Saturday, 30 May 2015

Close Season Walk

Today Karl and I found time to take a stroll prior to the season starting, something that has been promised for the last few weeks. Every close season has seen me with good intentions of popping down to Marsh Farm or Old Bury Hill, tackle has been readied then unpacked again.

The truth is that I'm just fooling myself, knowing  that fishing surrounded by other anglers is not for me much preferring stretches of river that see very little footfall from one year to the next.

We walked for around two hours, saw Barbel that are in no way ready to spawn by the looks of it. That will deflate those bastions of Barbeldom you know where! Been peaking in now and again and chuckling as always, it's Viagra for the soul.

Spotted some good Chub and also spooked a couple of good fish, close in to the bank in some very overgrown shady areas. Large bow waves bulging the water as an unknown assailant moves off. These are the things that float my boat, the out of the way areas that we just do not what swims below the surface.

The fourth coming season will see me fishing these places for a time as opposed to some other beats that you can always go back to and put a bend in the rod. Guessing that many blank sessions may prevail, but knowing that seldom will  I see a soul. That suits me down to the ground. long walks but peace.

Trout, well a few fish have been caught, but the urban environment drove me around the bend in the end. These small cranks normally come with a size sixteen treble. Very, very fiddly to unhook. So on the small baits I've added some inline singles in a size six. School of thought is that my hook up rate will fall massively in that the hook "turns flat". I'm willing to give it a go, as trying to unhook a deep hooked Jack or Perch with small trebles will be hugely problematic. If it does not work, maybe try some double hooks, or up the treble size. Always things to learn even after thirty five years of fishing.


Look we all know what goes on, but my jaw dropped yesterday after reading this quote......

"I'm not shocked because we've all suspected for years that widespread corruption has been going on. I'm just surprised someone has finally brought an investigation into the open"

Who do you think? Sir Kier Starmer QC, well you'd be wrong. Very! Harry "Brown Envelope" Redkanpp. How can this saggy faced, tax avoiding wrong'un stick his oar in, the mind it simply boggles.

Enjoy your weekend.

Be Lucky

Monty D