in so many other Asian countries.

Closer to home...

During a swim in my local hotel's member's only pool, I bumped into Andy and Debbie Seery from Stafford Moor.
We stopped doing lengths and had a quick chat, Andy telling me that some real big carp and cats had started coming out of Joseph's whenever it turned milder.

On Tanners, there will be carp caught on waggler and pellet fished at dead depth.

Best to call the onsite shop for details of which other waters are open before travelling. Andy has been netting some lakes to move stocks around the site and it is always better to fish a lake with some water in!

Where I'm going next...

I am having a trip up to Wiltshire for a day with my mate Dr Mark (Redfin) Everard.

Hopefully we will spend some time running a stick float down on one of the upper reaches of the Bristol Avon. If the river is not quite perfect, we may have to fish a feeder, but either way we will be on bread or red maggots.
Having seen the state of the rivers a couple of weeks ago, I hope we do not have to resort to a lobworm in a slack! Or get forced off the river and on to a stillwater; I get precious few chances to fish rivers nowadays.