Sunday, 18 September 2011


I,ve decided that i,m going to be running a species list to keep track of what fish i have caught over the coming years.

I remember a while ago there was a chappie interviewed in Anglers Mail who spent his time fishing around the world amassing a huge list of different species and i have to say it was awe inspiring the amount of fish he caught and the effort he put into it. Well i,m not saying i,ll go to those extremes but i,m going to be keeping my own list from now on, both coarse and sea, and maybe some game if i ever do any fly fishing again.

Should be quite good fun i reckon............

Sunday, 11 September 2011


Last sunday i couldn,t sleep too well and was wide awake at 4.30am watching the bedroom curtains flutter in the breeze. What was i to do being awake at this ungodly hour!!! A rather impressive fart from the missus shook my senses and had me jumping out of bed getting dressed in the dark, promptly tripping over the dogs, and stumbling down the stairs to make a cuppa before getting my kit ready for a couple of hours sneaky dangling.

The problem was what should i fish for...

I have deadbaits in the freezer ready for the pike but it was forecast to be hot and it still felt too early. I had worms in the fridge which i could use on the perch or even chub on my local river, nah didn,t feel that. Then it hit me, ultralight lure gear for jack pike and hopefully a perch or two. Now that sounded like a good plan so i grabbed my kit and a box full of shads and alphabet lures and away i went to my local river arriving before the sun was even up...

My first spot was my banker swim in between two boats where i,ve had numerous perch on livebaits and worms. First cast with my favourite little white Super Sandra and i get a little tug on the retrieve, my fishey senses are tingling now. Next cast and my jig jig drop, jig jig drop retrieve is hammered by something with teeth. After a brief tussle a lovely striped perch of around 1.5lb ended up in my net.

After i returned this little fighter i recast to the same area and started to retrieve my Sandra, but this time i kept her up in the water a little and at a smooth steady pace. As she came past the boat she got well and truly grabbed by something considerably bigger than the previous fish. By the thump thump thump on the rod tip i presumed it was a perch and shortly i saw the shadow or a real bigger loom out of the weeds. Then it let go, bollix !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was a big beastie, i,ve had them to 3lb 12oz in this swim and that fish looked bigger. Nevermind it certainly got the juices flowing for the perching i plan to do this season.

After a few more casts i moved swims and managed a nice little jack pike which thrashed around on the surface throwing water everywhere. Its good when they do that but it does tend to kill the swim i think, so i moved a few more times but no luck. Just as the sun was getting quite warm and bright, about 8.30am, i decided to have one more cast in my banker swim before setting of home and my little Sadra was engulfed by a fat little pike or about 5lb. Now that was good fun playing him on my ultrlight gear as he gave me the right run around. I even had the audience of one of the boat owners who took pictures while i played him. I should of asked him to copy the pics for really.

After that i took a drive to another spot on a nearby river and had half hour tossing the lures there but the water was low and clear which didn,t help me in anyway but it was enjoyable none the less.

All in all i had a most enjoyable couple of hours lure fishing in the early hours. Unfortunately by the afternoon i was a little worse for wear not having much sleep and ended up snoozing on the sofa for the afternoon. So much for getting the tiling getting done that i,d promised her ladyship i,d do.  Oooooppppss!!!!!!


A couple of weeks ago i decided to have a couple of hours after the bass that i,ve been hearing rumours about that have been getting caught on the River Blackwater near to where i live. I chose a nice evening tide giving me high water at 9.30pm, ordered 3 packs of ragworm and waited for the day to come round. As it luck would have it i nearly didn,t go as the other half booked me in to have my tattoo finished off and a cancellation had come in and i was next on the list. So thinking that my arm was going to be smarting like a mofo i opted to give the fishing a miss that evening. It turned out that the tattoo was finished quicker than i thought and it also didn,t hurt half as much as the rest did so i rushed to get my gear together shot off, arriving at my chosen mark for 7.45pm.

It was a gorgeous evening with barely any wind and what turned out to be a cracking sunset. As i was tackling up i could hear fish splashing around about 100yds or so out and about 300yds further up the bank. I didn,t move up to them as the water is quite shallow close in and where i was setting up had deeper water which i thought would be a better bet. The water was gin clear and you could see the bottom 6ft out and 3ft deep.

As the sun started to set i started to get lots of rattles on the rod tips indicating that there was something fishey around. At 8.45pm i hooked and landed a beautiful little bar of silver in the shape of a scale perfect bass of around half a pound. Watching it swim away as i released it was great, i,ve not fished in estuary waters this clear before and i could see it working its gill as it took a breather before slowly but steadily swimming of back to the deep.
 I fished through to low water around 11.30pm and managed to land another 5 bass to 1.5lb on my worm baits cast both close in and as far as i could lob them. It was a fantastic nights sport and i,m really glad that i made the effort to give it a go. Next time though i,m taking peeler crab with me as i reckon this might winkle out the better fish. I had good rattles and thumps on every cast but couldn,t connect with them as i reckon they were probably the smaller basslets. I did get a very odd bite which was very like the ray bites i used to get when i used to boat fish a lot. I did manage to get it moving but the hooklink broke in the end. Most interesting...