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#1 The Flying Tench

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 12:21 PM

What was your best ever fishing holiday? I have never been on a full week's holiday fishing, but have been on a number of 2-3 day fishing breaks. I've enjoyed them all, though haven't usually caught anything great, partly because of the learning curve on a new water. I guess the best was in 2009 when I met up with Neil Smart and caught 6 barbel in a session on the Wye. Oh, and of course there was a family holiday nearly 60 years ago when I caught the first ever fish that needed a landing net. That was at Lake Bosherston in South Wales. 3 tench and a jack pike. Modest, really, but seemed huge at the time!


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 02:54 PM

Tench,

 

Of course or maybe coarse as every day goes bye the memory gets worse and the story gets better.  I'd have to say one of my most memorable though certainly not my "best" was one of several to England.  In 1976 (America was 200 years past the Declaration of Independence that year) I had occasion to hook up with a British Tobaco Co. lad. (I was selling "western American tobacco).  He arranged a session at Redmier (sp).

 

I was told to use a "stringer".  Have you any idea what a stringer looks like in the United States?  Anyway among my bits and bobs was an American stringer.  I didn't catch a single fish but that's not the story.  They sent an older guy along with me to watch over because of the stringer.  I vision Dave (Chesters1) when I think of him.  I'm certain beyond a shadow of a doubt he went home with ulsers that evening.  He almost wouldn't allow me to cast my own rod and he was to nervous to do it for me.  The longest I ever leave a bait in the water is about 25 - 20 minutes.  But not this day.  He would allow me to retreive and recast because it wasn't "proper" angling.  I has some god awful hard as a brick-bat little balls I had to use as bait.  No wonder I didn't catch any fish.

 

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 11:35 PM

Trolling and popping in the Andaman Islands followed by Mahseer fishing on the Cauvery followed by Baramundi fishing in Goa. It was more than a week but it was a hell of a ride.

 

Chilling in Thailand and fishing a commercial fishery was very different but also kinda cool.


Species caught in 2019: Pike. Bream. Tench. Chub. Common Carp. European Eel. Barbel. Bleak. Dace.
Species caught in 2018: Perch. Bream. Rainbow Trout. Brown Trout. Chub. Roach. Carp. European Eel.
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. Jullien'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. Jullien'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. Record 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 19 April 2019 - 01:00 AM

I've never done a foreign fishing holiday, but I love Anglers Paradise. Going back for my 3rd visit this Summer, and taking my brother too this time as he takes a pretty good photo 😃
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Posted 19 April 2019 - 08:25 PM

Not me, but my son. He came over from Western Australia for a week, visiting Dear Old Mum and Dear Old Dad. So, I took him to Lake Proserpine, an hour's drive north of where I live. We fished at night in the main basin and got 2 double hook ups which resulted in 4 barramundi  from 114 cm to 117 cm. All in the space of 10 minutes.

Next day, we got 7 barra between us, one being my pb @ 119 cm.





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Posted 19 April 2019 - 08:46 PM

Those are monster Barra Bob. What's the weight of a fish like that?


Species caught in 2019: Pike. Bream. Tench. Chub. Common Carp. European Eel. Barbel. Bleak. Dace.
Species caught in 2018: Perch. Bream. Rainbow Trout. Brown Trout. Chub. Roach. Carp. European Eel.
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. Jullien'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. Jullien'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. Record 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 20 April 2019 - 07:02 PM

Those are monster Barra Bob. What's the weight of a fish like that?

The 4 barra we caught at night were all about 20-23 kg, while the 119 cm fish was 27 kg.

Oddly, we caught a really fat barra that regurgitated 5 bony bream on the deck and weighed 24.5 kg. Might have tipped the scales at 28 kg if it had not coughed up...





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Posted 20 April 2019 - 07:10 PM

Had a search in my "barra files",

 

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 07:50 PM

Beasts - and twice the size of my best. Congratulations.


Species caught in 2019: Pike. Bream. Tench. Chub. Common Carp. European Eel. Barbel. Bleak. Dace.
Species caught in 2018: Perch. Bream. Rainbow Trout. Brown Trout. Chub. Roach. Carp. European Eel.
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. Jullien'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. Jullien'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. Record 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 23 April 2019 - 09:37 AM

I can remember very many trips, but perhaps the most memorable was the very first marlin trip Norma and I took out of Cabo San Lucas  ( Mexican west coast)  We had reached Cabo after a tour of the Sea of Cortez, and seeing a marlin boat come in, allowed ourselves to be talked into a day's marlin fishing.-not difficult

 

It might have been beginners' luck, but we finished the day with six Striped Marlin, all around 150 to 250 lb, and ran the boat out of marlin flags   Flying marlin flags is an important part of skippers' bragging rights, so the crew cut up a blue dishcloth to improvise two extra flags. Coming in with six flags flapping from the outrigger was a good moment.   We have since had plenty more and bigger marlin, but never again six in a day.




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