Sunday, 30 January 2011
My first target for this year is to improve my basics I need to learn some new knots and start making my own pole rigs. This will save me some money and I will be able to make rigs up to fit the venue. I'm sure catching a nice fish on a rig I have made myself will only add to the enjoyment.
I really want to become comfortable fishing knowing how to use all my equipment, different techniques and methods to catch fish. All this will help me in my next target to compete in a match. I've never match fished before but my competitive side thinks that this will be fun and a good way to meet other people that fish.
I'm a big fan of a list and as its 2011 I thought it would be good to target 11 different species of fish, so here are the 11 fish I'd like to catch this year:
4: Ghost Carp
6: Common Carp
9: Crucian Carp
11: Mirror Carp
My final target for 2011 is to fish at 11 different venues, so here's my list of places I'd like to visit this year:
1: Whitmoor Fisheries - Kirkham
2: Cunneries - Eccleston
3: German Lane - Eccleston
4: Birkache Garden Centre - Chorley
5: Vernons Lodge - Penwortham
6: Barrat & Jays - Leyland
7: Orcheton House Farm - Eccleston
8: High Heys Farm - Eccleston
9: Heskin Old Farm - Heskin
10: Lindholme - Doncaster
11: Cudmore - Stafford
So that's my targets for this year and you can follow all my progress on here. If you've been to any of these places, or know somewhere that I might catch one of my target fish or maybe you can give me some advice on match fishing then feel free to leave a comment.
The Maggot Dangler
Monday, 24 January 2011
But then my competitive streak comes out and I don't just want to sit on the bank carefree I want to catch more fish and bigger fish! I started reading fishing forums to find out about new techniques, baits and venues. And before you know it I'm thinking about personal bests and entering matches! Instead of relaxing and being blank while fishing now I'm thinking about what bait to try next, should I try fishing shallower, maybe I should try the method feeder, its a full moon and the temperture is just right, should I fish into the wind etc etc etc etc the list could be endless!!!
When I first started back fishing I had my 6m whip, a disgorger, a couple pole rigs, slice of bread and some maggots. It all fit easily in the boot of my car along with a fold out chair, I could be fishing within 5mins of being at a venue. Now I have match rod, feeder rod, 9m pole and 2 whips in my rod bag. I have a big old heavy box that has 3 reels, over 25 pole rigs, feeder pellets, big drilled pellets, hooker pellets, paste, groundbait etc and weighs a ton. The last time I fished it took me about 30mins to get set up!!
How times have changed, but for the good I think. I was told on one of the fishing forums:
"Laziness doesnt catch fish, preparation and effort do" I think it adds to the day to do some research before hand, what pegs have fished well, what baits work I think in fishing you are always learning and trust me I have a lot to learn. But hopefully 2011 will be a big year for me I'm going to set some targets in my next blog, nothing to stretching but something to aim for. My main aim is to keep fishing as a pleasure but like any sport you don't want to turn up and get beat so its me verses the fish! Bring it on!!!
Thanks for reading,
The Maggot Dangler
Saturday, 22 January 2011
As I said in my earlier post I have recently purchased a new feeder rod and reel and was excited to try them out. So I set the rod up with 6lb main line and elasticated method feeder and a pre-tied 5lb hair rig hook length of about 6 inch size 14. I decided to flick the feeder into the corner of the lake (so not really a great trial for casting distances etc!) the wind was blowing into the corner and I though any loose feed put in over the weekend may have ended up in this corner plus there is a few overhanging trees to keep the fish interested!
I pulled out all the baits I had just incase (!) but my main attack was to be soaked feeder pellets on the method feeder and corn on the hook as corn worked well the last time I fished here though I was on the bottom lake, this was my first time on the top lake. I also had pinkies to feed and put on the hook, some large marine pellets, some catfood hooker pellets which I think have passed there sell by date as they never seem to stay on the hook nor did they stay on the hair rig!!
I was fishing by 11am and it was very quiet! I had a knock on the rod when I had pinkies on while I was soaking the pellets but not a full on bite. I have only recently started using the hair rig set-up and at the moment I don't trust it!! I'm just not confident I will catch using it, I'm sure as soon as I catch my first fish using the hair rig hooks I'll be fine but at the moment I just don't trust it! So at 12.30pm with no bites I cut the hair of my hook on just put the corn on the hook. I was despearate to set my pole up and try that, but had told myself I was there to use my feeder rod and nothing else! At 12.40pm my feeder rod was cast to the middle of the lake and my pole rig was lowered into the corner of the lake!! And instant success, I lost the first fish as I was bringing it in but caught instantly on putting the pinkie back in and at 12.45pm I had my first fish of the day.
A small but perfectly formed little roach. I could now relax, I hadn't blanked!
It was while I was unhooking this fish and taking its picture that the tip of my feeder rod started to slowly go round!!! (Like buses hey!)
So roach returned and I pick my rod up and strike, fish on! And its a decent one. I start to reel but there's a problem it's stuck? I look down and a massive knot has developed around the arm of the reel, I can't reel in!!!! OH MY GOD, panic, deep breath, pull the rod back again to check the fish is still there, it is. Ok think, can I pull the line in somehow urrm no (idiot!) pull the rod back again its still there, luckily its not doing a lot but is definately there. I tried undoing the knot but there was no chance, I had to cut the line above and below the knot and tie the two ends together!! That done I start to reel in eventually but its not moving, oh know its snagged me up I think? It was hard to tell where the line was but it could have been wrapped around one of the platform legs I thought, gutted so I start pulling on the rod thinking I was snagged expecting to snap my hook length and start again. But then all of a sudden it gets loose and the fish is still on!! It didn't give a big fight just seemed to sit there but about 20 minutes after the bite I finally land my first fish on my new feeder rod and reel.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
I found it a really tough decision to make I had set myself a budget of £40 maximum which isn't a great deal but also you can get really good quality tackle at a good price these days. Ebay is also a great place to look for good quality second hand equipment and clearance prices on new things.
Friday, 14 January 2011
I got there around 2pm and as the river is so narrow you can only really fish with a whip. So I pulled out my 15 year old Silstar red 6m whip. I didn't see much point in buying maggots to fish for an hour so nicked a slice of bread from home and a bit of corn to feed.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
A bit of game fishing!!
A small chub(I think?)
A nice sized roach.
In the hour or so I was there I must have caught over 10 roach, chub and the random trout!!Another venue I fished a lot last year was Shruggs Wood in Leyland. This venue has abit of a bad reputation as it is near a rough estate and gets a lot of young kids fishing it. I've never had any problems and as long as you avoid it during summer holidays and leave around 3pm its a smashing little venue and at £2 a day or £12 a year a bargin! The first few times I fished it I used maggot and caught lots of skimmers and perch nothing massive but all a nice size. There was always people set up for carp but I never saw them catch anything!
I'd decided to go fishing in Blackburn after dropping my son off at nursery and despite the fact that it was absolutley throwing it down nothing was stopping me! So I went to Newrads (?) in Darwen I didnt like the look of the venue and after an hour with no bites and strong winds I decided to go to Shruggs Wood as I was certain I'd catch and its surrounded by woods so quite sheltered. I was using corn as well as maggot on this day and as well as the usual haul of skimmers I caught my first ever bream. I didn't have scales with me but would guess it was around 3lbs.
Notice the rain bouncing of the lake!
Another venue I fished a few times last year was Byers Farm in between Gregson Lane and Bamber Bridge. I fished here a couple of times as a child but don't remember catching much! It now has a second pond and is full of carp around the 1-2lb mark as well as bigger carp into double figures there's even a rumour of a catfish in the top lake as well! I hope I never catch it, ugly things!!
On my second visit just before it got all icy and snowy but still bloody cold I used pinkies and corn caught only caught 3 or 4 small carp before one around the 6-8lb mark snapped my pole! I'm currently using my dads old DAM pole which had a few repairs on the top section, I had a decent battle with this fish and was near to landing it when SNAP! my top section snapped in two places! Gutted PB fish lost and a trip to local tackle shop to see what he could do. Anyway here's a few pictures of the fish that didnt snap my pole from my two visits to Byers last year.
A very nice goldfish
A small common carp very pretty though, unlike its ugly sister below a chunky mirror.
So that's a quick round up of my 2010, I hope to get out very soon and start telling you all about the fish I catch in 2011!
I started going quite regularly at the end of 2010 and seem to have got the bug back!
I want to use this blog to document my return to fishing and hopefully progression from bumbling idiot who can't tie hooks on properly to a decent all around angler cumulating in me entering my first ever match at some point in 2011.
I work long hours during the week and have a 2yr old boy who I love spending time with at weekends as well playing cricket in the summer months so finding time to fish is one of my biggest obstacles. But I hope to get out quite regulary and will discuss the venues, set up, baits and fish caught or not as the case my be(!) on here after each session.
I hope my blog will entertain and inform you, but my biggest wish is to get some interaction from you guys so if I'm doing something wrong, or you've got advice on a venue etc I'd love to hear from you and I will be more than willing to share all my tips and venue info with you.
But for now tight lines,
The Maggot Dangler