Thursday, 24 April 2014

Lazy Sunday morning

I had ventured out for Tench, I had ventured out using drop shotting gear, I had ventured out float fishing for anything that swims, none of the aforementioned sessions were very productive, April is a difficult time of year and things were looking grim, enthusiasm was ebbing......
Last Sunday provided me with an opening to get the gear in the car again, Tench are always my favourite species at this time of year but the two waters I favour were an hours drive and resulted in sitting behind two rods on alarms, that wasn't floating the boat for me, I fancied seeing a float itself dipping under the surface film so a trip much closer to home was made.

I arrived at the chosen venue a little after 7AM and the sights and sounds were delightful, bird song greeted me on setting foot on the bank and a little mist swirled across the surface as the early suns rays started to burn through it, not much brown left now, everything is fresh and green, spring is here and things are starting to move, I hoped the fish were in the same frame of mind!

On walking around the venue I came across a fellow Blogger, Mick Newey of fame, Mick and I had traded emails aplenty over the past 12 months but this was the first time we had actually met, good to meet you Mick!

I chose two attacks on my chosen peg, the earlier mentioned float and a 'sleeper' method feeder using pop up corn as bait across to the far bank. The latter rod was cast out and left to its devices whilst I set up the 13ft float rod using a .075g pole float as indication, maggot & chopped worm were to be the bait of choice with corn and pellet as back up. It was bite time from the off on the float and Perch after Perch were swung in, nothing huge but action and the aim of the day was met, the float was dipping, I was catching and it was a lazy Sunday, no stress, no pressure, just relaxing fishing for once. I do tend to have specific targets when I fish and I plan meticulously before every session I fish, that is a big part of it for me but today it was sit back, relax and take whatever swam my way......
The Perch continued to take the worm but then I had a couple of nice Roach that were pushing the pound mark, things were looking up. I was thinking that the 'sleeper' method rod hadn't woken up yet, I had recast 4 times in the same spot without a knock but suddenly the loose clutch I had set was spinning and I lifted into a reasonable fish, for its sixe it fought well, after pumping the fish across from the far margin it was desperate to get into the near back reeds to try and shed the hook but a but of pressure persuaded it out and into the net, the first Tench of 2014 was on the bank, not huge at around 2 1/2-3lb but a welcome capture.

I had now started to use corn or pellet as hookbait on the float rod in an attempt to lure a resident Crucian or more Tench, the small Perch were getting a bit of a menace. Bites slowed down on the different baits and were much harder to hit leading me to believe that a combination of Roach, Crucian & Tench were the culprits. The bites were occasionally hit and indeed I landed another couple of nice Roach, a couple of Cruican around a pound and another small Tench, all great fun on the light float gear. I did have a Crucian laid out ready for its pic but it performed the most exceptional flick then dive off the mat I have ever seen!

I had a further take on the method rod just before packing up which was a Silver Bream of about 10oz, the venue is famed for them and apparently holds them over a pound.

Quite a few of the venues Carp population were noted sunning themselves in a corner on my way off so I may place my method rod in that area next time to try and snare one as some of them looked good fish and worth a scrap with.

I maybe back this Sunday for a further lazy morning as I quite enjoyed the one just gone.......

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Draycote afloat

It was time for Trout, I had purchased a fly fishing outfit some years ago to keep me on the rivers in the close season fishing for Grayling but I had promised Josh a trip to Draycote afloat for a Trout.
I had been in touch with the venue manager a week or two before for info of how the place was fishing and what flies to use etc, he kindly offered to put me a goody bag of fluff together and with that the boat was booked for yesterday afternoon.
We arrived just after 4PM and when the fluff was purchased and the boat loaded we were off about 4.30 onto the waters of Draycote, it was Josh' first time fishing afloat although he had fished/cast with the Trout set up before, catching a few Rudd in the process.
The area we were intending to fish was quite busy being fished by bank anglers so we anchored up short of them and started to see what we could attract, a few casts in and I felt a few plucks but the strike met thin air, this happened a couple of more times with one strike resulting in a hooked fish but it soon dropped off. We had a move and yet again Josh had a few plucks and lost another after a brief tussle. It was not long before the anchor had to be lifted for the final time that night (had to be back on the jetty for 7.15) when the line tightened once again but this time I told Josh to try a slow lift rather than a strike and bingo he was in! After a good tug o war I slipped the net under our first Draycote Trout, job done!

The guys on the bank were really hammering them as dusk approached and we had a fair few more casts to try and catch another but it wasn't to be. We had enjoyed it and that was the main thing, we will definitely be back on there but may give the bank a try, Josh also has a fly starter kit on his birthday list in May so we can hit it together in the future.