Oh, hello lure!

This morning the wife and I set off on a grand adventure, namely to buy a new electric stove. We probably did around 80 miles all told, and ended up buying it in our home town.

With most of the day wasted I was in two minds whether to pop down to the lake or not. It was getting on for 2:00pm, rather chilly and quite overcast, but with tomorrow already fully booked I thought I’d better grab the carp by the barbules, as it were.

I pulled up around 2:30pm to find my happy place full of kids, so I opted for the hawthorn peg as it usually produces close in. I had lob and red & white maggot, and again throughout the session the lob did absolutely nothing. The fish are either getting wise to it, or it’s my presentation. As nothing has changed with the latter, I can only assume the former coupled with the copious amounts of 1 – 2″ fry that are present.

First cast with the float rod (all I took) with triple red maggot, I picked up this 2lb 7oz bruiser of a perch, replete with battle scars.

Ok, I could now go home happy.

The action was pretty steady all afternoon, with everything landed on maggot. Several F1’s and a nice 4lb common, plus a string of small perch and roach. Bream have been noticably absent of late, as have eels, though I did pick up a bootlace on my previous trip.

Throught the session I had what I thought was a jack crashing the party, right next to the reeds. I’ve seen jack pike caught there before. In fact just a few weeks ago I was chatting to a lure angler about the perch he’d been picking up when he caught a small jack from the very same peg. After he left I noticed he’d dropped one of his knobbly shads so I popped it in the bag in case I ever bumped into him again.

As I was packing up I thought I’d pop the shad on to see if I could pick up the jack. Out went the jig and within a few minutes I’d landed not a jack, but a rather handsome 1lb 10oz perch.

I’m not a lure angler, but this has certainly inspired me to take the drop shot rod with me next time I go.

Wet nets.

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The Magic Maggot

I haven’t been fishing for a good while but, whilst I had the chance between shifts this afternoon, I headed to the lake.

I picked up a small amount of bait on the way home, namely a small tub of lobworm and half a pint of red maggots. I wasn’t planning on spending a long time bankside today after a 24hr shift.

I arrived around 1:00 and was greeted with a relatively quiet scene. A few match lads were practicing on the walk in pegs and one pleasure angler was seated half way up the right side. I positioned myself between the two, rigged up the float rod with lob and a wide gape 12 and settled in.

The action in the first two hours was regular but slow. I landed four carp and lost a largish one due to a hooklink break. Two small F1s, a 2lb common and a 3lb mirror.

After the lost fish it slowed down for around an hour, so I switched to maggot and a size 14 hook. I picked up another F1 and a small perch plus lots of small roach. Sadly the big perch didn’t want to know.

Around 3:30pm I noticed the float running sideways and sidestruck into a lump. Reeling in gingerly due to the small hook size I was pleased to see a fair perch break the surface. 2lb 4oz all told.

All in all a fun afternoon. So much for expensive lobworm, eh?!

Wet nets.

September Update

It’s been a while (for me) since I posted an update. I’ve had a couple of uneventful sessions over the past week, both short and one somewhat disastrous… which I’ll expand on shortly.

Last Tuesday I popped out for a few hours, catching nothing noteworthy except 2-3lb carp each cast and the usual small perch. Really small.

Again maggot seemed to be king. One upside is that of late the eels seem to be noticably absent.

Yesterday I put out both the quiver and float for a lunchtime session, having managed to procure a decent quantity of lob from the local tackle shop.

The action was steady all day, but only two perch made an appearance. One on float and one on quiver and both around the 1.5lb mark.

Around 4pm I turned to pick something up off the floor and in the few seconds it took to look back at the rods the quiver setup you see in the top picture had vanished.

20 yards out into the lake, a stream of bubbles told me that my rod had indeed been taken. Silently, stealthily stolen, most likely by a very big carp.

I was pretty annoyed, seeing no way of getting it back, but I had to try. I stripped the float gear off my pellet waggler and put on a snap tackle trace and a bomb and proceeded to drag the lake. After about an hour and a half I picked up the line and got the rod and reel in, quiver first with my feeder and the fish still attached. I didn’t see the fish, just a large black shape. As I cluctched the line the fish swung its huge head and snapped my 8lb mono straight through.

At least I got the rod back. If I’d set some drag it wouldn’t have happened.

Lesson learned.

Wet nets.

Back on dry land

I’m back at work tomorrow but felt a little guilty about indulging in a lake escape today. Thankfully wifey was cool with it, so I headed off for bait.

I arrived at a very sunny and relatively busy lake around 1:30pm and selected a shady peg under a large hawthorn. This was for two reasons, firstly the peg looked fishy and I’d done well there in the past. More importantly my sunburned neck wasn’t going to put up with any more warmth.

I set up the quiver and the float but just used the latter for the first two hours and enjoyed slow but regular takes from small carp and one small perch. I couldn’t get lob today so opted for dendrobena. Sadly worm wasn’t on the menu so all initial catches, around the stamp below, were on maggot.

As the sun dipped the bites started increasing in frequency, so I popped the quiver along the right hand reed bed with a small cage feeder and a bunch of worms. After picking up some reasonable carp I managed to snag a decent 2lb 8oz perch.

Shortly thereafter I picked up a lovely golden common of around 4lb on worm and float.

Then just before 6:00pm I managed to haul in a 2lb 4oz perch on a bunch of maggots, again on the float.

All in all a really pleasing evening. Not hectic in terms of bites, but it’s nice to be home.

Wet nets!

Porthgain Harbour Wall LRF

Managed an hour with my daughter at Porthgain Harbour this afternoon, arriving at 12.30, 20 mins before peak tide.

Fishing was into about 8ft of water straight down the side with a little more swell than at Porthclais and a little less visibility. The bottom close in was somewhat snaggy. I’d recommend at least 10lb line and a rotten bottom link.

Prawn worked well again, with my daughter picking up a nice little wrasse on the famous £1.50 rod after somewhat of a tug of war with the weed. I also lost a few to the weed with the bites coming quickly and the fish making cover faster than I could react.

I did pick up a shore rockling for myself though which is a first for me. 

Wet nets.

Cheap Thrills in Saundersfoot

This morning we all woke early and bundled ourselves into the car at 8:00am to beat the bank holiday traffic. Destination, Saundersfoot. It was a good job that we left early, by 9:30am the car park was completely chock-a-block.

I didn’t pack a rod because I had absolutely no intention of fishing, but when we got there the harbour wall looked too inviting to pass by. The wife was very understanding and offered to take the kids around the shops for an hour, but that still left me bait free and rodless.

What to do? I certainly wasn’t going to buy a £30 rod from the bucket and spade shop. I considered hand-lining as I had a reel and some terminal tackle in the boot…

Then this little beauty winked at me.

A whole £1.50 in the cheap shop. Sorted.

It’s basically aluminium and plastic, and would probably snap under the strain of anything bigger than a joey… but what the hell! Over the side it went.

It was clunky, kept collapsing on itself and the sections kept twisting, but caught me four more fish than anyone around me… and the total number of fish was four.

All blennies from under the harbour wall but cracking fun on a little piece of raw prawn. Pretty sure I had a small flattie on too but I didn’t see it. There were literally thousands of bait fish swarming up the wall edge too, and a few mullet who in standard fashion turned their nose up at everything.

Another fun afternoon whilst the Mrs was shopping, all for the princely sum of £1.50! Hoping I can get up to Porthgain before we go home.

Wet nets.