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Well, we certainly made the right choice last week, though it was fairly hectic. Film 1-Trout fishing on a last minute phone call in Hampshire. Lake fishing. Light tackle, following a hunch I had about a fly we had success with up at Rutland reservoir. It proved correct so watch out for the upcoming film, again it’s got those little fishing tips that could make the difference between a fish in the net or not. And of course some rod bending action on the trout as well. Then down to film our competition winners mini corporate day at Church Paddock fishery near Winchester, Hampshire. When we arrived it was clear blue sky and gin clear water. If it was anyone’s first go at fly fishing in clear water visually spotting the trout, conditions could not have been better. Not that the occupants were easy to catch, but all our anglers hooked up by making those vital changes on patterns and colours. Fishery manager Eddie served up breakfast and lunch, with Cajun fried rainbow trout being a popular hitter. I’m no great fish eater but it really was good cooking. There was a fly tying demonstration in the lunch break, and some casting tuition to round off a good day.
You would think Mike and I would be glad to get home, but instead we got straight in the car, drove 200 miles to North Somerset where we stuffed burger and chips down the hatch and walked straight out onto a Minehead beach for a night session after Rays. With us were Craig from West Coast tackle, Junior England International Charlie and Paul (from our Bossington Beach film).We ended up with five species of fish on one of those perfect nights when the sunset backlit the sky, and the wind was down. Exhausted we were glad to crash out in the B & B. Did we hit the road home the following morning? Nah!!! Another 4 hour session at the base of Minehead pier. So a manic week of fishing, but I had no choice as Mike is now off to Wiltshire for a teacher training course, while I have a huge week of work,paperwork,building stuff,architects,property consultants, and not a hint of a fishing chance. Job priorities first, fishing second.
Walking on the fields outside our humble abode gave me the chance to see that spring really is “Bursting out all over” ”With vast sweeping fields of yellow oil seed flower heads, and Bluebells start opening in the shade of the woods. Already we are halfway through April, possibly the best month for a beginner to try fly fishing for trout. Another month and I’ll have to start thinking about dinghy fishing for Smoothhounds, Bass in the boat and pre-baiting for big Tench. So much to choose from when you are an all-round angler.
Mike is on the prowl for another boat. He wants one to logo up with “The Totally Awesome Fishing Show” and use it for freshwater river piking as well as some inshore estuaries. The choice is either a second-hand “tinnie”, while I always like those Dell Quay Dory types, as they give good stability. Both models seem to hold their prices, and I already have the 4hp Yamaha wing engine (brand new) from “Hi Sea Drifter” so I just need a 12-foot boat and a decent trailer. But of course like all things “boaty” it just starts there, and you have to buy all the bits and bobs that go with it. We might even drag it over to Courtmacsherry this summer and do some Bass and Pollack fishing in it. But first we need to find a boat that isn’t a piece of painted over junk with a trailer that looks like it’s made out of superglued paperclips !! If you hear of anything decent out there, let us know. In the meantime, have some good fishing, and let’s hope these winds stay down.
I have been making the most of the teaching holidays this easter. Not only have I done a good amount of fly fishing for Trout both at Rutland and at a number of small lakes, I have also done a fair share of shore fishing. The recent trip to Minehead was a success, catching a good number of different species at night. Check it out in the latest episode picture below, just click it and it should take you to our video.
Just yesterday I got back from a short one night camping trip with my girlfriend down in the Swanage/Corfe area. We like to go here as it only takes just under 2 hours to get there and yet when you’re there it feels like you really are on holiday. The coastline changes dramatically from Bournemouth where you have your sandy beaches, to Lulworth, Windspit etc where it’s pure rugged rocks! Thankfully my girlfriend Emmy loves her rock fishing. So we took a few light rods down to our favourite spots. The first day (Thursday 17th April), we fished the ebb tide at a small mark we know that has a good number of small Wrasse. We used small 6ft spinning rods with a small 2oz lead and Ragworm as bait on a size 4 hook. It was a good session with a number of small Wrasse between us. The wind changed pretty quickly and soon it got too much as the Southerly was hitting us right on the nose and made uncomfortable fishing!
The second day we headed to a secret mark of ours that is an hour walk away from civilisation, but boy is it worth it! We have known this place to have good average sized Wrasse. We had well over 20 Wrasse to 2 lbs, all on ragworm. We even saw a school of Bass! I switched to a Sidewinder lure as soon as I saw them and dropped it right on their nose but they weren’t interested. Later on in the afternoon we noticed a few shoals of sandeel coming around the bay which explains the Bass. Next time I will be more prepared! We fished the ebb right down to slack tide and had nothing after that. I have noticed that the Wrasse fishing seems to pick up about an hour before slack tide and is much better on the ebbing tide. I also noticed that at least 80% of the bites we had were when the sun was out, as soon as it clouded over we had nothing.
Anyway, school starts again on Tuesday so it’s back to lesson planning for me for a while. That’s not to say I won’t be getting out on the weekend for some summer carp fishing and hopefully out on Hi Sea Drifter with Dad. We have some good videos coming up so keep an eye out on our YouTube Channel: TAFishing every Friday night at 7pm. Good luck to everyone fishing over the easter break and let us know how you get on on our Facebook or Twitter.