Friday 31 December 2010

My last fish of 2010

Went out to the small river for a last blast in 2010

not so frozen this time !

Fishing first for roach, I had a little success with link ledgered breadflake...

The roach swim

Roach about 7 oz
The bites soon became very finicky and impossible to hit - my Greys barbel rod is a bit too stiff even with the 2oz tip on - think I need to invest in a lighter rod for this sort of fishing.

Next onto the chub swim downstream...

Chub 4lb 11oz
and this fine chub obliged late on to my three season old cheesepaste (it stinks).

Happy New Year everyone - Roll on 2011 

Tuesday 28 December 2010

Reasons to be cheerful....1 2 3

Venturing out on Boxing day to fish ....

1. The first river I visited was completely frozen over but I got some nice wintry pics.. ahh

2.  River two (the Trent), and a blank fishing one rod for chub and one for pike.  Forced to find a spot with less of the margin ice,  I discovered a few new swims that look good for future visits.

Margins frozen with thick ice,  over a rods length out

This sweeping reed lined slack drops to a nice depth,  predator heaven ? 
3.  Today, and the snow is quite noticeably thawing, which although might scupper the rivers for a bit, the lakes and canals might just be fishable again while we wait for the snow melt to run out the rivers  !

Just think in three months time it'll be spring ! (OK that's four but you get the gist)

Wednesday 22 December 2010

More snow ...

 We finally got a proper dumping here this morning ..

I postponed my plans to go for a mornings chub fishing - I'll more likely be taking the kids out sledging instead !  

a pond - somewhere?

Pond aerator  - that doubles up as a handy kids golf putter !

6cm  and it's still coming down.

Have a great Christmas !

Monday 20 December 2010

In the snow ...

I've had two short little sessions in the snow so far this winter, both have been blanks but it hasn't put me off trying again while the severe conditions persist.

Today's little trip out to the River Anker was with the intention of trotting for a few roach, but with a sleeper rod out in the deep margin for any pike that might be stirred from the bottom by an hors d'oeuvre of sardine or roach.
Most of the margin was covered in ice to more than a rods length out in places.  Luckily I found a swim where there was good depth and cover to my left where it would be safe to land any decent fish hooked.

The ice froze in my rod rings and without any glycerin I was forced to try the grease from my face and nose to fend off the ice. Surprisingly it worked a little but soon the ice returned and the process had to be repeated again.

On the way home I stopped by at my parents where I managed to get a bottle of glycerin from mom, bless her, she said she'd had it years and couldn't think of when she would ever use it anyway. It was probably past its best for icing but would still be ideal a rod de-icer.

Just needs a 2lb Roach and this picture's complete !

As dusk started to draw in,  I called it a day and headed back into the warm 


Victims of the ice...

Just a little mention in honour of my two koi that sadly died over the last week. The garden pond has been frozen over for a number of weeks now and this has coincided with my pump packing up just before the cold weather kicked in.  Interestingly it's only the Koi that have been affected, the two commons and an orange ghostie are fine at the moment, as are the tench and all the goldfish.  I have stepped up my efforts to aerate the water though by maintaining several holes at intervals throughout the day.


A cold and sobering morning on the Dove

Waiting in vein
I fished the Dove on the morning after our bloggers night out.  After arriving about 8am I soon discovered I had forgotten my reel that I'd taken the trouble of reloading with new 3lb line,  ready for trotting a float after grayling.  Thankfully I'd bought  a feeder set up which was cast out with maggots in earnest.

A pike rod was also cast out after a while into the slack opposite me and also down the margins, but neither rods produced any sign in the two hours I spent fishing.