Monday, 24 January 2022

Gudgeon Count


An afternoon trying to track down a new river pike passed without a run - but after catching a few bleak livebaits I fished on the bottom and caught a gudgeon. A river Bourne gudgeon to add to the list. A quick count and I think I've caught them from 16 rivers & ponds now!

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Winter Wander - Itchen


An early start saw me & James head out into the frost - the plan was to wander down The Itchen from the fast flowing water in search of grayling to the slower water with the hope of a winter roach...

Travelling light (even for us) we worked our way down - stopping briefly in likely looking spots to run a float through - then moving on - we had a lot of water to cover. I'll let the photos tell my story...


Five grayling to just over a pound...


Loads of brown trout - had to get a photo of this beauty...


A very rare (for this section) bream...


But the main event was the roach in a slower section...


Fifteen roach landed, several over a pound, to 1lb 7oz...


A brilliant day's winter wandering!

Friday, 14 January 2022

Vicarious Fishing


Dylan headed back to the trout pond on Wednesday, I didn't join him but they have a live webcam so I left it on in the office. I missed Dyl catching (he tells me he did - but where's the proof? :-) but I did see a few others hooked up - vicarious fishing!


Pretty interesting & I'll probably leave it on in the background again. Made me wonder about other venues with a live feed - possibly make a feed that flicks between them or even a screensaver. If you know of any fishing webcams please pop a link in the comments - cheers.


And if you missed it; over the Christmas break James added double barbel number 11 of 40 to his epic barbel challenge - it's probably old news now but the blog post is here.

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Twenty Twenty-Two


First fish of the year - and they're Wye pike - bonus! Float fished smelt doing the trick - 11lb 12oz and 7lb 14oz. (+1.3)

Friday, 7 January 2022

Four One Two Seven


The River Wye isn't fishing well. And really not ideal conditions for pike - but if you've travelled 4,127 miles - you have to wet a line. Needn't have worried - hard work but a beautiful 19lb 4oz pike for Paulos (ledgered smelt) - was there ever a doubt?! (+1.4)

Sunday, 2 January 2022

(Non) Frozen V


After missing last year it was time for the fifth annual Xmas fish-off. And to cut a long story short; although it wasn't frozen it was tough going - no fishing seems easy at the moment!


Third; me two rainbows - bugger!


Second; Steve with three - despite an early lead.


Winner; Dylan with four - nice one!!

 Scorecard 16 17 18 19 20 21 -- -- -- --
 Brian 1 4 1 0 -- 2 -- -- -- --
 Dylan 4 1 2 1 -- 4 -- -- -- --
 Steve 2 5 1 1 -- 3 -- -- -- --