Monday, 31 July 2017

Beautiful Rain

Oh come to me beautiful rain.  This song pushed through my brain as I drove through Shepton Mallet.  It was absolutely belting it down.  My Go-Kart windscreen wipers tore back and forth but they were no match for the torrent - and I was going fishing...

I headed over to Lydford Millpond as it does offer some shelter against the rain.  Luckily when I got there the worst of it had passed.  I pushed on through the graveyard and slid down the rather perilous bank to the water's edge.

I slapped on a worm and cast out about 3 meters into the now swollen pool.

Bosh - the float went straight under!

A hungry chublet in the bag (or net).  Unfortunately he flipped out of my net before I could photograph him.

A few more bites came, which I duly missed.

Then a better one finally latched on.

Little scrapper this one

I had a rather frustrating time missing bites and losing 2 off the hook.  But it didnt really matter...

Just being here is good - catching fish is a bonus!

I caught 5 small Chub in total plus a Dace (I think).  All in some dramatic weather - but I'm an all weather angler #hardcore.  

Rain or no rain I'm all over it :-)

Dace! (I think)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Diving in

After a small break from the fishing I was keen to get out onto the river.  I didnt have a lot of time as I'm off to sunny Majorca for a week.  Hooray!

I went and collected some wriggly worms from the tackle shop and then headed over to the River Sheppey (finally I'm fishing the river that inspired the blog in the first place!).

I tried a few areas a bit further up at Fenney Castle but not even a knock.  So I went to my favourite spot by the bridge on the bend.  A beautiful spot fringed with willow trees and 5 Kestrels today!

This was better! I trotted down the river with a little float - it sank and I hooked into something.  I say something as the hook fell out.

I tried again - this time I was into something which had some fight in it.  I reached back for the landing net.  As I did so the fish made a break for the near bank. I stepped closer and pushed the landing net into the tangle underneath me - It worked, he shot out.  Then I dived in...

I lost my footing and in I went.  It was f****** freezing.  Fish still on a hauled myself back onto dry land, wet from top to bottom.  My heart sank as I remembered my new phone now drowned in my pocket...

Nevertheless I got him in and what a beauty he was. Around 2ibs.

I was sodden, my phone was broken but a small caveat was the beautiful golden coloued Chub.  It was almost worth diving in for.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

A Marginal Victory

Sunday saw me heading over to Lands end fishery.  It was time for a comeback round. There was no doubt that Sidney's lake had won rounds 1 and 2 (please see previous entries). Despite the bigger carp smacking me all over the lake last time, with hook pulls, tangled line and snags I still braved round 3...

There is no doubt that this little lake is packed with some great fish.  But getting them in was another matter.

With this in mind I immediately removed some of the threats.  Firstly I chose different swim to normal.  One with a lot less weed!  Hopefully keeping tangles to a minimum.

Secondly I didn't cast far with either rod.  Just 2 or 3 meters away,  tight to the margin.

I was quietly confident.  Especially I was the only one on the lake.  Perfect.

Just me!

I pushed on some sweetcorn on the method rig and banded on a pellet as well.  Thefeeder was a combo of fushmeal and crushed up pellets.

I cast this one to my left.  Then my float set up with a nice piece of luncheon meat on the end to my right. I also flicked in some fushmeal and a sliver of meat.

The float got the first look in.

Ended up with a good bunch of these

A few nice Rudd also joined in.  Again on the float.

 A fair few of these as well

Check out those red fins. Nice.

Meanwhile the feeder remained silent.

Time passed and I was getting a lot of action on the float with a few more Skimmers and some little Chub (I think)

Little Chub I think

Then the bite alarm bleeped loudly and the reel went spinning.  It was a very aggressive run.  But it wasn't to be. After a minute or so the hook fell out...  Sidney's lake is always a bad sport!

I moaned bit then carried on.

Luckily the meat was attracting some chunky Carp but still it was the silvers getting there before their larger brethren.

I slid on a hunk of meat and hoped it would stay on.  A very gentle cast in the margin and a few seconds later the float sunk amongst a very large swirl of water.

The line slowly span out.  Then as I put up some resistance the carp got angry.

A good 15 minute tug of war ensued.  Eventually he popped up his head.  And what a big head it was!

Weighing in at just under 12ibs - A new PB! Finally I had some success at Sidney's.

A lost Carp and the 12ib beaut :-)

I took a bit of a break, feeling pleased with myself.  But it wasnt over!  10 minutes later I was into a Mirror!

A lively devil.  He nearly did me in some weeds but I held it together!

After all the excitement it went quiet.  It was getting extremely hot and both the luncheon meat and my pale white skin looked a little raw.  A few more Rudd and Bream did appear but I had to admit defeat.  The sun was punishing me!

Not that it mattered. Fishing the margins had been great fun and for once I had the victory at Sidney's.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Here's one I made earlier

Made up rods seem to be all the rage.  I have joined in on this (quite sensible) craze.  Unfortunately my Peugeot 107 struggles to get a carp rod in it unless half of it is poking out of the passenger side window...

So my compromise is to break the rod down but keep all the line, feeder etc stoll on.  It would make everything soooo much quicker (ahem)

I toyed with the idea of doing a spot of fishing on The Sheppey but it is really clogged with weed and doesn't hold a lot of water at the moment.  Fishing it would be tricky indeed.

My fall back was Emerald Pool (I'm not sponsored by them just in case you wondered).

I went for Jade Lake in the top left corner.  Four or five Carp were cruising about which was a good sign.

Nice tucked away spot

I triumphantly pieced my rod back together, except i couldn't.  There was twisted and tangled line everywhere.  I persevered for a bit but it was no use.  So much for a quick start...

After cutting the line and starting again I placed a 20g method feeder packed with damp pellets and fishmeal and a banded piece of sweetcorn along with a couple of casters on the hook. Yum!

I also set up a simple float rig.  I try and put as few shots on as possible as the more you have the more tangles you seem to get.  2 BBs was perfect.

The float sunk almost immediately and a Skimmer came floating to the top.  There are loads of em in here.  I trickled in a few grains of corn along with a few casters.  Soon the tell tale swirls of carp were rippling at the surface.

The float sunk again.   Skimmer about half a pound (repeat many times for an accurate idea of how the afternoon went).

Skimmers everywhere!!!!

All was quiet on the method so I dragged it in.  Only to find... A SKIMMER!  What a surprise (repeat this lots of times for an accurate description of the afternoon).

I reckon I had close to 20ibs of Skimmers, all between half a pound and 1 pound.  Even though there were some chunky carp about it didn't put the little blighters off!

Somehow a Rudd managed to get a brief look in to add a smidge of variety.

Shame I didnt get some more

Then I stuck into a carp.  He bolted towards the reeds on the left and then the hook fell out.  Bugger.

Back to more Skimmers then...

The end of the day was fast approaching.  I balled in my last odds and ends.  Even bunging on 2 grains of corn wouldn't put the Skimmers off.  Greedy buggers.

Then, finally a big swirl, the float vanished and a hard fighting fellow on the end.  A good 10 minute fight ensued.  Finally I got him in the net.

2 pieces of sweetcorn was to much to resist :-)

Overall another good day at Emerald Pool.  I would have liked to have caught some of the big bream in there.  But you cant have everything.

As for "heres one I made earlier" rods?  Well they don't work in my Go-Kart sadly...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Variety is the spice of life

So after a brief break last weekend at Center Parcs (see if you like Badgers and Jays) I was itching to get beside the water.  I really should have gone river fishing what with the new season and all.  But that old devil Emerald Pool was occupying my thoughts.  In the end I gave in and early on Saturday I found myself on the banks of Emerald Pool.

I farted about a bit, changing pegs and generally being indecisive before finally settling in.  I chose Emerald Pool in the end (thats Emerald Pool in Emerald Pool fishery, look at the website and it all makes sense...)

How can you say no?

I thought I would give the method a go along with my trusty float.  I cast the method near the island opposite and the float went in closer to the middle water in front.  I balled in a bit of stodgy groundbait and waited.  It took a little while for a bite (a little while at Emerald Pool is anything above 5 minutes!).

The float sank and I missed, the line flicking back on itself and wrapping round the rod tighter than my shorts around my belly after a beer or two.

I cursed a bit and set up again.  This time when the float sunk I was successful.  Skimmer no 1.  I had a bit of a run on the Skimmer front on the float.  The method wasnt left out either with a 10oz Skimmer attached (I didnt even realise until I began winding in!)

Loads of decent Skimmers

My main bait was casters.  I stuffed  as many as I could onto a size 12 hook.  My main reason was to avoid the tiddlers and hopefully catch a nice Roach, Perch or Tench.

The Skimmers kept coming, with some pretty decent sizes hitting a little shy of 1ib.

Attempting some video

Then the method went off, line skidded out.  A carp for sure.  Now this is where I made another mess of things.  Ive got an action cam which I had brought with me.  I decided to switch it on and record half way through the fight.  But as I went backwards to try and get the thing switched on the tip of my rod tangled in the trees above.  I tried to sort it but it was too late.  Moments later the carp had done me in. Bugger.

I dusted my self down and didnt give up.  I'm glad I didnt get to angry as the float sunk and this beauty ended up in the net. Just shy of 1ib - a new Roach pb.  My annoyance and turned to happiness just like that!  

Oh yes!!!

But it wasnt over.  Later on the alarm went and a strong critter was pulling hard.  I had 8ib line on so could confidently bring it in (along with an underwater log).

My 2nd favourite fish (Perch number 1)

A few nice Rudd popped up along with a few more Skimmers.  I was really pleased with the variety of fish on offer.

One of a few nice Rudd

Finally, just before packing up the alarm shouted out.  I picked up and was into a feisty Carp.  In typical fashion he fought like a brute but eventually got tired.

A nice chunk to finish the day

I wanted to stay for the evening but family called and my wife is a bit badass when I'm late, so with some reluctance I packed up.

So it was Bream, Rudd, Roach, Tench and Carp.  A nice mixed bag.  Variety is what its all about.