Thursday, 18 August 2011

Warks Avon in the pouring rain

I ventured to a stretch close to home this afternoon in pursuit of a Barbel, the weather was grim and it tipped it down from start to (almost) the finish....

On reaching the peg it was obvious that it had not been fished for some time as the undergrowth had done it's upmost to cover it up! Fine with me I like the solitude.

I baited the shallow run with 3 handfulls of hemp and pellet then I sat on the mat to put on a fresh hooklength and add a backlead that was required in this peg. During that time I noticed that the Barbel & Chub were straight on the bait and were ripping the gravel up for it, great but hooking a Barbus first would be the issue in this peg but there were some very nice Chub in the swim also. It was with trembling hands the first cast with a 6mm pellet was made and within 30 seconds the tip is over and the fight is on, a good Barbel boiled on the surface and headed straight for a nearside root system, it obviously got there as the hook pulled much to my dismay (plus other verbal additions!)

Looking back into the run the fish were still there so the dilemma was do I go straight back in or wait a few minutes, I decided that if they were spooked now a cast would make no difference so I went back in again. I then went through a period of 30 minutes with only small knocks so I thought I had blown my chance but then the tip went over again and a good fish was hooked but it soon became apparent that it was a Chevin not a Barbus on my hook.  The fish was landed quickly and was around 4lb in weight, great big head and shoulders but no real gut, a good fish some the late autumn time. When I returned the Chub it stayed right by the bank sulking in the nearside weed instead of swimming back into the swim so I was quite happy with that!

Next cast and I was thinking that the chances of a Barb had been blown after the lost fish earlier and then the Chub but just 10 minutes later I was off again and this was a Barb, after a brief but good scrap the fish was landed, at 7lb 14oz I wasn't complaining either, then the sun came out for the pictures.

River Sow

After enjoying a week with the family in southern Spain with temperature's reaching 41 dec C I was ready for some cooler climate fishing exploits.I had an hour to spare so I took Josh off to the River Sow,a  tributary of the Warks Avon that runs through South Coventry. I have fished this small pool on the river before, taking numerous Brown Trout, Perch, Chub as well as the unwelcome Red Signal Crays.....
I started by running a worm through with a BB shot in the faster water at the head of the pool and quickly took 2 small Browns around 12oz then that was that until I hooked a good fish that snagged me up in a large tree branch that had obviously dropped into the pool during the winter.
A change of attack was then brought into play and I ran a float through the pool, skirting the newly found snag in hope of what lay within. The first run through brought a bite in the spot by the snag and a fish tried it's best to get back in there, it failed and a nice Perch of around a pound hit the net.
I then took another Perch slightly smaller a few minutes later from the same spot that again fought well on the relatively light gear I was using.  Not too sure where all the Trout have gone as I have taken up to 11 Brown's to 3lb from this spot in under an hour last summer, I will leave that up to you as I am sure you can think of some possible reasons........

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Anni's at Packington

I set off for Packington with the better half the accomplice for this visit. We kicked off again on Siblings but after realising it was a squeeze for the two of us in my tight 'birdcage' swim  we moved pools and settled into a nice spacious peg on Anniversaries.

Float fishing was again the game and bait was a choice of meat, corn, pellet or worm. It wasn't long before I was into the first fish and that was a Tench of about 3lbs. Lou then had her first fish, a Ghost Carp of around 2 lbs that went well on the float gear.


Lou then carried on catching small Carp about the same size and her first tench which was about 2lbs succumbed to the float fished meat. As this was only her third session she was eager to hook, land, re-bait and cast out herself and she was doing well, landing the float tight by the island on most casts. I put this totally down to the teacher!

As the session continued we both caught Carp, Tench, Bream and Roach on a relatively quiet lake as most were on Sibling's (which apparently wasn't fishing too well) so all was well. By 8.30 we decided that the 6th last cast was actually the last one (liking that!) and we departed home via the chip shop.