Thursday, 27 June 2019

2019 - June 26th , Natural soar at Loughborough

Mick and i purchased the Loughborough fishing book again and decided to fish the natural soar as recent rains had certainly freshened the water.
Our pegs were a good 7-8 foot deep and very little snagging the bottom. I attacked the peg with stick float and waggler but mostly and very pleasurably using the stick . Bait on the day was a maggot attack but also set my stall out for the tare and hemp .
A right mixture of fish was caught ; Bleak , Dacelettes , Chublettes , Gudgeon , Roach and Perch and one Barbel . Used a pint of hemp and two pints of maggots for a really enjoyable day , i reckon i could have doubled the weight on the pole as holding back was made difficult with a downstream gusty wind .

Mick next peg down took his share of Perch as usual

Safe platform

Good 10-11lb

Huge Barbel years to come

Satisfying fishing on a moving float day

Monday, 24 June 2019

2019 - Local Greenhill AC water at Ashpole spinney , Cosby , South Leicestershire

Even though weed is an ongoing problem with most waters and none more than true with our local waters myself and Mick Carr decided to visit the water for an extraction of the silver finest , how did we fair ?

Mick collected heaviest fish of the day plus biggest Roach of the day - all fish were stamp class

The Tench was hell of a scrap

No casualties - they all went back

Great day of float gozunda !

Great bag of Ide and dog roach plus a load of Perch

2019 - Ireland June 3-10th , Guiness with Hybrids on acid

Trip was cancelled last year due to Mick's motorbike accident and my moving house so we plumbed for a June trip , right or wrong ? Our destination was the usual at Ballyconnell with Francis and Pauline at the Anglers rest ..............what could go wrong ?

Go wrong , well , travelled 5 miles from Whetstone to the beginning of the M1 and a temperature situation arose ? Just had the motor serviced but the Heater Matrix pipe system was not in a good state so water (4.5 litre ) was lost !  Service station and AA arrived and a prognosis of making sure there was water in the system was the order of the day for the rest of the journey. 

We travelled onwards up North and stopped of at llandudno for breakfast as normal , this time we found a different place that was just the best . THE RABBIT HOLE between the railway station and town centre, a lovely clean place with character and the best bacon and sausage in fact i would say the best breakfast in town . Put this on your wish list when passing through .

           Suitably refreshed and nourished we carried on to Holyhead and first in the queue , the way we like it !

The rain , again made an appearance and along with the Biker lads we were first to get onboard 

Onboard , a front seat view was found ready for more refreshment and nourishment

Guiness ............we are on our way

 Dublin in next to no time - and first to go down the ramp , was this to be the perfect fishing holiday ?

After a few drinks on arrival at Ballyconnell we retired only to have breakfast next morning with the Master ofAngling , The myth , The Legend which is  Francis McGoldrick
 Also there was Karl Woodhouse

Michael with the breakfast

That night it was first of the evening meal

The night life at the bar

Yield ........just love the Irish road signs , another one called Calming.

Most nights the nightcap was a Baileys or Irish coffee

On the Tuesday we made the trip over the border to massive great friend David Herron who had pre-baited his local lake for weeks in readiness for our arrival. (Lake across the road from his farm house)

Get in there , bream heaven

All down to this Northern Irish gentleman David Herron

That night back in the bar

Because of all the rain quality fishing was at a premium , this is the Woodford river about a metre up

Next day we went Brackley on the Beach section

Not much to show for the days efforts

Same for me , i've had better days

Last day was Killykeen , great favourite of mine however previous days people have been blanking !?

My box is actually on the wall and the water was at least 3 feet up over normal

Mick took position closest to the bridge

Car to the peg - it does not get much better !

Great day , bites all day , Mick could not shake the Perch off but took a hefty weight otherwise

I locked horns with this crazy Hybrids just the way i like it

Probably 15 hybrids and 30 plus stamp roach ......... perfect last day

Last night and the crazy crew were in for a session .......omg could they not drink !

Mad as a box of badgers !

Next day home and coming into Holyhead