Monday, 20 June 2011

The Best Laid Plans

Not really an auspicious start to the river season for me this year,although the first few weeks never tend to be.I had a few hours out near home after work on the opening day and made the fatal mistake of not taking an umbrella with me.Muggins here thought the rain had abated for the day.

And in a nutshell I got soaked in a short three hours session.Just a poncho on to shelter me from the heavy downpours.How people can fish like that on a regular basis is beyond me ?I did intend to move about and try and stalk some Chub that inhabit this stretch of river.But I hid under a tree with rain water running down my back for one small Chub about three pounds on corn.

Now Saturday never really got going,or someone never!I arranged to meet Gruff at 05.30 in the morning.I awoke at 04.00,had a shower and done a light breakfast and set off to meet the legend. Alas the old boy got his times mixed up.He did say in his defence that his old and forgetful and he was very,very sorry.I'll let him off this time but do I have to ring you five times a day in future just make sure your breathing.So I ended up in work doing yet more overtime,that will be the theme this coming weekend to.I'll doubt I will make a full day on the river until mid July what with the holiday season coming up.I'll have to console myself with a few short after work sessions until then.

Now to a subject that has set a few angling forums alight.The matter of pre-baiting!I'll not labour the point to much as it's mostly been said these last few days.People getting cross and toys being thrown about left right and centre. But guys you have a new bait team on the middle Severn.Here we have the "Yam Twins".

A word of advice If I may be so bold.If you do see two guys like this spodding out kilo after kilo of bait.Move as you can bet your bottom dollar the fish are not where these two guys are;-).Better luck next time guys I'm sure you will get your just reward.So much bait was put out that the flood defences were raised almost weekly.

Be Lucky

Monty D

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

A New Season Beckons

Well the waiting is almost over for those anglers who prefer running water as opposed to still waters.I'm sure many anglers have checked and looked at their tackle over and over these last few days.I was not going to cast a line until Saturday but have wangled an early swerve on Thursday,so hope to be on the river near home for a few hours after work.

The rains have come over most of the country after such a barren dry spell.And a deluge looks on the cards for the opening day of the 2011/2012 season.For those who will be on the bank in anticipation of the first cast at midnight I envy you.It's a very magical moment I'm sure many people agree.I doubt many of us grown up and very adult anglers will sleep well these last few nights.I never sleep well prior to going fishing as I'm excited and I hope that feeling never expires.

I shall tuck my self away and just see what comes along,safe in the knowledge that we have another nine months to fish.

I hope where ever you cast a line this season you enjoy it and make new friends and maybe build some bridges with old ones.But If you come across me,please piss off as in the name of the very famous actress......"I Vant to be alone".

Be Lucky

Monty D

Saturday, 4 June 2011

River Walk And Derby Days

Well the the river close season is nearly at an end and I'm glad of the sabbatical,I only cast a line once on a lake back in April.But the break has done me the world of good and I am looking forward to getting back out again.It has flown by and as I posted in the last close season,as we get older we mark the passage of time by our angling seasons,as opposed to those odd people who do not fish and who go by the real time calender.I feel sorry for those who do not to be honest as who wants to live in the real world?I much prefer to live the life of a dreamer.

I took a stroll this morning down my local river,it was sadly very low and looked in need of a good drink.But though the month of June looks set to be warm and sunny the rest of the summer should be varied.I hope for once the weather man is right but I shall not hold my breath.I spotted the occasional Barbel and plenty of Dace and Chub swimming in and out of the faster flowing water.But I was more keen to find some Carp in the slower areas as my target for the summer is a river "20".I've set myself a little task to only use sweetcorn,luncheon meat,or floating baits.Just a bit of fun for me really,as I do not need to compete against other anglers.I enjoy mooching about with the minimal of tackle.Not long now to the magic of June the sixteenth,though as I have mentioned before I shall wait a while to fish the smaller rivers......

Now to some scurrilous accusations.It appears five copy's,yes that is right FIVE copy's of this book have gone missing.I'm sure it is an administration error and not someone up to no good.I'm sure they will turn up soon as to loose seven hundred pounds worth of books is mighty clumsy.But I wonder why a certain person was enquiring recently If anyone was off to the Hay-on-Wye book festival.No comments on "Book Gate" please gent's as I'm embarrassed for the people as it is.And as ever I love to take the proverbial.


Now back to football.I've had plenty of people giving me stick recently about our new manager down at Upton Park.It's not an inspired choice really,but who is of sound mind and wants to come to West Ham with the mess we are in.But if you sing"Big Fat Sam's Claret and Blue Army" enough it grows on you.Here is our man in the dug out for next season.

And so to the Derby,last year I tipped the winner on here and as I'm blowing my own trumpet I also posted the Grand National winner prior to the off.This year I've backed Pour Moi each way at 6/1.Will it win?God knows as the race this year looks more open than usual.Carlton House the Queens horse is favourite and it will bring many a roof down and Epsom itself if the horse stays the trip,but that is the conundrum with the Derby.Rough race,undulating track that does not suit every horse and does not often give you a good luck story unlike the Grand National.I'm a romantic so much prefer my National Hunt racing though.Can it really be thirty years since Walter Swinburn won the Derby by ten lengths on Shergar.Where does the time go.If Carlton House goes clear in the final furlong expect to see this in your news papers on Sunday.I'll be at a different Derby later on today,Wimbledon dog track no less.


Lastly I went to see this band a few nights back at the Hammersmith Apollo the Fleet Foxes.They polarise peoples views a little like Marmite I though think they are superb.Great harmonies and song writing.


Enjoy your weekend.

Be Lucky

Monty D