It’s been a hard year for me fishing – until I found a new bait company who would support me in my fishing and not change the ingredients or the make up of their bait without telling anyone. This was a complete waste of my Spring time fishing and a real let down. I am happy to say that I couldn’t be happier where I am now and safely in the hands of Pele from Spotted Fin. He has given me the opportunity to get involved much more with the testing side of products, I am a firm believer that quality matters – bait, ingredients and attraction products are the key to a successful time fishing.
As the year progressed, my confidence that I had lost at the beginning of the year faded away. I have had yet another great year looking after the kids (as a house husband) and a fair few trips away – Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the lake district. My 9 year old made it up Skiddaw Fell and back on 4 hour’s, pretty good going I would say.
And with the summer holidays over, I headed back to my fishing. For some reason or another the lakes I fish were not playing ball this year. We were all struggling to get into the bigger fish and Winter was all too quickly upon us again (must be my age!).
With the temperature was going from -5 to +10 at night every couple of weeks. The weather was so up and down some much, one week I would be Pike fishing on a bright frosty morning and the next morning Carp fishing (and back using my summer sleeping bag the next!).
This certainly put another spanner in the works for this year. All said and done, it was a great year with some lovely fish landed.
This being my favourite, by far.
I also started up a small local gardening business, as you can’t go fishing and do the house work all the time (according to my wife any how). This has been going very well and interrupted a few weeks fishing, but money does buy more bait and tackle.
I have been Pike fishing at the start of 2016, the river was in flood up until late March. I was pushed on to the lake, where I could only manage to catch low doubles and Jacks. I have not really been this Winter yet.
My end to the year on the pike fishing front was rubbish, just one fish lost.
The carp front was getting better and I managed 3 fish in December.
This one being the best of the lot, but I was happy as the fishing had been hard work.
Until next year
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