Boyszone A NY viewer of those Boys Own-style TV adventure shows like Trawlermen and The Deadliest Catch knows fishing isnt all about sitting by a foul-smelling canal catching shopping trolleys. But while the perfect storm, shredded nets and oilskins may seem far away from London, they can be found (well some of them, anyway) an hours train ride from town. It is easy to forget the proximity of the capital to the waves. Beyond the Thames Barrier is the North Sea, while 50 miles south lies the Channel. And the ports dotting the coast boast small armadas of boats on which you can answer the call of the ocean. TheSkipper I OPTED for Brighton, having heard a tale (not from a toothless mariner, but via the internet) of a knowledgeable skipper who hunted monster fish, including conger eels, sea bass and cod, lurking in the hulls of wrecks far out to sea. He only keeps fish that will be eaten that day. The others are returned unharmed, making this the most sustainable method of fishing. Surprisingly, 12 Tuesday, 11 August 2009 London Lite The Lite guy guide to open-water swimming SWIMMING in open water is for fish or fools, right? Wrong, says Channel swimmer Colin Hill, who is backing the Great London Swim on Saturday ( Heres how... BE VISIBLE The brighter the swimming cap the better. Wear goggles and, for beginners, a wet suit. GET GREASY Theres no need to slather yourself in goose fat, but a bit of Vaseline stops painful chafing. BARE ESSENTIALS Going commando is fine if youre not embarrassed by the shrinkage. BREAST IS BEST Youll need to see where youre going so breaststroke or sidestroke are most suitable. BEWARE THE COLD My rule is to avoid water below 15C. AVOID ALGAE If youre in a lake, watch out for underwater algae. A red warning flag means dont swim. DONT GO SOLO Its always safer to swim with other people. BE BRAVE The water may look freezing but embrace nature and explore the open water near you. Do it sensibly and youll have a great time. NICK McGRATH Take the plunge: the Great London Swim takes place this Saturday Spendit! Cottononto paperdenimGOOD denims are a staple in any wardrobe, but some jeans, no matter how stylish, can be uncomfortable and stiff to wear. To combat this, Diesel has developed a cotton paper denim fabric which is lightweight and breathable but will withstand any boy-sterous behaviour. The Cotton Paper Denim jeans are created using paper-making techniques originating in China and Japan, but styled using Diesels familiar fit so one doesnt have to give up creature comforts for ultimate style. Each pair comes in its own dust bag, but our prediction is that these jeans wont be left to gather dust. 180, 020 7833 2255 Makeyourown designershoes TIMBERLANDs Design Your Own programme, commemorating 30 years of the boat shoe, enables you to personally control every aspect of the design of your footwear. Add that final touch with your initials for an original, timeless pair of shoes. timber landon THE cufflinks in Simon Carters crystal Tattoo Collection are inspired by pirates and tattooed sailors. Choose from The Anchor, The Swallow or The Skull, me hearties. 39, THE BOYS OWN WORLD OF DEEP BY EWAN FLETCHER initials for an original, Casting outforthe catch of theday Noel West turned out to be no relation of tuna king John, nor was he concerned about my lack of a beard, or ocean-going skills. After Id signed up he offered one warning. Theres a bit of a breeze fore- cast, he said, so the sea might be a little lumpy. Luckily, Id followed his advice to take a seasickness pill the night before and drink plenty of ginger beer in the morning. For those who failed to heed it, including the Lite photographer, a day of queasiness awaited. For me it was superb fun. Tactics NOEL took nine of us, ranging in age from 16 to 68 and from novices to experts, 13 miles out into the Channel. His boat is extremely powerful, making the journey a speedy thrill in itself. On arrival in the shipping lanes, with vast tankers and warships steaming by, he announced our quarry for the day: Great big cod. We were given rods, reels, lines and hooks, and Noel positioned the boat to drift over a wreck -- a Second World War cargo ship. At the exact moment we passed index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html