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Magic In the Water - Alan Tomkins
Magic In the Water - Alan Tomkins
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Alan's enthusiasm for fishing was fired almost as soon as he could read, when he borrowed a copy of Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing.  In Magic in the Water you can feel his real love for and fascination with water, its inhabitants and those of the land that surrounds it. He has fished for specimens of most species in his long angling career, but has mostly taken his own route to do so, strongly believing how you do it to be as important as what you catch. By his own admission Alan has never joined the big fish circus or toured the circuit waters, but rather fished the waters he liked for the fish that were in them. Sometimes they were quite big. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he has never fished full-time and is keen to show what can be caught within a limited time frame if a little thought is put into it. Magic in the Water is his second book although he has written a number of articles for various angling publications since the 1970s. This book is about one man’s fishing life and the waters and fish that attracted him. It covers not only the captures of carp, pike, tench, perch, roach, barbel, chub and other fish from lakes and rivers across the country, but also the frustrations we all share of not being able to catch. It also includes a section on game fishing for trout and salmon in both this country and Alaska.

In the carp world he is renowned for his exploits to tempt the huge carp from Colne Mere including the black mirror. The book goes into great detail on the five seasons he spent fishing there. Alan and a few like-minded friends were the first to realise the potential of this then hardly known water and did much of the pioneering work there. The Colne Mere section of the book also includes a fascinating transcript of a taped discussion about the water between Alan and two of his friends .

Alan is an excellent photographer and we hope the publication has done justice to his work. The book runs to 384 pages with over 300 photographs.

Alan worked full time in IT and since being made redundant and taking early retirement spends his time teaching all aspects and all types of angling in the summer and working abroad as a ski instructor in the winter. 

Numbers have been limited to 500 and 50 leather bounds.(All leather bounds now sold) Hardbacks are £29.99 plus £5 P&P Leathers are £190 plus £10 P&P (Special delivery)
If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to contact me on or telephone 05601 972040.

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Fantastic read

- 17/03/2012

Great book, A lovely read. especially about the mere. Loved the interview, more carp would have been nice and perhaps a guest chapter from Jason Hayward would rounded it off perfectly. Very refreshing book.

Lovely reads!

- 07/03/2012

I've just finished reading 'Too Many Rods' and 'Magic in the Water'. Both were lovely reads and superb books to treasure for the collector.

So it's time to treat myself to another of your lovely books. Please reserve me 1x cloth bound copy of 'Great Days'.

A long time coming

- 06/03/2012

Here is a book that has been awhile in coming and I might add eagerly awaited by many who have over the years heaped praise upon the shoulders of Alan Tomkins regarding the ‘Blackwater’ series of articles that appeared years ago in Carpworld.
Well, here in this marvellous book Magic in the Water is the story of Alan Tomkins’ fishing life. He remembers in the 1950s borrowing a copy of Bernard Venables’s Mr Crabtree goes fishing, which fired his enthusiasm and was to be read many, many times. Over the years Alan has caught most freshwater fish which is reflected with chapters on perch, pike, chub, barbel, carp, trout, salmon and seatrout, roach, tench ,crucians, grayling and rudd. However it is the section on carp fishing that will grab everybody’s imagination when it culminates in catching most of the big carp in Colnemere (codename Blackwater). Although he failed to catch the black mirror he did catch the first 30lb common from there along with even larger mirrors. The lengths he went to in an attempt to a...

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- 20/02/2012

Hi just wanted to say that I'm about halfway through this book and I'm really enjoying it, looking forward to the second half. Many thanks again for your excellent service, Highly recommend.

You don't know me......

- 06/02/2012

Hi Alan,

(you don't know me) but I've just finished reading your book and thought it was a fantastic read. Really enjoyed it, I loved the Mere chapters but probably loved the other fish even more as 'Carp' are all I've read about recently.

I love my carping but you did hit a few chords with me on 'people who carp fish for everything!'. Which I think I'm a little guilty of myself.

Thankfully living in Devon I do have the coast at my disposal and in recent years have made frequent trips up to the Severn and Wye (mostly 'carp fishing' for Barbel,Chub and Zander) You've inspired me to get my float rod out again. I'd almost forgotten about some fantastic Crucian and Perch fishing I did in the past too.
If I find that they are still there and in numbers I will let you know!!
All the best and thanks for 'your' memories..


Customer service

- 14/12/2011

Dear David,

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for your excellent customer service. I received the Derek Stritton and Alan Tomkins books and was very pleased to see that you had indeed managed to get both signed for me, I really do appreciate this.

With regard to these books, I have read the Derek Stritton one now and really enjoyed it, however the Alan Tomkins book I must say is promising to be amazing. I have only read 4 chapters so far but the standard of writing and the humour is already placing it up there with the best fishing books I have ever read, if it continues like that throughout the entire book it will indeed be a classic.

Thanks again as I really enjoy your publications, they are always of a very high standard and I look forward to purchasing many more in the future

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