Monday 22 July 2024

Waking Up?

Perhaps the Wye barbel are finally starting to wake up - just in time for Adam's trip, oh, and James' first Wye trip of the season. Five barbel to 7lb 9oz, plus three chub and an eel. And as a bonus I spotted an upper-double pike. Let's hope they keep feeding...

Saturday 20 July 2024

Wye Week 5

Well it's still not going off...

 Sunday 14th:1 barbel / 3 chub / 4 eels5 hours
 Wednesday 17th:6 chub1½ hours

Nature Table #5

Beautiful Brimstone Moth, first one I've seen (I think).

Tiny metallic alien helicopter (Banded Demoiselle).

I can see you (Slow Worm).

Saturday 13 July 2024

Wye Week 4

This is not the new format of the blog, if and when I start catching I'll start blogging session by session again - but only one barbel again this week, still waiting for them to wake up and go on the feed!

 Saturday 6th:1 barbel / 5 chub4 hours
 Sunday 7th:4 chub4 hours
 Thursday 11th:1 chub2 hours

It's got to start happening soon - hasn't it? Still it's great being back on The Wye. Although perhaps I'd have been better off shark fishing with Paulos & Roger (with a 7' 7" lemon on Tuesday, top photo).

Reminding me what they look like, 6lb 0oz.

Plenty of chub, but not the monsters I've seen drifting about.

Nature Table #4

Identify the skull No 1: Starting with an easy one...

Saturday 6 July 2024

Wye Week 3

When are the barbel going to start feeding? Had a small one on Sunday, then lost one about 8lb - then three wallies waded into my swim and that ended that! *Wallies with fishing rods, not anglers!!

 Sunday 30th:1 barbel / 3 chub4 hours
 Thursday 4 July:3 chub1¾ hours

Haven't put much time in this week, 2 evening were rained-off - don't mind fishing in the rain but not when the fish don't want to play... Hopefully head out later before the football - come on barbel!

Nature Table #3

Details were scarce, but back in the 1980's (possibly 90's) a monster Wye pike was caught in Lydbrook - sadly it was killed and eaten and it's head hung on a nail in a woodshed on the riverbank.

I remember the story from when I was a kid - but there's no way I could track it down - and no way it still existed. Well a bit of research, a tiny bit of B&E, and there it was, covered in sawdust and mouse sh*t.

Apparently it was 31lb, 4½ foot long, fisherman unknown. Was this the pike I dreamed of when I was a kid? I put it back on the nail. I have seen a secret video of a Wye 30 caught last year - perhaps this year..?