Tuesday, 24 November 2015

No Zander in the Cov'.


 I'm joining the party fairly late here but better late than never I suppose, after Saturday's fantastic trotting session I was buzzing and I woke up on Sunday at 6am still buzzing, the freezing cold certainly didn't put me off as I was to meet Ricki and Brian at Euston for a jolly up in Coventry on the Cov' canal in search of our usual quarry, Zander.

Such a stunning fish, made up for sure!!.
 Now I have been here twice so far and traveled back home with my tail firmly between my legs wondering what went wrong, I was determined to improve on my poor track record for Zed's by using a two-pronged attack.

 Once arriving in the town centre we decided to chuck some lures about for a few small jack's but I only managed to watch on, my lures got a couple of little knocks but nothing clear cut, so after casting an hour away or so we hopped into a taxi and joined the angling collective for Jeff Hatt's birthday Zander bash, don't really know what a collective of fishermen is called so I'll go with "Madmen", the condition's weren't ideal but we were there and I wanted to make the most of it, it was great to catch up with some of the guys I haven't seen since last year's meet and fish, but also great to meet up with the likes of Lee, Ben and Keith who I haven't met before but felt I knew them through reading their blogs as they probably felt by meeting myself and the other angler's who they'd yet to meet.


 For a majority of the time I spent nattering away to fellow bloggers/anglers about recent ventures and taking plenty of plaudits for this enormous Roach that fell to my trotted maggot/caster combination but I did come down to also banish my canal duck for Zander and I was determined I'd do it on this trip, my sleeper rod was chucked about to try and coax a fish to feed whilst I fished a small 5g jig with various bodies and colour's, the fishing was hard but as dusk was approaching I had a subtle bang which I struck into and a fairly dainty fight played out in the track of the canal, I knew it was a Zander so I really wanted to land it, it wasn't long either before it got mugged and I punched the air which delighted me no end as it was my first Zander on an artificial too.

A very welcome Zed getting "Papped".
 The rest of the evening was spent trying to bag myself another but a couple of half hearted runs from the Zed's proved to be it and we all retired to the pub for a drink or two.....

8 comments:

  1. Nice one, at least one of the London lads caught a zed! And the 'papped' photo wasn't staged - as it looks - nothing was going to stop Jeff getting his photo!

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  3. Nothing, even half light could have. The camera crapped out flash off but I got a flash pic that served, even if it looks around midnight. Another memorable day on the Cov. One day you'll all come up and experience proper zander madness. It does happen! But never when it really should...

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  4. Those Zander did their best to be awkward and not be forthcoming, but I wanted a jig Zed and got one, the southerners did quite alright by my reckoning.

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  5. Indeed. You all did very well considering all of us would have given up early faced with such tough work. But we'd have come back when the weather was right the next day or so later. That's our luxury. No point in toughing it out if you can return at a moment's notice. One day you'll come up and they'll go berserk, as they do from time to time. You'd enjoy that a lot. It is crazy fishing when it happens.

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    1. We can only fish the condition's there before us, that's just the way it is, but glad to have caught.

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  6. Nice meeting both you and Brian and your right It does feel like we all know each other already. We should arrange something down near you or at least half way next time eh ?

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    1. Good to meet you to Lee, been a long time since I started reading your blogs and recently witnessing plenty of predators being banked. A rematch somewhere soon would be very good and hopefully the fish play ball a little better than last Sunday!.

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