Thursday, 13 June 2019

Tip toeing along

The swingtips have arrived. 10 inchers with a decent semi lob on. Hope the rubber doesn't perish...... 



Came across this swim jumper in  a little pond early doors today. He/she had baled out and a recovery truck then pulled up.  Could have been a lot worse if it had flipped over.





Tuesday, 11 June 2019

i wander

Sometimes I have 5 minutes to stop and stare.




And sometimes ten minutes










Monday, 10 June 2019

Night Shift Shifters......

Saturday, Wet, big wind. Stir crazy. Change come tea time, dry, wind abated. Chores done, and a quick stock take...Golden Pond, road bank. Shorter rod, heavier line  as mud pigs a possibility and swim cramped. Plus, I have yet to catch a fish on the impulse buy Drennan Series 7 1.25tc Avon/Quivertip. Took a while for the fish to start to nose around  over the Spicy Sausage 6m pellets as the lorries thundered by, feet away behind  a crash barrier and otter fence and making the dam shake. Headlights increasingly bright in the hastening gloom. Two bites missed. Shorter rod, heavier tc? 3rd bite and fish on. And to the top and sliding into the net. Hardly a test of the rod it has to be said.
Had a bit of a dead feel but I'll have to put it to  a sterner test. Just discovered the Series 7 range has been discontinued. Perhaps my impulse buy should have been another Series 7 13ft Tench and Specimen Float to make a pair.

The float is one of my favourite puddle chuckers which had been floating around cocked for sometime hence the tide mark before I found a clutch thoughtfully stuck in the wire in the gate. The clip fitting is handy for quick changes but can come undone. I bulk buy my favoured 4gm ones when I find them. All goes back to a guided session with John Bailey last April when I also discovered short method hooklinks and Source minis...



Sunday much brighter and dry. Loads done including a troublesome hedge to cut and clippings to cart away so it wasn't till 430 that I was on my Island Paradise testing out a theory. As the Golden Pond continues to shrink I'm finding it harder to get the presentation sensitive enough using the tried and tested puddle chucker. Too far out for the lift often and way too shallow. Plenty of float movement (tail wash especially) but less definite bites. Do I fish tight to the holding shot or lay a bit more on the deck? Do I try a swing tip and into the sweet spot? Two of those are on order and I've dug out a rod with a threaded tip ring whilst Postman Pat  slips 'em in his sack.

Sweet spot?Well there a couple of encroaching pads  down the line, and its far too silty to attempt to to wade to trim them. The boat is watched like a hawk. The  real sweet spot lies behind the barely visible double white bud about half  a yard past the float. Tricky to overcast then wind back to sink the line.


In lieu of the awaited swing tip I went for a pair of bobbins under my Advanta Discovery 1.25's with a 10gm lead on a link and the trusty Source mini. Note the  Czech sleeping policemen (bobbins).


Bingo, right on the money  but with  a sizeable splash on the fishes heads, even with only 10gm. Would it put them off? Almost instantly indications and pulls and a very decent hybrid soon had the  rod  hooped with customary hybrid vigour (not a gardening joke). It's a 3000 size reel for scale.


I wasn't totally comfortable with the lead splash so kept one out the right and slipped into my favoured float position. This sleeper rod produced a bream and  a lovely roach. Comfortable or not I'm going to be on it when those swingtips arrive.




Its no hardship trying to get the presentation right when you are looking at this in front of you even in a shower. Bet there was a cracking rainbow behind me.


Three more bream on the float and  a small but feisty tench sent me home pleased. Where can I get  another of those float rods. Oh, and a couple more puddle chuckers are bobbing round the pond...





















Friday, 7 June 2019

Rain tomorrow

Rain tomorrow so make hay today. Or yesterday actually. Had a quick pass out so only one place to go. The pads and bay were rocking but I wanted a tench so tucked in tight  and rewarded with the owner of this big ole paddle:


Next one tore off like a rocket then gave up. Yup, a lovely little snottie.


30 mins tops then home for wine. Didn't even know England were playing. John Stones? What an absolute bell end.




Monday, 3 June 2019

Just the one....

It's easy when you're in the groove: turn up, sprinkle the magic fairy dust, slip the rod rests in their familiar holes and bang, you're in.




Even the flowers smile for you. Then smugly up sticks, back home job done.


Might not be as easy with this feller though. An absolute unit of  a roach, dwarfing its companion chunky compadres.



Sunday, 2 June 2019

Dumb waiter and the double dip.

For those of you unfortunate enough to have spent time on the bank or in a  boat with me you'll know that I'm a messy bugger and with that in mind I went into Angling Indirect and bought a lovely grey bait waiter, or to you and I a tray with  a 3/8 BSF male fitting. First thing I did on arriving on the hallowed turf of my water for the day was take it proudly out of the large padded unhooking mat I carry stuff in and the tray was soon threaded onto a small bank stick and pressed into that hallowed turf to as a tidy for my bait boxes  and to act as a place for my bits and as a rear rod rest. Said bait boxes filled with hemp, corn and feed pellets and bugger. they were too small for the spaces Peter Drennan and his Chinese workforce had cunningly pressed in to a little part of the world's plastic mountain, and only compatible with his bait boxes. I had worked out that it wouldn't have been any good for lovely round green Efgeeco ones  with those white lids or lurid orange octagonal Guru ones but anyhoo, back on to the hallowed turf in a heap again.


A slow but steady start with corn on the more functional #12 wide gape spade ends I'd also bought with skimmers and net-needing roach that was livened up by this pound plus snig.




I have a terrible habit of winding in before striking as the Essex Scribbler and Shanus know only to well and therefore usually have the anti reverse on and the rear drag set when on the waggler just to give a cushion on the strike before flicking the reverse off to force me to just strike. I also have an unforgivable habit if moving shot up and down without loosening it first. so when the float shot away  much quicker on the drop and the strike met a fierce fast moving resistance the inevitable happened. Oh well, mudpig , Bure Boi 0. At least it wouldnt be towing a +4 Ronnie Rig everywhere.
Never pleasant though and happily rare, even with my gumby hamfisted ways.

I was perhaps better prepared the next time the float buried and was able to flick the switch and get the Drennan Waggler rod in to it's fighting curve and the mud pig I thought at first became my hoped for target a very determined tench that made much use of the open water in front. Nice hump but to my untutored eyes a slacker or at least not swollen belly and protruding vent meaning spawned out? Lovely custardy orange/yellow belly at that.


The patter would be a few roach, skimmers or hybrids then another tinca and often on the drop too.  I felt more confident with the 3.3 line straight through given the expanse of open water and no thick weed  and really enjoyed the bend in the rod.


Not sure if I've ever seen a white edge to the stump of the tail fin before


Tea called for, and just brewed when this male thought he'd join the break. A most uncarpy stove and mug.



Strange orange colouration and the more common for here blackspot on this smallest of the day roach. The blackspot seems only to affect the roach and bream  (and hybrids thereof) in here, as well as the chub and dace also in the nearby river.

I did reach for the right condiment....


Scales out for this bigger fish and they stopped just on 5.09.


And scales  also needed for this speedy but thickset eel which took line as well as the tench had which I found most unusual. A very solid 2.10. I have lost my eel whispering skills so mat and net shots only.


Did break out the grin and bear it with my last and biggest tench of 5.11, another that I'd have thought could have been heavier.  Dorsal on that....and another St. Peter thumbprint, this time on the cheek. 
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Roach and tench are the two fish I'd never tire of catching..


And to top it all off a post prandial double dip pass out for a raid in Golden Pond and in the gathering gloaming for another two lovely tench, caught to order tucked up tight up to the pads. No enjoying the bend of the beefier rod and 5.5lb line until they are well clear of them. Proper hit, hold and up off the seat to the right and slightly more open water.





















Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Corn fed

Very quick sesh yesterday on Blue Lagoon (an hour from first cast to all in,) 2-3 big ole grains of golden goodness on a #12 spade end over tinned hemp. Lost two tench  but had this little spotty thing. I'll step up from 3.3 Floatfish next time.


Every cast the 2 SSG crystal insert  buried and apart from the three hooked tench a solid roach or an even solider big skimmer or hybrid had the Drennan Waggler rod in a healthy curve.



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