Saturday 2nd December – Lincolnshire Drains

I have a contact over in Lincolnshire, so arranged a visit to try the drains over there. Left home just before dawn, and got there just as the sun got up. The first venue we tried was the Sibsey Trader.

We arrived to find a lot of surface weed. After a good drive, we eventually found a weed free swim. We setup up and spent the morning there. I blanked, but my mate had two. On Jack and  lower double. It then went quite, and we headed over to the hob hole drain, not miles from Boston.

This was unusually low for the time of year, but apparently this is the standard winter levels for the drains out here, which is different to Cambridgeshire/Norfolk drains.

Anyhow, not deterred we gave it a go. I had a fish take the float fished sardine, but unfortunately, it was abler to shake the hook off. It also looked a good fish aswell. I was gutted, but not prepared to give up. Carried on going, but nothing.

If I had more time, I probably would of fished into the night, but had a hour and a half drive home to look forward too.

Overall it was a great day and in great company. I am looking at revisiting in the new year, before the season finishes.

Plenty of potential in the area.


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Saturday 25th November – My local drain

Usually a good spot, but not on this occasion. That’s fishing though!

I had a couple of hours on my local stretch of the Old Bedford/River Delph.

Tried a couple of swims, but no fish on this occasion, as run out of time. Nice couple of hours, but will make time for a proper session, before it floods for the winter.

Got some good photos, which makes up for it though. Still love it down there.

Sunset over my local drain.




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Saturday 18th November – Twenty Foot Drain

Had a full day out in the fens today. Was a very slow session. Got to the drain very slow, and started off in my usual hot spot.

Unusually I had nothing, not even a run. I sat it out to lunchtime, but moved on.

I then moved on to another of my favourite spots, but there was a match, so was unable to fish it. Running out of ideas, I started to head back through the fens, hoping to find a spot. I was lucky to find an area where a couple of drains criss cross each other and dropped in a couple of float setups. Within minutes, the left hand float started to bob and then disappear beneath the surface.  I struck into the fish, and was into a lovely fish. Not quite a double, but not far off. Took a photo, and released it back into the depths. I had no more after this, but was running out of time. so packed up.

As I packed up, the bailiff arrived. I had a chat and the bailiff mentioned an area of the drain, that belongs to the club, but very rarely gets fished.

He happened to mention that a few twenty’s have come out over recent years, and might be a worth a shot, if you are prepared to wander.

As you know, I do like my roving sessions, so will give the said area of the drain a go ait some point. Watch this space!

The only pike I was lucky enough to bank today. Not massive, but better than blanking.


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Wednesday November 8th – Time for a cheeky lunchtime session!

I am lucky enough to work within five minutes drive of the Old West River, so more than enough time to have a cheeky lunchtime session.

I have visited before with my pike rod but blanked, but wanted another go with the float setup after the roach.

I was aware of an area that is well known for it’s roach and again within five minutes of work, so I took a drive over there.

When I arrived the river had a slight flow and looked perfect.

I already had a float rod partly set up in the car, so was able to set up and cast out pretty quickly.

Within minutes, I was into a decent fish, at first I thought it was a perch, but I was wrong. A lovely pristine roach graced the net.

After a quick photo, I cast back out.

Within minutes I had another one of the same calibre, then a bigger fish.

At first I thought it was a ‘proper’ Roach, but after taking looking a closer look, it was a lovely Roach/Rudd hybrid.

This continued for the next half hour, and I had quite a few of these, and they were still biting when I had to pack up.

It was a great short session, and I wished I had more time. I am planning to return this weekend, and may even take a pike rod with me, and see if I can winkle one out.

Great Fun!


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Sunday November 5th – Middle Level

Lovely sunset over the fen drains. Taken on the way home.

Not had full days pike fishing yet on the drains yet, so fancied a go.

Arrived at the drain a couple of hours before light, and had a go after the zeds.

I had nothing at all which was a shame. I then had a couple of hours catching some live baits and when I had enough baits , I got the pike rods prepared.

One was rigged up with a float fished live bait and the other on a sliding ledger dead bait.

I had nothing until mid afternoon, when the ledger rod screamed off.

Struck into the fish, and landed a 6ib 2oz jack pike.  It was caught on smelt.

The conditions were not right as it was full on sunshine all day, and the pike didn’t show until early afternoon when it started to cloud over.

Overall it was great to be out again on the drains, but shame the pike were not that hungry.

Will be back again very soon.

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Wednesday November 1st – Ely Ouse

Determined to try and get some zeds from the ouse, as has been a while now,  I visited a stretch on the Ely Beet club, which was once a zander hotspot. After setting up in the dark, I cast out both rods. One to the opposite bank, and one in the centre channel. It was very quite until around 9pm when I had my first run.

It was a very finicky bite and I could see the tip moving slightly. I struck into the fish, but missed. On checking the bait, It had a couple of puncture marks. Most definitely a zander, and probably a schoolie.

As I was packing up around 11pm, the rod beeped once and the buzzer screamed.

I ran down the bank from the car, and struck into the fish. It tore off down the river and back up again.  It felt a lump. After the fight, it then went slack, and I thought I lost it.

I tightened up, then it shot off again, then it went slack. The fish was gone.

Not sure what happened, but was gutted. Definitely thinking it was a good sized pike.

After this, I just finished packing up and went home.

Will be back, and the signs are looking good for me, so will not give up!

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Monday 23rd October – Great Ouse, Littleport

I had an evening spare after work, so I headed down to the stretch of river at Littleport, where I planned to go yesterday to try for the zeds.

Arrived there just as it was getting dark. Cast two rods out one near some tree roots and one out in the middle. I was feeling positive, but it was not to be.

Very disappointing as the conditions seemed perfect. Two lads turned, and had some nice pike out during the week, which was good to know.

Will try it again, but probably in the daylight hours. Don’t give up that easy!

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Sunday 22nd October – Revisiting an Old Haunt

Not had a proper pike session yet, so thought I would go out on my first one of the season today. I had planned to visit the Ouse at Littleport, but there was a match on.

Being in a bit of dilemma, I thought I would revisit an old haunt, as it was only a ten minute drive away.

Arrived at the location, and looked perfect, if overgrown and neglected which I prefer as know it hasn’t been fished for a while.

After having a wander, I eventually found two gaps between the reeds and opposite some boats. I used a float and ledger setup.

Within minutes of the casting the float out, it started to bob and disappeared below the surface and I struck into the fish. After a few minutes, a lovely fish graced the net.


9ib 8oz

I recast the float with a new course bait, and finished setting up my ledger rod and cast out. Went quite for a while, then the ledger rod sprung into action. I struck into the run, but nothing was there, however the bait wasn’t in the best of condition, so I am thinking it was a jack, just mouthing the bait. It then went quite.

After lunch, it was still quite so I wandered further up the bank and found another swim in between the reeds. This looked perfect as had some nice bushes opposite. I cast both baits near the bushes, but nothing showed. I stayed there for  a few hours, but the winds were getting up, and the weed was becoming a problem, due to the increase in flow.

After a while, it became a bit of a nuisance, so I headed back. I was going to quickly, have a go in a land drain, but it was full of weed.

Overall it was a great day, and nice to be back at this location.  I do have a feeling there are some lumps here still. So looking forward to heading back very soon.

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Saturday October 14th – Ely Ouse

Had a few hours to spare today, so took my boy back down to the Ely Ouse, for another fishing session, except on this occasion I also took one of my pike rods.

Well after setting up, and casting literally a rod lengths from the edge, we were catching fish from the off.

We were after the roach, but we seemed to be catching some lovely perch, they were really feeding well. If they were not after the maggots we were using, they were attacking the prey fish! Great fun watching them and catching them.

Anyway the float sunk under, and my boy was into a very large fish.

At first I thought I pike may of grabbed a roach, or even possibly a bream or tench, but when the fish surfaced, we were both stunned.

He had caught the biggest perch I have seen for a long time. This was also his PB so far.

Absolute cracker!

My sons biggest perch. One very happy boy! This is exactly why I love fishing so much.

But that was not all. Before the perch showed I had a run on the pike rod.

After a nice scrap, I had a lovely pike. It didn’t bother me that much, as I have had a few of these now, but my boy had never seen one before. He loved it, and now wants to catch his first pike.

Not the best picture, but this was great seeing my boys face when I netted it.

All the perch and roach were caught on stick float tactics, and the pike on a static, ledgered dead bait.

What a great afternoons fishing!



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Friday 13th October – Cut Off Channel

Well as autumn is here, I am now starting to visit my usual evening session haunts.

I always tend to visit this drain this time of year, and always seem to do well in the evenings. It is also one of my favourite drains and perfect, if you want that shelter and that peace and quite.

I arrived here after work, just as it was getting dark, and could see fish topping, which was a good sign. They also continued to top, well into the night, and the water had some slight colour in it which also helped.

Nothing until around half ten, when I had a screamer of a run but missed it!

All I can think it may of been, was either a small jack trying to the mouth the bait which was a medium sized skimmer bream, or even a zander just being very finicky.

Was  gutted, but who cares. It was lovely just being in the depth of the fens, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Despite this misfortune,  I am always positive about this place, as I know that if you do connect to one of the pike and zeds here, they are always a good size.

Good luck for anyone fishing this weekend.

An example of a pike you could be lucky enough to catch in this hard, but picturesque drain.





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