As other bloggers have noted the interface for writing these posts has been ‘upgraded’ - the new interface has a few glitches shall we say. For example ‘preview’ doesn’t work unless you disable your pop-up blocker, and let’s not get started on positioning photos.
The temporary fix is to click ‘Revert to legacy Blogger’ on the bottom left of the screen (or in the drop-down menu on an iPad). This will work until August 24 when this option will be taken away and we’re forced to use the new interface - hope it improves by then!
So this is the important bit: once you have clicked ‘Revert to legacy Blogger’ go to the address bar, copy the address into notepad* and save it. In most cases the legacy interface isn’t deleted - just our access to it is removed - we can use the saved URL to access it.
* Bookmarking it probably won’t work - may need some tinkering.
The ponds I fish for carp in the summer and pike in the winter are closed to anglers - perhaps for the season. And I'm try to avoid public transport as much as possible - so fishing options are limited.
Fortunately the river is about an hour's walk from home - my route takes me through a park, over some waste ground and across a railway line - so there's often bugs & butterflies to chase about!
I needed to use up the remaining maggots from my crucian trip - so a walk to the river, stick 'n' pin, minimal kit and around 3 hours of fishing once I arrived - and only one target on my mind...
The mighty gudgeon! I fished three swims, about an hour in each - and found gudgeon in all of them - probably a couple of dozen landed along with a few roach and chub. Well worth the walk!
First time on public transport since March - Marsh Farm is too far away to walk and I fancied chasing gold! Masks on, me and Richard followed the one way arrows to our train - it was early and we had a carriage to ourselves. Off the train - alcohol hand gel - fishing...
One feeder rod with either halibut pellet or mini-boilie and a waggler rod with maggot or sweetcorn. And to cut a long story short; loads of rudd, roach and perch, 8 tench - and gold... Two crucians, the best going 2lb 1oz (mini-boilie) - brilliant - might have to do it again!
There are advantages to stinging nettles - they show you where hasn’t been fished so far this season - the disadvantaged is, well, they sting. Most anglers cut a path through them, I try to disturb them as little as possible - only at the rivers edge will I make enough room to stand.
A couple of hours wading about in nettles and three barbel landed, the biggest going 8lb 7oz (above). And if you think this post is about a stinging nettle fetish - and there is one, I just Googled it (Urtication Fetish) - it’s not, the title refers to the kinky little barbel below!
I should really be on the river, those barbel won’t catch themselves. It’s raining. Work is slow. Time to design some more t-shirts then. I sell about 5-10 t-shirts a week, and with around a 90p profit on each one - it equates to about two pints (when the pubs used to be open).
Still I like the fact people wear them - would be nice to bump into someone I don’t know wearing one of my designs. I occasionally see people on the tube or train playing one of my mobile games (but they’ve been downloaded 70 million times - so far better odds).
New design; large back-print based on the Hell’s Angels logo. Customisable bottom banner for your area/river. I’m deciding if it should have a name tag on the front. Available next week when the first person will try and put “Llandegfedd Reservoir” in the banner!
Edit: On reflection this t-shirt is not going into production. More here.
Going on a gudgeon hunt! I braved the ‘non-essential’ shop; half a pint of maggots. Grabbed the stick ‘n’ pin, minimal kit and wandered down to the river. I was expecting low and clear but when I arrived it was up, dirty and pushing through - spotting them was out!
I needn’t have worried I found gudgeon on a shallow gravel run - and bagged over 20 of them in 3 hours. Plus loads of dace, roach, chub and minnows - even a micro barbel. Really nice to see dace as they seemed to go missing last year. (Yeah, barbel added to the challenge).