Inspiration

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2017 Mission Statement

2017 Mission Statement


Posted By on Mar 21, 2017

Zen2 , always on a mission . I cant believe its actually spring at last ! Obviously 2016 was somewhat of a disaster for me from July onwards thanks to that wipe out at the skatepark This has been the longest winter ever for me . I just cant wait to get out there again under the cliffs , out on the reefs and most importantly having a good giggle with you guys ! Every year I need new challenges and goals to keep it fresh . This year I...

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Fathers and sons ( and daughters )

Fathers and sons ( and daughters )


Posted By on Aug 3, 2015

Fishing blogs tend to be all about how awesome everything is , well not today  , today was so bad fishing wise that I just did the honest thing and told my clients I was wasting their money and my time , we agreed on an half day tariff , had lunch together at Castaways and I dropped the guys off , bid them farewell , hoped they were serious about a return trip in October and went home to my own family . Its a fascinating experience to...

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Photo Memories  2014

Photo Memories 2014


Posted By on Dec 19, 2014

”And so this is Christmas another year gone ”! Time to look back at some photos from this year aboard Zen2 . So many great people so many great days !  Bring on 2015 !!!!!   Merry Christmas  Austen    [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”1″ gal_title=”2015″]  

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Stargazy Squid

Stargazy Squid


Posted By on Oct 16, 2014

If ever I come home full of excitement and try to capture the feeling while its there for my blog , it will normally be some report of a big Bass , perhaps hectic sport or maybe just a great day with great company on Zen2 . Well today I did come home with a spring in my step and the feeling that perhaps everything is falling into place.  I have put aside every spare penny this year following my decision to take up commercial fishing...

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People Power

People Power


Posted By on Oct 9, 2014

I fished with Ross from Alderney Angling and his brother Sam the other day . You cant beat it when the fish are on the first reef you visit , highly fizzed up and aggressive. It makes my job so much easier . I can relax a little and just watch the drama unfold rather than try to find the fish as I so often have to do. Great to see young and old faces aboard the boat. I fished with Michael the week before , this is our 3rd season...

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Sunset and Sunrise with Mike Ladle

Sunset and Sunrise with Mike Ladle


Posted By on May 29, 2014

Life can be very short so don’t ever waste time when it comes to doing the things you love to do or spending quality time with people you love or admire .  This was brought  home to me this week when I discovered that lovely guy I fished with 10 days ago on the Eddystone suddenly and unexpectedly died while still on his fishing holiday in the West Country. His wife told me he loved his day fishing with me aboard Zen2. He had a...

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Dolphins !!

Dolphins !!


Posted By on May 22, 2014

They bring so much joy to us and often seem to know when were having a tough day and need cheering up !! They are as fascinated by us as were by them. Catching Double figure Bass is quite Joyful too ! What an amazing start to the new Bass season !    ...

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A living worth scraping

A living worth scraping


Posted By on Feb 20, 2014

I love the feel, atmosphere and philosophy behind this film . This film inspires me on a number of levels . It seems wrong when you see so much crap receive so much recognition and traffic on Youtube or Vimeo and yet a film like this that has won awards has less than 100 ,000 hits. Somehow I would guess that Micky Smith is not to worried. He doesn’t seem the type ! Quote …… If i only scrape a living , at least its a...

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Riding High – A season on the Fly

Riding High – A season on the Fly


Posted By on Dec 20, 2013

Am I alone on this ?? If Im honest I find the whole Flats dude / Fly Dude thing quite annoying . This video for all that I find irritating also inspires me . I have fished for Tarpon in Costa Rica- Cuba – Venezuela – Mexico – Belize . I spent 3 days in the Florida Keys in 2010 . It was those 3 days that I really loved. We did’nt even boat a fish, you name it , it went wrong , it was inspiring and intimidating ,...

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Roger Baker

Roger Baker


Posted By on Nov 17, 2010

The wise old man at the foot of the Mountain. Roger used to work in IT ( and made  a few quid ). He then purchased the Atlantic Inn Porthleven which he ran for  11 years. He also had a condo and Skiff on Islamarada Florida where he spent his winters flats fishing.  After my saltwater fly fishing exploits in Australia 1999 – 2000 Roger was the first person for me to share these with upon my return. Roger now  lives at the foot of...

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