Macey’s Musings – June 2017

Posted by: Dean Macey on June 13th, 2017

Macey’s Musings – June 2017

This time of year is normally all about tench for me. I can’t remember the last time I missed them off my ‘to do’ list. Misty mornings with those sexy red-eyes rolling over your spots and slapping their tails as they disappear back into the unknown is what Spring has always meant to me. However, this year I have had my carp head well and truly on, and it’s been difficult to think of anything but. Add to the fact that I have probably had the most productive couple of months fishing in a very long time, I have just rolled with the snowball that has just kept building.

My last trip was on a venue that I had been meaning to visit for probably ten years or more but for various reasons never got around to it. This time it was with the invite from a long-time friend, Mike ‘Spug’ Redfern, who has just started doing the odd tutorial in a new swim that has been specially made for just that. So how could I resist! It was a short trip, just 24 hours but enough time, I was told, to bag a few of the stunning creatures that lived there and he wasn’t wrong. The swim in question had one particular spot that seemed to do the vast majority of the bites so we decided to rotate that spot. It was my turn first and then Spug would follow in with his rod and rig, once I had nicked one. It was a cast of about 45yds down the side of a few bushes and the closer you got, the quicker the bites came. I jammed my 15mm Mainline wafter within inches of the bush and true to form, the rod that was locked-up was off within 45 minutes with a VERY hard fighting mid-double attached. Then Spug followed suit with the same result. My next go took a little longer for it to go off but with this fish being a spawned-out 19lb 14oz common with mega orangey/ golden flanks, I wasn’t complaining. It all went very quiet for the next rotation, so while Spug plugged away at the “hot spot”, I got my rod clipped-up to a new spot that had possibly never had a bait positioned there before.

A very hard-fighting mid-double kicked-off the action in the tutorial swim.

With orangey/golden flanks…

My first four casts resulted in four bream. Not what I had in mind, but I was sure that if the bream found it pleasant to eat there, then with a little bait application I could get a carp to see it the same way. On my fifth chuck to the new spot, and with Spug standing behind me chuckling at my new found bream spot, I catapulted about fifty 15mm Cell boilies as tight to the little cove as I could and sat back. Minutes later the rod that was locked down tight on my stage stands was folded round at an alarming, yet very cool, angle and my reel had slammed against my alarm – not a bream this time I thought!!! The fights from all of the fish were outrageous but this one rolled very early on in the fight and I could see that it was a mega-looking mirror with scales as large as beer mats scattered on both flanks. She safely swam into the net at the first time of asking. It was clear to see that she had just had a very successful spawn so she was nowhere near top weight but at 23lb 6oz she was still a wicked-looking fish to catch. Seven more fish to 23lb 7oz came from that spot throughout that day and the next morning. We didn’t flick the rods out at night, due to a very good social and while Spug only managed two over the trip, he did do me, JUST, on the biggest fish prize.

Scales as big as beer mats!

It was such an enjoyable days’ angling that we didn’t even bother putting the rods out at night!

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Macey’s Musings – June 2017

Posted by: Dean Macey on June 13th, 2017

Macey’s Musings – June 2017

This time of year is normally all about tench for me. I can’t remember the last time I missed them off my ‘to do’ list. Misty mornings with those sexy red-eyes rolling over your spots and slapping their tails as they disappear back into the unknown is what Spring has always meant to me. However, this year I have had my carp head well and truly on, and it’s been difficult to think of anything but. Add to the fact that I have probably had the most productive couple of months fishing in a very long time, I have just rolled with the snowball that has just kept building.

My last trip was on a venue that I had been meaning to visit for probably ten years or more but for various reasons never got around to it. This time it was with the invite from a long-time friend, Mike ‘Spug’ Redfern, who has just started doing the odd tutorial in a new swim that has been specially made for just that. So how could I resist! It was a short trip, just 24 hours but enough time, I was told, to bag a few of the stunning creatures that lived there and he wasn’t wrong. The swim in question had one particular spot that seemed to do the vast majority of the bites so we decided to rotate that spot. It was my turn first and then Spug would follow in with his rod and rig, once I had nicked one. It was a cast of about 45yds down the side of a few bushes and the closer you got, the quicker the bites came. I jammed my 15mm Mainline wafter within inches of the bush and true to form, the rod that was locked-up was off within 45 minutes with a VERY hard fighting mid-double attached. Then Spug followed suit with the same result. My next go took a little longer for it to go off but with this fish being a spawned-out 19lb 14oz common with mega orangey/ golden flanks, I wasn’t complaining. It all went very quiet for the next rotation, so while Spug plugged away at the “hot spot”, I got my rod clipped-up to a new spot that had possibly never had a bait positioned there before.

A very hard-fighting mid-double kicked-off the action in the tutorial swim.

With orangey/golden flanks…

My first four casts resulted in four bream. Not what I had in mind, but I was sure that if the bream found it pleasant to eat there, then with a little bait application I could get a carp to see it the same way. On my fifth chuck to the new spot, and with Spug standing behind me chuckling at my new found bream spot, I catapulted about fifty 15mm Cell boilies as tight to the little cove as I could and sat back. Minutes later the rod that was locked down tight on my stage stands was folded round at an alarming, yet very cool, angle and my reel had slammed against my alarm – not a bream this time I thought!!! The fights from all of the fish were outrageous but this one rolled very early on in the fight and I could see that it was a mega-looking mirror with scales as large as beer mats scattered on both flanks. She safely swam into the net at the first time of asking. It was clear to see that she had just had a very successful spawn so she was nowhere near top weight but at 23lb 6oz she was still a wicked-looking fish to catch. Seven more fish to 23lb 7oz came from that spot throughout that day and the next morning. We didn’t flick the rods out at night, due to a very good social and while Spug only managed two over the trip, he did do me, JUST, on the biggest fish prize.

Scales as big as beer mats!

It was such an enjoyable days’ angling that we didn’t even bother putting the rods out at night!

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