Thursday, 24 October 2013

KAYAKING

With a heavy heart i had to sell my lovely little fishing dinghy a couple of weekends ago. Unfortunately due to my fishing partner not having enough time to actually go fishing i have not been able to use here as she is just too heavy for me to handle up and down the bank let alone put on the top of my van. So my plans are to build a lightweight fibreglass flat bottomed punt style fishing dinghy that i can handle on my lonesome. Watch this space...

 A couple of years ago i bought a kayak hull from a chap who makes them in the Fens. I then employed the talents of my Daddio to build the rest using some very expensive hardwood i had left over from a decking job i did. And he did me proud as always and i had a cracking looking kayak ready to paddle up the river. Until 2 weeks ago the only water it saw was when i gave it a hose down when it got dirty in my warehouse.



 That all changed one saturday afternoon recently as i was bored in the office and for some reason decided it would be a good idea to take the kayak out for her maiden voyage on a local river, right there and right then. Up on the van she went, rope, paddles and life vest were duely thrown in the back and i was on the banks of the river within 15 minutes, then the fun began. I,m 6ft tall and weigh 17stone and it didn,t matter how carefully i tried the bleeding thing kept tipping as i tried to gently step into her to push of from the bank. Eventually with the agility of a hippo i hopped into the kayak and pushed off from the bank to the sounds of clapping from a family i hadn,t noticed where watching me from a nearby bridge. Famous at last......





I then spent a really enjoyable few hours paddling along areas of the river i had never been too before, off course noting all the likely areas to bag a fish or two on future trips. The kayak was a litle bit too wobbly for my liking really but i,m going to make a pair of outriggers for her so she is more stable when i anchor for a wee spot of dangling. She was ok while i paddled alone though.












All in all i had a cracking time paddling around, watching the ducks and swans drift by and seeing the shoals or silver fish burst out of the water as i spooked them. I will definately be doing it again thats for sure.

I,VE BEEN FISHING..

Yes its true i have actually had a few short fishing sessions over the past few months, not many mind you..

I,ve had a dabble for perch on a local river which resulted in a few tiddlers, a couple of lost Jack pike and a nice sargeant of around a pound and a half. That was a 2 hour sessions after work on a bright sunny day, so i was pleasantly surprised when i actually had a bit of action. I started of catching a few small livebait which proved more difficult than you,d think as all the silvers i was catching were too big for perch, so i fished closer to the river bed and managed few nice size gudgeon.

I had a days fishing with a friend on his syndicate water which was enjoyable even though neither of us caught any carp. In between the torrential downpours we could see some cracking size carp showing over our baits but not one fell for our traps.

I had a couple of hours deadbaiting for pike a week or so ago at a local water and managed to bag this lean 10lber on a floatfished sardine cast to some reeds. This little scrapper gave me a right run around, tearing throuigh some lillies and tail walking at the net. It was great to watch the sun come up and bag this little beauty. I had a couple of hours with the lures a couple of days later but no joy.




I,ve may not have done much actual fishing but i have been doing a lot of research into local waters for perch and pike for this coming winter, as well as locating some slipways on the broads as i,m hoping to take my boat up there soon. I,ve also been researching the local sea fishing as i fancy doing a bit more this winter. I found some lovely looking spots where i,m hoping to have a go for the flounder in February, and some nice marks where whiting and codling will be on the cards too.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

I,M BAACCKKKK............

Its been a while since i last posted anything on here. Unfortunately the trappings of modern life have caught up with me and like the rest of the country i,ve been feeling the financial pinch so have been working extra hours to make ends meet. I,ve actually designed and built 3 different websites for my various ventures recently. My main income being the design, construction, modification and maintenance of ornamental garden/koi ponds, www.waterbouys.co.uk . The second site is for a new venture of mine manufacturing fibreglass model boat hulls for the modelling community, www.waterbouymodelboats.co.uk . And finally i,ve been running an online tackle shop for the past year but have recently been building a new website as the old one wasn,t up to my standards. This will be an ongoing project as i,m increasing stock every week,  www.waterbouytackle.co.uk.

Although i,ve been working long hours i,ve still managed to have a couple of short holidays with my fair lady Sharon. We,ve taken our touring caravan to Norfolk twice for a nice chilled, relaxing few days doing nothing but walking the dogs and eating good food.

The beautiful beaches of Sea Palling looking towards Waxham. We love this beach as it seems to go on forever. We did manage to see a couple of seals one day at Waxham. Sharon has some good pictures of them.
If only i had taken my sea fishing gear as this beach screams bass.






As you can see Sharon is seriously into her photography, she must of taken hundreds of pictures while we tripping around the sights of Norfolk. Sharon has recently taken a City and Guilds photography course which she passed with 2 merits and a distinction. She,s really chuffed with her results and i,m proud of her as i know how much hard work she has put into the course.




 Ive been taking a few pictures too. Heres Oscar up close and personal at Sea Palling. He loved running up and down the beach splashing about along the tide line. Harry preferred to just swim around












Here is the pair of our hounds playing around in the seaweed at a local river mark where i like to have a little bash for the bass. Its a beautiful place to take the dogs for walk, especially early on a sunday morning when everyone else is still tucked up in their beds. I love the smell of the salt water and listen to the waders and wildfowl as i walk of the troubles of the previous week as the dogs run here and there along the tideline.




I have actually managed a couple fishing trips recently but i have the pictures on my computer back at my office so i,ll have to update you at a later date.

Until next time wrap up warm as winters is coming. Toodles.......