So last Saturday the weather was glorious again and I couldn't wait to get to the river for a barbel session.When I set of it was lovely but as I neared the river the weather changed and it was now spitting and I thought it would clear up.Once I'd parked up it was now heavy drizzle with a driving wind and unfortunately for me I hadn't got any waterproofs or an umbrella ,so basically I was screwed and retreated to the van and give it an hour to see if it cleared up.It got worse and I decided it was time to go home,Gutted.............
Anyway roll on last night ,another glorious day and with no rain forecast I headed to the river knowing it was gonna be a lovely evening.I loaded the barrow and went on the long walk down river to a swim I hoped was free,only saw one angler and had the swim I wanted.Tactics this session would be feeders on both rods,Pellet and Boilie Hook baits.My feeder mix was the usual crushed halibut pellets,crushed boilie and Hemp and a Good splash of MC Glug.I decided to put 6 feeder fully over two spots,rest the swim and have a coffee then start fishing .I cast both rods out on the spots and sat back taking in all the wildlife and scenery of a low river.It wasn't long before a huge snatch on the boilie rod which was probably a chub.I reeled in now bait.This happened twice and I changed to a short hair.I was getting twitches on my right hand rod too.
The Ducks were hungry tonite but where were the hungry barbel.I kept casting every 25 minutes and before it went dark I changed hookbaits to fresh and cast out for the last time as it was nearly dark.
It was getting dark now and what an awesome red sky.At 10-15 pm my right hand rod hooped over and my clutch was going into meltdown as I played a strong pulling barbel.At the second attempt I netted my prize.I reeled in my left hand rod as I was resting the barbel and wanted to take pictures.
First of the night,a long Barbel at 7.5...........
I rebated both rods and cast out,coffee time and take a breather.It was slow going still,a few taps but nothing really was happening.The temp was dropping now and mist was drifting down the river and the moon was so bright in the distance.
Not a great shot of the moon,no need for isotopes in that glow.At around 11-25 pm my left hand rod hooped over and another awesome fight of these fantastic Barbel,plenty of clutch action and I was thinking it could be a double.I waded out and netted my second barbel of the night.
A nice chunk Barbel,went 8 on the dot.A pleasing session that made up for last weeks nightmare with the bad weather.Nothing came after this barbel ,so I headed back on the long walk very happy catching two barbel.
So barbel season is underway and my first session last Saturday resulted in a blank in a peg that's a banker for me of which I've only ever blanked once before.So this Saturday I arrived at the river with a long walk on my mind to unknown territory for me.I loaded the barrow and realised no chair,Damn I wasn't happy.I used my unhooking mat and sat on my barrow I thought.I arrived at my swim and had a good look around at areas to fish.I was soon set up,boilie left hand rod,pellet right hand rod and fired a few chopped Dumbells out and a pva bag of crushed Dumbells on each rod.i sat back poured a coffee and was surveying the water.Fish were topping,I saw a big salmon jump 3 times,now that would be a big catch having a salmon on.Nothing was happening and I was contemplating moving 100 yards up river until I spotted head torches on the other bank.I decided to sit it out,I used my pellet rod as a roaming rod ,upstream ,across stream,casting every 30 mins.At about 10 pm I casted my left hand boilie rod out with a fresh bag and sat back,yet another brew.Id made my mind up at 10-30pm that I was packing up at 11-30 as it was a long walk back and I had too work in the morning.So sat there motionless rods,I was getting frustrated until my right hand rod twitched,but nothing came off it.so with time ticking away as 11-15 approached I had a slight pull on my boilie rod,go on I thought.Then nothing so bang on 11-29 I got up to reel my right hand rod and my left hand rod pulled over,fish on and what a fight.Screaming clutch on 2 occasions and my first Barbel of the season hit the net.
Had a damaged Tail,fought like a double.Till the next time bloggers,Tight Lines .
I've only just purchased this product and thought I'd share this for those that want to charge ther iPad mini ,iPhone or ecig whilst out fishing.If I'm out fishing for carp or barbel I might look at social media or even eBay whilst waiting for a bite.The trouble with doing that is it drains your battery very quickly and I know I could use a car charger,But that's no good back in the van whilst fishing.So after being recommended the Anker Powercore I thought I'd do a short blog on it and a review once I've been on the bank.It weighs in at 12.5oz ,comes with a nice protective bag,the charging lead and two USB ports so you could charge two items at once.It will charge an iPad mini Twice and an iPhone up to 7 charges
Of which is more than enough,even for a quick overnighter.This product is a ultra high capacity power bank ,with a powerful 4.8 A output .
The Powercore,switch on side to power up and 4 led lights.
Two USB ports and charging point.
Nice protective case.
The cost of the Anker Powercore is £33.Might seem high to some,but to me it's essential whether I'm fishing or in my vehicle.I will do a review next time I'm out.Until then keep it Level and Tight Lines.
So it was back to same water with Tench on my mind.It was a nice warm day with bright sunshine and a warm southerly breeze.I had a couple of places in mind but as I pushed the barrow with full view of the lake I saw tench bubbling on the far side of the lake so I was off round there.The plan was different this week,Esp large method feeders,with a sweet groundbait mix,small 10 mm ester berry boilie and an
Pellet on the other rod.I did say I was not fishing maggots,but I'd taken some to float fish with ,if I was struggling on the alarm rods.
My Groundbait mix was nice and fluffy,I also chucked a few balls in hopefully to attract the tench and fend the Rudd off,well that didn't work as I was in on my right hand rod with a Rudd on boilie after 10 minutes of putting the rods out.It was getting quite warm now and I was watching the water fizz as I awaited my first Tench of the year.
The bait,ester berry boilies,11 mm S Pellets and coconut Liquid to sweeten my groundbait mix.It wasn't long before my first Tench hit the Net covered in weed.
A lovely Tinca and I was hoping for more.As the morning wore on I was thinking to myself with the sun so bright that maybe there weren't gonna feed.The swim I had chosen didn't suit my centre pin so I decided to move .
The Rods in the jungle peg.I loaded the barrow and moved.I was soon in another peg which may I add the lake was full now so time for some centre pin action.As soon as I dotted the float it was Rudd perch Rudd perch Rudd perch,it was relentless .Then the rain came and as I had no brolly I packed up and left.Cant wait to go back,and with another week till the rivers open I might just leave the river for a few weeks and get back on the Tench.
You would never thought it was gonna rain .Tight Lines bloggers,Till I'm next out.
First tench session of the season and I arrived at a water I havnt fished before for tench and a maggot approach would be my Gameplan.Now this water has a high stocking off Rudd so I fished maggot corn rigs on both rods with maggot feeders.This would prove to be a bad idea ,any way I chose my peg and was fishing two rods.
It was a lovely day,quite muggy with rain forecast so the plan was too fish till lunch and if nothing happens I had the float rod and centre pin as back up. For most off the morning it was beep beep beep,the Rudd were stripping maggots from my rigs.Then mid morning I had my first bite,a small Rudd wasn't complaining as it wasn't a blank now.At lunchtime I went on the float rod,maybe should of done earlier.I started catching greedy perch from the off,then plenty of Rudd.Nice breeze on the lake and it was cooling down nicely.
At around 1pm the rain came so I retired to the umbrella and decided to scale my rigs down ,strong enough for tench ,but I knew I might get through the Rudd to get at the tench.I kept my right hand rod as it was,changed the rig on the left hand rod.I never got chance to put the bobbin on before the Rudd came like buses one after another,I lost count of how many till I had a bite that felt decent and thought this could be a good Rudd.
1.4 lb and a new PB ,was well chuffed to get this fella.The bites were coming fast and furious and as I had to collect Julie from work I packed in at 5-30.An enjoyable day and will be back,but and its a big BUT,No Maggots on the alarm rods.And the float rod will be out again definitely.Anyway I'm off Bloggers and Tight Lines .
Thought I'd update where I was up to with my carp fishing.29 April 2017 I went for a short session and as the lake was busy I decided to try the other side of the lake.Boilie on both rods ,one fished to a floating island and the other to open water.Wasnt long before the island rod was off and produced biggest carp of the season and I had no scales with me.
Really pleased with this one.It was probably an hour later before my next bite,Not big but lovely all the same.
These little carp are tricky to hold during self takes,they won't keep still.It was getting a bit breezy now with the wind pushing into this side of the lake and around 7-30 pm I managed another .
I packed up at about 8pm,3 bites from a few hours fishing ,can't complain.