Tuesday, 21 February 2012

A mixed weekend

As per usual the weather forecast for the weekend wasn't the best, the fairly settled weather was changing big time and the Saturday was forecast for big winds and rain, nice. I decided after a couple of venue changes to drive down to the Wye, a club stretch in the expectation of Chub and maybe a Barbel to boot. On arrival the big wind certainly greeted us when we stepped out of the car but no sign of the wet stuff.....yet. We arrived at the peg and the first thing I noticed whilst setting the tripod up was how slippy the bank was, obviously the welsh snow melt had pushed the river up over the days before and it was decidedly dodgy, Josh at this stage was huddled under the brolly hoping that it would remain planted in terra firma. First cast with paste on the hook and hemp and small pellet in the feeder and the tip was over, Josh took the rod after slipping and sliding to it and eventually landed a Chub of around 3lbs, not a bad start.

With both rods out the caster rod now went over, after a brief tussle another Chub was landed, this time a touch larger than the first. The wet stuff had now arrived and moving around the lower river bank was a major task, I had gone ass over t*t twice and the strengthening wind had nearkly taken Josh & the brolly over to Ross On Wye! We sat it out for a further half an hour but I had concerns over the safety of Josh as the banks were treacherous so we called it a day, a shame as the fish seemed to be having it (isn't that always the way....)
After packing up my sodden gear we trudged our way back to the car, there is a small fishing hut by the car park so we decided to have something to eat & drink in there before the drive back, Josh has now decided he wants to do an overnighter on the stretch and sleep in the hut! Nice one.

This weekend had seen the Midlands Carp Fishing show at The Ricoh arena in Coventry so we headed down there on Sunday morning, a couple of other bloggers were seen lurking around the stands and all in all it wasn't a bad show. Josh had his picci taken with the GURU guys Dean Macey & Steve Ringer.

After the show I had a chance to fish for the latter part of the day so it was down to the local stretch of the Avon in pursuit of a Perch, I have identified several other spots that look the buisness further downstream but elected to fish a spot that I have caught from before. Again a lobworm was fished under a float and caster was fished along the far reed line with a small feeder. Not a great deal happened at all for the first two hours and it was the last hour that saw the action taking place, Chub were very active porpoising all around me and it was a Chub of 4lb 6oz that took a liking to my lobworm.

I had 15 minutes before dark so back out went the lobworm rod only for the float to sail away and me striking into thin air! After a few expletives a fresh lob was back in the river, this time when the float sailed away I struck into a fish, a Perch, all 6oz of it........

I'm hoping to get out for another crack at the Perch on the river before the end of the season so fingers crossed.

Just a quick word to say good luck to the Midlands Bloggers who will be fishing the lovely River Itchen this coming Friday, wish I was with you!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Weighing up the options

It has been a while since I last wet a line, mainly due to the fact that I had an overseas trip to Israel with work for 11 days, 26 degrees out there at best whilst the reports from back in Coventry were 6 degree below zero!
The weather obviously plays a very big part in all our fishing and now that the big freeze seems to be behind us (fingers crossed) I am thinking of how I will play the final weeks out on running water. A nice river Pike was on the agenda prior to the winter time and although I have fished the Warks Avon a  few times I have not tried in earnest on the intended river, the Severn.
Perch are another fish on the agenda prior to March 14th as this is now the time that the females will be on the hunt prior to their spawning, my PB Perch of 3.14 was caught from the River Dove four years back and that was only with five days of the running water season left to go.
The Roach is another fish who if arriving at a river at the right time then I do have options where I could catch a reasonable fish or two.
That leaves the beautiful Barbel, with the past few days being so cold this slight rise in temperature should see their whiskers twitching again for some grub.
I suppose that is one of the great things about this wonderful sport of ours, choices galore but sometimes which road do you take.....

Anyway, Good luck to all river rovers until the final curtain on the 14th, I make that 29 days......