Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Home Farm Fishery Open Match 24th Feb 2017

This Match fishing mullarkey is starting to annoy me
Arrived early and was soon met by 6 other eager anglers all hoping for a decent days fishing
It was decided to be a rover and i had 4th choice and picked what i thought would be a half decent peg half way down the lake near the Aerator
Set up a small feeder hoping the mild weather may get the Carp feeding well and 3 pole rigs 1 for 13 mtrs (never used as wind was horrendous) one for top 6 and 1 for the Margins both left and right
Brendan Ions ( The Torbay Tart) had turned up for this match and despicably offered to take a pound off me which for some reason I agreed too.
I Everyone got set up quickly and soon the all in was called
I started on the feeder close to the aerator and had a few indications but no bites
It soon became clear my pound was heading across the lake to Brendan who started to catch small Carp at a steady pace then landed a lovely 12lB one which had a huge tail which it waved at me as Brendan slipped it into his keepnet.
I swapped to the pole after 45minutes by which time i was already 20lb behind Brendan
I could see Carl in the far corner catching well and Elliot on the end bank behind the Island was also catching well.
Glen & Geoff had started slower than the others but quicker than me.
I  Had a lovely bite after an hour and hooked into something substantial but it pulled away and my rig snapped in half not sure why but I blame myself for not checking the rig properly
I quickly grabbed another rig and went back in hooked another carp but I think it was foul hooked as the hook rulled quite quickly
This was the story of my day as i lost more than i landed and my total was 8 carp 2 decent 6 smallish for around 20lb including loads of Roach
Carl had a great day finishing with 110lb mainly from his right hand margin
Elliot came second with 80lb+ and Brendan snuck Third with 60lb+ 3 other 40lb weights show how good this fishery can fish in bad conditions.
I spoke with Brendan after the match and got some good advise which i will be following in the future.
Steep learning curve for me at the moment but am looking forward to a silvers only match at Goodiford Mill in 2 weeks time.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Home Farm Fishery

Third week in a row at Home Farm in Mamhead
After last weeks struggle i thought i would have another practice before this saturdays open comp.
Arrived around 9ish and quickly set up.
Bomb and Bread would be my first plan of attack followed by 2 pole line at top 6 one with sweetcorn and one with pellet over micros and then finish in the margins
Day started very well on the bread and i had 4 in the first hour including a lovely 8lb fish.
It then went a bit quiet so tried the poles had the odd fish off both but nothing great and they were also smaller fish ranging from 6oz to 3lb.
Neither line worked better than the other.
3 other people were fishing the lake and no-one was catching during the middle of the day and i couldn't work out what to do.
A quick try on the bread produced 1 quick fish but that was it so i started feeding my margins quite early which worked an absolute treat and i had a fantastic afternoon catching plenty of carp from 1lb to 7lb.
At the end of the day i had a good chat with the owner Glen who has high hopes for the fishery and is working tirelessly to improve all aspects of the fishery from new platforms to new fish and removing alot of the silt that is causing the lake to be quite shallow in some areas
So looking forward to Saturday and hoping the wind and rain aren't too bad and we all have a good days fishing.
Link to Home farm Website and Facebook page

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Home Farm Mamhead 1 good Day 1 bad day

Tale of 2 different days

Day 1
I was invited to a match at Home Farm Fishery in Mamhead which is a nice little lake that i hadn't fished for 3 years so i decided to have a practice session on the 4th Feb to see how it was fishing.
Arrived around 9am to find only 1 other person fishing who was setting up for what looked like a weeks session with his Carp gear, Buzzers, Bedchair the lot. He left at 4pm
I decided to fish the other side of the lake to him giving us plenty of room.
I picked a nice looking swim which had the tip of the Island in front and a lovely looking Margin to my Right under a overhanging tree.
With the weather warming up I decided on trying a Guru Hybrid feeder lightly loaded for casting to the island, a Pole Rig for top 5 and a Margin rig for both sides as it had the same depth
The lake was quite Shallow in my swim with a Maximum depth of 3ft in front and 18" in the Margins.
There were a few fish topping so i was hopeful of a decent days fishing.
I started on the hybrid with an 8mm Pellet on a band and  as I was sinking the line the tip knocked and I was into my first a smallish Carp of around pound.
The next 2 chucks resulted in the same with 2 more Carp landed.
It then went a bit quiet so I tried Maggot on the hook and a fish almost immediately but again went quiet.
After the first hour i had 4 fish for around 6Lb.
I tried alternating baits either Pellet, Maggot, Corn and Bomb and bread but it stayed slow and i only added 2 more in the second hour both on bread.
I decided to try my pole line and started on maggot, I started to catch nice Roach and Rudd up to 4oz and a few small carp from 6-12oz.
I struggled to get a bite during the early afternoon on the feeder so started to prime my margins around 2 o clock I fed my left hand Margin with wetted Micros and my right hand margin with Groundbait to see if 1 worked better than the other
A few fish came on the feeder but it was slow I then noticed some mud being disturbed in my left hand Margin and there were definite signs of fish activity so I reached for my Margin rig and went in, it didn't take long for my first bite and over the next 90 minutes i had a dozen Carp averaging 5Lb biggest around 8lb all on 8mm pellet all fish came from the left hand side.
By 4 o clock it started to get cold and it started to snow a bit so i packed up knowing i had a good day and possibly learnt a bit.
Day 2
Oh how things can change within 7 days
The weather had been bitterly cold all week so my practice session probably wouldn't help
I arrived early and was welcomed by a heavy snow shower.
8 booked but only 5 brave souls turned up.
The talk was the fish would be in the deeper water away from the Island so when 2 pegs were put behind in the shallow water we were surprised and though and behold I draw 1 of them and Carl the organiser for the day drew the other (served him right)
I decided that the feeder would be a no go today so just set up a bomb rod for searching the peg a top 5 pole rig and a Margin rig .
Plumbing up I knew I was in for hard day in front of me all the way across I could only find 18" of water (Carl had 12/15")  my right hand Margin had 6" and my left hand margin had a dead tree in I did find what I thought was a clear spot about 4ft from the bank in 15" of water under another branch.
Started on the bomb with Bread rod remained motionless, tried 8mm and 6mm pellets still motionless tried Maggots still nothing after 90 minutes.
Jeff in the open deep water peg had 3 carp in his first 3 chucks, Glen on peg 1 started on the bomb but soon changed to Corn on his pole rig and started to catch well., whilst Dermot who was fishing on my peg from last week had started catching well on Bread in the open water.
I started on my top 5 line and had plenty of roach and rudd and soon put a couple of pound in the net but was falling too far behind so went back on the bomb and instantly had a 3lb Carp on Maggots.
Any thoughts of a nice run ended there as i didn't have another bite.
Carl had 2/3 Carp but decided it was warmer in his van so stopped fishing around 1.30pm.
I persevered and did manage a few small Carp from my  Left hand margin also losing 3 in the tree roots all the time watching Jeff,Glen and Dermot have plenty of bites in the deeper water.
Glen ended up having a cracking days fishing and had 96Lb Dermot came second with 54Lb inc a lovely 15.5Lb Ghost Carp,Jeff was 3rd with 48lb
Me and Carl DNW but both had roughly 15Lb
Enjoyable day but hard in Baltic conditions

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

River Tone 8th Jan 2017 Chub Hunting

Firstly Happy New Year to everyone and i hope you all had a lovely Christmas
Well it seems to have been a long time with no reports, due to work and family Fishing has been limited to say the least but a new year has brought new optimism and with that in mind me and Robbie headed to the Free stretch of the River Tone hoping to catch our first River Chub.
We arrived around Lunchtime and instantly realized that a match may be taking place as there were lots of cars parked along the side of the road leading to the Cinema.
I wandered down to the river and met a very obliging angler who explained there was a match on but if we headed towards the Memorial seats we should be fine as there was only 1 other angler that way.
So we unloaded the car and headed towards and beyond the motorway bridge setting on a lovely looking swim just beyond a small stream where we could see plenty of large Roach in the clear water.
I quickly set up a Waggler rod and had a few runs through checking the depth and once happy attached 2 red maggots and cast out whilst Robbie fired some Maggot and Casters towards the float.
First run through and a small roach took the maggot and i was happy that we weren't going to blank.
I had roach on  4 of my first 8 runs so decided to let  Robbie have a go whilst i set up a small cage feeder on our second rod.
Robbie had a roach every run through and the size started to increase upto around 4oz.
After i set the feeder rod up and cast under a overhanging branch i asked Robbie if he would watch the feeder so iIcould try the waggler again.
Second run Through and a bite materialized but this time the strike was met with more resistance a lovely chub around 12oz leapt from the water before being guided to our landing net.
Next run and another smaller chub was hooked so I let Robbie back on the waggler hoping he may catch one.
He didn't but continued to catch roach of a decent size.
The feeder remained motionless so i decided to try a cast to the far bank where there appeared to be a slight undercut in the bank
The rod had only been out a couple of seconds when it sprung back and the line started to move away from the bank I struck and felt resistance but it didn't last long and the fish was off.
I told to Robbie to leave the waggler and watch the feeder I cast again to the same spot  and before I could put the rod on the rest i felt a sharp tug i quickly passed the rod to Robbie and he gleefully wound in a beautiful Chub around a Pound so Bigger than mine.
We continued catching quality roach on the waggler but the feeder only brought 1 more small chub and afew Roach.
Close to 3 o clock I had a nice Hybrid around a pound which was very pleasing but it started to get cold so we decided to wander back to the car.
We managed to just catch the angler who guided us earlier and he said he had caught roughly 8kg of roach mainly on the whip during the match which is a lovely days fishing but also said the gentleman fishing further down had caught 13Kg of Roach which is an incredible day but shows the potential of this lovely River.
In all a nice days fishing and i must also pass on a Thank you to Ivan Currie for his advice on this river

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Rhea Farm Night fishing for Carp 30/07/16

Been a long time since my last post and not much fishing being done.
But Robbie and my Daughter Caitlin have been pestering me to go Camping for months and when i saw a fishing Holiday advertised on a farm taht had lots of unusual animals it seemed perfect so booked a night and set off.
Rhea Farm is an eco friendly campsite near Axminster in Devon it's a lovely site with Large pot bellied pigs, Giant Tortoises, Ostriches.Emus, Goats, Chickens and Ducks plus some Rhea's
It has a 1 1/2 acre lake that used to be part of a quarry and doesn't seem to be an overly fished lake.
We arrived and were shown to a couple of swims where we could fish and set up including a lovely corner swim normally reserved just for the Owners.
WE set up campquickly and saw a lot of small fish topping and a few Carpcrashing unfortunately they were to the left of us andout of reach.
We set up some very standard carp gear as i'm not really a Carp fisherman but a bottom rig went out first with a cell boiled nailed to the bottom with some Putty and a Zig rig was sent out about a foot below the surface with a Milky Toffee pop up for bait.
I then set up a basic pole rig so my kids could catch a few of the smallroachand see if anything else turned up
We had been told there were Perch,eels,Roach,Rudd and Tench plus 1 large Catfish
The pole was very active with lots of small Roach and Rudd in fact too many the water would often turn black with shoaling fry and it was difficult to get any bait through the small fish with the biggest being only 2/3 oz's
Wedecided to Order in a Pizza and just as i hung up and was about to wind in the Carp rods the buzzer started to scream and a Carp was on.
Robbie was very quick to act and expertly played a lovely Carp of around 8/9lb was landed on the cell boilie bottom rig
We had to stop to collect our Pizza's and had a lovely walk around the farm visiting the animals
After the pizza which was OK but not great we tried the pole agin but the small roach made it hard so we gave up and built a lovely campfire then settled down for the night
Unfortunately the night was very quite we ahd a couple of small pick ups but no proper bites.
I rose early and saw some fizzing close to the bank so quickly got the pole ready and fed a new line a bit further from the bank.
It seemed the small Roach were asleep and my bait managed to get to the bottom and stay there within 10 minutes i had a slow drifting bite and struck into something slightly larger which turned out to be a 8oz eel.

I perservered while the kids slept in and started catching some slightly larger Rudd and Roach upto 5/6oz's and then a lovely Tench but again small at around 8oz's

We had some lovely fresh chicken & duck eggs fresh from the farm for Breakfast.

After breakfast i thought i would try a match style approach to the lake and set up a method feeder using some green Betaine pellets on the feeder and a 8mm Coarse pellet on the hook i cast out every 5 minutes for about 40 minutes and was rewarded with a nice Carp of around 6Lb.

Robbie and Caitie perservered with the pole and were both rewarded with eels and Tench but nothing over a 1lb

Unfortunately the small Roach reappeared and with no more Carp action we decided to call it a day.

Wehad a lovely night and really enjoyed the Farm but i feel it's a Farm with a Lake that can be fished rather than a Lake designed for fiahing with a farm and it would benefit from being nette dand some of the blip roach removed.

But a good time was had and we will return as my kids loved the animals.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Goodiford Mill Match 12th March 2016

Really looking forward to this match as Goodiford is one of my favorite venues.
Arrived early and lake looked good and with the promise os nice day weather wise it all looked good.
Draw took place and i drew peg 8 which i bel;ieved to be a reasonable peg but just past the bar which runs through pegs 3-7 which is normally quite a productive area.
Today was going to be a simple day for me bomb and pellet or popped up bread against the Island and a Margin Rig on the pole for late on.
I also set up a Pellet waggler rod but never used it probably a mistake.
The all in was called and i cast about 2 foot from the Island started to sink my line and the tip flew around Happy days and soon a nice 5Lb Carp was in the net.
The next 2 hours were painful as nothing happened for me or Mike on peg 7 where as peg 9 seemed to have found some carp balled up near the corner of the Island and he had landed 10/12 nice Carp peg 10 also had a few and i heard peg 3 was doing ok
I had another carp of around 3lb 2 hours in but that was it so spent the last 30 minutes catching some silvers short & shallow had 3lb in about 15 minutes so wished i had gone on to them earlier and just had a nice day.
The margins didn't produce anything and it seemed the lake fished in small areas with quite a few lads struggling along with me.
Winning weight was 86lb from peg 9.
Still i will keep trying and 1 day maybe I will do better.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

A couple of hours on the Hampshire Avon 3rd March 2016

Mangaed to sneak a couple of hours on The Hampshire Avon Near Ringwwod today.
Now iIm still a novice River angler so wasn't overly confident when we pulled up to our swims and i saw that i would be fishing a stretch probably 30 metre's wide that was absolutely racing through and felt i had arrived totally under prepared.
Undeturbed i set up a large Maggot feeder with a 12" hooklength to a size 16 hook hoping for some large Roach.
I set my bankstick up and was screwing my rest on when it snapped in my hand. Luckily there were plenty of branches around so used 1 of them.
First cast and it seemed fine so i tried setting up a second rod but found i had somehow snapped my tip not happy but i was not going to let it ruin my day.

I sat on my chair and recast my Maggot feeder settled down and waited but nothing happened.
Third cast the same but as i was retrieving the rod lurched forward and my line snapped not sure if i hit a snag or a fish

I set up a second feeder cast out only to find it was wrapped around my tip and snapped straight off.

Today really wasn't going well.

Just then my fishing partner for the day came around and said he had been advised to move as he was after Pike and they were normally found further up river.

I was quite to happy to move as there was a nice overflow stretc behind the main river which was more like the Rivers i had fished before.

I arrived at a nice swim set up a new Maggot feeder and cast double maggot 3/4 across slightly down stream and started pinging a few maggots just above it.
Almost immediately i had a little knock a nice little Gudgeon came in.
Over the next 30 minutes i almost had a fish a cast either Gudgeon or small roach.
As they were all small i decided to move upstream to the deeper water but found the flow was too strong so moved back to a different swim were i could see some fish moving.

After 10 minutes i had a lovely Roach around 14oz followed by another larger one and then i had a few Dace up to 8oz.

The light started to fade and soon it was time for the drive home

My partner had no pike but did have 1 take early that he missed.

Good day in the ned after an horrndous start.

Next up is  a Match at Goodiford Mill that i am really looking forward as long as the weather warms up.