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Well, I finally squeezed in a couple of “hunch” films that paid off. Most of the time we end up making a film in half a day as we are always running late with various other jobs taking priority. Must be nice to have days and nights to continually fish, but for us it’s very much a case of getting in whatever short trips we can. Mike is back teaching, but I felt I could squeeze in a film at a day ticket water in Berkshire, using a couple of different baits. It was blowing a strong Easterly wind, and we all know the old saying… “When the wind is in the East, the fishes bite the least”. But the sun was out so it kind of balanced out the negative vibes I had and I arrived at the water by lunchtime. A quick intro to the fishery bailiff and he gave me a walk around the lakes, all of which had anglers on them. I lugged all the gear to the far end of the match lake, deciding I would have more chance being away from the main crowd. The drawback was the fact that the fishery has its own café and the smell of a full cooked breakfast wafted its way to me on the breeze. Sandwiches and a bottle of water just don’t hold the same attraction when you can smell a fry up!!!
I had a corking little session and really enjoyed the challenge of never having been there before. I fed the swims with sweetcorn and red maggots, using float fishing and leger tactics on my two rods, but my main misgiving was that little seemed to be moving on the surface. After maybe 45 minutes I was away with a bent rod, and it proved to be a cracking perch that I actually weighed at an even 2lbs. I had more small Perch, and then a 3lb Bream, followed by a move to the top lake as the Easterly was right into my face. Floatfishing with my 13 foot match rod soon saw me attached to something larger, and after a real rod buckling fight I netted a carp of 9-8. Later afternoon I thought about where I started and my gut feeling was to lug all the gear back down there. A wise decision, as Rudd, Silver Bream and Carp had moved in, and I actually finished the session with several carp into low double figures. Enjoyable day, and a steady stream, of fish. Keep an eye open for the up-coming film.
Then it was a day of work, but with high pressure fading and a cloudy low coming in I just knew it would be good conditions to activate trout. But where to go? I settled for the silence, tranquillity and solitude of Frensham Trout Fishery, near Frensham Ponds in Surrey. This is one of a rare breed of trout waters that actually allows and promotes, catch-and-release fly fishing for trout. It’s set in a wooded valley, so despite a breeze I knew an evening here would produce some top water action. There were several anglers there, all fishing from the casting areas provided, but luck being what it is, I walk to the closest “swim” by the car park on the dam of the larger main lake, wanting to be on my own. However there was a “gentleman” on the next swim away to my right who started shouting”Oi,Mate” etc. I ignored him at first, knowing I had every right to be in the designated area, but as I started stripping line out he shouted that he wanted to fish there. Oh well, I hadn’t even started and someone wanted the spot. So I shouted back that he was welcome to come round and I would fish where he was. Live and let live, or so I thought. But no, he didn’t want me there at all. He just wanted to cast all the way from his area to my area as he thought there might be a trout there with his name on it. I shouted back that he obviously didn’t want me fishing where I wanted so I would not only change swims, but I would change lakes completely!! I know I should have stood my ground, but I figured he just had the carp fishing mentality where you go to one side of the lake then cast miles across to the other, rather than walk round and just drop your line in. Beyond me, but I left him to catch the “trout with his name on it” and went to a smaller lake. Well, well. What a move it turned out to be. I was soon into a 2lb rainbow, then another, then another. I was using a floating line, 9 ft leader and, wait for this, 8lb fluorocarbon leader and a green Damsel nymph. The reason I started catching was I thought my first cast was in the wrong area, so wound in fast to move down the bank. As I wound in a bow wave pushed a ridge of water behind the speeding fly, following it to my feet and turning away at the last moment. It told me that all the other anglers had shown the trout a slow retrieve all day, and they were wary of it. But a fast strip/tweak turned them on immediately. I had only 3 hours fly-fishing late afternoon into evening, but it turned into one of the best short sessions I have ever had with a fly rod. I finished with 24 trout hooked, 17 netted, of which all bar one were rainbows. The odd one out was a small wild brownie. So the selfish angler who wanted to cast from one platform to another and hog that corner of the lake had actually done me an immense favour. Frensham Trout lake has surpassed itself, so look out for the film, and if you fancy a day there try the sporting ticket with catch and release and do a half day. It’s a great little spot, but beware the clutching twigs and branches. They leap out from everywhere and try to grab your fly at the last moment.
I was scrolling through old stuff the other night and stumbled on a news item about a 350lb plus Mako that was netted just 3 miles off Brighton. Normally if you think of Mako you would be heading down towards England’s premier toothy critter spot of Falmouth and the famed Manacles reef. But it makes you wonder if there are more than just Thresher sharks swimming around off the Isle of Wight. Maybe this year one of the real tough sharks will make a showing. Mako or even a small Hammerhead shark.
I drove down to Hastings for the wife’s family event, but managed to detour to Eastbourne where I popped in to Tony’s Tackle shop where Tony had tied up another 3 sea rigs for our Show. In the corner I spotted a load of carp gear, including an enormous bedchair, and a monster of a camouflaged bait boat. So if anyone wants a deal on all the carp stuff Tony has, get on his website or phone the shop to see what he will sell it for. The camo bait boat is an Annatec ?? has spares and I think the bedchair was a flatliner ? The bait boat itself was have cost a lot initially but if you are into carp gear there could be a mega deal for you there.
Also on the subject of tackle, due to the shark interest our “Ultimate guide to Blue shark” is getting more and more sea anglers wanting to try it, but we are now starting to get feedback from carp anglers who have used our “Giant Catfish” DVD to glean baiting tips for the
UK catfish scene. The British Cats are now starting to wake up from their winter slumbers, so if you are a carp angler looking to spice up your “night life” with something big and slimy (Careful now, this is a family E-News) then our tips for Catfish DVD might point you in the right direction. Check the shop site.
Still on tackle both bass anglers and trout anglers are trying the Akashi fluorocarbon Mike has in stock. It’s called Ultraclear and the 0.18 comes at 13.22lbs b.s. or the 0.35 is 35lbs b.s.
One strain for freshwater, and one for sea, mostly used for leaders, but don’t forget carp anglers are now using a whole spool to top off their reels as fluorocarbon sinks straight to the lake, keeps on the bottom and prevents the need for back leads. Carpers, give a spool a try. You never know.
Finally, in many of the films I use some small knot and line clippers. Anglers ask where to get them and I’ve had mine years and can’t remember. Now Mike has tracked a supply down, called compact “Nipper” De-Luxe with stainless steel blades, they are fold away, fit in a pocket, or clip to a lanyard so they are right there when you want to cut line, knots or whatever.
Cheap and cheerful, they are one of those items that do a good job making you wonder why you never used them before. A great saving on teeth as well, especially when you get mono over 40lbs!
This week looks a bit of a wipeout, but Mike has some good films coming up, certainly something a bit different, and I’m doing the base edit on a load of other completely brand new films. If there is a nice evening on the way I shall deffo be back at Frensham trout fishery, and all you trout guys had better keep watching the Dever Springs Facebook as I think those monster 20lb Brown trout could well be getting ready for stocking. In fact that’s a good excuse to grab a spool of Mike’s Akashi fluorocarbon. You could well need it if a 22lb plus Brown takes hold !…..Good fishing guys, and keep spreading the word, telling others of the huge number of free to watch films…
I seem to be on top of things at the moment which is a rarity…. I have already uploaded and scheduled a few episodes on TAFishing, as well as planned most of my Geography lessons for this half of term….
Thankfully, we have a bank holiday approaching, and I will be heading straight down to Dorset for some rock fishing! I mentioned in last weeks e-news whether any of you guys (the awesome army) wanted to come and fish some rock marks with me, do some camping, have a bbq and just enjoy the bank holiday weekend doing some fishing. I had a big response from people, many of whom couldn’t make it as it was a bit late notice. So as a result of this, I will be heading back down to Dorset AGAIN on the second bank holiday weekend of May (starting 23rd-25th of May) so if anyone is interested in joining me for that too then let me know on my email: email@example.com and I can give you some more details on where I’ll be camping etc. Hopefully the weather plays ball this weekend, and for those of you who are joining me fishing, I hope the fish are on the bite!
Light Rock Fishing will be the tactics of the day I think, with small 2-3″ lures on a 1-3g jig head depending on state of tide and wind. I’m going on a species hunt, but I can’t resist hooking a decent wrasse on an ultra light 1-8g rod, it’s epic fun!
Lots of cool things happening in the next month – Dropshot Diaries episode 2 will be hitting your screens, as will a Pike video, an LRF/sea video, fly fishing video, and I will hopefully be filming more of episode 2 of our carp fishing series “Bite Time”.
I hope you all have an awesome time on the weekend, if you’re out fishing – tight lines!
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