How did everyone get on then?
A big “well done” to anyone who braved it out there today, hope it was worth your while
I managed to get out both days as planned but the less said about Saturday the better for me after arriving on a low, clear river with the pike gear only to have second thoughts when I clapped eyes on it… it looked sterile!
I had a good walk up and down the stretch I was going to fish and decided to give it a miss altogether and as it was such a nice day I spent the rest of it exploring new stretches and new swims which I quite enjoyed to be fair… I’ve got some nice new spots to fish over the coming weeks and I’m glad I decided to put the fishing aside for once and go explore.
Today wasn’t a bad start really albeit a cold one with temperatures as low as six on the way to the river at daybreak and I just about managed to get settled in with the brolly pegged well down before the promised storm started to sweep in along with the downpours!
Inspired by Chubberbob’s fantastic fish last week (well done once again mate, awesome!) I really fancied a go at a big perch too and plumbed for a swim which I knew quite well, a swirling eddy with ten feet of water under the rod tip and some good overhanging cover and I decided to feed in some chopped worm and prawn mixed with dead red maggots and a squirt of Predator Plus via a baitdropper just to be sure it was finishing up where I wanted it.
After dropping in two loads I chucked in on a straight lead and a huge, home dug lobworm on a size 2 hook and sat back, expecting to have to wait for the swim to settle.
After only a few minutes the tip pulled around steadily and I struck into a pile of weed… or that’s what I thought until it popped to the surface without so much of a head shake and it turned out to be this bream…
Three more followed this over the next couple of hours which put up as dour a scrap as the first and then the tip just walloped over in that all too telling manner and a nice barbel just shy of a double was in the net after a good scrap at 9lb 12oz but still no sign of a big perch…
After that I took two smaller barbel and had all but given up on the perch… numerous abandoned plucks, tremors and tugs showed on the tip before a good, urgent rattle and bend at the same time which I managed to hit resulted in a nice bend in the rod and some ‘oomphing required to get it out from beneath the overhang and it felt like a good fish.
Having hoped for a big perch I had decided by the time I had got it into the slack water in front of me that it was probably a good chub and it was only when I brought it near to the surface that I could see the green striped flank as it turned, kicked its tail and shed the hook before flanking away sideways back to the depths as it was just about beat.
Ah well… I’m pleased that the approach worked eventually and looking forward to giving it another go soon, very soon
So then, how did everyone get on… ?