Tuesday, 16 June 2020

2020 - A visit to Shearsby Lakes to find out more about Fishery management

June 15th and i met with the Hull family and in particular Dan at their Shearsby Lakes complex . The purpose of the visit is to gain the knowledge of successfully running a fishery as Dan has been tasked by the Greenhill AC to net our ASHPOLE complex later this year or when the weather is suitably colder . Now Shearsby is a very well run system that you can say is a commercial style venue but these days most of them are set in good surroundings and have amazing flora and fauna to compliment the scenery. Our fishery at Cosby is more natural as its been allowed to grow naturally without too much bank side management with trees and bushes so kind of keeping a more natural aspect . However our fishery has to come with a balance between us and a Shearsby water so therefore we hope to engage over the next few years with many aspects of running a fishery correctly that gives ultimately a balanced fish return for our membership.

Dan next to one of his Carp Nurseries

Another nursery recently hatched and very small - all carp

Dan and i perambulated the pathways around the Lakes - the top lake had a affordable paddle system which would fit any clubs budget.

Top Match lake

 Bottom pool a very mixed pool where fish are purposely kept to a size that is manageable to anglers styles and equipment .

Mark 'Polly' Pollard was on a visit

Later Dan and i sat down and formulated what could be possible for GAC pool at Ashpole

Very important and critical device that is important to any fishery , a oxygen meter .

Biggest stock pot rammed with baby carp

Really enjoyed the few hours i spent there as learning from a fishery that is doing it right can only compliment waters the GAC have.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

June 3rd - GREENHILL AC - Thurlaston on the Moat - and its on Fire !!

Michael Carr and myself decided to have a 'Moat' day and with the weather changing and overcast the fish might respond ? We met at 11:15 and fished 12:15-17:15 for a full on 5 hours to see what we can catch .
The first 30 seconds on Peg 6 were bite less when i had my first fish , a carp , that smashed me up . One rig gone so another went back on and the bites did continue with a procession of Rudd and Perch and odd Roach . Many small fish at first but eventually the Larger Roach and Rudd came through . Later i had three Crucians , lost another Carp then lost a sizeable tench . Eventually i had 91 fish in total for a mostly enjoyable day .
Mick was on Peg 2 and had also locked horns with some Carp and good sized Tench that defeated him however he did master 3 Tench , 4 Crucians and a 10oz Carp with a splattering of decent Roach . The fish he lost would have doubled his weight but this is the chance you take fishing next to lily pads .


Pretty Rudd

Dogious Roachious Rutilus rutilus

The author with a fine catch

Fantastic conditioned fish

Approx weight was 12lb with those 3 lost Tench it could have ben a lot more and he dropped two dog roach !

Nut case 

Silvers soup

All in good nick

Hat trick of Crucians

 Approx weight was 16 lb

Tactic for the day was fishing a top 5 over potted ground bait mixed with dead maggot and hemp. Also fished a top 2 plus short 4 and had most of my large Roach almost at the back of the keep net .
Baits were Red maggot and double pinkie . Mick did well on the same but caught good Tench on the Worm .

Thursday, 28 May 2020

May 28th - GUC at Glen Parva , a Wigston AC water

Mick and i decided to fish the County Arms stretch fishing on pegs 76 and 77. Since the rules allowed the use of keep nets it seemed to be a nice idea to see the fruits of our trip .
The day started slowly and i dont think we had more than 6 fish in the first hour ! However it picked up well and Mick gained three skimmers and a decent Perch, a decent Rudd with a splattering of small Perch and roach. The same for me really however i picked up 3 Hybrids , plenty of small Roach and Perch. The last hour was a struggle as many fish on the surface who refused to take a bait so we decided on calling it a day. Just the one boat went through which helped the catch rate .

Best was 2+2 as better roach and the hybrids came

Mick on 77 fishing up to the pads

Mick did well today with about 6lb

Only bad point today was pushing my 11m joint into a dog turd - bloody dog owners are a disgrace

About 5.5lb for me

Sunday, 24 May 2020

2020 May and review of the EXNER Carbofram Evolution Match

Exner Head man Attila Nagy has used his expertise in International match fishing to make floats of this highest standard and these are available exclusively through Midlands Angling Supplies . Attila former World Champion with his Hungarian team plus also a winner at International Club level and also a successful coach with the Hungarian U14 youth teams has placed all of that International winning expertise into float designs.

World club champions 2011

Hungarian Youth U14 team winning Gold in 2012

European Silver Medal , Lake Velence , Hungary , 2004.

World champion Attila Nagy

After all these many successful achievements Attila designed the 'Carbofram Evolution Match' which has an all carbon filament stem that can be replaced for another stem at any time . The plastic tips are of various sizes and colours and different diameters for viewing in certain conditions - these fit into a common receptacle that all the floats ranges are based on . With Aluminium alloy washers being used these are an advantage as the concentrated cluster of weights make for better casting instead of using too many brass washers . When you make your first cast using this float you will be sold on it , simply an awesome distance and sensitive float .

16 gram currently out of stock

The float also makes a good slider however its sister float the 'Carbon Magic Slider' is the master in slider fishing.

Many tips are available to suit conditions and light

All Exner products are exclusive to Midlands Angling Supplies

Monday, 30 March 2020

2020 - A few years in Fishing - reflective in thoughts considering the current world crisis

Uncertain times in the world as the Chinese flu curtails many things and most of all is the fishing - needed to go through a few of my pictures and reflect on a good fishing life time , so far .