Sunday, 22 April 2012

A trip for the youngster

I had 3 hours this morning so as Josh has not seen too many fish of late I thought I would let him fish alone with me guiding him with the hope that he caught a few. We decided on a local commercial Meadowlands, Lambsdowne lake being the chosen one of the two lakes. The initial view of the lake is not a good one, there must be at least 3 feet of water missing from the previous year, the stages are way up off the water line, set back now up to 12 feet in places, god knows how and when that will right itself......
I set Josh up a feeder rig, corn on the hook and groundbait/corn in an open end feeder in a hope that he would snare one of the venue's many Carp. It took over an hour of regular casting to get bites coming but that is what eventually happened and he ended up with 4 Bream but no Carp at all. There was a match being fished on the opposite bank and that seemed to be the story also, a few silver fish but no Carp.

You can see that where Josh is sat is actually the lake bed and was a spot that you could present a bait this time last year.

Packing up time soon came around and Josh was happy enough with his quota but a Carp would have been the icing on the cake for him. Back to school for him tomorrow and back to work for me so roll on next weekend.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Unsettled weather pt 2...............

Josh and I arrived at the chosen venue finding only two other anglers on, we quickly found a peg and got started, a maggot feeder rod for each of us and I also put a float rod out also using maggots/casters.
I had chosen a slightly shallower part of the venue today as all my previous sessions had been on the deeper side, and catches at the minute were not that consistant from anywhere so I thought it a good time to check out a new area.
The weather (again) was terrible for most of the day with heavy rain, wind and hailstones battering us in the bivvy in between calm sunny periods.

Despite fishing for 8 hours and fishing well we didn't have a bite all day, I only saw two fish move on the surface all day and the resident grebe population were constantly moving all over the water all day trying to find a meal rather than staying in one area as previously witnessed.
The long term weather forecast shows a slight rise in temps, reaching a heady 17 deg C next weekend  but there is still the threat of rain on most days.............

Never mind, a bad days fishing is still better than a good day at work!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Unsettled weather.....

A couple of further sessions were done at the Tench stillwater without any fish at all, the weather being very cold on one of them with an easterly keeping the temp to well below double figures.

It was time to take the boys out on a local commercial to dust off their winter cobwebs, again the weather wasn't doing us any favours and on arriving there the catch reports for the day were not good. We all kicked off using a float, caster or corn the bait but not a great deal happened, I was missing a lot of rapid bites on double caster and eventually landed a Bream about a pound. The boys were still to catch amongst the inevitable tangles etc after their lay off!
We then moved further down the lake into an area that I thought a) maybe deeper b) more cover was available so the fish may still be tucked under that.

The change of swim allowed me to catch a few more fish, Roach to 10oz and a couple more Bream and it looks a good spot for the warmer (if we ever get any) weather, the boys were still biteless but they did hang on in there!

Back on the Tench water on Thursday so fingers crossed......

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Stripes, Teddy Bears & Teeth

Well today’s session didn't start too well when it started raining heavily all the way down the M6 from Cov to the venue (not forecast) but fair play I thought when it stopped just after Josh and I pulled up into the Car Park. Two anglers on, one of them a regular who said that it had and it was fishing poorly.
I fished on a peg on the windward bank, well away from the 2 guys Carping and started to set my stall out, float rod on the inside to the left with double red maggot/caster and a mag/caster feeder rod off the right side on an alarm, Josh put a Carp rod out on the other side of the pod with a pop up Boilie.
The first hour passed uneventfully apart from me having to continually adjust the float to eventually fish it overdepth by 18 inches and put a chain on no6's to stop it from towing, not sure if they were running some water off today but a stick float would have been more apt! The feeder rod had a few bleeps plus a couple of fish top over that area so things looked promising. Just after 1pm the feeder rod screamed and the bobbin hit the top, after a short fight a nice Perch came to the surface, Josh did a sterling job with the net and and it became obvious that this ‘nice 2’ as it had looked during the fight was a 3lb-er! 3lb 4oz to be precise and still carrying spawn, what a start.

We then had another slow hour before again the feeder rod was away, a slightly better scrap this time and a nice male Tench was in the net, 4lb 13oz, this fish had two strange burn like marks across it gills on the RHS, never seen anything like that before.

It was then time for lunch, also taken readily! Nice steady run from this youngster!

The next bite  on the float rod, a dithering sort of bite but as I was fishing overdepth I can only out it down to that, the strike met with solid resistance and the fight soon told me it was not one of the Carp in the venue but a nice Tench, after a truely great scrap Josh expertly slid the net under a long female fish that weight 7lb on the nose, a new PB for me today!

As the light was now beginning to fade I baited the float rod with a lobworm in the hope of another Perch, first cast and the float sailed away and the strike met with solid resistance, a slow heavy fight ensued and then the penny dropped when I saw a long series of swirls/tail patterns on the surface, a Pike had obviously taken the worm on the drop and maybe a reason why the float line had not attracted any small fish during the day. As Josh had not caught anything I passed him the rod and let him battle it out with the toothy critter, he eventually landed the fish and it came in at 10lb 7oz, a beuatifully marked fish indeed.

That was about it for the day and what a strange day it had been with an equal measure of predatory fish vs the Tinca's, that is what keeps us going back for another dose though isn't  it, the complete unknown of what can happen, I love it!