Saturday, 30 July 2011

No Severn heaven

I had a session on the upper/middle Severn yesterday afternoon into dark, initially I float fished caster for around an hour and a half but without anything to show for.

I then got the Barb rods out, the D/S rod fishing caster and the U/S rod a small piece of rami, unfortunately I didn't have anything to strike at, a few knocks but no 3FT's!

A Gooseander was working away all afternoon below me in the deep pool that I was fishing into and I did not see it surface with a fish at all, not good if they can't catch!

25 hours of fishing for me this last week for 1 fish..............

The Cray of Packington

I took Tom to Sibling's on the Packington complex on Thursday evening for a couple of hours, unusually the place was deserted when we arrived ......

We fished in a corner with lot's of features close in to fish to so we both set up with floats and corn/meat/worm was the bait.

Within minutes I had indications on the float using meat and when the first bite came I struck but something didn't feel right?

These things seem to be getting everywhere and a small river I fish close to home that is a tributary of the Warks Avon is littered with the things.

After that the night ended quietly for me, 1 Bream, a hook pull on a Tench and a few missed bites was my lot.
Tom on the other hand was beavering away in his peg, he lost a nice Tench early on in the session but landed his second, a fish around 2 1/2lbs.

Then he hit into a bigger Tench that snagged him up in a nearside tree branch but the fish was visible just under the surface so I managed to net it for him and this fish tipped the scales at 4lb 9oz, not bad for his second Tench!

Monday, 25 July 2011

A very quiet Upper Avon...........

I had around 5 hours at my disposal last Saturday and I fancied spending them on the Upper. I did the usual and baited swims as I walked downstream to the lower of the five, around 45-50 minutes in each was then planned to see what developed. 
Well nothing developed, absolutely sod all!  I didn't even receive as much as a knock on the tip in any of the swims I fished, the river looked very quiet indeed and the usual spots where Chub were usally seen cruising around the overhanging willows were deserted. I even found some pellets still sat on the bottom that I presume had been thrown in the day before in a swim that usally holds Chub & Barbel......

An en-masse fish exodus? I doubt that very much but they sure weren't playing ball with me this week.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

An evening on Lambsdowne

A quick after work session on Lambsdowne pool on the Meadowlands complex was had tonight, in tow were Josh,  Tom (a friend/neighbours son) and his dad Ken.

We picked a stretch of open bank at the westerly end of the lake where the wind was hacking down into, plenty of fish topping as we set up so things were looking good. I set Josh up first on the float with meat on the hook just off his rod end and after just 5 minutes as I had finished getting Tom's set up complete I noticed Josh's rod tip bent around, he didn't though so I mentioned the fact that he may wish to pick his rod up! He played the fish well ...........

The result was a Mirror Carp of around 7lbs.

Josh then had a couple of skimmers and Tom had his first fish which was a Roach.

I then set up a float rod and fished a bunch of dendro's over a load of chopped, it wasn't long before I had my first bite and the fish powered off into the lake, after a good scrap I landed a nicely scaled Mirror of about 10lbs.

After that I landed a string of Perch to around a pound, Tom had a couple of skimmers and Josh was happy disecting the dendro's!

As we left around 8.45pm the wind dropped and the surface was like a jacuzzi as the scaley backs got their heads down!

All in all not a bad 2 hour session.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Avon - 2nd crack

I arrived on the banks of the upper just after 5pm and the persistant rain we had endured in Coventry for around 5 hours the previous evening had done little to increase the flow of the river or the colour for that matter.
I baited 3 swims with pellet, hemp and broken boilies on my way upstream to fish the first spot, I crept into position to swing the baited rig into the river as the fish (if there were any at home) were under my feet. The bait had only been in the river 5 minutes and a good pull on the tip saw me strike, this resulted in a nice Chub of around 4lb.

I then moved into the second peg which only resulted in taps on the tip but none of them with any conviction, this was also the state of affairs in the third swim.
I dropped into the last swim of the evening which I had initially baited over 2hours ago on my arrival, time enough for the resident Barbs to have settled over the bait? Again several taps and pulls on the tip were forthcoming but none that were strikeworthy (is that a word?) but after around 30 minutes the tip hammered round and again after a brief tussle another Chub of around 4lb graced my net. The fact that this fish had made such a commotion on the way in gave me concerns that the swim would give a Barb up as these fish can be spooky enough as it is so I packed up and headed home.
Two fish to me this time from the river but I am still awaiting my first Barb of the season and I will enjoy it when it comes.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Severn, life in the fast stuff.

I headed for a new stretch of the Severn only to be faced with access difficulties, I could see down onto the river from my lofty position but couldn't get down safely so it was onto plan B, except I didn't have one.......
I have now found out my best plan of attack for this stretch so I will be back on there as it looked the dog's danglers.

So with around another 10 stretches to choose from where do I go? I knew of a stretch that I used to fish regularly 6 years ago that had a 200 yard run of fast water so that was where I headed, the Barbel couldn't be far away from that, could they?

On arrival there was a van already in the car park but I hedged my bets and walked upstream to my chosen area that I found to be free. I started at the top of the 200 yard run and after a bit of bankside and foliage alterations and a pint of hemp & caster bait dropped into the run I was away.The rods were both fished with feeders, one with caster, hemp and plugged with groundbait with fake casters on the hook, the second feeder had some added pellets in the feeder with a single 8mm pellet on the hook. The first fish came to the pellet rod, a small Barb of around 3lbs, 2 Chub then came to the caster rod, both males as they were leaking milt and had tubercles on their gill covers. The next 90 minutes then passed uneventfully apart from one dropped fish on the pellet rod so I moved around 50 yards down the run.  I sat in the second swim for around 90 minutes without any indication on the tips so it was move time. The third swim looked a touch slower but I had caught here in the past so it had to be worth a go, again after some bankside alterations I was comfy and ready to go.

It wasn't long before I was receiving indications on both tips and the caster rod hammered over within 5 minutes of it being in the run and a Barb around 4lbs made it's way into the net.

The pellet rod then whacked over and a slightly larger Barb of 5lb was landed, I was beginning to enjoy myself at the stage!

I then picked up two more Barbs about 5lbs, one on each rod before it was time to hit the road, all in all an enjoyable session but I took my time in finding them.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Avon - 1st crack

I got on the banks of the upper for the first time this season to see a very low river indeed, swims that were generally fast water pegs could only be classed as moderate flow, we need some wet stuff ASAP!

Long and short of it was a blank, I baited 5 spots and fished two of them, a few knocks and bangs were received and the only real positive indication of the evening was just before I was about to pack up, everything had been packed up apart from the rod (now on the ground) and the net, I checked the time on my phone and out the corner of my eye noticed the rod doing a jig along the bank and heading for the drink, happy days I thought a last gasp fish! I struck and after a couple of head shakes the hook pulled, I am telling myself it was a Chub........

Always next time though and the highlight of the night was a Kingfisher who was happily feeding opposite me for around 5 minutes, they were very active all evening up and down the river, at least somebody is catching!