Saturday, 25 September 2021

Wonderful Wye - Day 2

A late morning start and the plan was to sit it out in a couple of swims I'd seen barbel in the day before. Chub were first to find the bait - but soon the chub taps turned into barbel trying to rip the rod in - a perfect day on The Wye in the sunshine!

I watched kingfishers fishing, a big pike striking bleak and landed 6 chub and 9 barbel - I photographed all the barbel - beauitiful bronze and gold with a green sheen. All too soon the day was done - back home for a steak and a bottle of wine with my Mum & Dad.

The barbel soon bullied the chub out of the way.

Barbel number 8 as my Dad watched on from the steep bank.

Last barbel of the afternoon - a 7lb 11oz beauty!

Friday, 24 September 2021

Ticket Please

Rumaging through an old coat - as you do when you're back at your parents house - I found an old Club Card from 1991 - 30 years ago!

Wow! Thirty years!! I found some photos from that season - Mat Police Alert! My last season as a junior and I was all about match fishing...

I won the season and set a new junior match record weight. I never did fish an adult match - turning my attention to pike (and girls).

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Wonderful Wye - Day 1

First time I've seen the River Wye in nearly 2 years - and the first time I've seen my parents since the pandemic began. A short visit but I had to wet a line. I'd brought the lure gear, with a plan to bag a perch - but the water was painfully low and clear - a Wye perch would be a hard target and I didn't fancy a blank - but I thought of a couple of species that might want to play in these conditions...

Rolling luncheon meat was the method, and I wandered about in search of fast water with lots of oxygen. I could see chub and wondered if I should have brought the fly gear - but persistence paid off - eventually bagging a beautiful Wye chub. With a fish on the bank I could relax. Continuing my wander I landed nine more chub - and almost out of time - the last swim - I found Wye gold! Brilliant!!

Caught in inches of fast flowing water.

I knew the barbel were there somewhere.

River Wye gold!

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Hide & Seek

Knew they were in there somewhere! A beautiful 11lb 1oz barbel with plenty of room to fill out over autumn & winter - fantastic!

Note to self: Never use Hovis bread again - it's crap.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Small River Roach

A couple of afternoons chasing small river roach; stick 'n' pin, bread for bait and polaroids to spot the shoals under the weedbeds. One or two fish from each swim before moving on - a lot of water covered. And a lot of fish spotted, including future targets - carp, chub, dace.

First session I landed about a dozen roach - including three over a pound; 1lb 2oz, 1lb 1oz and 1lb 0oz. Second session I landed a couple of dozen - biggest was 14oz - smallest about 10oz - cracking bag of roach! Oh, and I found a lure - always a bonus!

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Return To The Stream

Couldn't resist - although more exploring than fishing...

But 4 wild brown trout landed - three swingers...

And this absolute beauty!

And if you missed it - James has added another double barbel to his 40 Rivers Challenge - plus some cracking chub - epic blog post here.