THE TOTALLY AWESOME FISHING SHOW – LATEST NEWS
7th JANUARY 2015
Here we go into another New Year, and we do seem to be creeping past the really cold stuff. Last winter was floodsville and I wouldn’t say there is no chance of it happening again. With the change in direction of the Jetstream I can see us getting a load of rain again, maybe late January and February. I did hear one weather buff say we could be getting wet winters and hot dry summers. Wow !!! Bring it on !!! I can live with that no problem. Sharks, sharks and more sharks. Wind-wise it’s been a case of getting whatever day out you can, and I have got Hi Sea Drifter out on a couple of trips. Nothing to phone the national news about, but we did get a small Cod each time out, and two films as well, which is really why we go.
On the views front we just passed the historic milestone of TEN MILLION VIEWS !! Now that must make it painfully obvious to any television companies that we know how to make fishing films that fishermen want to see. With almost 50 years of fishing journalism and photography under my belt it is no surprise to me, though of course less people are reading papers and magazines now as they crave to feed their favourite habit with the full-on reality of visual viewing. They certainly get that with us. Freshwater, Sea, Fly fishing, cooking, Big Game, and of course Mike’s new channel: “The Totally Awesome Outdoors Show”. This is the Show we will start to prioritise and hopefully get some new “outdoors” orientated material on there. It already has a couple of “Fisherman’s Kitchen” films up that I did for Mike on how to cook Cod and then Whiting. More to come on the cookery front, plus D.I.Y. and then some real outdoors sports stuff. Looking forward to filming it, so if you haven’t yet seen it or knew it was even about, check it out, as usual I try to pass on some information in a not-too-serious style. If you like it, spread the word or hit the subscribe button. It’s another Show that we will fund ourselves in order that we retain our own unique “TOTALLY AWESOME” identity. But don’t worry, you will still have your weekly fix of Totally Awesome Fishing!
On the freshwater scene I slipped out for a couple of short sessions on a small river. Got a couple of nice Pike in really jungly conditions. Twitched sprat of course, but it was a really lucky shot as I was walking back to the car after a blank session and just had one of those- “Shall I try a cast in there?” type of situations. As you get older a good fishing hunch is all it takes to turn a bad day into a good one, and often you never know what made you drop a bait in a particular sport. Something you only get from experience. I know a lot of anglers watch the fishing press, see where the big pike or perch are coming from then race in to hit the place with as many trips as they can. Instant fame here we come !! Not for me though. I am happy catching a double figure pike or a 2lb perch as long as it’s on a rod that bends. Chasing the hotspots for instant fame has always been done, but I have more respect for an individual who goes out and researches a new spot on his own. Old school way of thinking I guess, and I’ve never been a “spot-chaser”.
I have been enjoying the beach fishing this year, nothing big yet, but it’s just like old times, wind on the face, the stones rolling a dull roar in the surfline, stars sparkling. Years ago before the press twisted everything towards carp there would be a circuit of all-round angling. Winter meant pike and to a lesser extent, perch fishing. Also the beaches along the south coast would be twinkling with anglers out in the dark using the old Tilley Lamps, and Anchor Lamps. Now you rarely see them. It’s all headlamp stuff, but while the modern lamps are superb, they don’t give off the friendly open glow that a paraffin pressure lamp does. Then in the close season for freshwater (all were closed) the anglers would either continue shore angling, or move into trout fishing on the reservoirs and small stillwaters. All of which filled in the time nicely as you waited in anticipation for the Glorious 16th of June, the traditional opening day. It was Tench all the way, whereas nowadays you have a job to find any decent Tench fishing, the Carp’s popularity has pushed everything out. Personally I hope someone finds a lake or pit and designates it a Tench only lake, with roach as a backup. The Pike would then find their own way in, as Tench don’t cloud up the bottom like the Carp, so better water clarity allows many visual feeders to thrive. From all the emails we get there is little doubt that The Totally Awesome Fishing Show has been responsible for getting anglers attention turned from the single minded pursuit of one species, to at least sampling what other forms of enjoyable fishing you can get with other fish in your sights. We get carp anglers that are taking up beach fishing, just for a change. Pike anglers that can’t get enough of the “travel light” approach of drop shotting for perch. Trout anglers that want to test out their trout rods with a fly-caught Pike. It’s all there. In fact for me anyway, it’s always been there. I just skip from species to species as and when I want a change, or a challenge. All-round angling?? You just can’t beat it!!
I’m still having trouble with computers. The boat one won’t let me talk to it. I type in “O” and it prints “P” even though I take care not to hit the wrong key. And the desktop has a 20 second typing /correction delay even though I drove all the way to Liverpool to get it looked at. Like someone has hacked into it and is decoding everything as I type. Quite frustrating. Battery changes in everything has not been the answer. Bit like women. Can’t live with them, but you can’t live without them. Quite a bit of rain forecast so I’m guessing the rivers will be coloured and pushing shortly. January is never the best month for shore fishing, but rumour is spreading fast that the North Somerset coast is about to have a boost in the shape of a good shore Cod run. The Bristol Channel always did have great fishing from Feb into April, I hope it throws up some of the fish from yesteryear’s standards, and if it does go according to plans it might produce a couple of epic shore fishing films. We have a massive following of shore anglers now so I will have no qualms in filling the car with fuel and busting open the piggy bank to spend a few days down there. So thanks to all you viewers out there for supporting our films, turning The Totally Awesome Fishing Show into the cult viewing it now has. Do us another favour. Spread the word about us. Send a couple of links to friends that don’t even fish. Especially the Totally Awesome Outdoors Show, as there might be something non-fishy in there that could keep them coming back and eventually hit the subscribe button. Let’s hope it’s a good New Year for everyone, and that all the people who are flat out working will get good weather and great fishing when they do get out. Not everyone can pick the day they want due to various commitments, but don’t ever lose the enthusiasm for it, as there are lots of you out there.
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Looking back on 2014 and at the diary I keep of the sessions I had, it was certainly a year of Personal Bests! I had my P.B Carp (20lb 12oz) back in March, P.B shore caught Smoothound (10lb), P.B Barbel (5lb 13oz) in July, P.B Zander (My first ever caught! at 8lb3oz) and my P.B Perch (estimated just over 2lb). Look, I know they are not weights that will challenge a British record, but to me they are important because it’s an achievement that can realistically be broken. It goes back to what Dad was saying in his news piece, what’s the point in going out to “the spot” to try and catch the huge fish that everyone else has caught. I mean fair enough if you have actually caught some big sized fish and you need that big fish to break your P.B, but to me it’s being outside, enjoying the challenge of fishing new areas and learning new tactics that gets me so hooked on the sport.
Take drop shot fishing for example. Those of you that follow the show will know that I am well and truly addicted to the method. It keeps you mobile, you can change the depth that you fish at, you can change the lures that you’re fishing with, and you can work lures in almost any area of the river/lake. And the beauty of it is, you never know what size fish might come along and grab the lure. It certainly helps with catching numbers. In good conditions I can go out and have a short afternoon session on the river and catch over 20 Perch. It’s a brilliant technique, that I am sure would be great for introducing kids into fishing, so if you haven’t tried it then I urge you to at least give it a go. If you want to check out a video on how to do dropshotting, then click HERE. Alternatively, if you don’t like the thought of lure fishing and see yourself as more of a bait man, then you can still use the exact same rig and technique, but using a juicy lobworm instead. Dad liked to call it the “DROPLOB RIG” and we recently did a video on it where he caught a pretty big Perch on it. If you want to watch that one, then click HERE. Staying on the topic of drop shot fishing, I find it much more rewarding in catching a wild river Perch on a lure, than say a Perch from a commercial fishery. I find they fight hard, the take can be an absolute slammer! and you are much more mobile, covering good areas of the river and searching for those fish holding spots. It keeps you active, you get fit from moving around and casting, and the quality of the fish is generally second to none! Not washed out colours like you sometimes get in some commercial fisheries, but great awesome stripes and colours, with almost illuminous red/orange fins. That’s what makes me go back for more.
So what are my fishing goals for this year? Well I will certainly explore the drop shot fishing technique more. I would like to try out different venues, possibly a big reservoir or a larger river. I’d like to break my P.B Wrasse this year (note ‘break my P.B’ not ‘Catch a 6lb Wrasse!’) Targets need to be realistic and achievable, and when you do exceed them, it’s all the more exciting and rewarding! I hope to do some more LRF and rock fishing for other species that I have not yet caught. I know that the technique of LRF opens up a lot of options for catching species that seem almost unheard of! I would like to get out on our boat “Hi-Sea-Drifter” more this year, it’s something I did very little of last year and I would have liked to go out on the boat for some shark fishing. So hopefully the weather gods will be on my side this year and I can get out on it for a session or two!
I am sure there will be other goals along the way, but for the time being, I am planning a new series for the show! I can’t tell you what it is yet, as that would spoil the surprise, but I hope that it will be nothing less than AWESOME!
Many thanks to all of you who have subscribed to our Channel and watched some of our videos. A big shout out to the guys and girls who have been following us from the early years, but also a grand welcome, to all you new followers. We have a loyal fan base, and as someone recently told us, a “cult” fan base. Either way, keep watching us, we’re here every Friday night at 7pm GMT on our YouTube Channel: TAFishing. I hope you all have an enjoyable year fishing, we’ll update you with more e-news next week!
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