The wait is over… The rivers are open!

Hope everyone has had a good start to the season.  I was not able to get out on the first day, but was able to get out twice last week.

My first session was on the Old West river. Just a short evening session after work. I arrived to a lovely and calm river, fish topping  everywhere and spotted a few bream rolling.

After seeing this, I decided to use the feeder rod approach. I was getting loads of rudd and skimmers, then just as darkness fell, I was getting into the bream. I managed a couple of bream, and still was getting bites, but unfortunately I had to go.

Tiredness got the better of me!

Will be back again soon!

Biggest of the two Old West Bream

First session on the Ely Ouse

Dawn on the Ely Ouse

Arrived at the crack of dawn to a lovely mist covered river. Plenty of fish topping so was looking good. Setup my usual feeder rod and baited up the swim. Bites from the off. Packed up lunch time and was happy with a mixed bag of skimmers,roach and perch. Great fun and will be back soon.

Going after the tench on a fenland drain one evening this week.

Keep an eye on my catch reports!

 

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Pre Season Madness on Roswell Pits

Since my last visit to Roswell pits, I have been fishing it most weeks and been very successful. The thing I love about this lake, is that you have all sorts of fishing available to you.

From deep reed fringed, gulley’s and overhangs perfect for predators like Zander and Pike and bream at one end.

Then to perfect lily beds and channels around islands at the other end. Perfect for all the summer species.

As you can guess, I spent most of my time after tench and bream, but in particular the very large Rudd that lurk the depths. As you saw in my last post, I was fortunate enough to get a brace of two stunning rudd, which got me hooked, catching these bars of gold.

So how did I do?

As I have fished Roswell all the way through the close season, I was starting to learn where the fish hang out. I was noticing the big bream tended to show in the deeper end of the pit, and had some beauties, as you can see below.

As for the rudd, I deliberately waited until the lily bed started to show and the water temperatures started to rise. before I had a go after them.

I had a walk round the lake most evenings, and was seeing some very large fish topping around the lily beds, and they all seemed to be around an hour or so before darkness.

I returned with the feeder rod, and was getting them, but was being pestered by Bream. Great fun but not my intended species. So I decided to change tactics.

On my last visit, I left my feeder rod at home, and took my float rod instead, armed with a couple tins of sweetcorn. I arrived a couple of hours before darkness, and there they were right on que, topping around the lily beds.

I setup the float rod with a waggler setup and hair rigged corn on a size 12 hook, and set the depth, just a couple of foot below the surface. I was also throwing a few kernels of corn around the float for each cast.

After about half an hour, I could see fish rising in the swim and was into my first fish, not the intended target species, but a nice bream. I kept at it, and was starting to pick up a few more bream, and then the rudd started to show.

It was constant, then it started to slow down. They were all caught just off the lily beds.

When it started to slow down, I then baited up another swim to the left of me.

It was a gorgeous looking swim, with a lovely clear patch, amongst a semi circle of lily’s.

I scattered a few kernels of corn around the float as usual, then I saw something rather large, swirl on the surface. With a sense of anticipation I cast the float near where the fish surfaced and waited patiently for half an hour, sprinkling corn around the float,  then the float slowly sailed beneath the surface. I struck into the fish, and it was racing all over the place.

When it hit the surface, I thought it was a bream, but then it dived below the surface and I saw the red fins. I was stunned, it was my intended species.

I kept calm and netted the fish. Shaking at what I was in my net, I called my mates over, as I wanted them to see this fish.

They came over and were stunned. We weighed the fish, It was a lovely 2ib 80z Rudd, just short of my PB, and my first from Roswell.

After a few photos, we returned the beauty back into the depths.

2ib 8oz of pure gold.

Many thanks to Paul Sumption  and Dave Flynn for helping me get the best photo.

(My self takes have been very bad recently!) lol

This was my last visit to Roswell, as snow tarting to focus on the rivers and drains, but definitely will be back for another go after these beauties.

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Saturday April 28th – Roswell Pits

Had a lovely day at Roswell pits today. Check out my first ever video diary below

Hope you enjoyed the video diary. I am going to do some tweaks with the videos as I gain more experience, so keep an eye on the website.

Overall it was a cracking days fishing and looking forward to returning soon.

Highlight of the day for me, was a brace of rudd, Biggest 2ib!

 

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Another river season comes to an end for me….

Well I booked three days of work and decided to go on a few pike sessions out in the Fens, as not had a proper go for them since January.

The drains I fished were,  The Middle Level, Forty Foot and a local land drain.

These sessions were very disappointing, but I was able to manage a lovely jack pike from the forty foot.  Everywhere else,  I blanked.

It didn’t help as we had just got over the “Beast From The East” winter snap, and the drains were not in the best form. If it wasn’t the snow melt, it was the heavy rain. They were pumping very hard and very coloured.

After speaking to a few anglers, I was happy to know, I was not the only one who was struggling!

Anyway, overall I had a great season, and managed to smash my Catfish pb, which was a highlight, as well as experiencing a fantastic red letter day tench fishing on the forty foot, on the first day of the season.

I have a couple more zander sessions on a still water to come, before I hang up the predator rods for a while, so keep an eye on my website.

As from April, I will be bringing out the beachcasters I have, for a spot of sea fishing.

Then as from June 16th, I will be digging out the feeder rods and be back on the drains and rivers, after the bream and tench.

In the meantime, keep an eye on my website, as I will no doubt be fishing a few still waters and commercials between May and June.

Tight lines to everyone!

 

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Sunday March 4th – Final River Cam Winter Chub Session

After my last Chub session, I had a text from a friend of mine who I haven’t seen for a long time. He saw my success from the last session, and fancied a go himself, so off we went.

We arrived at dawn, and started off in my favourite spot of the stretch. Within minutes of my first cast, I had a lovely pull down on the rod and hooked into a lump. It scrapped for a bit, and then the hook pulled out. Was gutted.

We gave it a bit longer, but it had gone dead. We then decided to move the next swim.

We had baited up the area and cast the rods out. My friend rod tip hooped round, and he struck into something, then there was an almighty crack and he had succeeded in breaking his rod! Looking a bit red faced, he brought the rod in (Now in two halves) and a lovely chub around 2ib was on the end. Lovely fish, if a bit expensive for him!

We had a couple more takes, but missed them. We tried a few more swims, but blanked. We gave it a couple more hours, then moved back to the swim we started off in, as given it a chance to rest after missing the fish earlier. I chucked a few cheese paste samples out, and cast out the rod.  I had a couple of taps on the tip, the rod hooped round. I struck into the fish and was finally in. A fish just over 2ib.

After the rod breaking on him earlier, he was able to do a temporary fix and cast back out (With the aid of sellotape!) but it was starting to break apart again, so he headed home.

I carried on fishing, but moved to another location on the stretch, where I have been very successful.

After arriving at the spot, I chucked out some lumps of cheese paste and cast the rod out. After about twenty minutes I had a couple of timid taps on the tip, then it hooped round. I struck down into the fish, and was in. Weighed it, and it was just over 3ib.

It was a lovely clean fish aswell. I threw some more cheese paste out, and within ten minutes of recasting, I was into my second fish.

Not as big as the first one, but it still was a pristine fish.

Overall it was a cracking days fishing, and great to get two fish from the same swim, even better straight after the snow melt.

Will be back again with luncheon meat in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday February 25th – The Arthur Rank Hospice Predator Cup Charity Match.

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It was fantastic to be doing this again, but no fish for me.

Click on the link below, to get a report of the days fishing.

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Tight Lines!

 

 

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Sunday February 11th – First Winter Chub Session On The River Cam.

Well, I have been seeing a few nice chub coming out the River Cam over the last few weeks, so fancied a bit of the action on my favourite stretch of the river. I invited another angling friend of mine, who has never fished this stretch of the River Cam before, who jumped at the chance.

I picked him up, just after 7am, and we got to the river just after half past seven.

On arrival the river looked perfect.  Lovely colour in it, and a slight breeze blowing.  I set the rod, and baited up with cheese paste.

Before I cast out, I chucked a few cubes of paste out and left it for a ten minutes, then cast the leger setup out.

Within minutes, the rod hooped round and I was into my first fish, I felt it kick, then the line went slack. The 4.4ib hook length had snapped at the knot.

After this mishap, I changed to a straight through setup, using 6ib line with a size 8 wide gape hook. I had no more bites in this swim, but my mate had a knock, but missed it. I tried a second swim, but nothing else.

We worked our way along the river as the day want on, but the conditions were getting harder. The wind speed increased, and made it more difficult to cast out and tell whether bites were genuine or not, due to the tips bouncing about, then there was a sharp snow and hail shower, which didn’t help, but we kept going.

Around lunchtime, things started to improve, the wind dropped slightly and my mate was into his first fish. A lovely little jack pike on his lure rod.

In the final couple of hours I lost a second fish. It succeeded in biting through the line. I am thinking it may of been a eel, or even a rogue pike. Gutted at losing the second fish of the day, I was beginning to get frustrated and wondering where I was going wrong, but i stuck with the methods I was using.

The last hour of daylight, I had a couple of nice knocks on the rod, then it looped round and I struck into a fish.

Determined not to lose it, I eventually netted it.

A lovely, plump, chub graced the net. After a couple of photos, and releasing the fish back into the depths, I recast and was into my second fish within minutes, but it dropped the hook.

After losing this fish, the swim went dead and the daylight was slowly disappearing, so reluctantly we headed back to the car.

The only chub of the day, but was worth it!

Overall it was a very hard days fishing, but was worth it.

Will be heading back in March, for another go.

 

 

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Tuesday February 6th – Ely Ouse (Town Centre)

Not used my feeder rod, for a while so dug it out of the shed and had a go after the roach and skimmers that shoal up regularly in this stretch, this time of year.

I met a mate down there around 9am, and we both had a chat and setup the kit. Fishing started around 10am.

The conditions were very hard. Very cold to the point it was in the minuses, and the sun was quite bright aswell. We were getting bites, but they were very finicky.

It was great to catch up with my friend, but the fishing wasn’t the best. I only managed two roach and my mate  had a few more.

Will hopefully get back for another session, before the season ends.

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Thursday 25th January – Red Letter ‘Evening’ on a Fenland Drain!

I am lucky enough to get out fishing one evening week, and as you know this time of year I use this time to target the zander.

I had text from a friend, who fancied a session, and of course I obliged.

We had intended to give Well Creek a go, but on this occasion we decided to change our plans and visit the Middle Level.

We chose an area which was very close to my friends heart. He lost his father last year, and this particular area, was one of his favourite spots.

We arrived just after six, and the conditions were perfect. Slight breeze, and not too cold. My friend had three rods and I had two.

We were there just over an hour, then my friends buzzer, on the right hand rod broke the fenland silence with a couple of beeps, then a screaming run. He picked the rod up and struck into the fish.

After a few minutes and battling with the fish, and almost losing it in the reeds, a lovely pike broke the surface and graced the net.

As soon as I picked the fish up, I had a feeling it was an upper double or maybe a twenty.

After getting stuck in the mud, and almost losing a boot, I scrambled up the bank and helped my friend unhook the fish, we took some photos and weighed it.

My inclinations were right, and it was 20ib on the nose!

As you can imagine, my friend was over the moon, and it was his first twenty from the level and in the night. After releasing the fish, we simply had to have a celebratory brew!

Beautifully marked fenland twenty.

After about half an hour and settling down after the excitement of the pike, my left hand rod beeped once. At first I thought it was a bit of weed, then a couple of minutes it beeped not once, but twice.  On the second beep, I clambered down the bank and struck into the fish.

At first I thought it was a jack pike, but my friend was standing next to me, with the net and saw it roll.

He then shouted ‘It’s a zed!’ at this point I could feel the excitement bursting to come out of me, as this could be the first zed I have had from the level, for quite a few years.

I kept calm and played the fish into the net. As soon as the fish was in the net, I said ‘You are right it is a zed!’ and that’s when the excitement came out of me.

We both cheered and high fived each other. It was a lovely feeling, to see one of these now rather elusive fish come out of the level . We were both buzzing.

Not only had we had a caught lovely pike, we also caught a gorgeous zed aswell in the same night, and from a very hard drain. These sessions are quite rare these days!

After taking some photos, we released the Zed back into the depths, put the kettle on and reminisced on our success.

Lovely 7ib 12oz Zander

These two were the only fish we had, but it was by far the best fenland evening session I have had for a very long time, and in great company.

We most definitely will be back here very, very soon!

 

 

 

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Saturday 13th January – Back on the drains!

Well it has been a while since ventured back onto the drains after the pike, due to all the rain, wind and extremely cold weather we have been having, and also waiting for the drains to fine down, it was time to get back on them.

I decided to do the roving approach, as the particular drain I visited is perfect for this.

I arrived just before Sunrise and started the walk to the first swim.  Once I had arrived I fished it for an hour or so, but it was very quite.  I kept this up all day, aiming to cover as much water possible, which was definitely the way to go, as I found out.

After a good few hours walking, and stopping at various locations I found a perfect open swim. I cast one rod out to the right of me, baited with Sardine and the second rod with Smelt. After about the half an hour, the float dipped on the second rod and slowly disappeared into the depths. I wound down and struck into the fish, minutes later I was awarded with a lovely upper double on the bank. All 15ib 60z of it!

This was the only fish I had, but worth the hours put in, trying to find them.

 

It was a very short, thickset fish and I think she will be a very big fish in years to come. Great fun, and hoping for few more of these in the last couple of months of the river season.

 

 

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