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  1. #11
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    I enjoy all types of fishing, specimen roach, chub, Barbel, Bream, Tench, Pike, Perch, zeds (still waiting on that one). Whatever takes my fancy at various times of the season.
    Often, on account of my match angling background I will put big fish on the back burner and have a few sessions trying to put a good bag of roach in the net.
    I ometimes fish for trout on the odd big reservoir that makes a nice change coming on the end of a hard winters fishing. Seeing new growth and warming conditions is always a pleasure .
    If I lived much closer to the sea I would also enjoy the extra dimension it would offer me, sadly I don't, living in South Yorkshire makes it difficult in time and effort tho I have in the past had numerous trips out of Bridlington fishing for cod way back back when I was much younger.
    It's nice to keep changing tack as the angling year moves thro the months. Change is good, bringing fresh challenges, not changing as I do would find me becoming stale and eventually on occasions I would maybe find myself looking out the window on a cold windy morning in the depths of winter and not bothering to venture out.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    Although I don't follow it myself these days, targeting a species per month is one way of varying your fishing. My best species per month are.
    JAN roach
    FEB chub
    MAR chub
    APR rudd
    MAY tench
    JUN crucians
    JUL carp
    AUG bream
    SEP roach
    OCT crucians
    NOV roach/rudd
    DEC chub

    However, I fish a lot less these days and mix it up with a bit of sea fishing and a lot depends on conditions, weather, how I feel etc. You could add barbel, pike, gudgeon, minnows and so on but these are the species I have come across the most often in my limited patch.
    Last edited by markg; 28-09-2019 at 00:44.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    My fishing life as been one of chop and change the 60’s were spent chasing carp not very successfully the carp just weren’t there unlike today. Then moved on to chub, barbel, and roach with trips to the Hampshire Avon and other rivers.
    Lake and pit fishing for tench and bream, along with Pike fishing trips to the Fens and Abberton reservior.
    A change was then made to fly fishing, which I still do and match fishing, which I don’t. Got fed up when it became just catch as many carp as you can.
    There as also been spells of sea fishing boat and shore.

    Now it’s mainly lure fishing so much easier then lugging around all that just in case it comes in handy tackle.
    The one thing that puzzles me why did I think pike fishing was just a winter sport when there are far better times of year to catch them.

    So what’s that old saying ’a change is as good as a rest’ could apply to me. Unfortunately for me the rest part now seems to be taking over from the fishing part.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    I’ve mostly fished on one club lake this season varying the methods from pole, Method, waggler, Bomb and, latterly, 2 Darent Valley Specialist rods on a pod with alarms using PVA bags and wafters. It’s 20 mins from home and has carp, F1s, tench, bream, barbel, roach. It’s lazy fishing but I like it.

    Autumn/Winter will mean it’s the Welsh Dee trotting or Czech Nymphing for grayling.

    Spring will see me go up to the River Spey for salmon twice, and that’s my year.

    Don’t do any coarse river fishing any more as I don’t have access to them and I’m not going to join Prince Albert any time soon.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    I'm still happy muddling along trying to catch fish, any fish apart from minnows. I prefer fishing light and my carp rod and 6000 reel are for sale. I often set off with roach in mind and fish maggot on a size 18 with a 2-3 lb hooklength. Having a masters in Murphys Law means I then catch carp and I consider it an achievement if I can safely land one so equipped.

    Any water which offers a mixed bag of fish from gudgeon to carp and most in between will be ok with me. I plan to do more lure fishing and deadbaiting in the months ahead and the latter will give me time to read War and Peace

  6. #16
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    Quote Originally Posted by peterjg View Post
    Now I only fish for roach, preferably bigger ones. The only problem is that I still catch chub, barbel, tench, dace, carp, snotties (yuk), perch, minnows, trout, grayling, bleak, rudd, gudgeon, ide, crucian, etc, etc. Yes, no doubt about it I'm a roach specialist ..........
    I like this post,the only reason I fish 4lb line on the deep lake I slider fish,is the risk of hooking big fish and the need to get decent roach in quickly,because of pike,plus they will still take the bait,on a river I would never fish that heavy for roach,on most venues you have to fish fairly light to catch decent roach consistently....

  7. #17
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    Thanks for your contributions, mostly thinking the same way has myself.
    Carp were a new fish for me after certain circumstance forced me away from rivers.
    I had a catch what I could time on commercials, mostly carp.
    Changed back and forth from venues finding myself on a British Waterways at present.
    Trouble being that it's mainly carp dominated. Smaller carp have become just boring for me at present, even worse the bigger specimens are too large for me to handle.
    Both Roach and Bream are in the other lakes with a decent amount of Tench and to a lesser extent Crucians.
    My enthusiasm is fired up again.

  8. #18
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    At the moment,since my cold started a week last Sunday I have lost the urge to go fishing,I really cannot be arsed,I've been a little down,think I need a kick up the rear end...

  9. #19
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    Not really much you can do about a cold. keep warm and wait it out.
    Fishing will still be there when you feel better.
    I'm stuck at home at the moment. My wife is struggling with arthritis, she has trouble with her knees.
    Can't get fishing until she's fit enough. With needing her to help to set me up, then put all my gear away I'm stuck until she feels up to it.
    She's a real gem, empties the car as well, then puts it all away at home.
    She does everything for me that I can't manage.

  10. #20
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    I'm still coughing all bloody day,slightly snotty nose,an improvement there,over two weeks now,been to the quack again this morning and got to have an ecg,a week friday,so if my ticker packs up before then I won't need it.....

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