‘Red letter days’ – By James Davies
It’s early spring but the winter weather is still well and truly upon us and with the carp still not showing, it was decided to make the best of the end of the river season. Anyone who read my last blog will know that I fish for different species throughout the year, and this session would be spent targeting pike.
Along with good friend Mike Linstead, we made our way to the River Swale. Upon arriving at the river we found it running clear and cold, but at 37f the water tempe...
Not bad for a work party......
I have just returned from a work party at Crystal Waters in France. Myself and my good friend Mick Henley arrived there a couple of Fridays ago, when we arrived we met up with 7 of the lads who had been there for over a week and despite torential rain for them they had completed some fantastic work. We had dinner with them that night and learnt that 4 of them had been fishing the nights during the week, landing fish up to 48lb so this sounding very promising that th...
Shakespeare Agility.........Terry’s Blogs
This is just a quick blog from the week-end. Took the two Shakespeare Agility Barbel rods out again, looking for a “lunker” perch to put a bend in one or both of them. I thought the weather had improved from the recent bout of snow and easterly winds. The snow has gone, thank goodness, but the biting easterlies remain persistent. The breeze would cut you in two, but thankfully, the brolly gave some amount of respite.
This time, I teamed the rods with an old pair of...
Product Review: JRC STI 2 Rib Brolly - Mike Linstead
Having received my new JRC STI 2 Rib Brolly the weekend before my Birthday I looked forward to testing it out on a 48 hour session with my Brother on Pebley Reservoir, just south of Sheffield.
A check of the forecast didn't fill me with much joy as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures would not only make the fishing difficult but would also test myself and my gear to the limit.
So on the Monday we made our way to the water with clear skies which quickly change...
March update.......Luke Norton-parr
Well march has been a terrible month, very little spare time to get on the bank and absolutely atrocious weather, however with Berkeley gulp carp at my disposal I felt confident that I could force a run even with very little time.
As usual when time is short and I need to get out and wet a line I headed to my local lake, now usually my approach would be to find the fish or wait for one to show itself then cast a bait to it, however on this occasion due to the very low temper...
IS IT SPRING YET? By Tim Swain
Looking at the weather forecast last week for the weekend, i don’t think anyone would have blamed Andy & myself for canceling our planned fishing trip but being the passionate anglers that we are (or just plain stupid) we decided to go.
Part of the reason for going was that we had new rods to test. We have both recently purchased a set of JRC extreme 2.75 T/C rods and i have to say we are both impressed with them. They are extremely good quality and value for money. I ...
FOUR SEASON SUCCESS........By Tim Swain & Paul Gordon
My fellow Berkley Gulp team mate for the BCAC this year Paul Gordon has just competed in the first round of the four season competition along with his Dad Peter, this is how they got on in his words.
The draw could have gone a little better, we came out last and as such ended with limited choice to say the least. That said we did have the obvious feature of an island and some open water just at the shallower end of the lake during the coldest March for a good number of yea...
Cold Carping!.......Chris Cox
Due to work commitments I have not been able to get on the bank since December, so when a few days off were looking likely I was heading straight to a day ticket fishery. I usually fish a syndicate venue but this is closed at present so Farlows lake in Buckinghamshire was my choice for my trip.
The weather has been horrendous recently and this week was to be no different temperatures of 0 degrees at best and well into the minus's at night. Upon arrival at the lake my fears...
Lee Reservoir Angling Services........Terry Jackson
Two of my closest angling buddies from County Cork have recently opened a guided angling business in the area. Their natural ability to locate and tempt specimen and record fish is second to none, and one of the main reasons that I have so much angling success and fond memories whenever I travel to that part of the world.
These guys are Sidney Kennedy and Ross Macklin. Their chosen venue for this new venture is the Lee Reservoir system. It has been one of Ireland’s...
Hitting on the Huss
It is around the middle to late March I start targeting huss on my home ground in North Wales. These fish start to move back in numbers on to the deep water rock marks and, along with early plaice, herald the arrival of spring.
My tactics are pretty simple. I aim to fish a tide with low water falling around dusk or in to dark. I tend to favour the smaller neap tides on the marks I fish as fast tide runs induced by the bigger tides tends to push the fish in to sheltered bay...