Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Summer sunday at Lacock. 21-070-13

With a little maggot left over
and wanting to try out
my own home made paste.
I tootled up the M4
and arrived around 06.30.

Setting up near a swim I intended to fish latter
I put in some Hemp, loose maggot
and a few bits of paste. 

[I also noticed what looked like
someone sleeping / hiding (from the cows)
under a plastic cover on the opposite bank.
Little did I know how that would change things later.]

Anyway In the swim I had just baited up I noticed some
activity over the free offerings.
Possible Chub I hoped.

Well I fed a few more swims as I walked 
up stream, I fed more swims than I intended to fish
hoping to slowly get the fish to
get used to my flavourings
without being caught..
Time will tell.

Well up in the first field I set up
 and just used a maggot feeder 
and trotting a float.

This produced the usual Dace, Roach
and Chub.
I do really enjoy this style of fishing.

Back to the second swim in the second field
I set up a small running ledger with
an 8m boillie covered with some
of my paste.
Not touch. Not a good start on my flavourings.
I tried to left under that bush and under that tree to 

Same in the second swim,
one rig to the left
and the other  to the right
in the flow between
a mid stream snag and the 
part collapsed bank.
In both of these swims I alternated
to using the float rig, a Crow Quill Avon float
fished over a bed of Maggot and Hemp.
All small fish up to about 1/2lb.
On to swim 3 and this time just the feeder rod
as it was to tight for float fishing.
Same result not a touch.

Now to my (what should have been my final swim)
and the people across the other side
had got up and been for dip.
Yep! a young lady and boy friend
had been in for a swim and were now drying off without a towel?
Clothes on a branch with the cows showing a lot interest 
in them. Very funny to watch.

In this swim is a fallen tree, the raft of rubbish
is growing quickly.
The bank on the other side was covered
with plastic bags, bottles, Pringle tubes
and so on.
I had just cast my first rig into the swim
when  more kids turned up
and that was it swim killed. They jumping in the water 
walking over the top of my baits.
I gave up on that swim
and moved further down, under a big tree
where I caught the 4lb 6oz Chub 
on an earlier trip.
Same result small fish on the float nothing on the ledger rig
A Mink passed under my feet 
carrying a Stoat, what a sight.
By now the other bank was getting
really crowded wit dog walkers
the bites dried up.
So packed up.

Having had a good thunder storm last night,
I hope it freshens up the rivers a bit. 


David James said...

this is what i love so much about fishing. the things we can see on a day on the bank or by the sea. it's such a rich experience. sounds like you had an amazing day! will keep watching ur blog, cheers. David

Pat said...

Totally agree. But human activity is not quite as good as the wild life. Maybe that's why I don't catch so much? Patrick.

Anonymous said...

Lacock, is my favourite place to fish, but i dont tend to fish it till late sept early oct thats when i find the barbel start to feed properly, i cant think of a more idyllic place to fish