Saturday, 27 July 2013

Changing weather

Well the heat wave is staying with us and the fishing has been varied in my experience but saying that just as I sat down to pen this blog entry the heavens opened and I had to sort a blocked drain out that was the root cause of my garage being under 2 inches of water, the amount of rain that has just fallen in the past 20 minutes was incredible, it won't do the rivers any harm though.......

Flying Rudd

Josh and I visited the Tench lake a couple of Fridays ago, the temperature was over 27 deg C when we arrived and the result was the surface of the lake carpeted with Rudd as far as the eye could see, I had brought the fly rod with me today as I thought it maybe an option for the Rudd and indeed it was to be. Josh excelled on the fly rod and took over a dozen Rudd, his casting is improving no end.

I fished 2 method feeders for the Tench but the Rudd massacred anything I put on the hook, next time it will be a big boilie for the Tench but that narrows things down in my eyes.........
The new weir and fish pass has now been finished on the River Sowe above Stoneleigh, I really must get down there for a fish soon as it has thrown a few nice fish up for me in the past.
The Barbel on the stretch of the Avon I have been fishing have been hard to tempt although I am enjoying my fishing on the stretch nonetheless, I usually start the session on the float and then put a Barbel rod out for the last couple of hours before 'off' time. The float fishing is generally good sport and I seem to be making small amounts of headway as I have found a couple of groups of fish that seem to be unfished for at the minute, I am purposely staying away from the known pegs as I would rather find my own sport, it is taking some time though!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Fishing or sunbathing?

My last two sessions have been made in some rather strange weather conditions for this country, hot and warm with a large firey ball in the sky, what the ***!

The River Teme was fished last week on the BAA card, the first time Josh had ventured onto the Teme and after a bit of homework a stretch was chosen that was reputed to hold some fish, the plan was to travel light and cover as much water as possible over the course of the day. The stretch was a great one on the eye, lots of fast waters and the float rod will be taken on the next visit.  We fished in 9 swims throughout the session but alas no Barbel were caught, we did see some Lamprey in the throes of spawning though which was a first for me. We will return again at a later date.


The second warm weather trip was onto the Warks Avon, I arrived nice and early to try and catch a Barbel before the heat of the day kicked in, again no signs of Barbel or anything else for that matter and at 8am I set the float rod up for the remainder of the session (plus applying sun cream!)

The float fishing was not much better in the clear blue sky and ever rising temperature, I stayed on the move fishing swims with faster water and I caught fish from two swims out of five, Dace, Perch & Chub were the fish caught, I bumped into my old mate Esox in one peg, she had a Dace off me last week and tried again but she didn't get a good grip, she then sat under my feet watching me waiting for another crack at breakfast, she is a nice mid-double so I will be back for her in the winter when she is a bit fatter.