Saturday, 21 November 2020


Another afternoon chasing barbel, and five more added to the count - but then I fancied something different - perhaps a dace...

An early morning start, stick 'n' pin and a wander into the Marraskuu - more wandering than fishing but a great few hours on the riverbank...

No dace but plenty of small roach and chub - even a couple of gudgeon - lovely. And of course a little barbel crashed the party!


Wednesday, 18 November 2020

On This Day 2016

Four years ago today...
I landed my PB roach at 1lb 15oz, really need to target them again - and see if I can find a two pound plus fish.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

On Repeat

Athough I can go pike fishing it takes two trains and about an hour to get to the closest pike (and the same on the way home) - I think it's fine driving to venues - but I'm not sure about using public transport. So although this blog is getting rather repetative I'm happy to walk down to the small river for my fishing fix - for the time being.

Another long walk (fishing fitness program?) and three more barbel added to the new challenge - 33 more needed to hit 1,000! But I do have other small river options; dace, roach and gudgeon on the radar - a trip or two with the stick 'n' pin. And still plenty of time for some post-covid pike - really hope that vaccine works!!


Friday, 13 November 2020

Persistence Of Time

A tree eating a No Keep Nets sign I photographed back in 2013, interesting but I thought no more about it...

Until I stumbled on it again a few days ago, 7 years later, wonder how long it will take to 'swallow' the sign?

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Quick Barbel Report (164)

Six barbel added to the challenge, 36 to go...

And a total of 19.8 miles walked...


Friday, 6 November 2020

Keep Calm...

And Go Fishing. We can still go fishing in Lockdown 2.0 - until restrictions are tightened anyway. So a walk to the river chasing down my new barbel target - and 5 barbel plus a bonus chub found the net. Might not have local pike but I'm lucky to have the barbel!


Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Lockdown 2.0

It's dropping below freezing at night now, winter is on it's way - and a new lockdown starts tonight (that will curtail my pike fishing). I opted to avoid the train and go bother the barbel - walking to the river.

Talking of trains; if this lockdown ends in December will they still allow the traditional Christmas migration? Might be difficult (and unpopular) to stop but it sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!

Anyway, about 5 hours on the river - and after all that rain it was high and dirty - perfect. Four chub to about 4lb and and seven barbel to about 5¾lb landed - river total now 953 - another 47 barbel to go...


Sunday, 1 November 2020

What Rain?

After a day of heavy rain I hit the river seaching for chub with dirty water confidence. But the water was surprisingly low and clear, I did land a couple of chub to 4lb - but not the monsters I was chasing.

The chub were spooking off the bait, so I turned my attention to barbel - landing 7 of them on shallow gravel runs. The biggest was the long, thin 8lb 1oz fish (above) - I'm sure it'll be a double in March.

Barbel total this season is 146, and overall river total is 946 - can I hit the magic 1,000 this season? Need to average 11 barbel per month over the tougher winter season - but I'm going to give it a whirl!


Thursday, 29 October 2020

Quick Barbel Report (139)

A wander down the river (14.1 miles in total) and six barbel landed - before a storm pushed me off the river - got absolutely soaked!


Monday, 26 October 2020

Pike Front

It looks like another lockdown is coming. I quite liked the first one; for a start it took place in the closed season, the weather was glorious - days were spent lounging about in the sunshine, the bbq fired up and Beer O'Clock getting slightly earlier each day.

The next lockdown will be dark and wet, Christmas plans ruined - and worst of all it's Pike Time - I don't get out piking enough as it is! So I've braved the non-essential train journey twice to do a bit of lure chucking on the pike ponds - hoping to get a few more on the bank.

The first was a 2 hour session - a blank - not even a perch follow - same ponds that produced 65 fish on the opening day! I did watch a micro-pike beach itself trying to escape from a larger pike. Micro-pike rescued, I had a plan for the next trip...

The Savage Gear 3D Pike - if they're hunting micro-pike this will fool them! It didn't! Another 4 hours thrashing the water to a foam with this and a variety of other lures - again, not even a follow - it was a bite a chuck a couple of weeks ago - where do these fish go?

Friday, 23 October 2020

Double Crust

I'd spotted a couple of little barbel in shallow water and was trying to tempt them up to the surface with some free samples of floating crust - when out of nowhere a big barbel appeared and stared moping them up. I've really fancied catching a double off the surface.

First trot through she sucked in the crust - I struck and ripped the bread and hook out of her mouth - really thought I'd messed up my chance. But there's no suspense on this blog - I put the photo at the top! Second trot down she nailed it again - and I connected.

Cracking fight as she made her way from the shallows to deeper water - a 10lb 9oz barbel off the surface - biggest of the season so far and my 20th double from the river - absolutely delighted! Second of a 10 barbel haul - all for 65p (the price of a Tesco's loaf of bread).


Saturday, 17 October 2020

Gudgeon Hunt III

I call it a gudgeon hunt but it's a wander about with the stick 'n' pin, maggots or bread for bait - so normally it's a mixed bag of fish and a great way to spend an afternoon. But it did include 8 gudgeon...

Loads of small roach...

Four or five dace...

A few small chub...

Some minnows...

And a rare (for this river) rudd. Great stuff!!

Monday, 12 October 2020


Barbel number 922, weight 10lb 6oz - but who cares about numbers? Heart skipped when I spotted her, spectacular fight, beautiful fish!


Friday, 9 October 2020

Sushi 17:59

Sushi Lure
I had a strict last cast time - it was 18:00 - then I really did have to leave. And having thrashed the ponds to a foam, covered lots of water and changed lure regularly - I'd only banked a small perch - looked like my second trip out searching for pike was going to be a blank.

Pike 6lb 12oz
In the dying minutes I spotted a shoal of small roach on the surface - 17:57 - quickly snapped on a sushi lure - 17:59 - finally had the take I was after - 4 hours of hard work but I got my prize last cast. I quickly popped her on the scales - a 6lb 12oz pike to better next time...