Bley Lake - France......Steve Peach
Finally we were on our way to France and after a long days travelling we arrived at the lake early friday evening. As we were booked to fish from Saturday we were not allowed around the lake until the previous weeks anglers had left on Saturday morning, so we stayed overnight in the owners barn next to the main lake. The owner had informed us the fishing had been slow due to the wet cold weather, but the outlook for the next week was warming up so hopefully the fish would get...
Terry’s Travels Shakespeare Agility 7’ Spin
I originally picked this 7’ rod from Shakespeare for light spinning in search of Sea-trout, but it is also perfect for casting lures in pursuit of river trout and in particular, specimen Perch. I had the opportunity to give it a go last weekend in the hope of christening it on a few “stripeys”, and balanced it with an Abu Cardinal and 8lb Berkley XTS.
This is a delightful little rod. It packs down to less than 24 inches and is as light as a feather. There is absolu...
Fly fishing in France – Domaine de Veirieres
I’ve just returned from a fantastic trip trout fishing in France.
I was fishing with some of my French friends for two days on a Reservoir near Trizac in the Massif Central region.
The mountain location of the reservoir at 1150m is stunning with spectacular views and we experienced some of the best quality trout fishing I’ve ever had.
We stopped in the onsite accommodation and enjoyed the local food and hospitality, all very civilized and relaxing!
Terry’s Travels.....Kev’s new kit
I have been fortunate to know Kevin Lyons for a number of years now, and his local knowledge and friendship has, in no small way, played a large part in my pike angling memories and exceptional catches. Last year he quietly mentioned that he may be purchasing a new boat to compliment the fleet of Irish Lough boats he already has available for hire and guiding purposes.
Acting on an invite from Kev last week, Andy Wolsey and I took a spin down to see him, ...
Syndicate stalking.....Danny Boorer
As from previous blogs some of you may know that I have been fishing syndicate water with a low stock of fish, in a 7 acre lake. Quite hard by some people’s standard after a few blank sessions I decided that the best form of attack on this lake was a tactic that I am still mastering, stalking. Instead of setting up in a swim for days on end, I decided to move around the lake with the bare essentials and one rod. I’ve thought to myself many times that a...
"GOOD DAY FOR TREVOR"
"GOOD DAY FOR TREVOR" - Trevor Madden from Brokenhurst on his maiden trip aboard Flamer IV landed his first ever Brill which weighed in at 10lb and is a superb specimen for the area. Trevor was using 12Ib class tackle with a flowing trace and a Sakuma 4/0 hook baited with a fillet off a Launce that he had caught earlier.Trevor is pictured with his 10Ib Brill and 5Ib Plaice.Trevor also caught several Plaice during the same trip with the best one weighing 5Ib.
Weekend Session....Paul Pryke
I set off for a weekend session on a syndicate in Essex fishing a small lake with an average stamp of 12-18lb fish although I knew there were a few 20's in there but they were very rig shy. I found a nice little spot under some overhanging trees on the opposite bank and loosely scattered about a kilo of tuna spice boilies around the area and sat back and watched for signs of activity while I tied up a couple of combi rigs. Within a few hours I had a small common on the bank w...
another sucessful nights fishing!.....Steve Peach
The weather was looking great, cloudy and warm, rain was due later in the evening, so I managed to get out of work early and head down my syndicate.
It was quiet, only one of my mates was on the 32 acre lake. My swim was free where I'd had a few fish from over the last couple of months and had been regularly baiting with gulp red crustacean. I got the brolly up as it was starting to rain and then stuck the marker out to a nice clear patch of gravel about 100 yards out, I put...
Short evening session - Kev stokes
Here is a stunning 19lb 2oz mirror from my local water on a 4 hr session. The
fish was caught on a 16mm squid and liver glugged hook bait over about 50
freebies to a far marginal snag. That night was perfect conditions with rain and
very mild. Air pressure was well below 1000 on the barometer so I had to go. I
ended up with 3 fish for my efforts in the rain and lost one to a hook pull. I
used 3oz leads on safety clips, suffix camo skin braid to a simple knot less
Chasing Swale Shadows - Mike Linstead
Anyone familiar with my blogs will be more than a little aware that I've been relentlessly pursuing the Barbel on the River Swale.
Despite spending the best part of a season - yes you did read it correctly, an entire season - chasing them I didn't catch a single fish.
Now I can hear you all asking the million dollar question, why? If I think about it enough it was probably down to a number of factors to be honest, but I'd say it boils down to three things really: Bad ...