So much for the start to the fishing this year, I have nothing new to blog about which means this entry is a bit of a rattle about random stuff. My total catches so far still only stands at one fish, only one, no more and we are one and a bit months in. I've been out several times and in all weathers but the catch rate has remained at one lucky Bream. On a plus note, it means that unless Barry catches on our next outing the Duck's still remain his, blanking has never been so good!
The bait shack (currently 'The Hooch Hut') will soon be in action, I've looked high and low for my old boilie recipe book which I was beginning to convince myself that I'd lost when we moved house a couple of years back, I found it last week, tucked away in the corner of a box I'd looked in several times. Having flicked through the ingredient stained pages, I've started gathering the necessary bits and pieces to make my first batch of boilies in three years, let's hope it's not that long before I catch any fish on them.
An old hobby, not dabbled with since my student years, has kept me from freezing my brass bits off this winter whilst fishing for duck's, brewing beer. It's been a welcome diversion away from fishing and even though I no longer drink the way I used to it's been enjoyable to make and then sample the stuff and it also means I no longer have to buy booze from the supermarket.
I've come across a few ingredients used in home brewing that are going to make their way into my boilie recipes but this doesn't mean I'm going to be tempting the carp with fermented boozy boilies! (Now there's an idea!)
The brews I've knocked up so far have of coarse been given names that relate to angling, there's 'Carpers Pit' and 'Pikers Bite' which are both flavoured 'Turbo' Ciders, 'Wobbly Barrow' is a proper old style ale which is bottle conditioning as I write this, the tasting at bottling stage was very promising. Looking forward to brewing Nettle Beer and Elderflower Champagne, when the spring arrives.