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 Setting Off - Poole to Falmouth

"Sarah and I have never had much success at fishing from boats. So, before leaving Poole, we commissioned Chris from Rival Spirit to choose some fishing gear for us, which he duly did. This was nothing elaborate, just an handline with a variety of lures and a paravane to hold them underwater. Anyway, we duly dangled this device over the transom, and very shortly were rewarded with a plump mackerel. And then another, and another, and so on. We thought we had stumbled on the recipe for successful fishing, but this was not so. During the reminder of our 10-month trip the line was aired on numerous occasions, but never again did we catch anything. A boat nearby might be hauling in tuna and kingfish as though they were going out of fashion, but not Avalon."

 (Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 13, 2004 )
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