Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Chub at last 29-09-15

This time I arrived at the Avon at 1pm,
and walked to the furthest swim. Feeding others I intended
to fish as I passed them.

Again, I could not catch on boillie
or pellet.
However I did feed maggots into
most of these swims.

By 4.30 I was in the
float swim as I call it.
From the first put in I started
catching small
Roach. Dace, Chub and this time
 Early on I lost another bigger fish,
This was the fifth larger fish I
have lost to hook pulls, bent out hooks
and fish swimming into a snag.
So I beefed up the hook length
but this slowed the fishing.
So swapping back to
the lighter hook length I
was catching again.
I think the water was so clear that
 fish could see the line.
Well about 5.30 I had the smallest of bites
 and striking into it I found a better fish.
A short but brisk play and this 3lb 7oz
Chub was on the bank.
Lean but in good condition 
it was most welcome.
 I continued to catch the small
fish and really enjoyed being back to
the way I enjoy the most.
Whilst using the float rod I 
was also using a Maggot feeder rod.
This was not very good but I did catch a few
small mixed grill fish.
 One was hit by a Pike which was a really
good fight. In the end it won its prize
and bit through the hook length.
At 7.15ish I had another really gentle
bite this time I struck slowly
and felt the weight.
On 5lb main line and 3lb 2oz
hook length to a size 16 hook.
This 3lb 15 1/2oz Chub
was banked.
Well that was it another really enjoyable day on the Avon.

Back to Avon. 20-09-15

06.00, the mist is rising off the river into a low fog.
Not as thick as last time or as chilly.

I fished a number of new swims,
learning the depth, snags, type of bottom state
of the bank and where the weed were.
There were some very interesting swims,
as well as one real bad one.
So plenty of info and no fish.

I did take a float rod and maggots
an spent two hours
catching Roach, Dace and small Chub
up to about 1/2lb.

Packed up at 12.30.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Wet net. 20-09-15

Well I went back to the Avon
but this time with Maggot 
and Casters.
Also the float was in the rod
quiver and desperate for an outing.
Right from the first cast
it was roach, dace or 
small chub.
 Most were between 
3oz and 6oz.
All were fin perfect,
and really god to see.
Hopefully  a good sign for the future. 
 The best was this Roach
of around 1/2lb.
I did loose 2 good fish which
were to strong for for my light
tackle. Straightening the size 16 hooks.
 I fished from around 06.30 till
After a foggy start it ended up sunny
and warm.
I tried a couple of other
but nothing but Minnows.
Pellet on the quiver failed to even get a bite.
So I will get my centre pin reel and beef up the tackle
So role on the next trip.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

A damp morning down Crooks Marsh. 14-09-15

As there was some spare 
Lug worm left over from one of my sons
weekend fishing trip,
I added some Frozen Squid 
to the menu.
I fished from 6.30 till 10.00.
Pennel Pulley rigs were the order of the day.
Sea Bank Power station
was causing its own drizzle
from the cooling fans,
but later the rain added to
the damp feel.
The little wind that there was
was very light from the east, southeast.
Well the out come was very
slow, with only a of bites over
the top of the tide (0849 - 12.9 mtrs).
So by 10.00 I had run out of bait
and the rain was getting heavy
so a quick walk back to the car
and start drying out. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

First trip to a new venue. 08-09-15

Well at last
I was feeling a lot better and
things at home had settled down.
So I arrived there at just before
in a lovely thick fog.
I'm up stream from Limply Stoke,
and looking forward to 
the new challenge
of a new area.
 I chose swims with good 
overhangs on both banks.
First problem was my poor casting,
so I had to really concentrate
on getting it right and accurate.
Second was the weed, its pretty
thick and trying to get the bait
down was a real hassle.
Especially as I was using
very light weights. Even trying free lining
between weed beds.
 In most of the swims I saw Chub 
just  sat at the surface, not even feeding.
I tried some surface feeding
and the result was the Chub
just either moved aside or
let the bait go straight over their heads.
 One swim was quite clear of weed mid stream
so I cast over to the far bank, next to the weed,
and one under a near side overhanging tree.
Well that's the spot where
I did manage a few knocks,
and a good take.
The fish went straight under the
the over hang, resulting in
me losing it with a hook pull.
Well that was it, no more interest.
So with only about 20 minutes to
my planed finish time,
I tried a hole in a bank of trees.
I had seen Chub swimming there so
was hopeful I would at least have some interest.
But no, nothing was interested in getting there
heads down.
As can be seen the river was very low, slow and clear.
I packed up at midday. Having tried
5 swims.
I think as I find some deeper swims and 
learn the river better it should be a great venue.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Still not well!

With the headaches still
being a pain in the head.
I am not going out this week.