Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It's Been a Good Month.


 Recently the Roach fishing has been on another planet with three specimen's over the 2lb barrier banked, many many hours of fishing has gone into my quest for large Roach this season alone and I feel the hard work has paid off, although I don't want it to end there I am certainly chuffed with the results, the best time of the year for Roach is now upon us and a trip on Friday is booked to cut my teeth on another of England's beautiful chalk-stream's for Roach, a small gathering of blogger's will also be present for what will be a lovely day out in the countryside in great company.

Happy moments...
 Earlier in the month I received a lovely surprise as I submitted my photo of the 2.05 Redfin that I caught, which won me my first Drennan Cup award of the season and in fact ever, I feel I may have won a couple previously with certain fish I have caught but never gave it a thought and part of me didn't really bother as I was just happy to be catching such clonking fish of various species, nevertheless I sent my photo off with a little spill and I duly saw this in the next weeks edition, £80 richer and a cap to keep my bonce warm come the cooler months, not too bad eh!. With another entry currently with the guys at Drennan for the 2.10 monster I had the other weekend, although I don't think it will win an award even though it was a real tank and it weighed every ounce of what it looked.

 I did slip out for a couple of brief session's over the weekend to target Bream and Carp on the Saturday morning which saw another canal Bream slide into the net which weighed a Shade over 5lb, where as the Sunday morning was spent searching out Pike in the post-industrial landscape of London, targeting a double figure Pike is always a nice target but I didn't manage it although I had two young Jack's smash my already battered diver, a theory I have is if the lure looks battered it's probably because the Pike actually like it, the pattern seems to do the business and a replacement may be needed soon as the teeth marks and chunks missing out of it are starting to break up the colours, but it was great fun, I did however have a couple of bailouts as another three Pike turned at the last moment before striking the lure, one of which was probably around the 14lb mark which would have done just nicely indeed.



Not so impossible are they now, worked them out I believe.

8 comments:

  1. Definitely deserved the Drennan mate! Really enjoyable read,
    Tom

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    1. Thanks Tom, it was a pleasant surprise and free money can never be a bad thing!.

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  2. Shame about the skimmer mate, that's brought your bream average weight right down! Well done on the Drennan - great to see you in there.

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    1. I love it, a 5lb Bream bringing down the average, but right you are and as you can see it's different more coloured stretch as the slab was pale. I know larger are there than what I've had so far but are very clever.

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  4. I didn't know they paid cash. Could be a little sideline business in that...

    I'm sure HMRC won't be on your trail, James. Registered as self-employed I reckon I can set off expenses against profit and come out winning with a fat loss! The Itchen trip will cost pretty. A 3lb roach at £80 gross minus travel, drinks and meals at work, bait, tackle and ticket should be make the venture profitable unless I can think of any tax deductible I've missed that might make the venture a loser!

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    1. Oh yes Jeff, the winnings duly paid a PCN I incurred recently so no joy out of it, but £15 change saw a few bits of tackle bought to replenish some bits I have managed to lose, let's see if another one lands on my door step......

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    2. Which reminds me. I must go to Tusses Tackle right now. A pint of caster, a pint of reds, and a few cage feeders for tomorrow down the LIF. I have hemp boiled up but no tares. If they work for you then can I scrounge a handful?

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