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  1. #21
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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    I'm happy catching any fish and by any method. To watch a float bury or skip through the surface tension like a periscope is very exciting. No more so though than the tip swinging round and hitting your leg or the buzzer screaming as line is ripped off the spool.

    As for species I like them all from a carp to a gudgeon but the one that makes me smile the most and which I find the most difficult/ elusive is the tench. I might get a bagful but one tench, no matter however small, makes my day.
    They are a magical fish,i remember a session on an Oxfordshire gravel pit,i'd dragged a peg on the evening of the 15th of June(back in the days of the close season),pulling out a mass of Canadian pondweed(put it along the bank),pre-baited with two cat litter trays of g.bait,full of corn,two pints of maggot,hemp and two loaves of mashed bread,midnight came and the isotope float had hardly cocked then shot under,a crazy fight ensued and i landed a 14.8 mirror,now this was back in the days when carp were rarely hooked,let alone landed,when I tell you I was disappointed,just because it wasnt a tench,the thing was I caught 21 rudd between 12ozs and 1.8 and didnt hook a tench until first light,then it was one after the other,41 to just under 5lbs,days that will always stay in the memory i'd like to think....

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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    I guess we are all different and whatever floats our boart at any given time is fine and dandy.

    Personally I spent almost a decade fishing for Carp and Tench to the excusion of everythig else.

    Since those days I have changed to fish for whatever species takes my fancy at the time but typically in the warmer months it might be; carp, tench, dace, rudd and chub whereas in the winter then grayling, roach and chub dominate most of my time. I rarely if ever fish deliberately for barbel . . . .

    The springtime however is reserved 100% for trout on the fly with many a summer dry fly trip on the river.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

    Patrick F. McManus






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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    I'm happy catching any fish and by any method. To watch a float bury or skip through the surface tension like a periscope is very exciting. No more so though than the tip swinging round and hitting your leg or the buzzer screaming as line is ripped off the spool.

    As for species I like them all from a carp to a gudgeon but the one that makes me smile the most and which I find the most difficult/ elusive is the tench. I might get a bagful but one tench, no matter however small, makes my day.
    Mike, If tench are thin on the ground then its a difficulty isn't it. My lake was absolutely superb for tench a few years ago but it went through the doldrums but seems to be recovering now. Fingers crossed for the Spring.

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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    Different species, anything does me, even a 1oz roach when I'm bread punch fishing. If it were possible stick would be king.
    Size has never bothered me, if bigger fish come along I'm OK with the odd one. I've fished all day for bleak, on the other end of the scale I've fished all day for chub.

    What I'm more concerned with now is getting on the bank. I've been avoiding my first choice venue for different reasons, firstly it seems to every peg there's a ramp to negotiate to get to the platform. second the access road is a bomb site with what are nothing short of craters to cope with. The risk of damage to our car is not worth the trouble.

    I've settled on a British Waterways venue that is stuffed with carp with the odd skimmer. Not my favourite water but it's the only water that accommodates for my situation, so there's no way I will disrespect the water or the stocking to anyone.
    It's either match sized carp with the odd skimmer and tench thrown in, Bigger carp with skimmers. Fish that are really too large for me to handle, I've never failed to land a fish from that particular pond but need to rest for a while before tackling another hungry fish.
    There is one smaller pond that's got roach but coupled with big carp so I avoid that.
    I prefer bomb fishing, I do attempt pellet waggler and catch a few but I'm far from proficient. It's very tricky trying to keep casting and feeding constantly but just being busy makes a days fishing enjoyable. I've fallen out with fishing a feeder, to catch fish it's the bomb and for enjoyment it's casting a waggler, with waggler a few fish are a bonus.

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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    I target blanks and do exceedingly well.

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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    I target blanks and do exceedingly well.
    Don't you usually put rubber on your blanks?

    That sounded so wrong

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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    I cannot comprehend 41 tench in my fishing lifetime yet alone a session.

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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    Don't you usually put rubber on your blanks?

    That sounded so wrong
    I’ll treat that remark with the contempt it deserves.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    I generally floatfish for roach but I'm happy with most species and over the course of a year get a good variety; yesterday I fished a small stillwater for roach and had roach, skimmers, a rudd, a nice perch and a couple of tench, and lost a carp, all on light waggler with a 22 and maggots. My river fishing has produced plenty of roach on the good days. What has changed this season is that conditions since the start of autumn have made catching dace, chub and grayling (none caught) a difficult proposition on the waters I fish; my favoured chub venue has been over the fields more often than not so just one chublet, dace seem very scarce and I've had barely a dozen since October, and my favoured grayling water has been flooded since the 1st November opening and it fished very badly last season, partly due to cormorants, partly poor conditions and partly being hammered the two years previous by relentless feeder anglers. There was a time when a good day's dace fishing was upwards of a hundred, sometimes more than twice that but I've had just a couple of hundred all season.

    I fancy a go on the tidal Stour before the season ends if only for the chance of a silver bream or two, and maybe some dace, but whether it'll settle enough I'll have to wait and see.

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    Default Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    I’ll treat that remark with the contempt it deserves.
    Copycat!

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