Monday, 24 April 2017

Short Carp Session 23 April 2017

I decided to go Sunday afternoon for a short session for carp on a water near where I live,I arrived at 
2-20pm and decided to fish in Peg 2 as the wind was pushing into this side of the lake,it was a lovely day for April ,nice and warm to be fair.Tactics were one rod at about 60 yards ,the other at 30 yards basically open water .I cast both rods out,both with bottom baits and scattered about 15 baits over each rod.The plan was too top up every hour.It wasn't long before I had my first bite on my right hand rod,it felt like a bream,it came off.I would have to wait nearly an hour before I had a drop back,fish on and an old mirror graced my Net.
Nice to get off the mark.I re casted and topped up the swim with more bait.
I decided to reel in my left hand rod and change to a bigger bait,re casted and topped up with some more bait.It wasn't long before my right hand rod was off again.Yet another stunning mirror this time.
As the sun was dropping now the temps dropped slightly ,but it was still a lovely evening to be out catching a few fish.At around 7-30 pm my right hand rod was off again and a nice common went over the net cord.
Then the fun began,as I was taking this pic my left hand rod screamed off,I got the common back in the net and as I was playing the other carp I could tell it was a big in,it wasn't to be as my hook pulled and the fish was off.Note to self always match the hook to the bait,I will next time.A very enjoyable short session and I will be back .Looking forward to some Tench fishing soon.
Till the next Time Bloggers.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Lee Martin Memorial Match Bradshaws Lake 3 .April 8 2017

Well another year has gone quick and we're back on brads 3 for Lees memorial match and what a cracking day it was with the weather.I Drew peg 9,not a bad spot inbetween 2 islands.It took nearly 30 minutes before I had my first bite.I was fishing the Tip with a flat bed pellet feeder ,micros and various hook baits.I was losing quite a few fish and I upped my hook size .I managed to find a snag twice and I carried on catching and still losing fish .As the day progressed it got warmer,everyone seemed to be catching on this glorious sunny day.Come afternoon I went on the pole for a short while and decided to knock it on the head and go back on the tip.I caught a few more and lost a few too.I caught a lovely ghost carp but it slipped out of my hands.One more Ide late on,and it was all out.I finished the match with 7 lb 6.
The winner was Dave Batchelor with 39 Lb.
Too my Left Peg 8
Too my right Peg 10 

My Swim
The Bait.
Till the next time .

Saturday, 25 March 2017

First Blog of 2017

Well it's been nearly 5 months since I last fished.I had just lost all my enthusiasm to get out there to do something I love to do,whether it's soaking up the countryside and relaxing,catching or blanking .
Well today I got out with carp on my mind .I headed out to a water near home,small amount of tackle and one rod.Tactics try to find some carp.First peg I fished to an island.,Solid bag cast out with a white pop up.The sun was shining,it was warm and I couldn't believe how much I'd missed being out again on the bank.Two hours flew by,lots of ducks and geese roaming in and out of my swim,I decided to move.I scattered about 6 boilies next to an overhanging tree cast out and sat back.Id been sat there for over an hour and I had my first bite,felt like a small bream,it came off.I moved again ,fishing to another island .The temps were dropping now as it was 5pm,I didn't start fishing till 1pm,how time flies 
When your sat there.I saw carp moving around to the left of the island ,so I recasted,sat back and nothing.I packed in a 6pm.It was great to be back out,it was a blank ,who cares.
Till the Next time Bloggers,Good to be back.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Not been out 29 -12-16

Well I havnt fished since the 28th October a week after the death of my mum.I fished the ribble 7 days after her death and managed 1 Barbel .I have just lost all enthusiasm at the moment .My mum meant the world to me and now I feel as though my world has come crashing down in front of me.I am hoping to get out again in 2017, but when who knows.So have a great what's left of 2016 and new PB,s in 2017.
Tight Lines Till the next time 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Running Late 15-10-16

An afternoon nap saw me late setting off for the river.A pit stop for diesel,a sandwich and Choclate saw me pushing it too arrive before dark.I had two stretches in mind,I chose Plan B.Upon arrival at the river I had 25 minutes to get my peg,set up and cast out.The river was still low and clear and I decided to fish pva bag ,instead of crashing a feeder out there.Both rods would be pellet/paste hook baits .One rod half way,the othe upstream.It was a mild evening,lots of cloud cover and a full moon.I got both rods out and poured a coffee.The rods had only been in 15 minutes before my left hand rod slammed over a nice chub graced my net.I recast and sat back and it was over again,this time the fish came off,it felt like a chub.My next bite was a big pull,fish on.First Barbel off the evening in the net,resting for a picture.
A Nice barbel................
As the moon settled down stream behind cloud cover ,my rod hooped over again for no 2 chub,similar size to the last,can't complain.It went quiet now for about 40 minutes,then my upstream rod was off and a good scrap and barbel no2 was in the net,it had a strange lump and tail damage from an otter.
A nice chunky fish,shame about the tail and Lump.The moon had moved now and was lighting the river up like a torch.Soon as the cloud covered the moon,rod ripped off and I lost a fish on my upstream rod.I decided as there was some sort off snag,I repositioned my upstream rod to the right off my left hand rod..There wasn't any wind at all,it was warm in fact and what a suprise for October .It wasn't long before my left hand rod was off again and another chub,No 3 a smaller one graced the net.Still getting plenty off knocks and twitches when the moon moved behind the clouds.My left hand rod was off again,a good scrap and more clutch action ,this was no chub as Barbel no 3 came over the net.
Another cracking Barbel................
It wasn't long after the barbel I was in again and no 4 chub,biggest off the night,Hit the net .
Lovely Chubbly.....................................
Not long after my right hand rod was of ,a small chub again.What a great nights fishing.I lost 2,Had 5 chub and 3 barbel.Hoping to get out again before the leaves fall .You can't grumble for weather like this for October.
Till the next time.Tight Lines .

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Two Blogs In One

Sunday 2 October 2016
I headed up to the river to fish a different stretch.Upon arrival the level looked spot on as I headed towards my Peg.Plan off action was feeders and pellet hook baits.I got set up in clear blue skies with quite warm sunshine,I cast my first rod middle off the river and my other downstream of it,feeders packed with crushed pellet and hemp.From the off I was getting twitches and short pulls,probably chub but at least there was fish there.As darkness was nearing I decided to recast both rods,I re cast to the middle off the river with my right hand rod and when I went to reel my left hand rod in I was snagged,I walked up and down trying to free the feeder,I know had to pull for a break of which I don't like leaving end tackle ,but no choice.As hard as I tried to pull my clutch wouldn't tighten up,so I had to grab hold of the spool.After sitting down and trying to figure out what was up,I decide I had no choice but to retire the rod and fish on with one rod.I couldn't believe the temperature drop come 7-30 pm it must off been 7-8 degrees now,it was cold .At around 8 pm I had my first proper pull,fish on.

A nice barbel which believe it or not fell to a change off hook bait ( Boilie).As the evening wore on with out any more twitches or pulls I called it a day at 10pm.My feet were toasty in my new bogs,but layers wise I was cold.So I packed up and headed home.

Saturday 8 October 2016
So still having the barbel bug I headed up the motorway to a different stretch off river I've not fished for a while.Tonght would see completely different tactics.PVA Bags and pellets wrapped in paste would be 
My plan off attack.Arriving in my peg the river was low and clear,plenty of cloud cover and a lot milder than last week. My Left  hand rod was getting all the twitches and pulls early doors.I would have to wait just under an hour for my first bite,my right hand rod pulled,then pulled again,so I hit on.
A nice start,a tough scraping chub,on the pellet and paste.As the evening wore on it was very slow casting as little as possible,I changed to a dumbell on my left hand rod to see if a change of bait could provoke the barbel into feeding.It would be nearly an hour after the chub,same scenario again,two pulls on the rod tip,struck and fish on.felt chubby till I need my first barbel of the evening .
A small splasher,but it was a welcome bite.It was lovely say there,nice and mild a coffee cigarette or 3 and a Tunnocks played there part till my next bite came.My next bite wasn't a pull it was a full 3 foot twitch and after a good fight,I netted my Prize.
Very welcome it was too,I'd waited an hour for that one.As the evening wore on I decided I would fish another hour and if I wasn't getting any indications I would pack in at 11 Pm.As it neared 11 pm I finished my last coffee,and just took in the environment around me.I wrapped up just after 11pm and called it a night.A good result.All fish fell to pellet wrapped in paste,and I was really pleased my homemade paste worked.
Till the next time Bloggers.

Friday, 7 October 2016


Just a few snaps from the canal walking and fishing the river in Normal mode and Black & White.

Last overnighter early in the year.
Hope you like the photos,See ya soon on the Bank .