I generally keep family off this blog to keep the fishing and that separate but the good friends side is easy to share, this session for pike took my mind off all my problems, just for that day, thank you.
On to the blog.....
Top 30 Fishing Blogs on the Web Recognition...
It was great this week to get an email from Feedspot in which they congratulated me for the blog making the top 30 on their best fishing blogs on the web. Starting the blog all those years ago for a bit of fun its amazing to see where it is today and how its developed and almost taken on its own identity as time has gone on.
The blog has been mentioned before in such lists but when i had a good look at the list it was blogs from all over the world and the majority of the top ones where all american, not a bad thing, but showed it was a list compiled form blogs all over the world. Dannys angling Blog come in at a respectable number 28 on the list and i was proud to have even made the list never mind the top 30.
I would like to thank the organisers for not only putting the list together but also show casing angling blogs as i do think as we move into an age where anyone can write a blog or create videos of their fishing experiences that bloggers and video loggers will be the face of angling in the future. As paper sales of the weekly magazines decline we will see them unable to pay such high salaries to their stars and as such we will see a decline in variety in the papers and thats when we will see these companies go full out paperless and online and part of that will be embracing bloggers and video loggers int he angling world.
You only have to look at the quality of videos out there and i even my little bit of the world is regularly getting 10k a month views, in short its great that finally the people putting their heart and souls into their blogs and videos are getting some recognition and long may it continue.
Where do You Fish Danny??
If there was one question i get asked more than any other it is this one. Dont get me wrong you put your fishing out there for all to see, you should expect it, right? As much as i disagree with this there is a bit that is right i do put my fishing out there for all too see and if you go back to my very first blogs i cover the main reason i started this blog, the lack of information out there on fishing and i hoped tis blog would inspire people to get out there and find fishing based of what i share that proves the rewards are there. Of course the internet is now approaching saturation point with information to the point you can get the low down on any venue out there before you even see the place and if we look at the carp word on some venues you can read how many doubles, 20's, how many 30's and then a roll call of their names, such is the world we live in. To first know where i fish you need to get into my frame of mind, simply put its as far away from these places as i can get.
My fishing involves hours of looking on google earth for places to fish and although we do from time to time fish match lengths or popular haunts i would say the huge majority of my fishing is done on places that have no queue in the car park, no rush to get a peg and certainly places where the fish have no names. When i do visit the busier places i almost leave with a headache from the constant reams and reams of absolute drivel some anglers find it necessary to shout to each other on the bank, some anglers i am sure don't know how to be quiet.
Have you ever drove down the road in the car or looked out the window of a bus and caught a glimpse of a spit of a pond or gone over a bridge and thought that "i wonder if there is fish in there?". Well this is where you will find me fishing, i looked out the window and didnt just think i went out and found out. It baffles me how people actually pay commercial prices in winter to catch silvers when most to get to the gates in time to get "the peg" they must drive past hundreds and thousands of silvers in their local canal.
Fishing the local cut or river you are not going to leave the superstar angler you will after catching a tonne from the commercial but what you will leave the canal or river with is a sense of achievement. How many times do we hear in matches, "well hes won hes on the peg" or "billys on the flier" we hear this all the time dont we? Well believe me once you have saw a water, got on their first light to look for fishing topping and then fished the area, you will have found your own flier! And you know what? Its all yours to enjoy, no queuing up at gates, no paying a land owner to fish. I would say over 50% of my fishing is done for free.
So in short, where do i fish? I fish all those crap places that people see day in and day out but turn either their nose up at or pass wondering what if......Dont thin what if get out there and wet a line trust me its the best feeling in the world.
On the to the fishing...
Long Rod And The Bolo...
The rain had been falling hard all through Friday and it continued to tap against my bedroom window as i tried to get off to sleep, a hard enough task the night before a fishing trip as it is, waking up at silly o'clock in the morning i quickly went about my pre fishing routine part of which involves opening the back door the check what mother natures mood is. In short she was in the same stubborn sour mood she left me in the night before with steady rain falling still.
A quick check on the EA levels page revealed them all to be on a steady rise and carrying water. We decided on the river we where going to fish, a good depth and the fact it normally has a slow pace at best we knew with the extra water in it might have a decent flow and there was a good chance of a fish or two.
Arriving on the banks there was a few fish topping and we took the lazy option of the first two pegs we come too.
My plan for the session was to fish rod tip on the bolo float and the picture above shows just how simple the components are for river fishing. My rod of choice was my 17ft Preston Carbon active rod teamed with my shimano reel loaded with 4lb line down to a 2ft long bayer perlon hook length. The bait on the day was 2 pints of red maggot and about the same of hemp seed.
My plan was to fish rod tip and finding around 8ft under my feet i did think about putting a stick float on. I fished this line from the off and started to pick up the odd small roach but i soon began to notice a snag or some sort of weed on the bottom i kept hitting. Time and time again i would go down and right where i wanted to get my bites i would clip a snag. Some of the time it was a fish and the bites
The times is was bites i was rewarded with a roach.
With silver fishing the basic tackle is simple, for this session it was a simple as putting on a float and adding a hook length with most of the shot in a bulk using a 2.5 gram olivette, skill in this form of fishing comes from repetition and learning the method and the art of bolo or stick float fishing. As you trot the peg you begin to map out the line you want to fish, parts of the peg where you need to hold back to get over a depth change or a rock.
In this peg on the line i was fishing the bite dropped back below the snag on the bottom and despite me trying the feed further upstream to draw them back up the peg it was to no avail and the snag on the bottom was becoming the end point of the swim as it became a case of get a bite before the snag or no bite at all.
I eventually hit the snag solid and there was no moving it so it was game over with the hook length. At this stage i was a tad frustrated by striking at, and missing, bites so i decided to abandon the line completely and go just this side of the middle. It was a case of my regretting not doing it sooner as i was quickly into roach on the bolo.
This is where the beauty of owning a long rod comes to its own. At 17 feet long i had amazing control on the inside line as i was right behind the line of the float but when it come to then going down the middle the extra length of the rod meant it was as easy fishing as it was under my feet.
Settling into a rhythm of under arm casting out, feeding maggot and then feeding hemp.....run it through, hold it back and strike. I was quickly putting a few better roach in the net.
I got chatting to a guy and as i did i managed a run of skimmers to around a pound and a half which really boosted the final net. No pictures unfortunately as i was too busy nattering to take one of the skimmer. We ended the session with two nice upper single figure nets of fish on a day where most rivers in the country where in flood. Location and knowing your rivers and picking the right one from your armory is the key.