I went back to Mill Barn to have another go at the Perch there.I got pestered by Carp all day with fish from 3 to 6lb hitting everything I dropped in the water.I changed my approach and rested the swim for an hour while fishing to the far margin snags, where I was getting hit by yet even more Carp.When I came back to the nearside spot I hooked into 3 Roach in quick succession then I got my reward. it had taken several hours, but I eventually got a nice Perch of over 1lb8oz. This was to prove the only one I would catch though as the Carp made their presence felt again and wrecked the swim.
I have been working on the impending issues with Aquatels Fishery in Basildon. It is being taken over by a leisure company who are putting a cable ski system in place on the water.
The lake has held the qualifiers for the British Carp Angling Championships in recent years, with fish to just under 40lb. It also holds huge Pike, Tench and Bream, so is a very good fishery.
Now a cable tow system will be erected 25 metres from the bank that will tow wake boarders and skiers around the lake every 30 seconds and they will have periods of open water swimming.
I took a group of lads to Northlands Park to fish the lake there for Pike.
We arrived to a much brighter day than forecast which wasn’t looking too good for Pike fishing. The air was cool and it was a bit breezy though so I was hopeful of getting a fish or two.
We went over set up and soon all the lads had set their rods up with ledger or float ledger tactics. We looked at where we might find fish and cast baits into the appropriate spots. I was quietly confident that one of the lads would get into a fish quickly. This proved to be right as one of the floats dipped and bobbed, then slowly slid away. The lad picked up the rod and completely forgot to set the baitrunner before striking. He struck hard and line poured off the reel and the fish spat the hooks out. Opportunity gone...lesson learned.
I spent a day on the Avon just outside Salisbury with Jeff Gibson. A nice early start to avoid the traffic and get on site for a good days fishing went horribly wrong when Jeff got lost trying to get to me.
Jeff eventually arrived an hour and a half late, but at least he arrived.
We got to the river and had a chat with Stuart, the bailiff, as to where might fish well.
I took 3 lads from Upper Academy in Basildon fishing to Mill Barn recently.
Again the weather was very mixed, starting cold and turning out scorching and very bright. Not ideal conditions when we were targeting Perch.
A rather poor Summer has seen mixed fishing, some days fishing well and others very poor.
Low water levels has been a major contributor to the generally poor fishing and this won’t improve until we get some substantial rain over a period of time. This will top up lakes with fresh water, fill underground streams and aquifers which provide our rivers with much needed water.
Now the Summer has passed and Autumn arrives we should get some more consistent weather and things should start improving...we hope!!!