report by Rory Batho
'As a fishing columnist over the last twenty years I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world, and I've been in the hands of a wide variety of guides; but I have to say that my day out with 'Salty Dog' was one of the most enjoyable I have had in a long time, and I reckon Paul is as good company afloat as you could wish for anywhere. His outfit is totally professional, shipshape, safe, well equipped, and dedicated to giving you a really good day's sport. I can thoroughly recommend it.'
David Profumo, Fishing Correspondent 'Country Life' magazine
Article about a day out with the Salty Dog
by Jean-Michel Cornish
'Friends and I fished with Paul in July/Aug 2010. It was two of the most memorable days fishing I have ever spent in the UK. Paul's hosting was charming and insightful. Catches were plentiful and on the last day shortly before we were due to head for shore we struck into a shoal of bass which kept us entertained for several more hours with Paul only too obliging to stay out on the water with us. Already booked up for 2011!'
'It's not often that at the end of a day's fishing I feel a strong sense of sadness that it's over, but that's how I felt when driving back to London after my day with Paul Haldenwang, Charl Duvenage and Ed Porter. The trip to Chichester at the start of the day was easy and stress-free, with adequate parking very close to Paul's boat. After a minute's walk through the attractive village of Itchenor (complete with handy pub) we were very soon casting our flies to the hundreds of bass in the middle of the harbour. Paul and Charl's patience, advice, encouragement and sense of humour soon resulted in Ed and I landing bass after bass.
For an interesting contrast, we were dropped at a spit of shingle from where we continued to catch fish as the sun slowly rose in front of us. As the day progressed I was struck by the diversity of habitats in which bass were to be found, as well as the methods which could be used to catch them. Another fascinating aspect of the day was the diversity of species to be found in and around the harbour. We caught mackerel that day, saw mullet and flatfish, and talked of the sea trout recently caught nearby. And what was the fish that almost emptied Ed's reel of backing as we drifted in the current at the mouth of the harbour? I would love to know.
A couple of drinks in The Ship at the end of the day gave me a further chance to learn about the harbour, and the fish it holds, from Paul and Charl, both of whom were as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about its ecosystem as they were about the fishing. The scenery, fishing, learning experience and hospitality of Paul and Charl made this a truly memorable day.'