Richard Hol­royd As­sis­tant ed­i­tor

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A BODY of wa­ter can of­ten ap­pear life­less, par­tic­u­larly in the mid­dle of a still au­tumn day, and no mat­ter how much you look at it, there are no ob­vi­ous signs of fish. This is when you’ve got to rely on in­stinct, past ex­pe­ri­ences, or lo­cal knowl­edge, to de­ci­pher where the fish are likely to be.

I was given a les­son in where I should have stayed on an au­tumn day, when fish­ing for floun­der at a mark where I’d had suc­cess in the past. I cast my rig out in a calm sea and be­gan to watch my mo­tion­less rod tip. I then no­ticed a cor­morant on the sea, a few hun­dreds yards to my left. In the hope of lo­cat­ing fish, I moved along the beach, cast­ing to where

I’d seen the bird, which had then de­cided to make its way to where I was fish­ing be­fore.

My rod tip didn’t move, but the cor­morant dived and came up with a flat­fish, which it swal­lowed, and then perched on a groyne to dry its wings in the au­tumn sun­shine. That was the end of the ac­tion – I’d watched a supreme fisher at work.

In this is­sue, John Bai­ley takes a look at how big fish have de­vel­oped sur­vival strate­gies to avoid an­other preda­tor, ot­ters, in p.3235. We also bring you a fas­ci­nat­ing new se­ries in p.14-17, Read­ing the Rivers with Pete Read­ing, an an­gler who has ded­i­cated much of his life to help­ing to con­serve the species that he en­joys catch­ing. He starts with barbel, ex­plain­ing his tac­tics, and re­veal­ing the big­gest threats to their pop­u­la­tions, cre­ated by the most de­struc­tive of species… hu­mans.

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