Sunday, 23 June 2013

River Dane Chub Delight and ifishlocator Review

A warm welcome to this week’s blog update and I am again privileged to have been approached about reviewing another product on my weekly angling blog, this time it is the iFishLocator App for the iPhone.

iFishLocator App Review

Product Information:

“iFishLocator is the first app of its kind to combine angling with social network tools.
“Truly unlock the power of your smart device and turn it into an angling tool.”

Technical Data:

Category: Sports
Updated: 13 June 2013
Version: 1.3
Size: 12.1 MB
Language: English
Developer: Ben Hanselman
© 2013 Ben Hanselman
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Price: £2.99

Twitter: @iFishLocator  

My Review:

The first thing you are asked to do after downloading the App is to register yourself and set up an email user name and password and add some basic information about yourself to build an online profile of yourself, I found this particularly useful with me writing a blog.   The registration was straight forward and simple and in no time I was registered and ready to go.

The ifishlocator asks very early on for permission to view your location and I fully recommend too accept as it opens up the full functionality of this application.  The home screen is the first place this location information is utilised to show you the weather at your location displaying wind direction, wind speed and temperature as well as a handy compass.  The home screen also displays the most popular fish captures, plots and lakes that are close to your location which I must admit I found really helpful as it displayed some waters I never knew about. 

Along the bottom of the App is a toolbar that allows easy navigation to the separate parts of the app.  The one I spent most time on during the review was the Lakes function which allows you to browse through fishing locations added by other users and this function isn’t limited to just the UK it contains information from all over the world.  The locations in the UK are then split down into the separate counties and this is where you add your lakes and locations.  The app allows you to pin point the location of the lake you want to add using GPS and a map that I am sure is straight form Google maps, from this you can then add your own personal information including pictures of the venue, known species and price to fish and it also has the added bonus of allowing all users to comment on the water you add to allow users to build up a real picture of the venue you are adding.

Once you have added a new venue you can choose to add “plots” to the location to single individual swims and this information can either be shared or kept personal.  The add plot feature allows you to add a picture of your swim using Augmented Reality which allows you to split the swim into squares to pin point the exact place in the swim you fished and the app then allows you to add more information such as amount of bait used, length of rig, fish caught etc.

There was a part of the app I didn’t use in the line length feature that allows you to measure out a set amount of line using the GPS feature.  With the type of fishing I do I didn’t use this but it is a feature I can see being popular with carp anglers.

In short I found this app really helpful to use and can see it only getting better the more users that sign up and add information to it.  The swim plotting will certainly be getting used next time we visit the sankey canal as I have the information on the swim I fished saved on this app.  I have been told it is shortly to be coming out on android as well which is great news.  Highly recommended and so much so I put together this short video to show off some of the functionality and screens.

On to this week’s fishing:

Saturday 15th Rixton Clay Pits

This week marked the start of the river season but before my mind turned solely into river mode I decided to have a quick trip to rixton Clay pits.  There were a few anglers on when we arrived but luckily I managed to get a peg on one of the decent pegs which came as a great relief as the weatherman had forecasted some rain for the morning ahead and let’s just say the pegs on rixton are not the best when its wet.  

I fed the swim with Silver x ground bait laced with hemp and pinkie with a white maggot for hook bait and I have to say the session was really difficult with bites very hard to come by.  Many anglers passed me on the way back to their cars saying how poor it had fished but I was determined to get to grips with why the fish were not feeding and decided to move over to double pinkie on the hook with instant results!! It was amazing how a swim where I had sat with a maggot without a bite could erupt into life by just using smaller bait and for a good hour or so till I packed in I caught well.

Monday 17th June – River Dee Worthenbury

Well with father’s day on the Sunday we left our first trip to the river till the Monday and we decided to go with a trip to worthenbury on the Warrington Anglers Card after hearing the road had been fixed.  A word to all on the card wanting to try here DON’T BOTHER!!! It is quite obvious the club don’t care about the river arm of this club as the road leading down to the stretch is a disgrace with some of the holes going right across the whole of the road.  The road is so narrow with deep side gulley’s that putting one wheel on the middle and one on the middle hump is not an option at all without severely risking scratching your car or losing it down the side gulley.  The club have been asked on a number of occasions about fixing this road but the official answer is always the same in that they will not fix the road for the farmer to rip it up in his tractor, this statement alone shows that no one high up in this club visit the waters as if they did they would know there is a good 30 yard straight on the road that has been done up with a good bed of crush and run and hard core that is totally fine and of course with this road being so narrow the farmer must drive his tractor on this to get to the bottom of the track so goes to prove the track can take his machinery.

A while back a few of us river anglers offered to even do the work on a work party all we want is the materials to fill the holes in.  This problem was mention in Frank’s column this week and as expected the danger was highlighted but no fix was mentioned and the only advice was not to try going down if you don’t have a 4x4.  I fished the river Dane on Wednesday and I decided to take note of the cars in the car park they were a Peugeot 407, Peugeot 206, my Ford Focus and a Ford Fiesta, my point being that the people who fish Warrington Anglers waters are normal everyday working men who own a normal run around city car not a 4x4, of course there are exceptions to this rule but as you know me and my uncle are on the bank every week and of course see the cars on the bank and its obvious the vast majority own city cars and I think it is about time the club put is members first, after all what is the point of having this water if most members cannot get to it?

Few pictures of the road, not the best as I was concentrating on not ripping the bottom out of my car.

The fishing in all honesty was not the best as expected with the dace shoals being spread far and wide we always knew it was a case of finding the shoals but it was great to be out on the bank.  The reality of river fishing hit home when I had to make my own peg what am i saying, i love it!

The fishing as I said wasn’t amazing but still a few fish in the net is better than a blank and I left feeling this section has so much potential for us to explore and I would certainly put my hat on this stretch containing some chub and barbel.

First fish of the season and how fitting for it to be a dace.

Not the best net we have ever had but still better than a blank.

Again if you own a normal run around car please avoid this stretch as once you are on the track down to the river there are no turning points till you reach the bottom.

We did see something strange in the river as well, I can only speculate as to what this is but it did had what looked like fan blades on the front, I have tweeted the image to the environment agency to see if they can tell me what it is.  

Wednesday 19th June – River Dane Holmes chapel

With a poor opening session on the Monday still running through my head I was desperate to replace those thoughts with something more positive and with that I booked a cheeky half day off work on Wednesday with the intention of fishing the picturesque River Dane.

Fishing in this day and age can be quite an expensive hobby what with a kilogram of good quality boilies costing you upwards of the ten pounds so I like to keep most of my fishing as cheap as I can and not forgetting you can still catch fish on what are now classed as old fashioned baits.

I also very rarely throw away bait and much prefer to freeze left overs and use them on a later trip so armed with a bad of liquidised bread that I had in freezer from a trip to flushing meadows a month or so ago and a £1.39 crusty loaf picked up for the local Co-op I was all set to go.

I always travel light on the Dane so apart from my rod and landing net I had my Korum rucksack and net bag for my keep net. I set up my trust 13ft forum float rod and paired it up with my centrpin  and as the river was dreadfully low a 6 number 4 float which would be more than enough for any swim I would encounter, size 14 hook and I was all set to go. 

While I had been setting up I fed the swim periodically with a few balls of liquidised bread hoping that the fish would be settled when I made my fist cast.  In all honesty I had a few factors going against me one, the weather, it was blisteringly hot and I could see at least half of the river as clear as a bell and secondly there where already four cars in the car park so the number of people who had already fished this swim was unknown and three I only had around 3 hour window for this session.

I began trotting a small piece of flake through the swim starting off with on a line that was quite safe hoping to draw the fish out of the snags but after half an hour it was clear any chub where tucked up tight in the snags so I decided on a more tricky to control dangerous line along the line of the snags and right as the bait hit an overhang I held the line back to let the bread flake flutter under the snag and bang! The float disappeared and I was into something solid but that early stage I was unsure as to whether it was a fish of I was snagged on the sunken tree.

The key to fishing these waters for the chub is to have strong gear and have faith in your knots the river is so small that even fishing the open water the fish more or less has you in the snag from the off so solid pressure on the fish and dunking your rod tip under the water to avoid the snags on the surface is the way to go and do not give the fish an inch in the battle there is no room here for a loose drag and that’s why the centrpin reel excels in this situation you lock your thumb on the spool and try and stop that first hard run.

The first run with a chub is always the hardest I find and if you can turn the fish and get them out of the snags and into the main flow you are near enough there, luckily this fish did that and moved into the main flow and in the clear water I could see this was a special fish and in true style if made some hard runs back for its home but thankfully its big white lips hit the surface and I slipped the net under a fin perfect river dane chub.

The chub fully rested I returned him to his home I was river the moon with this fish in what was a tough day on the bank.  I continued to trot the swim for the remainder of the time I had with a beautiful male grayling to show for my efforts which I weighed in the weigh sling so the weight of the sling will need deducting from the weight shown on this picture.

All big fish we catch from a river need some type of resting in the net and the amount of time it takes can differ from species to species for example the chub only took a minute or so before it was swimming upright and trying where the grayling took more like between 5 and 10 minutes.  The grayling is a good example so I took some pictures to show, picture one is the grayling when I first held it in the net its belly up and not really moving had I let this fish go straight away it would have certainly floated downstream belly up, not good.   Picture two shows the grayling fully rested its upright and holding itself in position of its own accord and it is ready to go back. 

Grayling picure 1

 Grayling picture 2

I know most experienced anglers who read this common practice but to any one new to the sport its good practice for them to read and follow and if it only teaches one person to rest fish then it is worth a few sentences.

Till next week its tight lines from me and I leave you with a short video of the chub resting in the net.

Friday, 14 June 2013

"Breaming" Smiles on the Sankey Canal

A warm welcome to this week’s blog update and I am proud to announce that myself and my uncle are now the proud new members of St Helens Angling Club.  This licence acquisition will see us gain access to some still waters but more importantly for us the association waters they have on the River Wyre, River Ribble and the River Severn.  We hope to at least visit all these waters during the next six months to get an idea of what potential these waters have and I cannot wait to make a start.  The purchase of this card will hopefully put me on waters where I can confidently target bigger species like barbel and chub with a realistic chance of picking up a decent fish either way, good or bad, I hope you continue to enjoy following us on this new part of our angling adventure.

In-keeping with the subject of rivers just where have those three months gone? It only seems like yesterday me and my uncle pulled out of the car park on the river Dee after catching a bumper net of dace, people say time flies bye but I have never known a closed season go by so fast, not that I am complaining of course.

The past week I have spent my time sorting my gear out ready for the river season ahead and there are going to be some distinct changes to my river setup this year.  Almere ferry was a popular haunt for me in the past few years it was good fishing and it didn’t involve much of a walk to the bank so in essence it was quite comfortable fishing on my seat box but this will change this year so I am planning to travel light and trot the river stood up so this week I have been separating my gear ready for our first session out to the river on Monday. Another big change is in the strength of line I am using, upgrading in strength from 3lb to 4lb 4oz and this is solely down to use venturing onto the River Ribble where we expect to make contact with chub as well as dace.

This week my mind has been occupied with the thought of that first trip out to the river and I must say in this age where the closed season validity is question I have to say I love the feeling that comes with that first trip to the river it truly is a magical feeling as you stand on the top of the bank and look down to the river it really is like bumping into an old friend.  I do hope this year is a lot kinder to the river man than last year when the constant rain saw the majority of our rivers in flood for most of the year and they never really settled to allow the colour to drop out of the river and allow us to put a decent net together with any regularity.  Ironically I say this as the patter of rain taps against my living room window, fingers and toes crossed the forecast heavy downpours don’t materialise.

Writing this blog not only allows me to share my fishing adventures with many people but allows me to have a detailed record of all my trips over the past 3 years and I have spent a bit of time this past week looking over a trips from the start of the river season, the venues we fished and the results from those trips to try and give me an idea where to start out.  When the season gets in full flow you easily forget some of the sessions you have had and looking back over the trips has gave me some great joy reminiscing about some of the special trips form the past few years, all happy times and I have picked out a few special trips to share on this update I hope you enjoy reading them.

One other thing I have been looking at this week that has really got my river juices flowing is this following Youtube video which shows Dave Harrell fishing for dace n the River Wye and I have to admit to watching this video more than once this week and no doubt I will probably be watching it again come Sunday evening.

On to this week’s trip to the bank,

Saturday 08th June – “Bream”ing Smiles on the Sankey Canal

Getting the carp quest out of the way has given me the freedom to fall back into my favourite type of fishing and that is fishing ponds and canals for silver fish and one venue in particular has grabbed both mine and my uncles attention and that is the Sankey Canal in Widnes. 

I was brought up fishing my local Bridgewater Canal with my dad and was lucky enough to fish the Bridgewater canal in its hey-day when it held large shoals silver fish and a number of large shoals of bronze bream.  Back then it wasn’t unusual for matches to be held on the canal that were fished by a large number of anglers, a sight you just don’t seem to see anymore.  My uncle also living local to the canal fished it a lot and although I never fished with him back then just listening to the stories he tells of his experiences back then you know the canal was a special place on his heart.

As a kid I always remember fishing the “snatcher”, a small pole with no elastic that was fished really close in, for roach, perch and if you were lucky a big bronze bream.  The smell of Van Der Eynde Ground bait, mixed sloppy of course, stuck in your nostrils and it was always bronze maggot for bait and while my mum was busy shopping of a Saturday me and my dad would be on the canal fishing and I think the similarity of the Sankey Canal to the Bridgewater canal back then when we fished it is what has got me and my uncle hooked on this venue.

We have done three trips now to this venue in the past three weeks and each time we have tried a different area with varying depths, widths of canal and features to try and build a picture of what the different areas of this canal fishes like and this week we kept to that plan and headed to an area we had looked at the previous week but we knew it was a fair walk so again our trusty trolleys were put into action.

The walk along the canal was a joy as we crossed paths with a very protective but lovely family of swans and also shared the tow path with a few of this year’s young rabbits grabbing a last minute meal before the busy crowds arrive and it was already clear from the temperature and clear skies we were in for a scorching hot day. 

The pegs on the canal are numbered but many of the pegs are completely overgrown now so unless you cut in a new peg you are limited to the gaps in the near side marginal reeds, we found two gaps close together and began to set up of course it was the keep net that went in first, always optimistic.

The canal itself is at a guess around 16 metres wide so with a 13 metre pole fishing the far bank is never an option but I had a plan and it was to fish under my feet for the rudd and fish a line around 10 metres out straight down the middle of the canal hoping to pick up roach and skimmers with a secret hope of one of those big bronze bream that call this place home.

Bait for the session was bronze maggot fished over Dynamite Baits Silver x ground bait laced with pinkie with the odd bit of jolly green giant mixed in for good measure.   The rig was quite simple and like my river fishing I tend to stick to one float preferring to learn how one float fishes so you can read bites rather than having a separate float for each situation.  This is probably the wrong way to go about it but it is what works for me.

I started off on my 10 metre line and full of expectation I fed and shipped out and to be honest not a lot happened at all, the place was alive with fish topping all over but the float remained static in the swim, its tip dry as the grass along the banks of the canal.  My uncle also started off on the pole but was having the same luck as me and was first to make a change and set up a waggler on his splice tip rod.

He was instantly into a steady stream of rudd and roach from small ounce fish to the odd bonus fish around 8-10oz.   I was unsure what to do but decided to fish just off the reeds to my left for the shoals of rudd I could see passing bye in front of peg taking small flies off the surface.   The fish were not of any size but I did connect with one really nice rudd that made the effort of ploughing through the smaller rudd worthwhile.

My uncle was finding the bites drying up the further he came off the reeds but instead of recasting and catching the predictable small rudd he left the line to fish and in bared fruit in the first bronze bream of the session and what am impressive fish these bream are, a joy to witness on the bank.

It hit the scales at just under 5lb, not bad for a canal.

The session plodded along nicely with both myself and my uncle picking up fish regular and building up a nice net of fish.  Moving into the last hour or so of the session my uncle moved over onto his pole line and began picking up some really nice roach so I decided to go back in on my pole line and picked up the odd roach but the swim was really quiet and it turned out with good reason as the float lifted slightly and I struck into a decent bream.  The bream in this canal are not like your normal wet lettuce fish you catch elsewhere they do put up a fair scrap and it felt great playing the bream on my blue hydro elastic.

I was over the moon with this capture as it topped off what had been a hard session to that point it is amazing how a bonus fish like that can change your perspective on a session so you can imagine my reaction when next put in the float again sailed away and I was into another bream that felt in the same league as the previous one. 

After this bream the roach and rudd moved back in a claimed the area as their own and I picked up a few smaller fish to round of the session for myself and I was just on the phone to home when my uncle placed a bit far cherry on top of the cake for this session as he landed the biggest bream of the session and what a beauty of a bream it was as well.

This bream marked the end of the session for us and we began to take the pictures of the nets and give them a good half hour to thoroughly dry out, as we all know the smell of a canal keep net is hard to remove! Covered in bream slime we had a slow pack away and made the long walk back to the car.

My net

 Uncle net

The canal has been really nice to us and I am sure on the right day it could produce a really big net of fish.  On the day the skimmer bream did not show up at all in our nets which was a surprise but given the temperature they might have been taking this opportunity to spawn.

The loss of Almere Ferry on the Warrington card will leave a big void in our fishing as it was a good place to go when the river was flooded so I can see us looking to this canal this year for those sessions when we find the rivers unfishable and I am sure it will be getting a few visits in the winter for the pike that must inhabit this fish filled canal.  It is great to see a “natural” waterway so close to a river that is home to many cormorants doing well as we hear so many stories of the damage being done by the avian predators but it looks like there are pockets of water in the North West still thriving and it great to see.

Till next time I leave you with this picture of me and my daughter spending some father and daughter time watching catching the impossible, her apprenticeship continues J

Tight lines


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Eely good session on the Sankey Canal and crusty carping

A warm welcome to this week’s Blog update and what a glorious week it has been with hot days and long warm evenings making the whole week really enjoyable and I have to admit to divulging in one or two extra trips to the bank this week to make the most of this upturn in the weather.

The warmer weather has of course brought all the local wildlife into full on feeding mode as all wildlife from the birds to field mice scurrying round in an endless search for food to feed their new families.  A trip to a local pond this week showed that the local frog and toad population is not doing too bad judging by the oil slick of tadpoles in the margins.

Spring watch has again occupied my evenings and I must say keeps on mesmerising me with the shots of wildlife they capture in their natural environment and for anyone who is following this year’s spring watch I am shocked to see the behaviour of the jackdaws which keep attacking the chicks in the nest of another pair of jackdaws so they can lay their eggs in there, just shows how cruel nature can be even amongst the same species. 

Moving slowly over into some Blog news and I am proud to announce I am currently reviewing an App for iPhone called iFishLocator and I must say my early impressions of using this app are good so keep an eye out in the coming weeks for the review of this app on the blog. If anyone reading this blog has a product or service they want to have reviewed on my blog feel free to contact me on twitter by sending a message to the blog’s twitter feed @SatonmyPerch or via the blog’s email address You can find some of my previous reviews on the following links:

I am also going to try and find some time in the next week or so to upload the flushing Meadows pools into the Commercial page and also thinking of setting up another page to hold the product reviews for easy access and reading for people who visit the blog and are interested in some of the products I use along with my primary fishing gear.

And on that we move onto this week’s adventures on the bank and boy have I had fun this week.

“Eeeeely” Good trip to the Sankey Canal

After dipping our toes into the murky unknown depths of the Sankey Canal in Widnes last week  and finding the sport to be surprisingly good we decided to strike while the iron was hot and revisit this venue this week for our main weekend session.  Last week’s session provided some really good silver fishing but we both agreed that we could have done so much better had the local power station not started pumping the water around midday.  So full of optimism and eager to discover more we set our set off into the night with the cars headlights pointing towards the Sankey canal and its shoals of silver fish.

As with all our trips to new venues the homework had been done on the internet the week leading up to the trip and our eagle eyes had spotted likely looking spot to target but it was a decent walk along the bank so we commandeered the help of our trusty trolleys to help us carry our gear to our pegs.  The walk to the area was made easier by the fantastic views of the Mersey Estuary you get at this most underrated of venues and even at this early hour the birds were out in full force providing the perfect background music for this most atmospheric of places, early mornings you just can’t beat them.

The swims we picked where situated where the canal bottle necks and the reason we chose this was due to the wind that was already blowing quite hard with the idea being to use as little pole as possible as none of us wanted to be holding 13 metres of pole in a gusty wind.

Set up in our chosen swims only a few yards from each other we soon where both fishing and decided to fish tight against the far side cover on a few sections of pole.  I started off on the trusty poly ball float.  In the first part of the session the action was really slow with me catching only a few small rudd and a sole skimmer.  My uncle being the fisherman he is was already tinkering with his set up to crack the method needed to catch fish from this place and he was soon picking up fish regular on a middle line.

I was not backward in coming forward and soon abandoned my far bank line and set up a pole rig to fish the middle line abandoning the poly ball for a proper float so I could hold a line in the swim against the tow of the canal.

Feeding is the key when silver fishing and this is where I feel the none stop bites of commercials teach you nothing about “real” fishing where your feeding can be the difference between a few fish and a good day on the bank.  We both continued to pick up bites until my uncle connected with a fish that was solid and I was straight up off my basket eager to see what he had caught.  I was like a little kid stood there waiting for the fish to break the surface when my uncle completely killed the suspense by saying it was definitely an eel. 

The fish came to the surface and was ready to be netted, this is where calamity Danny took over as I tried to net this eel, try as I must I could not net the eel that kept swimming backwards out of the net!! My uncle sat on his basket could only laugh as I tried and tried again to net the eel that was easily the biggest eel I have seen but the longer I tried the worse I got at my netting attempts.  To top the while scenario off my uncle said he would net it and whilst playing the eel he netted the fish first go.

The eel was thick set and very strong indeed much more so than I expected it to be and I must say holding it for the pictures was no mean feat and testament to this was the amount of pictures I have had to delete from my phone that where no good for the update.

I returned back to my swim and almost instantly connected with an eel myself which again punched above its weight and as soon as I shouted to my uncle I had one on my uncle struck into one and we both netter two bootlace eels and in true eel fashion we both then sat for 5 minutes tying up a new rig in short eels have taught me this saying,  GREAT  FIGHT BUT KEEP A NEW RIG IN SIGHT.

Luckily that was it from the eel point of view for the session and I settled into a rhythm of feeding the swim and catching roach and rudd.  As the swim developed through the day the skimmers got in on the act as well and these fish went mad on the day for my ground bait laced with pinkies.

One of the better skimmers.

I was amazed that none of the big bronze bream showed up during the session as there was more than enough bait going in to have attracted them in but it just wasn’t to be.  We ended the session with a cracking net of silvers weighing over 17lb including some fantastic rudd and roach.

This venue is a real gem of a place and a really underrated water on the card, yes it does hve a really bad name for trouble and is a venue I would suggest you don’t fish alone but the fish are there to be caught with plenty of surprise fish to keep you motivated during a long session you really don’t know what the next fish will be.

Monday  Afternoon Silver session – Curlston Mere

The sun beaming through my window in work I could only think of one thing and that was chasing a net of silvers on a local pool so a cheeky half day leave was booked for the afternoon and I ran out of the front door at 12am and straight to the bait shop for half a pint of maggots and half a pink of pinkies, a quick stop off for my tackle and I was on my way to the bank.  With just my box, a few sections of pole and my net bag I was soon set up and ready to fish I must admit I would take this seat any day of the week over the one I was sat in a hour earlier.

I used the rig I had kept from the session on the canal but just reduced the amount of line between the tip of the pole and the float to help me hit the bites that judging from the small fish on top where going to be quick.  The fishing was fast and furious with none stop bites for the duration of the two and half hours I was there.

The fishing was really enjoyable and I found it hard dragging myself away but there was jobs to be done and they needed doing ASAP so with a heavy heart I packed away but not before I checked the shallows of the pool and found a number of small carp sunning themselves.  The next day was a strike day off work so I vowed to visit the next day if the weather held and I was in a fit state after a trip to the dentist, my biggest fear!

Tuesday Afternoon – Cheap as chips fishing free-lining bread for carp

Waking up in the morning I vowed my trip to the water for the carp would be my reward for getting some much needed work done at the dentist I just hoped I was in a fit state to enjoy it.  The trip to the dentist done and with one less tooth I made my way to the Co-op for my bait, a crusty loaf of bread, price £1.15.

Keeping it as simple as can be I travelled light to Curlston mere with only a rod and reel a pack of hooks, landing net, unhooking mat and of course the cheap crusty loaf.  The weather was roasting and the carp to my relief were where I had left them…….GREAT.

Living in England it is safe to safe chances to fish for carp on the surface with bread are few and far between what with our damp climate of late so I was in no position to waste this opportunity but these where carp and we all know just how tough to catch these wise wild fish can be.  Thankfully this gem of a water sees very little angling pressure and during my 2 hours chasing these carp I stuck into 9 and landed 6 but as always it was the bigger carp that got away!

Well that is it for this week’s update but as normal I leave you with a little something at the end and this week it’s a video I took while visiting Anglesey on Sunday, just take a look at this for a fishing opportunity with hundreds of rainbow trout being fed by the holiday makers.

Also we visited the Sea World on Anglesey which definitely left me in no doubt our little Abigail is going to love her fishing as she watched the mullet and sea bass in the large aquarium.

Till next week its tight lines