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#1 AddictedToScopex

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:46 PM

As you may or may not know I broke my elbow a little over a week ago and try as I might I just couldnt stop myself from enduring the pain and getting out on the bank on Saturday evening. With the closed season fast approaching I bolted for the good old river Ribble. With the river being up and coloured I opted for a different swim to my usual one of late. I set up the first rod on meat and cast out and began setting up the second. Within 2 minutes I had a 3 foot twitch but sadly the fish had taken the meat from the hook and swum off with a smile on its face. I was amazed at how quick it was given the state of the river but it filled me with confidence. 

 

I got the 2nd rod setup and cast in and then began working on the first rod to replace the meat. No sooner had I sat down the other rod (fishing a boilie) went screaming off. I landed the fish and it was about a 6lb barbel in great condition. I was hoping this would set the tone for the evening but despite a few more bites on the meat things went a bit quiet for a few hours. 

 

I sat watching the rods simply enjoying being there and decided on 10 more minutes before I went home. I rebaited both rods and cast them back in with mesh bags of mixed pellet attached with the same meat on the right and boilie on the left. I waited the ten minutes and then decided on five more as we always do :) A minute later I had another huge take. It was defiintely a much stronger fish than the previous one. I was hoping that meant it was much bigger and I wasn't disappointed. After a great fight (despite the sore arm) I slid the net under another great looking barbel. I weighted it and it went 11lbs and a quarter in the net. I put it at around 10lbs something without the net but I forgot to weigh the net. Its not always the size that matters with fishing anyway for me. It was a great reward for braving the rain and the pain and I was quite chuffed. I had gone 4 years fishing this stretch without a double but that one made it 3 doubles in as many sessions. 

 

I am going back tonight :) (nothing a bit of paracetamol and ibuprofen can't fix ) 

 

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:54 PM

Last time I broke a bone, I couldn't physically carry the kit to fish where I intended and my contingency plan resulted in an unofficial world record.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:14 PM

Sorry to hear about your elbow, that session on the Ribble must have made up for it Lol

Well done, what a great session after beards, I'm getting very jealous as I am still recovering from a replacement knee so I can't get out on the river before the season ends Lol.

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:02 AM

I always forget about the closed season until early March and then I realise I need to get on the bank asap. I went again last night and managed another 6lber which was nice. Feeling the effects on my elbow today though so may give it a few days before my next one. Its harder to fish effectively when you are distracted by the pain. Hope your knee mends well soon. I plan to target tench once the season ends. I have been looking at a new ticket which seems to have some decent tench waters.


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 06:28 PM

Sorry to hear about your elbow, but a cracking fish there :)


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Species caught in 2017 Common Ash, Hawthorn, Hazel, Scots Pine, White Willow.

Species caught in 2016: Alder, Blackthorn, Common Ash, Crab Apple, Left Earlobe, Pedunculate Oak,  Rock Whitebeam, Scots Pine, Smooth-leaved Elm, Swan, Wayfaring tree.

Species caught in 2015: Ash, Bird Cherry, Black-Headed Gull, Common Hazel, Common Whitebeam, Elder, Field Maple, Gorse, Puma, Sessile Oak, White Willow.

Species caught in 2014: Big Angry Man's Ear, Blackthorn, Common Ash, Common Whitebeam, Downy Birch, European Beech, European Holly, Hawthorn, Hazel, Scots Pine, Wych Elm.
Species caught in 2013: Beech, Elder, Hawthorn, Oak, Right Earlobe, Scots Pine.

Species caught in 2012: Ash, Aspen, Beech, Big Nasty Stinging Nettle, Birch, Copper Beech, Grey Willow, Holly, Hazel, Oak, Wasp Nest (that was a really bad day), White Poplar.
Species caught in 2011: Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Elder, Fir, Hawthorn, Horse Chestnut, Oak, Passing Dog, Rowan, Sycamore, Willow.
Species caught in 2010: Ash, Beech, Birch, Elder, Elm, Gorse, Mullberry, Oak, Poplar, Rowan, Sloe, Willow, Yew.



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 07:44 PM

Bad news about the elbow...nice fish at least :).



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:03 PM

Seems were all falling apart ,just finishing my rounds today and slipped on a root and twisted my ankle ,horse rider saw me hobbling very slowly back up the track and had her horse box waiting by the time i got half way up and dropped me off at my front door (spent 5 minutes waiting to wave her off as she did a 30 point turn trying to turn round to get back up the road) .
I needn't have bothered there was no-one fishing but i need the excercise
Dosed myself up with a couple of dichlofenic then an hour later 2 paracetamol and 90 mg codiene .spent the afternoon in a fuzz .not as bad as i thought just repeated the dose but have doubts i will be going tomorrow!
I had a couple of hours sunday without a bite but two silvers (wink) detecting in the afternoon ,my daughter was visiting so i had a free day
Nothing of mention in the river except poxy trout even the chub at gostrey meadows have disapeared

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 12:56 AM

I always forget about the closed season until early March and then I realise I need to get on the bank asap. I went again last night and managed another 6lber which was nice. Feeling the effects on my elbow today though so may give it a few days before my next one. Its harder to fish effectively when you are distracted by the pain. Hope your knee mends well soon. I plan to target tench once the season ends. I have been looking at a new ticket which seems to have some decent tench waters.

Rik - you might find a Margin pole a lot easier to handle just while you elbow heals, as you fish it resting across your lap/knees most of the time.

 

I saw an article in the Angling Times 2 or 3 years ago (maybe a bit more) called "Barbel on the Pole - Can you Handle It??"

 

Here's a Vid' to show it's more than possible.

 

https://www.google.c...Wtwyp6V6w84sbEA

 

Here's another about River Pole fishing with a Pole Feeder.

 


Edited by Martin56, 08 March 2017 - 01:26 AM.

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 03:08 AM

I use the new spec' Shimano  BeastMaster 8.5 Metre Margin (£160 with 2 top kits)  and a 2 Metre extension (optional at £70) 

 

With the extension - it allows me to fish at the full 8 odd Metres with plenty behind me hands free!!

 

Yes - I'm a real lazy git - & like to let the pole fish itself either on a front & back pole roller or just resting on top of the keep net!!

 

If fishing down the edge - I'll even use the reeds as a rest!!

 

A very forgiving pole especially for dyed in the wool ROD Anglers (like me) 

 

Short of standing on it - it's unbreakable!!!!!


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 05:18 AM

Try it line to hand with an extra long elastic. I placed in a couple of opens on the trent using that tactic and won a bunch of club matches.
You do get some funny looks with the elastic stretched out accross the river though.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.