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5-7.9.2017 Sea fishing at Swanage

Posted by The Flying Tench , 10 September 2017 · 0 views

My experience of sea fishing is limited, to say the least. The first fish I ever caught were in the sea, when I was about eight. My dad took my brother and me out in a rowing boat at Hastings for an hour. Hand lines and bait (lugworms) were supplied. From memory we only went out about 30 yards, but we had 27 small whiting and three dabs. It all seeme...


2-4 July 2017 Middle Severn

Posted by The Flying Tench , 04 July 2017 · 0 views

A trip to the Middle Severn on a quest for big roach. I stayed in a B&B at Bewdley for 2 nights. On Sunday night I fished the Northbrook stretch on the BAA ticket, and got off to a good start with a lovely roach that tipped the scales at exactly 1lb. Bait was ledgered 8mm pellet  No other bites, though, which turned out to be a bit of a...


26.6.17 Perch and carp

Posted by The Flying Tench , 26 June 2017 · 0 views

7-10pm local lake
My aim was to catch roach on 8mm pellets. I started using a float with the bait mid water and caught 6 roach and rudd up to 6 oz or so in the first hour, but decided the bigguns weren't around. So I switched to feeder. No roach at all, but a 2lb 4oz perch would-yer-believe-it, and a carp of about 15lb which took an age to land on the lig...


5.6.17 Silver Bream

Posted by The Flying Tench , 05 June 2017 · 0 views

10am to 11am local lake
What should I fish for? The carp, tench and bream are probably spawning, the roach are doubtless recovering from it. I decided to try for perch using prawn as bait. I've almost no experience of perch fishing at this time of year, but decided to get out for a couple of hours, hopefully dodging the forecast rain.
The fi...


12.5.17 pb Roach!

Posted by The Flying Tench , 12 May 2017 · 0 views

5.15 - 8 pm
Relatively shallow local lake which has warmed up well (WT 17degC)
Fished feeder. 3 roach, 1lb 3 oz, 1 lb 7 oz, 1 lb 12 oz.
The fish were full of spawn. The biggest was a pb, and the catch was my best catch of roach, so I was very pleased. 
The middle fish was quite pale and almost looked like a silver bream, but I was not awa...


5.5.17 Nice Tench

Posted by The Flying Tench , 05 May 2017 · 0 views

2.30-5.30pm the Club Lake, Orchid Lakes
My original plan was to have 2 baits in the middle for bream, but few bream were coming out and a catfish angler told me you could get good tench in the margins. On reflection I think that is often the case at this time of year with the margins warming up faster than the deeper water.  So I had...


30.1.17 Perch on prawn

Posted by The Flying Tench , 30 January 2017 · 0 views

2.45 - 5.15pm WT 4 deg C

An attempt at the perch in this local lake now that the ice has melted. I float fished a whole prawn, which a lot of people use in this lake. I skimmer bream and 7 perch, all but one of which over a pound, the best two being 2 lb 1 oz and 2 lb 8 oz.

I have only fished prawn a few times before, and was pleased to get more bites t...


20.1.17 Iced over lake

Posted by The Flying Tench , 20 January 2017 · 0 views

3-5pm   AT 4 deg C   WT 0-4 deg C  Beautiful clear blue sky, little wind.
The fishing shop manager had warned me that this high stock density lake might be iced up, and he was right. But along the north bank which had had most of the sun there were a few inches of water, and under a willow tree the ice only starte...


16.1.17 jigging the float

Posted by The Flying Tench , 16 January 2017 · 0 views

3.15 - 4.45pm
Thames lock cut, hoping for some roach on float fished maggot or caster. A cold day with WT 5 deg C. Much more water coming though the weir than I had expected after what I thought was average rainfall, and a lot of colour in the water. With the amount of flow I thought it was a safe bet the fish would be in the cut, but either they weren't...


19.12.16 Lake perch

Posted by The Flying Tench , 19 December 2016 · 0 views

10.30am - 12.15pm  AT 5 degC  WT 6 degC
A cold day, but this high stock density local lake fished well in the past on a cold day so I though I had a chance. I didn't fish my normal time of dusk as rain was forecast in the afternoon. The question was, what should I try for, the roach or perch? Since my two baits of maggot and prawn co...

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