Looking Back Over 2015 Part 1 of 10
With the success of the previse session of looking back over the year’s, I’ve decided to go back even more. This series off podcast will feature 2015 grouping multiple trips in one long podcast, from pike to carp fishing and easy lakes, to the big water I love to fish so much.
I had even brought some dead baits, as I was still determined to catch that big pike. But I was going to be carp fishing at night, as I didn’t fancy catching an eel.
Bespite the conditions looking good for both pike & carp, all we managed to achieve was to lost a pike each.
However we did have fun and plenty of Rum was drunk.
Till next time
All set up in my first swim. I will be dead baiting today with mackerel and herring, I do have some trout with me, I generaly save these for the river. However, its always worth a go.
The water is the colour of mud as we have had so much rain over the past week.
Kettle is on
I have had a dropped take already. These fish are so switched on. I was free lining and the line got hooked up a bit, enough for the rod tip to knock and that was that, the pike was off Scott free.
Anyway, can’t say a lot, but there are some real idiots out there. I thought it best to go home.
I am going to take today as it comes, I may or may not move swim, I may move across to the other lake.
I have started in a quiet area, the is a very strong north wind. I am hoping that the sun comes out and warms up the margin areas on the back of the wind.
Just fishing small pop ups with tiny bags.
I have moved one if my rod’s to just under this overhanging tree. I had scattered some boillies when I first got here.
Unfortunately, the sun disappeared and the wind picked up and my confidence dropped. I had been thinking that, if this happened, I would move to the other lake. Which would be more sheltered.
My rod’s are cast one under an overhanging tree and the other across to the far margin.
I had changed one rod over to a bottom bait, as I had done well in the past on here with them.
My plan was to stay until 6pm just after dark. However, by 5pm my feet were really getting cold. Ever since I was a kid pike fishing, we use to wear welly boots and go home once we could not bear the pain of cold feet.
I am sure I did some damage back then and I have never been able to find a way to keep my feet warm. I did spend a £125 on some Bafflin boots that should keep you feet warm down to -40. Not my feet.
I made it 6pm, however still blanked
Till next time
I fancied the back of the wind, the fish had slowed down due to a fair bit of snow and the lake partly freezing over, I felt that this would be the best option.
This tree line did look good, I thought that if the fish were over there, I was not going to blast them with bait or leads. So single hook baits it was going to be the order of the day and if the fish had been put off with lots of bait going in, I maybe in with a shout. Bit of a gamble, as they had been feeding well.
It was going to be another cold one, Around 1930 and after a very hard week at work, I settled down in my sleeping bag. I was woken by a couple of beeps on the right hand rod around 0130, the bobbin was staying up and I got another single beep. Time to hit the rod and pulled into a bit of a lump. This was heading right, which would take it into the bay behind me. Not good for me as there is a big tree in the water. I started to pump the fish towards me, this felt like a life time and finally when I lifted the tip up, the fish was in front of me and after playing it, a nice 25lb 8oz Common was in the net.
I recast and tried to get my head down again, Unfortunately, I was buzzing to much, I must have fallen asleep at some point as I was woken by the warm sun light.
Behind me in the small bay was a bit frozen.
I did think it was a bit cold out there, but it was lovely and warm now. Hopefully I may get another fish on, during the day, before its time to head home.
The sun finally came out and started to warm up the far bank. By 11.00 the cloud was back and the wind had picked up, by 14.00, it was time to start packing up, can’t complain.
Till next time
I thought it best to play it safe again and only use single hook baits and small bags, which had my stick mix in.
Well, no luck this time
With yet more rain last night, the river has risen again and is still well and truly unfishable. So I have decided to go on the lake. I am in one of the small bay areas. This gives me plenty of options to catch some Pike today.
A friendly Robin was around to help.
Both rod’s have dead baits on , one ledgered and one on the float as normal.
However, today was not to be. No joy.
8 -unfortunatly I can find trip 8 aw well.
The right hand rod is on the nice clear spot I had the common from the other week.
My left had rod is just off the corner of the island this time.
I have got a bag on the distant rod (as before), however, I have mixed up some stick mix using the Solar Mix glug and boy that smells great. I will stick some boilles out once the seagulls have gone to bed! I have catapulted some broken boilies round by the island as well.
Good God, that was the coldest night I have had for a long time.
Blanked and not too shocked.
Till next time
and Ive lost episopde no 10 as well.
I will be back on the big lake next week. They have been doing a lot of work on over the Winter months. I can’t wait to have a look.
I have picked a swim away from the prevailing wind, as there is still a bit of a chill in the air. A very friendly syndicate member has helped me out with a few spots in the swim.
After a good lead around, I picked a couple of likely ones and flicked a couple of pop ups out with 2 bait stringers on and after dark, baited up with the throwing stick. I did not wish to use the spomb, as it would make too much disturbance near the sanctury area.
My first fish turned out to be a bream and after quick recast I was back in the sack. At around 0245, I had a slow take on the same rod and this was most definately a carp and after good battle, I had a nice 18lb 2oz common in the net.
0630 The alarm was off again, unfortunatley, this was my phone and the call to work again.
Till next time
Part 2 of 10 will follow in a couple of weeks
Until then Richard