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  1. #14501
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by d.owens View Post
    Today was my only chance to go fishing this week, decided to make a start on my project of catching from every park lake in Liverpool. After dropping my big lad off at school, I headed for Greenbank Park. The rain was relentless, but the forecast was for it to brighten up. The forecast was wrong. Long story short - I blanked whilst sitting through freezing rain with only waterfowl for company.

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    I tried frugally feeding maggots with two on a 16 barbless hook. Had a crack with bread then sweetcorn. Not one bite. Not one sign of fish. Still, I'm starting night shifts tonight, it was a trip that had to be made.

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    Greenbank Park used to be a lovely water for tench and early morning summer sessions on the pole used to produce some great nets. There was always a big carp of 20+ in there that used to wipe everyone out. This was before the parks were invaded by the tent boys in either camo or light grey hoodies.

  2. #14502
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clodhopper View Post
    Uh oh..... apologies if I've messed up there.

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    Jeremy Wack's Liverpool Park Lake challenge....it's a winner! Sounds like it should be on Discovery Shed channel!

  3. #14503
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    What's wrong with Jeremy wade ? I would be happy catching the fish he does, could be worse could be that Robson green lol

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  4. #14504
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Keane View Post
    Greenbank Park used to be a lovely water for tench and early morning summer sessions on the pole used to produce some great nets. There was always a big carp of 20+ in there that used to wipe everyone out. This was before the parks were invaded by the tent boys in either camo or light grey hoodies.
    I've never fished Greenbank before, heard there's been some nice sized perch come out.
    The tent boy invasion is the reason I want to visit and catch from all the parks; they seem to becoming purely carp waters and I want to rekindle some nice memories from when I was a young lad before it's too late. Walton Hall big lake was always my first choice as a kid, still has a nice mixed bag of fish.
    Have a surreal memory of a dawn trench raid on Princess Park as a school kid in 1981, our neighbour took me and his kid just as the Toxteth riots were kicking off!
    I'm returning to Greenbank to try and break my duck after night shifts end.

  5. #14505
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Spent both Friday and Saturday on a fast flowing and coloured river Colne..Cheese paste on straight lead Friday then maggot feeder and maggot Saturday.








    No bites on paste and just one on maggot, the dace above...

    Club fixture today on a day ticket lake (Wood lane back) not my cup of tea but I felt I should support the club. Thought I’d keep it simple so set up pole at 7m, no13 hollow elastic with a 16 hook to 3lb8 bottom beneath a light float. Double maggot on the hook. Kept pinging maggots into 3 spots, 10oclock, 12 and 2. Same depth in all 3 places.
    It wasn’t long before the float buried and the lift was met with solid resistance..5 minutes later I landed this mirror...



    Good start around 8lb..

    Next bite and a proper one this time, 13lb...



    I kept the maggots going in on a regular basis and landed 6 more of them including this rather handsome common...



    Weighed in 73lb:3oz for top spot which surprised me. 63lb was 2nd...
    £90 better off tonight...
    Happy days..

    20 fished...

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  6. #14506
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Well done that man.

  7. #14507
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    Down south for a few days and first time out in a while- booked in for club match on the Colne at Uxbridge- had been going to be on the old free stretch but demolition works meant the car park would be closed so moved (thankfully given how the lower bit fishes with extra water on) to the Island stretch.
    River well up, coloured and hammering through which together with this mornings heavy frost put a few regulars off so only 12 or 13 of us. Split between backstream and main river, as always virtually two different matches, bits on the former, sit it out for lumps on the latter. Good chance of lumps today with the height, pace and colour and roach and dace weights likely to be down for the same reasons.
    Drew 52, one of the favourite backstream swims so happy with that. Got there to find a slack behind the pennywort across but the rest running too fast for comfort and the crease such as it was boiling up quite a bit. Looking down the peg, slack bit not in shot
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    About 2 ft 6 in the slack, about the same or a bit deeper down the swim and a deeper run straight in front about halfway across shallowing up a few yards down. Set up 5 no 4 stick, straight bomb and two pole rigs, light for across and a 4gm lollipop to hold in the deeper run. Started on stick with maggot, two dace first two runs down the crease but then nothing for fifteen minutes. Over into slack with pole, a couple of small roach and perch straight away then gone. Poked pole to bottom end of slack , two more roach, gone again. Picked up stick , ran it through down the swim, nothing, likewise with lollipop in front so becoming clear they didn't seem to want to be in the flow, Back on pole in slack and down crease and a few more fish but they just wouldn't settle anywhere, probably down to the variable flow and didn't seem to be reacting to the feed at all, just random bites here and there. Still, 12 fish in first hour, kept chopping and changing between methods and 21 after two but getting harder all the time. Sun now right in eyes so time for the bomb, couple of fish on it but missed more than I hit so back onto pole. Middle of match just picking off odd fish but still putting weight in the net and couldn't get more than three anywhere before had to change lines. Fifth hour a struggle but finally had a few fish, all dace , right down the swim but bumped one and they disappeared. Last hour as expected improved a bit as the light dropped but knew I hadn't done enough as Hon Sec who was on a sit it out swim had a 9 lb barbel to go with an earlier chub.
    Ended up with 46 fish, reckoned had about 5 lb so thought it was going to be tight between me and Brian on the next peg above me when he weighed 5-3. I was always a rotten estimator, 6-15
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    which was enough to get me second after Don's 13-12, Brian's 5-3 was third followed by a few 4s, better overall than we expected at the draw.
    Odd day really, had to work hard to keep putting fish in the net but hard to see anything that made a difference other than to keep changing lines, one of those strange days when couldn't work out what if any effect the feeding was having. Still, very enjoyable...

  8. #14508
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    The desire to get out after finishing my night shifts proved too much. I only had a couple of hours, despite stating that I was giving up my attempts at drop shotting, I foolishly chose to have another bash. The temptation of travelling light and being mobile on the chilly canal bank proved too much.

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    Perchy looking spot after perchy looking spot were explored, all to no avail. My second blank on the trot.

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    On the bright side, it was nice to wander the canal after 13 night shifts this month. Still, was quite tempted to launch the drop shot rod into the middle of the cut!

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  9. #14509
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Don’t give up, drop shotting does produce blanks, I should know! But when they’re biting it’s great fun.


    I fished a match today, a match of two, myself pitted against the cold weather and remarkably I won, as I’ve got older I hate the cold but the desire to fish can sometimes override the fear of freezing your nuts off.

    It was just a two hour affair in between domestic duties and I was on my regular stretch of river with a few maggots and some bread. After an hour of trotting without a bite I was losing enthusiam and was considering packing up when a tangle meant a complete re rig, but I stuck to it, quite proud of myself threading and tying 2lb line and size 20 hooks.

    It was worth the effort as the float eventually dipped and a nice chub was brought to the net. Less than half an hour left, no more chub but a few small dace and roach. I could have stayed on if it wasn’t for duties I wasn’t feeling the cold at all, makes all the difference when there isn’t the slightest breeze, only started feeling the cold walking back to the car. The journey home had me gazing skywards with some unusual cloud formations due no doubt to this very high pressure. I’ll be back tomorrow hopefully.


  10. #14510
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Ok give it to me gently, what is drop shotting ?

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