Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Ruddy Stinging Nettles

Well it has been ages since I wrote a proper blog post. I've been focusing a lot on YouTube videos as I do quite enjoy filming them and will hopefully get a bit better over time!

Anyway today I just fancied something simple. No camera stuff, no long journey, no cash spent!

So I headed to the South Drain. Shapwick Bridge to be more precise. The water had a brownish tinge but wasn't to bad and the drains characteristic slow flow was in full force, plodding along like an old tractor. Ideal really.

That bloody stinging nettle...

Perfect bit of Somerset Levels

I set up the float rod. Super simple. Float rod. Little float 2bb shot. Size 18 hook. Bread and sometimes hookable krill pellets. I also brought along some Robin Red pellets in case any Tench or Bream made an appearance (I'm forever hopeful) 

Not just fish who love some pellets. 

I'm not sponsored by this bait company, although I would recommend them 

The drain was packed with Rudd and as soon as plopped in some ground bait they swarmed all over it like ants. 

Amidst the chaos I dropped my rig in a bang the float was under in seconds. But I missed the bite. This happened a Lot before I finally pulled in a small but perfectly formed Rudd. 

I unhooked, admired and then it flicked into the under growth. Arhhh!

I fumbled about in the stinging nettles trying to find the little bugger. I had almost given up after being sting up teen times in my search. But eventually I found a small golden body. I quickly grabbed in and away he went.

My left hand was throbbing after plunging it into the nettles but I carried on, (what a little trooper)

Time after time the float buried. I missed more than I connected with but still had 20h Rudd in the 2 hours I was there.

I could show you some more but I guess it might get boring

Towards the end a couple of bigger specimens turned up which i enjoyed catching.

 Not bad 

The best of the bunch

A good ending to an enjoyable couple of hours.  But I do hate ruddy Stinging nettles...

Monday, 5 August 2019

Death of The River Sheppey

A deadly pollutant has destroyed the River Sheppey.  So sad to see a once thriving river now reduced to nothing.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Evening Time on Cary Lake
A few decent Carp on Saturday Evening... It was a scorching day.  But the evening was actually very pleasant.  Click to view.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Tadham Lake - Landsend Fishery

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First time on Tadham Lake.  I was the only one on it!  Plenty of fish activity and a broken rod tip... Plus a Mirror Carp bent my hook straight!!!!

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Afternoon at Viaduct

A very pleasant sunny afternoon at Viaduct Fishery.  On Cary lake.  It was a peg I hadn't visited at the narrowest part of the lake.  But still plenty of fish about.  Used both the ledger and float.  But had more success on the ledger which did surprise me given the conditions.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Saturday, 27 April 2019


Last weekend was lovely.  The birds were singing and the sun was out.  I was already burnt to a crisp after my excursion to Mallorca.  I decided it best to head to a shady spot.  With this in mind I took the short trip over to Landsend Fishery.  I was going to fish Tadham lake but it was pretty full so I went over to Sidneys lake which only had a couple of people fishing it.

I found a small shady spot.  I was confident as there are stacks of carp in here.  Some of them have grown into doubles without doubt.

I plonked out a cage feeder and corn over toward one of the islands and fished the waggler a bit closer in.  A few pellets in and a bit of waiting, then there were the tell tale swirls.

The alarm beeped and I missed it and the waggler bobbled about being attacked by hungry mouths but still I could catch one!

A few hours had passed and blanking was becoming a worry...

I busted out some Krill glug and plopped it over a cat biscuit.  Finally I struck and hit.  A small carp to start the proceedings.  Wait...

When its head popped up I nearly fell in!  A tense few seconds and it was in the net where the hook promptly fell out... Phew.

After all the excitement of what was probably a PB Perch I didnt really care about what happened next.  Amazing how fortunes can turn so quickly!

Anyway I hooked into a large carp which promptly sped of and managed to eject the hook.  It happens a lot.

However, after an immense scrap this bugger didn't manage to escape...

This one was on steroids and wouldn't hold still for a moment...

By this point the sun had moved and my feet were getting crispy.  Time to chip on.  2 fish but both good 'uns.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

A Lidl Secret

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Lidl's.  I love it there. Especially the isles in the middle with all sorts of useless crap in them.  Amazing!  But the cat biscuits.  Now they are something special...

Friday, 5 April 2019

Scary Cary

I took a morning trip to Scary Cary at Viaduct fishery.  It was a bit cold and foggy but I did get some of its scary inhabitants...
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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Blowing Off

So it was blowing a bit of a gale on Saturday.  Nevertheless I felt it necessary to try out my new Nash Dwarf rod,  The beauty of this bit of kit is that I can have it set up and ready to go.  It fits in the car and is ready to fish!

I also took along my NGT dropshot rod.  Again its short enough to fit in the car!

After a chat with Steve I set up on Lodge lake, but not for long as the wind was blowing me all over the place!  So i moved over to Match lake - i have done this lake to death but it didnt quite bare the brunt of the gale quite so much.

It took some time before anything happened but getting near to the aerator did the trick.  I had worm tipped with a bit of corn on the Dwarf rod and Baitech hookable pellets on the other.

Blue aerator was the target

Soon bites started coming.  The Dwarf went first...

Quite a nice Bream.  I didn't pick him up for fear of being slimed.

I then missed a few.  Including one where the alarm went off and I thought it was the guy on middle lake behind me!  By the time I had realised the fish was long gone...

After a quiet spell I had a flurry of Carp and F1s which saved the day and stopped a complete blow out!

Saturday, 16 March 2019

A Nice Brue

Ive not updated the blog for a little while but I did have a nice Brue session a couple of weeks ago with some nice Perch and some bonus Chub.  All within the vicinity of Wallyers Bridge near Baltonsborough.

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Jump Scare!

A great afternoon session on the South Drain with Pike, Perch and a jump at the end!
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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Just a quickie...

Super short session from a couple of days ago on the South Drain, Somerset.
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Monday, 18 February 2019

Commercial Break

Well, it has been a while since I visited any commercial fisheries.  My attention has been firmly on the rivers and ultra light jig fishing.  However the on set of some milder weather led me over to Landsend Fishery in Wedmore in search of a nice Perch or a Carp or two.

I had intended to to record everything and bung it on YouTube, unfortunately I wasn't very well set up and much of the footage is pointing down at the floor... As a result I'm writing rather than filming and just using video stills.  Which is a bit of a shame as I did have quite an eventful trip.

I headed over to Sydneys Lake which is the furthest one away on the complex as there was a match on the first couple of lakes.  Rather handily there was nobody fishing on Sidneys.  Perfect.

I set up in a corner peg.  I had only brought my ultra light rod and was jigging a worm but had also brought sweetcorn and a few pellets for feed.Now, using a rod like this wasnt the best of ideas.  Sure its great for Perch and silvers but for Carp... Not so much.  Although most of them were single figure fish there are certainly doubles in here.

I was surprised to see a fair number of these powerful fish slurping at the surface and chasing each other about.  The warmer weather had obviously stirred them.

I cast out about 3 meters in front with a worm on a small jig head.  I tightened up and lay the rod down carefully.  The tip is very sensitive and can e used as a little quiver.  It wasn't long before the silvers started coming and most of them were of a pretty good stamp.

A few good Skimmers and small silvers (Skimmers are smelly though)

After a hour or so I hit intoan F1 Carp.  Characteristically strong he gave a fight on my somewhat under gunned rod.  Sadly my action cam was playing up and I didnt get any footage :-(

Things quitened down, but I did notice fishing moving on the opposite peg.  So I packed up and headed across, watching a Sparrowhawk flying slowly above with a load of small birds mobbing it.  i also disturbed a Kingfisher - a beautuful bolt of blue across the water.

I plopped in some sweetcorn and put to bits on the hook.  This was probably foolish as this rod wasnt designed with carp in mind.  Oh well...

Had a few leeches on him (the fish!)  Probably just woken up!

I couldn't hold either of them.  Both were going crazy, hence the poor images...

So it was something of a commercial success.  The first carp probably being the biggest fish Ive caught this year.  Next time I will have the action cam rolling properly!

Monday, 4 February 2019


Do you want to build a snowman?  No not really but I'll go fishing in the snow!

Thursday, 31 January 2019


In a fit of madness I've decided to get rid of all my videos except for the most recent as I am happier with the quality if that one.  The rest are a bit... rubbish!

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

A Bad Workman Always Blames His Tools

I certainly blame everything but myself for poor fishing performance.  Weather, water colour, time of day.  You name it Ive got it.  The same applies to my video making.  However one excuse has now been destroyed..

My coal powered laptop has been shelved.  Replaced with a laptop that actually runs on electricity.  As a result I am able to edit videos a bit better and I will say (tentatively) that this video is a bit better than the rest.

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Monday, 21 January 2019

Chill at Glastonbury

So I've been loitering u
nder a bridge for a few hours, throwing in bread and drowning worms.

Let me tell you that cold harbour is indeed very chilly.

This time I simply bunged on a single SSG and a size 14 hook and used my lure rod like a quiver. Bites were fast and furious but I struggled to actually connect with anything. After an hour a single Roach was all I could muster. Hmmm...

So I headed over to the South Drain and drowned some more worms at my favourite little bridge spot.

I was more successful here with a few smallish Perch but good fun all the same.

On Sunday I squeezed in an hour at Cold harbour and had 2 Chub and lost another 2. Unfortunately my action cam ran out of batteries so I ended up holding a 1lbs Chub up to a blank screen...

So worms and bread. Dead simple but fun all the same!

South Drain

It was only this morning I noticed a distinct smell on my jacket. Suffice to say it was near Glastonbury and I had been under a bridge. Now, plenty of herbs do grow in Somerset but I didn't want to carry the whiff of this particular species...

Cold Harbour is chilly and chilled at the same time it would seem.