Category Archives: Fishing

Ripon Canal – Where are all the Fish

Over the past few months i’ve been down Ripon Canal quite a few times from the very top at the basin right down to the last lock and there seems to be a distinct lack of people fishing and fish more importantly. Years ago i would often fish Ripon Canal and you would see Carp floating by, Pike hiding in sides. But on recent trips i haven’t really seen much in the way of life other than a few Silvers.

So i’d love to know off any one like ripon piscatorial how come there’s a lack of fish appearing in the canal

Practical FishKeeping Hacked / Down Part 2

I’ve been keeping a close eye on Practical FishKeeping since my last post about Practical FishKeeping Hacked.

Anyway on first glance it appears to be back but when you look closer you go to the following web address

You also get the following message

“The Practical Fishkeeping website is currently offline for essential maintenance and will be back in the near future. If you’re already a member of our website keep an eye on your email and we’ll drop you a line as soon as the site is back up and running.

In the mean time, if you’d like to take out a subscription to the print version of PFK, please check out the great offers we currently have available.”

Practical Fishkeeping Hacked

For a few days i’ve been trying to get to Practical Fish Keeping but i keep getting the message below
“Practical Fishkeeping is currently offline for maintenance and should be back up and running shortly.”

Practical Fishkeeping

Practical Fishkeeping

They have also sent this email out to all registered users, its a shame as the whole website is down and has been for at least 3 days.

“Dear Practical Fishkeeping website user

Why are we contacting you?

You have received this message because you are a registered user of our website

We have been made aware that hackers have breached our website security. This is a criminal offence, and information on our register about our readers (usernames, passwords, email addresses, postal addresses and in some cases telephone numbers) may have been viewed or taken.

What are we doing?

We have taken immediate action to preserve the privacy and security of the data held by us, and are doing all we can to investigate exactly what has happened and to ensure that it cannot happen again. We have notified the Police and the Information Commissioner. is currently offline until security has been restored. You will be notified as soon as is live again, and we are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience, but the security of our users is of paramount importance to us.

What should you do?

It is possible that the hackers might seek to use the information they have to commit identity fraud. You should be extra vigilant about checking for unexpected activity on your credit cards or bank accounts, and follow Home Office advice when using the Internet:

see http://links.special…zYS1&mt=1&rt=0.

If you used your password for for other websites, you should change those passwords.

How can I contact you?

Further information please contact

It only remains for me to say how very sorry I am about what is a very upsetting and disruptive situation for us all.

Matt Clarke

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Marine / Saltwater Aquarium Setup

I’ve been looking at getting a marine aquarium since i was first into fish, and i’m now past the point of putting it off.

The major problem i had is know what to get straight away and what can wait for a month or so. I want to try and keep things out of the aquarium such as filter and heater.

Buying an external heater is only around £30-£40 and a external canister filter can be around £80, but i’ve found a few aquariums that that include a fluvel 205, but in honesty id rather get a Fluval 305 is this is rated up to 300 litres.

I’m looking at getting a Juwel Rio 180 (180 Litres) maily due to cost, but i have found a Juwel 240 aquarium for £299 which isn’t a bad price at all. Although a Fluval 205 would be fine for a 180 litre aquarium i feel it would be running at capacity where as a Fluval 305 will have plently left in it as its rated for upto 300 litres.

Since i’m not looking at getting corals for the time been i don’t think a protein skimmer is a MUST but there again its only £30 for a basic one.

Ideally i’d like 2 common clown fish, regal tang  and a few other bits like shrimp and star fish.

I’m hoping that Christmas sales will see aquarium prices drop a little which might give me the chance to upgrade the protein skimmer.

Regal Tang

Regal Tang

Fishing Lake Gilmore’s Ripon North Yorkshire

This is a site with 2 lakes, there only small and have a low number of pegs id guess around 10 to each lake.

The top lake mainly has smaller carp in probably up to the 10LBS marker, i have recently pulled a 9Lbs carp of of the lake  as well.

On Saturday the fish where biting wel,l and we caught around 10 small carp weighing in at just shy of 14LBS in about 3 hours, they where mainly caught on bread and some dog food at first. We had a few on float but mainly caught from the ledger rod.

The other lake we are hopefully going to fish next time, and aim for some larger carp.

Heres a picture of my mate and the keepnet of fish

Lee 14LBS Carp

Lee 14LBS Carp