First outing of the coarse season this afternoon
down on the lower derwent ,borrowash.
arrived just after lunchtime to be met with a rather
high feirce looking river.no other cars in car park
so i had the choice of the pegs.
got as far as the pipe with the realisation that their
was no perfect peg ,so decided to fish near pipe.
set up rods with halibut pellet on both.
lovely afternoon to just watch the wildlife float by
firstly a family of meganzers ,nine in total .
then the black death(cormorant) working up and down
the river.loads of sedges on the river with the odd
fish rising up to gulp em down.
in the first three hours i only had two little chubby
then about 4 oclock my downstream rod roared off
bouncing up and down like you know what.
struck into a solid feeling fish ,which could not be a
chub,fought like a really fit fish pulling line off the reel
three times as i thought it was beat,it was hard to slide
down the bank to finally get it into the net.
rested it for a while before lifting it out to weigh and take
a picture of the lovely season opener of 12lb 8oz.
it had quite a few marks i beleave from spawning.
but what a great start.
the unhooking mat below measures 37 inches
just to give some scale
Managed a few sessions on the river manifold plus
the dove,before the deluge as topped up the rivers .
The fish on the manifold even hard on the mayfly
were very wary.one cast in some pools was one
to many.The mayfly hatches on the manifold were
some of the best i have witnessed in recent years.
with olives winning the battle on the dove.
spent a nice week camped at side of the manifold
near Hulme end but by the end of the week the weather
won and i retreated home to dry off.
Took advantage of a days grayling fishing on the lovely river wye around bakewell with my brother mick yesterday.the weather was brilliant ,more spring like than autumn with hatches most of the afternoon. caught this nice grayling in a hatch of olives with one of my own tied flys which was the icing on mi cake. they were not all of a decent size as this one pictured below is testament too. saw the virgin balloon over bakewell someone had chosen a brill day for it mick saved his best till last knockings in the town stretch with this lovely looking grayling. anyone intrested in giving the grayling or trout fishing(in season) a go on the wye please get in touch as my brother is available for guiding on this wonderful river.
had a great short break near the river wye between hereford and ross on wye. managed a few sessions on the wye which is a river full of fish and bristling with wildlife and canoeist(most polite) lost count of the buzzards flying over the river and the kingfishers zooming up and down
had a evening down on the derwent.caught this one below after 5 minutes which took me a bit by surprise it went 8.6lb nothing for awhile then at 7pm another twitch soon as i picked up the rod i thought this is a good fish after a couple of seconds the line went limp with me snapped off on a snag "doh" at about 8.30pm another wrap around take this one went straight over to the far bank and was a epic fight which lasted several minutes until the net was under her.
Had a great evening's fishing on the lower derwent after barbel.having been twice allready with no fish caught i was hoping it was gonna be third time lucky and thankfully it was.
got down fishing around 5.30pm,got my first bite after 6pm turning out to be my first barbel of the season,pictured below didnt weigh but estimate around 6lb happy to get the monkey off mi back. fished on until after 7pm when my rod looped over again,this one seemed very fit making several runs before i got her in the net,this one weighed 7.11 lb(below) carried on with little twitches on both rods until 8.30pm when the downstream rod was going crazy with what seemed a very powerful fish,thought at first it was a carp but after several minutes brought it into the net another barbel but bigger than the previous two.weighed in at 12.12 lb (below) equalling my personal best barbel. well happy carried on till 9.30pm and yet another barbel this one went about 5 lb. four barbel in one short session ,great action cant wait to go again.strangely i could not get a touch on halibut pellets but caught all on a first time bait for me from small sample pack.i will be ordering some more today!
Enjoyed a short break up derbyshire at hulme end near hartington and managed a few sessions on the dove (wolfscote)and manifold.
suffering from tennis elbow so my casting was and striking were off with long breaks inbetween to recover. The mayfly were about but not in great numbers.it was nice to catch on my own tied flys the best patterns for me being detached body mays and double badger.