Saturday, 21 January 2017

TEENY WEENY PERCH LURES

Got these little beauties through the post this morning. I reckon they will be great for perch on a couple of waters that i know. Not bad for £3.50 of Ebay...


Slow sinking with an internal rattle, got to have a fish or 2 on these. I,ll give them a try first to see how they fair and then might change the hook for a smaller size..........

I LOVE THIS...

I,ve just seen this on bookface and thought i,d share it.




IT SNOWED.............

 Last week the it snowed as predicated. The weather men had predicted heavy snowfall along with strong winds as a bad weather system was meant to be hitting the country. People started the usual panic buying of food in case we were going to get snowed in for countless days, and what did we get... Barely half inch...

And guess what, this small amount of snowfall brought chaos to the country as it usually does. How come Canada can be under feet of snow and no one bats an eyelid and keep going about their business, but we get half a fookin inch and all hell breaks loose. This country is a joke sometimes.

Now on that note i couldn,t work the first day of the snow as the boss pulled the plug on the building job we were doing. But this time i wasn,t complaining as i had deadbaits in the freezer and my pike rods were already set up and ready to go from a session a couple of days. So as the sun was rising i was crunching through the now thinning but frozen solid snow on my way to the same local water for a couple of hours fishing before breakfast. I headed for my favourite area of the lake which is a large bay kind of area which i hoped be free from ice, which luckily it was as there was a strong bitterly cold wind blowing across it. The usual static float fished deadbait and drifted deadbait were cast out towards the far reeds in hope of a fish or two but to be quite honest it was turning into such a beautiful morning that i was just happy to be there. Oh and the fact that it was a work day made it all the better.

 After about 10 minutes the static float started to twitch then sailed away to the right. A quick strike and i was into a fish which was pulling back pretty strong. It wasn,t long before a nice low double figure pike was thumping away below my rod tip but as i slipped the net into the water it shook its head and made a final lunge and spat the hooks back at me. Bummer.....
An hour or so past after that fish with not a twitch on the floats even though i worked my swim pretty well searching for more pike. I,d been feeding a little Robin with biscuit crumbs for a while and now i was soon going to need feeding as well. I decided to up sticks for a final half hour and fish in the corner of the bay as it looked pretty good an area for a predator to hole up in wait for its prey. In went my static dead and my drifter went in the next swim as it was clearer water. As i was watching the static bait the float seemed to give a little twitch which didn,t quite look right so i gently tightened down and felt another little knock knock. I struck and nearly got slapped in the chops by the bait as it was only a few feet out and i,d hit it a bit hard, note to self calm the fook down. Anyway there was teeth marks in the bait but seeing as i hadn,t felt resistance on the strike i plopped the bait straight back in the same place in hope of a second attempt. A couple of minutes later the float was dancing again and this time i lifted into it, all calm like, and felt a nice thump on the end before the bait was spat out in disgust.

Well that was it for me as my belly was well and truly grumbling by then, so i packed up and walked back to the car before driving to the local cafe for a nice big warming fry up. By the way the wind had picked up steadily and was bloody freezing by the time i left but it was still worth standing out in for this little impromptu session.

TIGHT LINES.............

Thursday, 12 January 2017

DEADBAIT SOAKING.........


 I soaked a couple of deadbaits for a couple hours the other day at a local water hoping to catch a half decent sized pike.  It was a bloody cold morning and a good part of the lake was frozen but i found a nice looking spot and cast out my two floatfished deadbaits. One was a standard static bait, half a bluey cast to the far reeds. The other was a smelt hooked through the back so it sits just of horizontal in the water and was set up under a float allowing it to drift around the swim on the breeze. Expectations were high but the pike didn,t want to play ball. I left after a couple fo hours ready for a nice big fry-up at the local eatery........











I had a visit from a friendly Robin though so wasn,t all bad.

MARINA DANGLING.......

After taking a walk along my favourite marina and seeing the lock empty it gave me the urge to get up there at first light and have a wee dangle for the once plentiful perch that used to reside there. So the next day saw me sitting in the car park just before dawn eagerly awaiting the big ball of fire to rise over the tree tops. After what seemed like hours but was probably only 20 mins it was light enough for me to grab my kit, dropshot and light lure set-up this morning, and try my luck.

Well i started of by using the drop shot method in between the moored boats in the hope of a perch or two as i,ve had plenty of action here in previous years. The drop shot is an ideal method for fishing in tight gaps as i was, because you can just flick the small weight and lure out and fish it in one position for a while, just giving the rod tip a little tap tap now and then to get the little imitation fish to waggle around seductively. I did this for 45 mins or so in various spots, all spots that i,ve caught from before, and only had a couple little plucks for my efforts.

I decided to change tactics to a small jighead fished shad cast along the boats a little further up the river and straight away i was getting follows and a few knocks. After a dozen casts or so i hooked into this little terror which gave a cracking scrap on my lightweight set-up. He was only small but much appreciated and the only fish i banked. I only fished for a total of 2 hours at most but thoroughly enjoyed myself and although it was pretty cold, the sky was blue and the sun was strong which made it a beautiful time to be out and about.......

I think that maybe this marina has had its day as i havn,t managed to catch anything of note for the past few years. Time to move on and find somewhere else for my perch i reckon........

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

EMPTY LOCK.............


 Over the years i,ve walked across and fished alongside countless amounts of locks on numerous rivers and canals, but i,ve never really given much thought as to what they actually look like once empty. A couple of days ago i took a walk along a local river and found that one of the lock gates had been removed and the lock itself had been drained and obviously is having some work undertaken.
I took these pictures with my phone just to show how deep the lock actually is. I wish i,d taken a picture of the removed lock gate but didn,t think of it at the time.

The gate fits where the scaffolding is now, and i,m standing on the middle gate.
















Standing on the scaffolding looking inland. Its amazing that all that is holding back the river is these steel sheets thumped into the river bed and that one steel rsj. There must be one hell of a lot of pressure pushing against that sheeting. I wonder if you get danger pay for going down that ladder and working at bottom.













Standing on the scaffolding looking seaward. You can see the middle gate and just behind it you can see the outer gate. I didn,t realize that the bottom of locks was lined using bricks, i thought the sides would be and the bottom would just be mud. The pictures don,t really do the size of the lock any justice, its massive. I wonder how much rubbish they might of removed from the bottom??
INTERESTING STUFF..........

FIRST TRIP OUT OF THE NEW YEAR...............


My first trip of the New Year saw me on a perch hunt at my favourite location armed with a couple of pints of maggots to catch some livebait and a tub of lobworms as back-up in case no little silver fish could be caught. Arriving before it was light i sat in my truck eagerly waiting for the sun to rise so i could set of to my chosen spot. I,ve fished this location  quite a bit over the years and have had some cracking perch, fishing small free roaming livies in between the moored boats. My PB of 3lb 14oz came from here as well as more perch over 3lb than i can remember. In fact a few years ago it got to the point that if i hadn,t caught a perch over 3lb in the 2 hours i was there, bit of a naughty place to fish so only had a couple hours fishing before lock keeper was out of bed, then it was a poor session. Anyway, eventually it was light enough so off i trudged through the car park and up the steps to find the whole river frozen solid. OOPPSSS!!!!! Should of checked the weather forecast the night before i guess, but i honestly wouldn,t of thought that it had been cold enough to freeze the marina. Oh well, back in the truck i got, quick pitstop at Mcvomit for a breakfast meal and within 15 mins i was at another river that definately wasn,t frozen over.

I set about catching some livebait first in a little backwater which had them dippling all over the place and as usual i found it hard to stop fishing for them after i had my allotted dozen hookbaits in the bucket. I do enjoy catching livebait, i don,t why as in reality its usually pretty easy as they,re usually shoaled up tight so they compete for your maggots well and they don,t put much of a fight as they are only small. Any ways its good fun for half hour or so.

Where i was fishing for the bait kept having a big fish shooting across the surface, i didn,t manage to actually see what it was but i reckon it was a good sized pike. So even though i only had my perch gear i set up my little free roving rig and dropped my bait in the areas i,d seen the biggie. After no interest i fished around the bridge legs as this are looked really good for perch but unfortunately i had no joy there either. So of i set for a nice walk along the river in search of a perch or two.



Over the next few hours i fished every likely perch holding spot that i came across and didn,t even get a sniff from a fish. As mentioned earlier it was pretty cold but i don,t think that would of made much difference to be honest. The river was only running slowly but was gin clear so maybe that was the reason for the difficult fishing. After a good mile and half walk i came to a nice weir-pool i occasionally fish, actually i don,t fish the pool itself as i,ve never done any good there, but i have had some success fish where the carrier returns to the main river just after the lock gate. A dozen trots through and it was looking like a blank here too until a slight miss-cast put my bait in an area i generally don,t fish, but i thought i,d leave it there anyways. The float had barely moved when it just disappeared without warning, so quick that it took me a second to figure out what had actually happened. A gentle strike and a heavy fish powered of upstream making my clutch release line, feeling like a good perch first of all i was being very careful playing it because i only had 6 lb line and there was a lot of snags around me. It didn,t take me too long to realise this wasn,t a monster perch but a nice pike as the fish changed direction and roared of towards the main river. After a good scrap for a few minutes i finally slipped the net under a pristine chunky pike of around the 8lb mark. After unhooking and slipping him back i released my livebait and took the long walk back to the truck and then off home for a well deserved cuppa.

After my initial oversight i still managed to have a cracking mornings fishing even though it was hard going and i only had the one fish. To be honest it was nice to just have good walk after all the xmas food munching, i definately needed the cobwebs blowing out too.........


Monday, 2 January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR........

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my fellow danglers out there...

I guess a round up of the highs and lows of my years fishing would be in order at this point. Except that i,ve barely set foot on the bank this past year. Work and building my extension has literally taken over my life, resulting in not having much free time and when i do i,m generally too knackered to lift my lazy arse outta the bed.

I have had a few short sessions and thoroughly enjoyed myself, even though catch results have been pretty poor. But as they say that,s why its called 'fishing' and not 'catching'.

Highlights of my year, not fishing related, have been getting more and more interested in photography, Earlier in the year i purchased a Canon 7D mk11 so i could use it to take better quality pictures of the local wildlife, although time has restricted me to limited use so i,m still learning about the camera and the various settings, jargon etc. A couple of months back i had a right result and bought a secondhand canon 400mm lens for a song. Only managed to use it a couple of times buts its a cracker.

The downside of this year was losing both of our dogs, Harry the Golden Retriever and Oscar the Springer Spaniel, to serious illness withing 3 months of each other. I can,t begin to describe how its felt losing one, let alone both of our hairy companions so quickly. The house has never felt so empty since they,ve been gone. You couldn,t of asked for gentler, happier more loving pooches than those two brothers in arms.

RUN FREE BOYS.....