THE TOTALLY AWESOME FISHING SHOW – LATEST NEWS
2nd MARCH 2015
Well March is upon us so what did the final days of February pan out like? Well, changeable weather as usual, but I did get a result jumping on one of the good days. In fact by the time I had finished running around trying to buy myself a day I never got to the lake until 1pm. However, I was on a mission with limited time and anxious to film one of my old Big Game tricks which I realised nobody even knew about in the freshwater world. It’s one of those tips that is not new, but one which nobody has thought of using in a freshwater predator situation. But that’s just one of the benefits of doing all-round angler. You can often stumble across a technique, bait, method etc. that can have a beneficial application in another situation for a different species. I had a Pike on my very first cast…11lbs 2ozs, and followed that with a 9 ½ or so.The low pressure weather window that I had banked on appeared to have flicked the fish’s switch and they were on the chomp. This makes a change. Happy that I had proved my crossover bait rigging had worked I made the most of the situation and nailed another couple of doubles. 14lbs 2ozs, and 12lb. Plus I saw others in the margins in the failing light. Film in the edit, finished and schedule to go up in the next few weeks. RESULT!!
Then, alas, back to earth with a bump. Mike wanted to finish a film last weekend so we trundled all over the shop viewing rising, coloured rivers, finally settling for a very expensive pair of day tickets on a beat of the River Kennet in Berkshire. I didn’t want to pay the ticket price but Mike came out with one anyway. Two hours and £20 later we decided to call it a day and went off filming lures underwater which proved really interesting. It helped salvage what was a dreaded “DB”. That’s a double blank. We don’t get to fish all the luxury private, syndicate stretches of rivers so its makes it tough getting enough fish for a film from heavily fished areas. In summer it can work, but in cold conditions it is very easy to come unstuck and start throwing the blanks in. Frustrating when you know a settled mild spell of warm weather will get the fish feeding.
Then I thought I would take a recce down on the Hampshire Avon in Wiltshire, but as a by-product, swing past AVON SPRINGS trout fishery which I had not been to for two years or so. On arrival I quickly learned that Barrie Bawden Snr had passed on 18 months earlier, but Barrie Jnr still had the fishery running as one of the South’s top fly fisheries. I remember dropping in to see Barrie Snr when he had just bought the land, and was busy digging out the first lake and excavating areas for the stock ponds etc. Over the years much work was done, and having such good quality water meant it soon turned into a bit of a mecca for the fly fishermen.
Now it seems to have really matured, and Barrie Jnr has plenty of good trout going through the system and into the lakes. Plus he has built a brand new toilet block, a refurbed dry seating area and potential tackle room for anglers, plus plenty of space for parking. In fact a piece of Avon Springs history was due to be moved on. The original lorry used for much of the work had been sold and “BJ” told me he had never put a drop of extra oil in it and it was still running as smooth as ever!! A man after my own heart ….don‘t fix anything that’s not broken. A wise saying.
On checking one of the recent fly fishing logs I can give all you fly anglers the tip that quite a few fish have been coming out on a Pink Damsel fly, plus a Pink Tadpole, plus Goldhead Daddy, Yellow Damsel and the traditional Cat’s Whisker. Several of those trout weighed over 7lbs so there is every chance of getting your string pulled by a good fish. The smaller Willow Lake is 3 acres, has two islands, and in warmer weather lots of Sedge, Olive and Mayfly hatches. Stocked with fish from 2lbs to double figures, this lake has a floating line only rule, and use of either dry fly or nymphs. In the clear water you have every chance of targeting an individual trout. The larger lake is called Club Lake, 5 acres in size, has the same stock and a decent cast will put you into good taking areas. Being clear, watch out for last minute takes where the trout has followed your fly in.
Avon Springs also has a corporate club house, overlooking the lake, and on a warm summer day with all the abundance of fly life from the lakes and nearby Hampshire Avon,you would think you have died and gone to the angler’s heaven. Give it a shot, access is straight down the A303 by Stonehenge. Or take a look at their website. With spring knocking on the door this could well be a fishery worth a day at, with its constant cool clear water and abundance of insects. Word is, there are some really big trout coming through those stock ponds, so someone is in for a surprise when that line suddenly comes tight!!
After the success of our Somerset shore and boat trips we are currently “keeping our powder dry “for a couple of weeks. Our small boat guru, Wayne Comben, tells us another couple of weeks should see those early Plaice start to show off Hayling Island, and there are good Rays showing up, so it can’t be too long before that light tackle tester , the Black Bream, will move inshore over the rocky, broken ground areas. We have just a dozen days left of the freshwater river season left as I type this, though with plenty of rain and cold weather about it doesn’t bode well. I aim to get a couple of days in, but it’s got to be right or I’m just staying fencing,decorating,electricking and other property jobs ,which, sad to say, are piling up again. A tenant with no hot water on a weekend is not really the phone call I want, but hey-ho, it all helps pay for the production costs of us making The Totally Awesome Fishing Show which is well on the way to passing an amazing milestone of 60,000 subscribers!!! Keep spreading the word on the greatest all-round fishing Show on YouTube. I know, as I tell myself that every night as I go to bed!!
Last week I told you of our “LURE OF THE YEAR” with the Super Shad from Sidewinder. This week it’s the turn of the multiplier. The shiny AKIOS S-line 656csm, high Torque reel has been given a bit of a pasting by us for both shore work and boat work. It’s one of those reel sizes that will double up for distance casting from the shore, or hauling on a big reef Pollack that seems intent on finding the sanctuary of the kelp beds. It’s a star drag reel, and I fill it with either 15lb Ande Premium line for beach work, or Sidewinder braid when doing light tackle boat work. Actually you don’t need to fill the whole spool with braid. Just top it off with 100 yards over a bed of mono, which gives you more than enough depth for anything around our British coastline. Make sure you have a 20lb leader of mono though, so if you get hung up on the bottom you can break off and not lose all your braid. So the AKIOS S-Line 656csm is voted our reel of the year!
And if you get tired of viewing our (TWICE A WEEK AND STILL GOING) fishing film upload, then crossover to Mike’s “Totally Awesome Outdoors Show, where he has just uploaded another film on how to get the best from your axes when cutting wood.
Have some good fishing out there, and don’t forget to keep an eye on a potential weather window. I have a feeling there is going to be some good river sport just before the season closes on the 14th of this month. Phew! I’m almost relieved….It’s a case of watch sea and trout….Here we come!!….
Well there is no need for me to fill you in on the weekends fishing sessions, as Graeme said, it was a “DB”. But it was not wasted, as I did get the footage I needed of some lures I wanted to film. Still gutted I didn’t catch though! We even saw a few small jack Pike, but alas they were not having it on the day.
I can now happily say that DropShot Diaries episode 1 is now finished and will be hitting your screens soon! I hope that you enjoy the series. It really was just an idea I had in the back of my head one day whilst out on the river. I know that dropshotting is becoming a fast and popular technique in the UK, especially for Perch. But it would be great to get some ideas from you guys, I don’t want the series to just be about me. Input from the people who watch our videos is incredibly important. So if you have any particular lure or location etc that you would like to see in DropShot diaries then please comment on the video or send us an email, I’m open to some suggestions.
I am excited to announce that we will be at the ever popular “The Big One” fishing show this year. After the huge success last year, where we met so many of you Awesome Army followers it was incredibly humbling. If you are about on Saturday March 21st or Sunday March 22nd then please do come by and see myself or Graeme for a chat. We’ll be on the Lindon Lewis Marine stand, a big thanks to them for inviting us to the show.
As the first episode DropShot Diaries has been edited, it’s on to the next series. This one is an exclusive new series for the sea fishermen out there! We hope you like it, the trailer will be revealed soon so keep an eye out.
As I speak, our YouTube Channel is just a few hundred subscribers away from a whopping 60,000 subscribers. It still amazes me that we have become such a huge fishing show with just the two of us and a camera. Many thanks again to each and every one of you who enjoy the videos that we make, again, any suggestions please send them into us.
I hope you all have a great week if you are out fishing, good luck and tight lines.