It's been a while...plenty of coursework, days at work, and plenty of blanks!!
Finally managed my first carp of 2006 just a couple of weeks ago, weighing in at just a couple of pounds, followed by another of a similar size.
My first carp of 2006
The fish was taken on a local 'runs water' whilst I took a guest. Incidently the lad who accompanied me is a match-angler, so I offered to take him carping and 'show him the ropes', and the cheeky beggar only went and
The unfortunate, has become reality, a blank on the Surafce Challenge for January
I tried more than half a dozen times over the month to try and sneak one; and have had fish feeding on the surface within just a few feet away from me, but have not succeeded in hooking and landing one, on rod and line.
Ah well, now for the first fish of 2006 challenge!
Myself and Steve Baker planned another session to Biddulph Grange on Sunday 15th January 2006, in the hope of catching my first carp of 2006, and Steve in the hope of fulfilling his target; to catch the venue biggie known as "Willy".
The on the day previous to our session on the lake, the weather was mild clear blue skies combined with mild night-time temperatures, things look set for the carp to be on the feed. The downside to this however was the unexpected frost the night before the sess
After my surface attempt was failed, I was determind to try and catch my first carp of 2006, on Sunday 8th January.
I decided that my best bet for a fish would be a local 'runs water' which holds carp upto around 13lb.
The conditions were quite cold and overcast with what i considered low light levels and chilling easterly wind. The water is usually quite cloudy, and the clarity of the water on the particular day, showed that the carp were much less active, which is not suprising consi
I tried to knock January of the list for the Surface Fishing Challenge today.
The weather was cloudy, with little wind. Water temperature was cold due to it being frozen two days earlier, and an air temperature of 5 degrees. I cycled to the venue and scattered a liberal amount of dog biscuits in each of the four bays of the lake, in the hope of getting the fish feeding, and then leaving them to build confidence whilst I went home to get my gear.
As I left the local EA officer called in
I ventured out to a totally new venue today. Had never before seen, let alone fished the venue in question, Biddulph Grange.
I arranged the session with a mate, and both myself and Steve Baker arrived at the venue by around 9.00am.
Upon arrival we noticed that around three-quarters of the lake was frozen. Fortunately, an area around the inlet was free; and was the area that we wanted to fish. I placed my baits at points in the overhanging trees that came from the island in front of me.
Intended to fish a pit local to my home today, for both Carp and Roach.
Armed with a pair of Carp rods, float rod, and a bag of dog biscuits for the Surface Challenge, plus other tackle, I walked to the venue in question.
The walk is probably just under a mile, although it felt like a hundred miles as my tackle bag dug into my shoulder during the journey!
After anticipating the sport of the day ahead, I was then very dissappointed to see the water, which hardly ever freezes, froze
Boxing Day... Thought I would go and catch myself a Christmas Carp
Arrived at the venue at 2.00pm, knowing that I would have to be off at dusk, around 4.30pm. My plan of attack being a pair of carp rods, and a float rod, in the hope of trying to tempt either a carp, or one of the large roach that reside in the local venue.
I opted for a peg that had a tight group of trees to my left, that were right on the water's edge, providing a slight amount of cover, and with a slightly deeper ar
Went stalking for an hour today after work. Had seen the forecast mild temperatures in the week, and was gagging to get fishing as I neared the end of my day at work.
I arrived at a local pit at 3.15pm, and was packed up by 4.30pm.
Firstly, I walked around and scattered a few dog biscuits in each of the four bays. It took a long time for the fish to come up and feed confidently. I was stood well back from the water’s edge, and groups of fish would come and feed in a “spell” whereby ea
I managed to sneak an hour session in on a local pit on Sunday (December 4th) afternoon.
When I arrived i walked round the lake, which basically consists of the main body of the lake with an island, and then four small bays in each corner.
I walked around and scattered a few freebie dog biscuits in all of the bays and set up ready for action. The fish came up feeding confidently, and I stood for a few minutes and watched a few fish around 5lb pick off my biscuits by some reed stems.
We all cheered as the teacher said we were having to leave school - great shame, not!
One of the many great things about snow is the fact that when we get a flake or two, our school seems to shut, so I thought what I perfect opportunity it would be to catch a fish and have the snow in the backgriound - wishfull thinking.
I got home and grabbed some lunch before stepping into my lockup to grab a rod, bag full of bits n bobs, warm clothes and seat.
I arrived hoping that it wouldn'
Well after a somwhat "tense" build up to my holiday, I'm off at 3.00am tommorrow morning. I'm going to a different part of the River Ebro, a different section, known as The Top Lake or Upper Lake, where the cats are more in numbers and lesser in weight. However it's a new experience and challenge and with a good bunch of people, it's set to be a good old trip. Adios!
- Blizzards when I get back, what a lovely welcome home!
Well, the plan was to try and sneak either an overnighter or at least a day session this weekend!
But unfortunatly the frosts took over, and unless I went Ice Fishing I would be unable to get on any of my target waters
A frozen local venue means no fishing - thanks to the harsh frosts
Hopefully this snap of clear skies and frosts will subside soon and allow me to maybe sneak a few more kippers before the real "Freeze Up" of winter
On 15th November I had a school trip to London to watch Journey's End, for £30 it seemed like a good scive off school
Two buses set off, and just 45 minutes down the A50, bus number 2 breaks down
Fortunatly they sent another one out to replace it, and off down to the hussle and bussle of London we go, quite a site really. Enjoyed going past the likes of Wembley and Lords, and to be honest the tour around London was better than the actual play at the theatre!
To cut a long stor
Last night I stepped outside briefly a cuple of times and saw the clear skies with the bright moon shining. I knew it would be a cold night, and the heavy ground frost this morning as I awoke proved this
...Here we go agian, another harsh few months of rubbish cold windy weather, where fishing seems like a waste of time, aaaaah don't you just love winter sessions, lots of brews, lots of blanks,
-don't you just love the british weather!?
As you all probably know, Julian has come up with the idea of the Surface Challenge, whereby we aim to catch a carp from the surface in each month of the year.
The day started in quite a comical way, getting to the venue with the rods tied to mountain bikes!
My campaign was kicked off with a lovely 10lb Common taken from the surface on a local pit with the daytime temperature of just 5 Degrees!
After feeding a bay where there was little wind for a couple of hours, the fish steadil
This carp fishing "lark" in the colder months ain't to bad!
Mananged to squeeze a half-day sesion in between schoolwork, courrsework, work experience, and work!
I woke to hear howlings winds and heavy rain at 6.30am, but when i went outside in just a T-Shirt and discovered how mild it was, I was quietly confident.
The rain subsided for about an hour and a half, between breakfast at home, and arrival to the venue, upon which the heavens opened, and about an hours worth of heavy rai