Beach Fishing – Micro adventure

Growing up on the Suffolk coast I have always been interested in beach fishing, there has been many years of biking home and not being able to feel my fingers due to the cold.

I always remember going to the bait shop on a Saturday and buying scrap lugworm as I couldn’t afford fresh bait, waiting for it to start getting dark and head down to the North Beach and try my hardest to catch something.

Learning to fish

I had to teach myself how to fish from the beach.  From an early age I started to enjoy fishing and with no one in my family that had this past time it was a case of reading books, watching John Wilson every Thursday night on ITV (God rest his sole, Flags at half mast) and learning by my mistakes.

Nowadays its a lot easier with all of the content on YouTube

As a teenager earning £4.50 per week on a paper round it was really quite expensive to go beach fishing due to the price of the bait and having to keep buying weight due to the hefts in the area I used to fish.

Living in Cyprus

Whilst living in Cyprus I worked as a Scuba Diving instructor and spent a lot of my spare time spearfishing for Octopi and boat fish for Tuna.

micro adventure beach fishing
My years in Cyprus gave me a great opportunity to fish around the sunny coast of Larnaca.

So when I relocated back to the UK in 2007 the first thing was to get myself some sea fishing gear and start fishing the winter of the Suffolk and Norfolk beaches.

micro adventure beach fishing
First Cod back in 2008 just when I had moved back to the UK.

The first year was brilliant loads of Cod.  I was regularly filling the freezer with fish and then it started to dwindle to the point when I didn’t fish last year at all.

 

 

 

First Day this year on the beach fishing.

So last Saturday I was free from work my eldest has been nagging me to take him out beach fishing.

We finally got out onto the beach.

Fishing is a great way to participate in a micro adventure whether its all day, all weekend or just a few hours out walking the dog.

The weather was forecast sunny with a 10mph Easterly wind which was ok for the beach we where to fish from.  We where heading to Kessingland beach.

After collecting bait, servicing gear and making a few traces up we headed to the beach around 15:00 for a 17:30 High tide.  I always like to fish the tide up and down.

We arrived at the beach to find the wind slightly stronger than 10mph and looking at the sea it looked really rough.

I thought “Well we are here, we’ve got bait so lets drown some worms”.  There was no chance to delay it a day as the weather was changing for the worse so we got on with it and headed North along the beach.

There was a few people beach fishing and looking at the state of the sea I didn’t think the gear would hold bottom.

Talking to someone fishing already he said he was catching Whitting and Bass so at least they where catching.

Setting was quite difficult as the wind was onshore but we got the shelter up, rods setup and started to fish.

We where getting a fish every cast mostly Pin Whitting.  We managed to take home about 12 decent sized Whitting.

Jan caught a small Bass and before we knew it it was time to light the lamp and start fishing in the dark.

This fishing is my favourite.  I love fishing of the beach in winter, yes its cold but as long as you have the right clothes there is something magical about winter night fishing.

Here’s the video of the session we had.

Inspiring outdoor / adventure channels on YouTube

Inspiring outdoor / adventure channels on YouTube

I just wanted to write a quick post on Inspiring outdoor / adventure channels on YouTube that I really enjoy watching.

Inspiring outdoor / adventure channels on YouTubeThere are many people out there putting content on YouTube on a regular basis so I just wanted to share who I enjoy watching.

These aren’t in any particular order.

On that note I have finally started to document my own adventures on my own channel HERE 

 

Joe Robinet

Location: Canada

Covers: bushcraft, canoeing, Fishing and Adventures.


MCQ Bushcraft

Location: U.K. but just moved to Northern Sweden.

Covers: Bushcraft & Hunting


Haze Outdoors

Location: U.K.

Covers: Bushcraft, Liver abuse, Humour, Hiking and Wild Swimming (Very Funny).


Erik Normark

Location: Northern Sweden.

Covers, Hiking, Biking, Bushcraft, Camping. (Love this guys style).


DonVonGun

Location: Denmark

Covers: Bushcraft and Adventures.


 

Out on the land by Ray Mears

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält.  It’s that time of the year when the nights draw in and many people turn to the comfort of an armchair and an open fire.

Even the most hardy of us who would be out in all weather find ourselves sitting indoors -brushing up on skills, servicing equipment, planning next years trips or learning different methods / places to visit through various means.

This book I am writing about is one of those books that you can’t put down and even when you’ve finished it it’s the type of book that stays on the coffee table and is picked up and shuffled through many times.Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält

This book by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is a fantastic beautiful must-have for every Bushcraft enthusiast!

 

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält: The Authors

Ray Mears is well know in the UK, Europe and Worldwide!   This book is written together with Lars Fält, the founder of the Swedish army survival school and instructor of the Parachute Rangers.

Lars has an enormous knowledge of life and survival in the wilderness of the Northern Hemisphere and is also the author of 10 books on this subject.

Ray’s has an enormous knowledge base, lots of experiences and a natural and peaceful approach to life.  His documentaries have and still are an inspiration for everyone.
Northern Hemisphere

In this wilderness, knowledge of the forest, Bushcraft, is indispensable and you have the best opportunities to apply it correctly.

Instructive and inspiring

The landscape, cultures, knowledge and traditions of the traditional inhabitants, the trees and animals, every piece of wilderness is covered.

This book has been in development for 30 years.

It contains an imaginative voyage of discovery through the impressive forests of the Northern Hemisphere.

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is full of information and covers every aspect of being in the wilderness in both winter and summer (clothing, kit, skills, cooking, survival).

Revealing the age-old traditions and techniques, and how to carry them out yourself.

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält
Lighting a fire in the snow

I love the way that this book refers back to the indigenous people of the Boreal Forest and shows how bushcraft was not just a way of life but a way of surviving.

This book describes extensively how you can live in this environment and what is needed for this.

Apart from a beautiful book Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is also a reference book for anyone who would like to experience this.

This book is a great source of information on methods, utilising natural products, recipes and much more.

What do I think about this book?

Like I said Out on the Land is a wonderful book that you will find difficult to put down!

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is full of impressive photos, stories, where and why these methods are used and awe inspiring. Which will get you outside and practice what you have learnt.

Loue Tarp

If you want to have a look at some of the equipment used in this book such as the Loue Tarp have at look at Ray’s website Woodlore.

Ray Mears has and still is a great inspiration to me.  I love his documentaries I learn a great deal from these especially his carving tuitions and fire lighting skills

Where to buy?

Interested readers can purchase this book in many languages from amazon.

Ray Mears Documentaries

One of my favourite episodes is when Ray is in Sweden.

This episode he starts of in the South, paddling with Lars.

Learning how to harvest fatwood to turn into pine tar and then ventures up North to learn day to day bushcraft from the Sami and learn about the importance of a Puukko.

Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

Here’s a quick review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

I had a delivery of a new pair of outdoor pant from Revolution Race.  I have had a pair of their GPx pants for a while now and really like wearing them.

I’ve used them in many different environments.  I wore them for 4 days walking in the Lake District and they worked well.

What I liked about them is the way that they dried really quickly.

I wanted something even more hard wearing for more arduous terrain and use especially for walking from Nikkaluokta to Abisko next summer.

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants
GPx Pro Pants

GPx Pro Pants are a multifunctional hybrid pant with 4-way stretch and reinforcements on the knees, seat and lower legs.  I especially like the reinforced areas around the heels.

The reinforcements in RVRC® Flex is both wind and water repellent.

The stretch panels ventilate and gives an incredible comfort and are very fast drying.

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants
Side Ventilation

The pants are equipped with ventilation zippers along the thighs, these are extremely good at releasing heat and condensation if need be.

The knees are fitted with pockets for knee pads if required and with boot hooks these pants are ideal for muddy / rocky terrain.

Like the GPx Pants they are very figure hugging.  If like me your used to baggy pants, these take a little to get used.

Once you’ve adapted to them you’ll find them extremely comfortable.

The only down fall I found is that even thought the pants are hooked onto my boots they still ride up on the back of my boots.

Heres a short video review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants.

Specification

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Dehydrator Beef Jerky – How To Make Your Own

dehydrator beef jerky

Dehydrator Beef Jerky

dehydrator beef jerkyI make dehydrator Beef Jerky quite often, it is a staple in my backpack and also in the kids packed lunch boxes.  The only problem is that it is so more’ish that it is normally gone as soon as it is out of the dehydrator.

The recipe I use is one that I have put to gather myself, its easy to make, cost effective and with a dehydrator its easy to dry.

Here is my ‘HOW TO’ including my recipe.

Items required.

Items needed:

  • Dehydrator
  • 2 x zip lock bags
  • Chopping Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Bowl

Ingredients:

Method

  • Trim the steaks removing fat & gristle and cut in 2cm strips against the grain of the meat (this makes it easier to chew)
  • Place steak strips into bowl
  • In a zip lock bag: Add half a bottle of Worcestershire Sauce, 1 Bottle of Teriyaki Marinade, handful of dried garlic, dried chillies (if required) and a tablespoon of liquid smoke.
  • Mix the marinade together.
  • Add in the steak strips and massage into the marinade to make sure all the meat get covered.
  • Remove air from the ziplock bag, lay flat, massage the meat one more time and put into the fridge for 24hrs (removing, massaging and flipping the bag every now and then).

Next Day

  • Remove meat from fridge and drain in a colander.
  • Layout paper towel (normally 2 towels thick x 2 towels long.
  • layout steak strips onto towels then place towels on top of meat and pat down to remove excess marinade.
  • Sprinkle BBQ rub over meat on one side, pat into meat then place on the dehydrator racks.
  • Make sure there is space between the strips on the racks (for airflow).
  • Turn on dehydrator to full (mine sits at 70c), rotate trays every 20 mins so top goes to bottom for 6 hours.  It is handy if you shake the trays every now and then so the strips aren’t stuck to the racks.
  • After six hours, turn dehydrator down to 40c and leave overnight.

Remove Jerky from the trays, allow to cool and bag them up.  You can freeze if you want to keep your dehydrator Beef Jerky longer but like us I’m sure its gone as soon as its made.

I sometimes vacuum pack my dehydrator beef jerky if I’m using it on trips and excursions.

It is a great trail snack and I always take either Jerky or Biltong with me on multi day trips.  I recently had 5 days in the Lake District where I took Biltong or during the Fjallraven Classic I had a bag of Jerky with me.

If you are interested in making your own biltong then please comment and i’ll put together a ‘How To’ video.

Below is a video on how I make my dehydrator beef jerky

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket I’ve had this jacket for about 2 months now and think I can safely say I have tried it in some pretty horrible conditions. So I think its safe for me to review this product.

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket Fjern was created by a group of UK based outdoor enthusiasts with over 150 years of joint experience as mountaineers, skiers, hikers, mountain guides and climbers.

Like me with a strong belief in the Nordic mind set that the outdoors is there to be enjoyed by everyone, whatever the weather.  One of my favourite saying is “Some people feel the rain others just get wet!

Fjern in many Scandinavian languages means Distant, Far, Remote and my opinion of the jacket I have been wearing is that it would do you proud on a distant / remote adventure.

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket The Jacket I have been wearing and trialing is the OKRAN Waterproof Shell Jacket.

Designed with the worst alpine conditions in mind, the ORKAN will keep you dry and keep the wind out, whatever the weather.

Crafted using eVent® fabric with Direct Venting™ technology, the ORKAN keeps precipitation out whilst allowing perspiration to escape.eVent fabric

Designed with technical features including a fully adjustable helmet compatible hood, internal taped seams and an anatomical fit.

Product Review

Why this jacket?  I wanted something durable, lightweight that would endure the possibility of terrible conditions.  I heading back to Northern Sweden next year so I wanted something that wouldn’t let me down.

So i’ve now worn this in torrential rain, showers, wind, warmer weather and I must say this waterproof jacket beats any I have had previously.

It is relatively lightweight at 540gm ideal to have in your bag if the weather turns for the worse.

Likes

  • Chest Pockets
  • Draw string hood (keeping hood close to face)
  • Internal pocket
  • Doesn’t ride up on arms when bending forward
  • Pit Zips for venting
  • Anatomical Fit
  • Hanging Loop
  • Most importantly kept me dry all day in heavy rain

Dislikes

  • My only dislike is that this jacket tended to ride up my back with a rucksack on.  I normally wear a off the shelf XL and purchased an XL (Size 44) so purchased the XL.  Perhaps it would have been better with an XXL.

Im so glad I came across Fjern in fact I am waiting their Autumn / Winter release to try out their Overtrousers as the ones I have recently tried failed miserably.

The FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket can be purchased via Sportpursuit.com here.

Further details of the ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket on the Fjern website.

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil Have a look at this handy gadget on kickstater looks a handy gadget.  This popped up on my instagram feed the other day.  I like the look of it as I have a deep belief that each item you carry has to be multifunctional.

Great little gadget The splitterAlthough I wouldn’t carry this whilst out on a multi day hike when using freeze dried food.

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil would be handy if you where cooking fresh food over a fire as the spatula would be needed.

Although saying that you could just take the Spork to eat out of the freeze dried bags.

 

Full Windsor, an outdoor accessories brand out of Los Angeles, released The Muncher not long ago and with it gave us all the perfect tool for chowing down around the campfire. But how do you get your food to your plate so you can chow down by the campfire? The answer is The Splitter, the latest product from the company. Like The Muncher, The Splitter is a multi utensil. Unlike The Muncher, however, The Splitter offers you food prep tools, not food eating tools. It contains a spatula, spork, and, thanks to some ingenuity, a pair of tongs. Best of all, this thing is built for camping, meaning it’s lightweight, easy to pack, and super durable. You can back the project on Kickstarter and expect to receive The Splitter early next year.

Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter Stew

Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter Stew served with potato pancakes.

Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter StewFinally had a day to myself so headed down to the marsh to do some open fire cooking using my Dutch Oven.

Since my Frontier Stove is being serviced it was time to do some open fire cooking.  I had also a new video camera to try so thought i’d make a day by filming some cooking, review some new trouser I had delivered from Revolution Race, show how I look after my boots and make some more char cloth.

There was a draw back, I took all the footage but there was an issue whilst editing the footage as iMovie didn’t like the 4k 60FPS footage and it was flickering a lot.  I had used my iPhone so had some footage left but only enough to show how I cooked the stew.

So this recipe is my own recipe loosely based on a Polish Dish.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 x Pork steaks
  2. 1 x large potato
  3. 1 onion
  4. smoked paprika
  5. dried mushrooms
  6. 2 x carrots
  7. 1 x bottle of porter or stout
  8. Plain flour
  9. A little water

Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter StewMethod

Chop the pork steaks into cubes, put back into bag and add 2 spoons of flour and shake the bag.

Cut onion and carrots

Place dutch oven onto coals and allow to heat (gentle heat).

Add meat and onions and allow to brown.

Once meat is brown add in the bottle of porter, paprika and carrots.

Stir regularly over allow heat for about 20 mins (add a little water if beer reduces too much.

Pancake: Open your bag of potato and onion and add 3 large spoons of plain flour, salt and pepper and a little water.

Hold top of bag and knead mix together (it should be the consistency of porridge).

Invert the Dutch Oven lid onto coals, add a little lard, allow to heat the squeeze out mixture and pat flat using spoon onto the lid of the oven.

Allow to cook for about 10 – 15 mins until golden brown turning often.

Serve stew onto pancake and enjoy.

Breakfast in the forest using a Frontier Stove

Mod for the Polish Army Lavvu (Sauna)

An off the hoof decision meant we where heading out for Breakfast in the forest using a Frontier Stove yesterday.

breakfast using the frontier stoveI had planned to head into the woods to do some foraging for fungi as it had been quite foggy and had been raining for two day anyway but when a friend contacted me we decided to head into the forest for a fry up.

Down to the Forest

When we arrived at the location I had realised I had my frontier stove in the back of the car so we decided to carry that down into the birch and use that to cook breakfast off.

Breakfast in the forest using a Frontier Stove
Frontier Stove by www.anevaystoves.com

As mentioned in a previous post I’ve had this stove made by Anevay for over 8 years and love cooking of it.

The only downfall is its heavy to carry along way but sharing the load we dragged it into the forest.

We ended up in a secluded area of birch and pine where we started to prepare for our breakfast.

Firstly my friend needed to hang his Basha to dry so he set this up and I showed him some methods I use to hang a tarp.

He realised the benefit of using a 3m x 3m tarp compared to a Basha.

I have 2 tarps both made by DD Hammocks a super light and a normal both 3m x 3m.  I really like using a tarp as there is so many different configurations you can use depending on environment and weather.

Once setup and firewood collected I started a fire using birchbark, piece of flint and a steel striker.

It take a little while to get this stove up to heat but after 15 minutes it was hot enough to place the pans and the eagle kettle on to start cooking and heating water for a brew.

Using a skillet, frying pan and the camp kettle we cooked up breakfast and brewed some coffee.

We sat eating and chilling listening to the deer rutting in the marsh behinds us for the middle of october it was still really warm as we where both sitting in t-shirts.

Any Fungi?

I didn’t find many fungi just one lonely Bay Bolete but loads of Amantia Muscara around.

Slight downfall was the welds on the stoves door had finally given way but after eight years of use I’m not complaining.

betweenthetrees.xyzOn another note I have started uploading more weekly videos to my youtube channel so please take a look, comment, like and subscribe see what you think and let me know.

Show us your steak

#showusyoursteak

Show us your steak  During the week I saw a post from a colleague which pretty much sums up Mens Mental Health.  Men aren’t very good about speaking out about their problems and tend to keep it all within their heads.  I see a lot of people at work whether colleagues or patients that struggle with dealing with mental health problems.

I wrote on a previous post how I believe that getting outdoors is a great way to deal with mental health problems.  Mental health issues aren’t a physical injury although they can have physical signs and keeping these problems in a box will only make them worse.

As mentioned in the previous post so many people that suffer with mental health problems end up lethargic and staying within four walls (in a box).

So again the word box comes up problems are boxed up in our heads and we are boxed up within four walls.

Its time to open up the box.

show us your steak
My Work Boots.

For the last 3 and a half years I have worn them for every shift and they have seen everything I have seen and worse…

They’ve trod in vomit and urine, dog poo, horse poo, cow poo and human poo…

Trod in the blood of the dead, the dying and the seriously injured….

Protected me from the broken glass, oil and jagged metal of shattered vehicles…

They’ve been with me when I’ve saved lives and when I’ve had to let people go…sometimes for the greater good of others that needed saving…

Seen the very best of humanity, but they’ve also seen the very worst…

They’ve seen the moments of life-changing sadness of those left behind; wives & husbands, sons & daughters, mothers & fathers….some of them to children…

If my boots could talk, they could tell stories that would make your toes curl…

If they had a conscience, you would sometimes hear them cry at night trying to outrun the sadness they have seen…

Boots don’t talk…..but sometimes those who wear them should.

It’s okay not to be okay. #loveyourboots #suicideawareness #itsoknottobeok 

I’M ALWAYS HERE FOR AND FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES

Original post: Adam Collinge 27/09/18

Show us your steak

Following on from a post from a  very entertaining youtuber that I follow (Haze Outdoors). He posted a video that was such a great idea to raise awareness that I jumped on the band wagon and created a video to show us your steak

In his video he is hoping to start a viral trend of men posting videos online of them cooking steak which will help raise awareness of Mens mental health.

So to all that read get making you videos post to youtube / instagram and tag with #showusyoursteak then tag three people to do the same.

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