A warm welcome to this weeks blog update and I start by congratulating a fellow anglers achievement in regular blog reader Baz capturing his first ever double figure barbell from the river today, well done mate I know you have been chasing it for some time now, congratulations and a great looking fish.
This weekend all attention turns to Cudmore fisheries for the final of Fishomania, you may remember last year I stayed local with my fishing to get back in time to watch this event on sky Sports but with the river season so far being such a washout and conditions being so much better this weekend i am aching to get on the river so although my mind will be on Fishomania on Saturday I will be on the banks of the River while it is on, my hope is for the Hatman of Maggot Drowners Forum to bring it home for the forum he is such an active member on.
Looking back on last week’s weather I cant remember the last time it rained hard for a whole day solid but that is what happened last Friday. I arrived at work soaking wet after getting drenched on the way in, sat at my desk and for the whole day worked with the relentless noise of rain hammering against my window as I have said I cannot remember the last time it rained so hard for a whole day.
The River Dee didn’t really show any signs of rising till around 1pm when a slight rise was registered on the EA website, still optimistic both me and my uncle continued to plan our fishing trip to the river the following day. The rain at the window should have been enough for us to know better but with the last report of 6.5m registered at 10pm we decided to make the journey through the following morning.
Well what can I say the river levels raised overnight and they raised fast, we arrived at a tributary we were hoping to fish to find the river creeping up close to her rim, running chocolate brown and absolutely bombing through. The river was not only unfishable from a trotting point of view but with close to 15ft of sheer banking covered in floodwater at our feet, fishing this venue in these conditions was actually quite dangerous. With a few hours to burn before the fishery we had chosen to fish opened we chose to take a few videos and pictures from local venues and I have out them all together in the short video below.
On to this weeks fishing
As mentioned above the river was totally unfishable and with the rain still teeming down we made the decision to do some comfy fishing on Flushing Meadows. The bait we had prepared for the river session was a pint of castor, around a pint of hemp, a pint and half of maggot and two old tins of corn that had accumulated in the bottom of my box would we get through to any carp knowing the vast amounts of silvers this venue held??
With time on our hands we had plenty of time to nip home and change over our river gear for the more commercial friendly pole gear and after a catch up with my dad, myself and my uncle set off on our short drive to Flushing Meadows just in time to greet the farmer opening his gates.
With a pic of all the pools we decided to fish on the Canal pool as although it holds a lot of silvers you can sometimes feed them off and get the bait to the bottom for the carp to move in on. The weather had already broken and we were greeted to the warm glow of the sun unmasked by any cloud as we set up our gear. How different commercial fishing is from the river you could literally fish out of your car window you are that close to your pegs a far cry from the longs treks that are part and parcel of our river campaign.
Not knowing that the glorious weather would last all day I decided to stick to two defined swims, one was at the bottom of the shelf on my top two and two and a swim literally at my feel on my top two power kit. I started by potting in quite a bit of corn and hemp on my top four line and left the fish to settle on it while I began building up my margin swim which I was planning to fish as my number one swim with the much deeper and harder to fish top four swim as a back-up if they were not having it close in.
The top two swim I fed heavily with castor and hemp hoping to create a bed of bait to attract the carp in and also feed of the smaller fish. The margin swim from the off was full top to bottom with Rudd, roach and Ide all show below and were literally coming one a chuck on the drop and when the bait managed to get through to the bottom.
I could have stayed on this line and caught fish literally all day but after a while it does get literally too easy so I decided to move over to my top four kit to see if anything had moved in over my bed of corn I had been introducing at regular intervals whilst fishing the margin line.
When I purchased my pole over a year ago I decided to go with blue hydro and white hyro in my match kits and black hydro in my power kits. The white elastic is now in need of a change I think and I am beginning to think more about the fishing I do and what elastics I actually need with my fishing, a year ago I had no clue as I had never owned a pole. I now have it sorted in my head and I think I will be putting pink hydro in my match kit and taking the white hydo out and outing a new white hydro on a pulla kit in one of my power top and keeping one with black hydro in. I really am not getting any use out of my power kits at the moment as both my match kits cover all my fishing.
Back to the fishing and as soon as I dropped in over my top four line I was getting the indication of fish in the swim and it wasn’t long before the float began jolting around and ultimately going under, straight away I knew this was bream and from the look of things a lot of them as bream after bream like the one shown above graced the landing net. If you are local to Acton Bridge and want to get your children into fishing there is no better place to learn the place it rammed top to bottom with silvers.
The bream continued to come regularly and it wasn’t long before all the commotion attracted the attention of a hungry carp, you fish with the constant expectation that a carp will be your next fish but when that float buries and the elastic starts zipping out of the end of your pole it still takes you by surprise, why this is I don’t know but it is one of the great feelings you get whilst taking part in the great sport we all love.
My uncle was fishing similar baits to me but started on the float rod close in and was catching regular on maggot but like me soon connected with some of the carp in the venue and actually landed the best fish of the day shown below. The fish weighed in at 5lb 12oz and put up one hell of a scrap on my uncles 13ft trotting rod loaded with 3lb line.
I continued to catch steadily throughout the morning and into the afternoon with countless bream and other silver fish coming to the net with the odd small carp thrown in for good measure swapping between both lines but what happened next really restored my faith in old style baits still having a part to play in commercial fishing.
With around two hours to go and with around a quarter of a pint or castor left and a full pint and half of maggot I began to introduce the bait far heavier than I had done through the day, I disregarded my top four line as I knew with small fish up in the water I had more chance of bait getting to the bottom on my margin line so all attention went over to that.
I began picking up the obligatory rudd and ide but I continued to feed heavily both by hand and with my kinder pot initially with castor and hemp and all of a sudden the bites from small fish died away and I hit my first carp and it just exploded from there with carp coming thick and fast for the next hour and half, so much so I have put them together in a video below. I ran out of castor eventually and moved over to maggot which saw the carp action intensify with me losing as many fish as I caught. It filled me with such joy to see a under used bait like maggot do so well.
Looking ahead to this weekend it looks like the river should be there or there about so I am looking forward to a day trotting the river, comfortably and hopefully put together a nice net of dace. Fingers crossed for the rain relenting and us finding the river in a decent state unlike last weekend.
Till next week I wish you all