Wednesday 6 April 2016

Back on the Pool

I was back on the pool last weekend, trying out my new waders by clearing out a fallen tree from the back of the island area, after several cuts and drags up the bank it was out and I used a rake to clear as much of the debris from the bottom, this spot is very soft and choddy underfoot so not everything could be removed, an interesting spot to watch for the future though!. I also got rid of a few more branches from various swims around the lake with a few more pegs to sort out and clear this weekend.

I did get out on the Sunday to wet a line and was quite surprised to get three skimmers all on 18mm boilies, how they manage it I don't know.

Bait thief
It was a long day but I was confident of a proper take from a Carp as one of the areas I'd fished to had been regularly topped up through the day with frequent casts, small ball of groundbait and boilies. The bite came early evening with the bobbin lifting an inch stopping for a few minutes and then taking off, it didn't take long to come in and it was lovely to see a mirror roll over the cord.

Lovely Mirror
The only Carp of the session at thirteen pound six ounce, the colour makes me think it's one of the stock fish put in a while back.

Sunday 28 February 2016

An ounce short!

After last weeks Carping session the bug has got me and today's session on the canal was to try and catch a Carp. It was cold and to be honest I didn't think I had a chance to bag anything but baits were positioned and I sat back and waited for a take.

About an hour into the session the bobbin on my right hand rod slammed against the blank and the line pulled up bow tight as something sprung the trap.

After a brief scrap a lovely mirror one ounce short of nineteen pounds graced the bottom of the net.

An ounce short of nineteen
Sadly, this was the only fish of the day.

Sunday 21 February 2016

Been a while!

It's been a while since my last post and no excuses I just haven't had the time, family and work commitments are keeping me away from the bank,  I can just count the fishing trips this year on one hand.

It was a surprisingly mild day today and the fish in my pond where up on top, just what I like to see when a spot of Carp fishing was the plan. There was no rocket science involved in the choice of today's swim and I was fortunate enough to find it available when I arrived. The weeks visiting half term rabble had done a grand job of ground baiting the spot to be fished and nothing more fancy than white pop ups were chucked over to the bird feeding area. I had one take within minutes and a lovely common just short of a double soon graced the bottom of the net.

Little Common
Barry managed a couple of Pike so the duck looked to be heading my direction but a late bite resulted in what felt like a much better fish on the end of my line, it wasn't as big as it first felt but did make double figures at fourteen four.

Nice Mirror

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Spot the Monkey

This little Monkey was recently seen up a tree at Jubilee, I didn't think home tied artificial flies were that expensive!!
Can you spot him?

Spot the Monkey

Tuesday 16 June 2015

The 125

Last Sunday was Leamington Angling's 125th year celebration gala held at Jubilee pools. Myself and Barry were on the Horseshoe pool demonstrating Fly Fishing for Carp, through the day we offered plenty of advise for anglers that were keen to try this method, a couple of fish were even caught!

Club member Jeff had fished for Trout but had never tried fishing for Carp using the fly and was making some enquiries as to how it feels to have a Carp on the end of such light gear, I managed to hook a fish whilst he was there and handed the rod over for him to experience for himself.

Jeff in some rod bending action
First Fly landed Carp for Jeff
Needless to say, I think he'll be up there giving it a go soon.

When things quietened down it was time to give Cerys a quick lesson in the art of fluff chucking and started with some casting tuition.

Gently does it!
Run for cover!!
The art of watching for a take and not striking too early.

Wait for it!!
After some frantic action with the odd shout of "No, I want to do it" from Cerys, we eventually got the fish on the bank, Cerys's first Carp.

Not the biggest but Cerys's first Carp.


Monday 8 June 2015


I've been wanting to blog for a while but I've had too much on to be able to tap out a few words, hope this will keep you guys interested for a short while. Did a short session on Jubilee with the fly rod yesterday and this was the first fish to grace the bank and even though it wasn't the biggest fish of the day it was by far the prettiest, I managed to capture the release on video.

Monday 11 May 2015

Time to oil up!

Just as the water starts to get warmer and a little oil can be ground baits and stick mixes, the local supermarket drops the price of it's hemp oil for one week, thank you.
Time to stock up, £4.50 instead of the usual £6