The closure of the coarse fishing season has suddenly come to my attention. Trouble is I get easily side-tracked with shore fishing, which can often be a lot less restrictive than freshwater fishing with all its bait bans, rules, regulations, baby cradles for carp, nappy wipes sort of thing. With shore fishing you just get your bait, check the weather and get out there in…well, usually in the teeth of a gale. So with the low pressures battering us one after another I thought I would have a couple of quickie trips for the coarse fish. First one was with Mike, on a Saturday, which we never usually do as there are so many anglers about. But for some reason, maybe the inclement weather, our arrival in the car park of Royal Berks fishery saw only a few there. Our target species was Perch, and the bait was prawns. They weren’t great prawns I have to admit, tiny, crumbly things that were a devil to thread on the hook. But as we were fishing close in, it was just a case of easing them out with an underhand swing, or as Mike did, simply lowering them in by the bushes and overhangs. We only had an afternoon, but in a few hours managed to net a few, with Mike getting a good one, possibly his P.B. We never took the scales. They could be anywhere. In the trout bag, the beach rucksack, the boat fishing box, almost anywhere. The trouble with being an all-round fishing show is that we often double up with gear. You can see the Perch film on YouTube. We certainly had a laugh making it and now until the end of season is the best time to target Perch, either bait, or with dropshot. I think I’ll try worms next. I hear there have been loads of giant Perch being caught all over the place. They reckon it could be the flooded river that is pushing all the Perch enthusiasts onto the small commercial carp waters. Perch to almost 6lbs coming out, which is really huge.
We set another record last week with one film that took us by surprise. “Pier Fishing Tips” I only did a few weeks ago down in Somerset, but we put it straight up. In the first week we had over 10,000 views on it!! Check it out if you like a bit of shore fishing from an easy access venue. I certainly do, as all the yomping around the boulder strewn Somerset beaches has done something with my foot which I’m not too happy with. Piers seem a lot easier.
Now for you small boat fishing enthusiasts looking to set up with an instant rig I can give you the exclusive. Our small boat expert Wayne Comben is selling his famous Thresher shark 17-foot Wilson Flyer “TARYN” as a complete package. Engine, trailer, boat, the lot. Many have said it’s the best kept Wilson on the South Coast, and he has it based in the ECA compound in Southsea, Hants for anyone wanting to view it. He’s still fishing in it, but is waiting for a Kevlar hull new boat to be built, so is hoping to sell “TARYN” as a whole package. I need a deep breath to list all the stuff!!…
The 17-footer (White) comes with flybridge,2-berth cabin, original gelcoat, Engine is a 4-stroke EFT Johnson 60,which is actually a Suzuki DF with less than 400 hours use. Full service history. New trim and tilt. Boat has acrylic windows with hand operated wipers. Fuel/water separator, stainless rod holders. Serviced trailer has new bearings, running gear, docking arms, twin battery setup, bearing savers, Passive radar reflector. New, unused bespoke cover. It’s a 2004 package, well looked after, at £6250-00 ono. I have fished it many times, included when we filmed the biggest Thresher shark well over the British record, all on film. Check the film on YouTube, at least you will know what size of fish it can catch!! Give Wayne a shout on his email, which should be on our website, or give Mike a p.m. and we’ll pass it over to him. There are not many full packages on Wilson Flyers that come up, so this would be a good entry level for anyone considering small boat fishing. And of course here at Totally Awesome we have one as well!!
I had another freshwater trip a few days ago. As usual turned up late after chasing all the jobs away, and it was blowing and pretty unpleasant. Venue was Sandhurst Lake, which is a sought after venue for Big Carp and as such not many seem to Pike fish there. At first the wind in my face was so uncomfortable I thought of calling it quits after twenty minutes. I never had the “vibes” of even getting a fish. I also noticed that the Sidewinder Silk braid I was using on my beach reel??? By moving to the other side of the lake, and setting up my new, tried, tested, proven but totally un-patented new rod rest design, I figured the floating braid might actually enable me to cover more water. I also noted a pair of Grebes working at bay just off the wind, and saw them come up with small fish. Swans, which I generally find extremely annoying, were out deep, but tipping up and feeding on weed, so I knew in this mild weather a deep fished bait would just be masked by the weed. I also had only 60p worth of Sprats, which was all the supermarket had left. No Sardines, Herrings or Smelts. However, perseverance paid off and I actually stayed till dusk finishing the session with 3 Pike, two of which were doubles. The larger was very thin, but long, with an enormous head and would easily have made 20lb if in condition. So two successful fishing trips in this non-stop windy weather.
For our Totally Awesome Outdoors Show I went to Bisley ranges with “T” Gun, who was scoping up his 708 deer rifle on the zero range. It was all very interesting, if a bit unnerving when he showed me the sound it makes when you remove the moderator (sort of silencer). Scary power in those deer rifles, that’s for sure. The Outdoor Channel is growing really fast, so if you like to look at films other than fishing you can pop over there. With the weather being so bad for fishing I have obviously been engaged in plenty of new D.I.Y. films in the garage, all of which will be trickle-fed up. We also have Walking films scheduled, more shooting films, and of course the ever popular “Bushcraft” films. I expect many out there don’t bother with the written publications or TV now, as much of what you might want to watch is on YouTube. And it’s free to watch.
And finally, as we head towards the end of the Coarse fishing season here in the UK, there is the huge tackle event called “THE BIG ONE” which is held in Farnborough, Hampshire each year. A great spot to pick up some discount tackle deals, and a day out where you can come and see us as we have a small stand there. Check their website if you want tickets, it’s a good place to drop in when the river season comes to an end. Mind you there has hardly been any river fishing anyway with all the rain. I’m just hoping the very back end might see a bit of clarity come into them so we can get out for some river piking.
If you are fishing this week…Have a good one!