Sunday, 27 April 2014
Saturday, 26 April 2014
I’ve lost a fish in the exact same spot three times, almost certain it's the same fish , tricky customer that one. In fact that’s been the story of the last couple of trips, they can be slippery at times.
I saw a peach of a fish leap clear of the water last night, one of those ones you might need to think about at 4am when contemplating turning over in bed or pulling on a pair of damp waders. I might just get a few hours in tonight……
Monday, 21 April 2014
On the teaser
I’m starting to pick up small Coalies again. It’s occurred to me that the mature and larger fish in the system that have been around for a while must have them on their diet. I’m going to take some of the more battered patterns I have and paint them black over silver, can’t do any harm.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
This nice fish made one immaculate leap in the sunshine just in front of me but my camera was off, typical. I've not had much luck capturing jumpers so far.
Sam dries out in the cool evening sun while taking a break from raiding my lure box.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
It was difficult to find any shelter today as the wind found me in every hiding place I could think of. It must have been gusting close to 40mph at times and not very pleasant to be out in to be honest. The rain stopped about 10.30am which was nice, the fish were hard to find and it seemed I was destined to have one of those days. I had one deep follow and three takes which were on and quickly off again. I’ve had a busy week , a lot of driving and early starts. I was really feeling the effects of a 5am rise this morning and left the house in a daze, with 3 hours fishing behind me and no fish landed I was questioning if I should have stayed in bed.
A dip in the 7 c water helps to waken you up.
I had another fish about 40 minutes later then packed up shortly afterwards.
I'm fishing Tuesday night so I might give it a miss next weekend and recharge my batteries.
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Before heading to my mates for the weekend I had a few hours on the canal and met up with Ade and Kev from TLF. We caught a few fish between us but lost more than we landed, in my case that meant 6 fish both Perch and Zander and mainly just as the net was being deployed, a classic Zander tactic to piss me off.
The first fish to stay hooked
Shortly afterwards I picked up this little chap from the same spot so I had a clearly found a shoal of stripeys.
I had a short walk to a spot that always seems to hold a Zander or two on either side of a snag. I dropped in directly below the rod tip and gave the lure a shake and got a hit which I missed. I swam the lure around in a circle and then converted the next knock into a fish.
Having made my way back to the car for something to eat I decided on a move. On arriving at my next spot I got a nice Perch on my second cast on the lime green D-Fin again, lost the picture due to a smudged lens. I struggled for a while after that so changed from a drop shot rig to yellow Duck Fin Shad and 7g football jig head and picked up a Zed and a Perch. I then went fishless for about two hours before losing a really nice Zed, usual routine, hook fish, play fish , grab the net and the fish lets go of the lure.
Big goggle eyes this Zed. It had a few scars as well, maybe mating or a big Zed as there are not many Pike in this canal.