A new piece of David Miller
art dropped through the letterbox a couple of weeks ago signalling a new season is coming. And although I haven't wet a line for the past month my campaign is kind of already underway.
Instead of accumulative target weights of fish I am planning on spending the next season (or two) trying to improve my rather average Personal Best
list. Research has begun on where I can find my target species - and the aim is to improve on 10 of them this year.
Below is my current PBs, along with the record for the species and my percentage of the record - this highlights the softer targets - bloody bream! The eventual aim as to get as many over 50% as I can, but any improvement is a win.
|Species ||PB ||Record ||%|
|Barbel ||12lb 4oz ||21lb 1oz ||58%|
|Bream (Bronze) ||5lb 3oz ||22lb 11oz ||22%|
|Carp (King) ||20lb 2oz ||51lb 8oz ||39%|
|Carp (Crucian) ||2lb 9oz ||4lb 10oz ||55%|
|Chub ||5lb 2oz ||9lb 5oz ||55%|
|Dace ||0lb 10oz 4dr ||1lb 5oz 2dr ||47%|
|Eel ||2lb 11oz ||11lb 2oz ||24%|
|Gudgeon ||0lb 2oz 11dr ||0lb 5oz ||54%|
|Perch ||2lb 4oz ||6lb 3oz ||36%|
|Pike ||25lb 4oz ||46lb 13oz ||53%|
|Pike (Stillwater) ||17lb 0oz ||-- ||--|
|Pike (Canal) ||15lb 0oz ||-- ||--|
|Roach ||1lb 12oz ||4lb 4oz ||41%|
|Rudd ||1lb 1oz ||4lb 10oz ||22%|
|Ruffe ||0lb 2oz ||0lb 5oz ||40%|
|Tench ||6lb 4oz ||15lb 3oz ||41%|
|Zander ||9lb 1oz ||21lb 5oz ||43%|
|Grayling ||2lb 1oz 8dr ||4lb 4oz ||48%|
|Trout (Brown) ||4lb 15oz ||-- ||--|
|Trout (Rainbow) ||4lb 0oz ||-- ||--|
I will still do any opportunistic fishing that presents itself - can resist a bit of barbel bashing. I have a couple of trips planned with my Dad & brother, the first targeting perch, the second targeting sharks. And me and James are praying to the Weather Gods for the good winter river season that we missed out on last time...
Difficult challenge this season - can't wait to get cracking!