There's a time and a Plaice
April has been a busy month for me work wise, so this blog is a catch up on what’s been happening since late March, fishing wise.
My last blog detailing huss fishing ended with me suggesting I would target a shore plaice. Normally I’d look for these from about the end of February, but the bitterly cold east winds the whole of the UK endured, pretty much from the end of January, had postponed the hoped for early spring. Sea temperatures on my local Welsh coast were some 2C ...
Early Evening Screamer.......
Early Evening Screamer.
Been a while since my last blog, unfortunately the weather; end of year reports for work and the best part; Granddad duties have kept me from the banks. Plus my desire to catch winter carp is waning fast as I get older, having caught them in all winter weather conditions over my 36 odd years of carping.
On arrival at the lake I was surprised to see how busy it was, I made my way up the banks till I found a quiet spot. No signs of any fish but tha...
Sitch success......Tom Forrester
With my Rh Fisheries Sitch ticket rapidly running out the Easter holidays could not come quick enough, the weather was forecast to be unseasonably cold for the holiday and many thought it knock the fishing back considerably, but my eagerness to get back could not have been greater.
I had the first weekend of the holiday pencilled into my diary for a day session, I attended the work party on the Friday previously as I broke up from school on a Thursday. Rob Hal...
Pike angling, back on the River Erne
Launching at the Carrybridge slipway, Fermanagh, is comfortable and straight-forward, albeit in full winter flood conditions at the moment. This area offers the opportunity to target pike around the back-waters and sheltered marinas en-route to the main lough. The bait-fish are inclined to move out of the strong current in favour of a less demanding environment under these winter conditions, with pike close behind them. With Glenn and me choosing the fly, and Andy opt...
Peter Collings landed his Personal Best Spurdog weighing 17Ib while anchored up on a bank. Peter was using 20Ib class tackle with a cocktail of Ammo squid and mackerel mounted on a pennel rig.
Mike Setherton a member of the Cormorants SAC landed his Personal Best Thornback Ray weighing 16Ib 3oz whilst also fishing at anchor on a bank aboard Flamer IV. Mike was using an up-tide rod with a flowing trace. The successful bait was a cocktail of Ammo squid and Mackerel mou...
A bit of a chill in the air......Clive Dobinson
A bit of a chill in the air
I see it as a vital part of my bailiff duties to be at the lake for the last week in March and the first couple of weeks in April, this is when we get anglers looking around the lake with a look to joining the syndicate and of course wanting to know what the lake holds for all species not just carp as we also have bream, tench and pike anglers wanting to know the ‘ins and outs’ of the lake stock, and, as the complex also has the fishing rights to ...
Short Session Success......Mark Bradley
Due to work commitments over the last few months I’ve been limited to time on the bank which has left me resorting to several short sessions on my local estate lake which is roughly 6 acre’s in size with an average depth of around 4-5ft and deeper area’s of about 8ft towards one end. With the lake being right on the doorstep I thought it would be an ideal water to wet a line and get some winter action. Being armed with Berkley’s Gulp Coco ‘n’ Banana in both 12 and 16mm I was ...
Coco n Banana.......Martyn Davies
After the run of decent weather I decided that an evening session was on the cards and couldn’t wait to make the most of the 4pm finish at work. With my target day in mind I made sure everything was prepped ready for me to get home, changed, grab the gear and go. Making my way on foot to the lake I realised the winds were far stronger than I thought but knowing that these were blowing in from the south west I could only be confident of a take or two.
I knew exactly wha...
Final Tackle Preparations......Matt Groves
If you read my previous post you’ll realise I’m off the France very soon. I wasn’t go to do another blog post until a few days before we go as I’m going to be covering the final preparations and details in the post, but I thought I’d quickly knock this together as some of you might find it useful…
I’ve had my mainline on my reels for approaching 18 months now, its fluorocarbon so it lasts a bit longer than mono (esp when kept clean and untwisted) but it’s now time to replace...
My first Salmon of the year from the Wye!
Yesterday I managed to get out on the River Wye for my first Salmon fishing day of the season.
We fished near Fownhope downstream of Hereford and after the long winter I was really looking forward to getting out.
Also there had been some encouraging reports of some big spring salmon up to 30lb caught from both the Wye and Severn in the last few weeks.
It’s a dream of mine to hook such a big fish on the fly – maybe one day!
The river was dropping after a small floo...