Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Things That Make Me Smile

With the river season finishing two weeks ago for most of us(excluding you chaps on the Wandle,Thames and Medway)and various family get functions getting in the way of visiting a lake or two,for some early spring Tench fishing,I've been having a ponder as is my want and looking through some photos that make me smile.So please bear with me,for this indulgent blog entry.

This here makes me smile.....Last September on the "Jolly Boys Bash" on the river Wye.Friday was the day and Tony Rocca and I were chatting about this and that as you do.Tony waxing lyrical about his Chub angling prowess when he struck into a fish that took him under a near bank snag.It was stuck fast and he let the line go slack and said......."Watch and learn son,he will come up in a second".Well after ten minutes I slid down into the next swim,the fine cane rod was passed along the swim to me,but I had already seen the rather large Chub a good six pounds I reckon,shed the hook,but I could not let on.Tony then spent the next five minutes playing an underwater branch.Nice going you Chub demi god you.He then gave up.........

Summer river Carp off the top are a love of mine.Frustrating in the extreme at times with the flow and wind playing havoc with your bait presentation.But on a good day you can hopefully bank a few good fish,clean looking too.

Cane rods and June the sixteenth make me smile,I never saw a soul this day on this particular river.Cane rods are like Marmite.......You either love them or ............But it was a pleasure to walk across the meadow to the river and just kick up the dew and laugh like a child,at those who were at work.

Summer evenings again far from the maddening crowd.This swim produced a very slim Chub about five years ago and an August evening to look back on and just smile,not much to shout about angling wise.Just a nice evening.

My favorite photo I've ever taken,opening day on the Kennet and it must be around ten years ago?This beauty just settled near me and I grabbed the camera and took a quick snap,I love this so indulge me.

And this really makes me smile.I've unpacked the last of the boxes since the house move last July and finally found all my old angling Videos.Toms River,well I watched this years back on terrestrial TV.The blurb on the back of the VHS Box says........."A film that can only enhance your knowledge of fish and their behavior.A must for every angling library".I've also got this burnt onto a DVD,from someone who posts on here,no names or pack drill.They seldom make them like Tom no more.So smile,it's not a bad country to live in for all its faults.

Be Lucky

Monty D

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Bags Packed And Off We Go

No winners today on the first day,only a small each way double on Quantitaveeasing and Carrickboy.The first one never had a run in him,shame as he has form over Cheltenahm.The second ran well,but could not quite get a place.Both backed at 13/2 and 14/1 respectively.

The Arkle winner Sprinter Sacre looks a good horse for the future,but at odds on today not one I would back.I do not back odds on unless in an "Acca" a good way of going skint and Hurricane Flyer blew out plenty of doubles and trebles toady.

Tomorrow is not really an inspired punt.But I will have a double on Sizing Europe and Grand Crus if they are both even money or better.And I may have little punt on Vendor in the Fred Winter, although Gorgeous Sixty could go well at a good price.The "Bumper" the last race of the day,is a classic bluff and double bluff,lots of unknown dark horses.Maybe Clonbannan Lad.

Thursday is not a punting day,mostly hard handicaps.Only one real race and not one to punt on,Big Bucks at heavily odds on,barring a miracle or an act of god looks nailed on.He should make it sixteen wins on the bounce.But,well you know,you may just have another bet.Maybe Rubi Light in the Ryanair?

Friday.Kauto all day long with my heart,never a good thing to punt with ones heart.But what is life without romance and a story?But I'll enjoy the next few days and if you see me,mines a pint.

These are not tips,just who I back.So don't come on here and piss and moan if you do your bollocks.

Be Lucky(More Than Ever)

Monty D

PS Good luck those who are out the last day.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Thus Ends The Season

Well that is it for me,the end of another river season.Last season I manged around fifty odd trips to various venues.This season owing to a house move and work commitments I think the figure will be half that.The real world has taken up an awful lot of my time,kicked me royally in the bollocks so to speak.Made me focus on things non piscatorial,the first time for many a year.But that is life,be thankful for what we have and not what we covert is something I try and live too.

So today I had six hours on my local river.Mashed bread in a feeder and flake as bait hoping for a few nice Chub,a species I seldom target in the correct manner these days.Is their a correct manner for certain species?Not really,how you fish fish is how you fish.But many of my Chub have been caught on Barbel tackle theses last few years.I just fancied using a method that I do not use too often.

Arriving around 06.30 I settled into a swim with an over hanging hawthorn bush about twenty yards down stream. Nothing for the first hour then a few taps on the quiver that always gets the heart pumping,do I strike,settle back and let the bite develop,steady sit on your hands son.We have all been there,up and down like a bleeding yo yo.And non fishing folk tell us that angling is boring,but hey what do they know?I had four Chub in the next few hours,none bigger than four pounds.

All quite for a while,so I took a photo of a bite in progress.Well I did not mean too,I sat back pondering as is my want,of how the angling months have flown bye.Picked the camera up and snapped this......

The tip on cue bent right round,camera dropped onto the floor and a strike met with a feisty little Barbel.The smallest I have caught for some time and an odd hue for this time of year,when they are normally more silver in appearance.First ever Barbel on Bread too.

And that was that,packed up and came home.Lessons learnt from this season,well try and not let work get in the way so much.Highlights,the Wye trip with a great bunch of lads,Ying coming over on his birthday and Gruff,for well just being Gruff and putting up with me.I can be a right pain in the arse at times.Oh and a wind up merchant and people still take me way to seriously.When in essence they should just smile and think......."It's just Specki,being Specki".

Now looking forward to THE FESTIVAL.I can't wait for this,tingles like mad.The best sporting event bar none in my eyes.I'm lucky to have been to,two FA Cup Finals with West Ham,won one,lost one.The World Cup in Italia 90,and when England played Wales at the old Cardiff Arms Park and do those boyos sing their anthem with gusto.Hairs on my neck stood up,amazing.

But this I love,been going for years now.First time was in 1989 when Desert Orchard won in the mud,I worked for the owner John Burridge for a while years ago,though it was his mother "Midge" Burridge who really owned "Dessie".But she was shy,so John took the plaudits.And it just grows on you,year after year.We grow older,but we look back and think of various winners like MoscowFlyer,One Man,MakeAStand,Denmann,Cenkos ect,ect.But the banter is second to none.Everyone has a tip,a whisper so to speak.The betting jungle is not for the faint of heart.

I will be at the meeting on Thursday and Friday,but Lord and Lady Ying will be attending on Tuesday.Mate you will love it,trust me.Tips from me?None to be honest,I have backed Kauto for the Gold Cup,with heart and not the head.I have a sneaky feeling for Midnight Chase in this though,who I tipped up on here a while back.Hurricane Flyer who I backed last year at 7/2 in the Champion Hurdle,is odds on.As is Big Bucks for the World Hurdle on Thursday.Just enjoy it,its real life,real people who for four days leave the real world at the gate.How bad can that be?Below the King who would be,or is that should be King.Be lucky Kauto,and get back safe.

Be Lucky

Monty D