My Year So Far…

Posted by: Dale turner on April 4th, 2017

Hey y’all, it’s been while so I thought I’d give you a quick update on what’s been happening with my angling. If you follow me on any of the social media sites you probably know already that last year my fishing was a bit of a washout due to an old knee injury, but that was last year and now it’s a new year and I’m mega keen for it.

In January I planned to fish a lovely little club lake in East Sussex and keep the bait going in to try and get something going. I started off on a bit of a flyer where I managed to bag one of the rare ones – a 29lb 8oz mouth-perfect half Linear.

The only fish I caught in January – before everywhere froze over!

After that session the weather for January went to pot. We got hit with that poxy cold snap and I think pretty much every lake in the South East was frozen over till early Feb, so that put an end to my plans to carry-on fishing the little club water. I did think about going back down there later in Feb but there was somewhere else that was calling out, which was “GGs”. I didn’t really plan to go back up there so early – I’d fished it hard the last couple of winters and to honest it was punishment. It doesn’t have much winter form and they don’t start to wake up until the middle of March. I was going to be happy with flitting about on the club water and a couple of other day ticket waters I’d mentally noted, but there was just something telling me to get back up there.

I made a slight change to my approach this winter to previous years – I was going up straight from work on a Saturday and it was a bit of a rush, so I decided to start going up on the Sunday mornings which meant I could spend more time walking the lake trying to locate them. I did three or four nights up there in February with no joy, then one Saturday the lake produced three fish out of the blue and it seemed to completely turn off again after that.

March is now upon us and it’s really starting to feel like Spring now. I didn’t get to fish the first Sunday of March due to other commitments but I was back up there the weekend after which was the 12th. I was buzzing for it, the weather was bang on it felt a lot warmer, all the birds have started singing and it just had that real spring-like feeling about it.

I arrived at the lake around 9:30am a bit later than planned as my alarm didn’t go off. I’d been speaking to a mate that was already on that weekend and he had told me that there was only three anglers on all weekend, which surprised me but I wasn’t complaining. I had a good walk around the lake but again there was still no sign of Mr Carp, so I stopped with my good pal Jamie for a brew and had a bit of a catch-up. After talking to him it was apparent that he hadn’t seen anything all weekend so I decided I’d drop into a swim called Back Bay. The swim had it’s own bit of water which you fish up to a big island in front and down to the right – the only way I can describe it is it’s kind of like a channel that narrows down till it goes out in to the other half of the lake, which just screams carp. I soon had the gear round in the swim, only putting two rods out to start with, which were two stinky bright pop-ups fished down to the channel on spots that I had caught from in the past. I didn’t bother with getting the house up as I wanted to try and keep as mobile as possible so I could up sticks at any point if I saw something to move on. The afternoon soon came round and the weather was bang on – overcast, light drizzly rain, and it felt really good for it. I’d seen a couple of fish show but I’m sure they were pike as they had been spawning. It got to around 16:30 so I reeled in and went for a walk to see if I could see anything to move on before it got dark, but still nothing showed so I retreated to the Back Bay and stick it out there in hope that one would slip up. I got the rods back out on the spots down to the right of the channel, and the third rod I decided to put in-between two fallen trees on the island opposite me. Again, three stinky bright pop-ups and a few free offering scattered along the far margin on the island and down to the right. Before I knew it it was gone 18:00, so I threw up the Tempest Brolly and started dinner which was chicken and rice, and I must say it was bloody good too!

I sat up for most of night just watching the water and listening, oh and a bit of Candy Crush on my phone too, I’m well in to it at the moment – sad, I know! It was soon time to get my head down for some much needed shut eye. At 02.30 I was awoken by a few bleeps from the Neville. It was a drop-back, and like you do in a sleepy daze I ran out in just my socks, wound down and lifted in to a carp! Still being half asleep and with no shoes or waders on I walked into the lake only to be brought sharply to my senses – the water still hasn’t quite warmed up… it was bloody freezing! Once bent into the fish I could feel that it was trying to get under one of the fallen trees that I was fishing between as I could feel my line grating on it, so I put the rod tip right down in the water and I soon started to gain line, after that little drama it was like a dog on a lead and come straight in one under the rod tip it popped its head up and I slipped the net under him, in the bottom of my net was a short dumpy mirror, I’d finally put my blank spell to bed. It pulled the needle on the scales round to 28lb 8oz. I popped it in the retention sling for five minutes whilst I got the camera set up, and soon I had a few pics done and put him back into the darkness and got my head back down. Morning came round and nothing else occurred in the night, and whilst I was making the first cuppa of the day one nutted out to my right so that made my mind up on staying put for the day, as I was really planning to get the gear packed down so I could move about till I fell on them. The afternoon was rather quiet and it was soon time to make my way home.

Made-up with this mirror of 28lb 8oz.

I was well happy with what I’d had as I think it may of been the first one out for a few weeks, till next time and thank you for reading.

 

Slack lines

Cheers, Dale.

 

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My Year So Far…

Posted by: Dale turner on April 4th, 2017

Hey y’all, it’s been while so I thought I’d give you a quick update on what’s been happening with my angling. If you follow me on any of the social media sites you probably know already that last year my fishing was a bit of a washout due to an old knee injury, but that was last year and now it’s a new year and I’m mega keen for it.

In January I planned to fish a lovely little club lake in East Sussex and keep the bait going in to try and get something going. I started off on a bit of a flyer where I managed to bag one of the rare ones – a 29lb 8oz mouth-perfect half Linear.

The only fish I caught in January – before everywhere froze over!

After that session the weather for January went to pot. We got hit with that poxy cold snap and I think pretty much every lake in the South East was frozen over till early Feb, so that put an end to my plans to carry-on fishing the little club water. I did think about going back down there later in Feb but there was somewhere else that was calling out, which was “GGs”. I didn’t really plan to go back up there so early – I’d fished it hard the last couple of winters and to honest it was punishment. It doesn’t have much winter form and they don’t start to wake up until the middle of March. I was going to be happy with flitting about on the club water and a couple of other day ticket waters I’d mentally noted, but there was just something telling me to get back up there.

I made a slight change to my approach this winter to previous years – I was going up straight from work on a Saturday and it was a bit of a rush, so I decided to start going up on the Sunday mornings which meant I could spend more time walking the lake trying to locate them. I did three or four nights up there in February with no joy, then one Saturday the lake produced three fish out of the blue and it seemed to completely turn off again after that.

March is now upon us and it’s really starting to feel like Spring now. I didn’t get to fish the first Sunday of March due to other commitments but I was back up there the weekend after which was the 12th. I was buzzing for it, the weather was bang on it felt a lot warmer, all the birds have started singing and it just had that real spring-like feeling about it.

I arrived at the lake around 9:30am a bit later than planned as my alarm didn’t go off. I’d been speaking to a mate that was already on that weekend and he had told me that there was only three anglers on all weekend, which surprised me but I wasn’t complaining. I had a good walk around the lake but again there was still no sign of Mr Carp, so I stopped with my good pal Jamie for a brew and had a bit of a catch-up. After talking to him it was apparent that he hadn’t seen anything all weekend so I decided I’d drop into a swim called Back Bay. The swim had it’s own bit of water which you fish up to a big island in front and down to the right – the only way I can describe it is it’s kind of like a channel that narrows down till it goes out in to the other half of the lake, which just screams carp. I soon had the gear round in the swim, only putting two rods out to start with, which were two stinky bright pop-ups fished down to the channel on spots that I had caught from in the past. I didn’t bother with getting the house up as I wanted to try and keep as mobile as possible so I could up sticks at any point if I saw something to move on. The afternoon soon came round and the weather was bang on – overcast, light drizzly rain, and it felt really good for it. I’d seen a couple of fish show but I’m sure they were pike as they had been spawning. It got to around 16:30 so I reeled in and went for a walk to see if I could see anything to move on before it got dark, but still nothing showed so I retreated to the Back Bay and stick it out there in hope that one would slip up. I got the rods back out on the spots down to the right of the channel, and the third rod I decided to put in-between two fallen trees on the island opposite me. Again, three stinky bright pop-ups and a few free offering scattered along the far margin on the island and down to the right. Before I knew it it was gone 18:00, so I threw up the Tempest Brolly and started dinner which was chicken and rice, and I must say it was bloody good too!

I sat up for most of night just watching the water and listening, oh and a bit of Candy Crush on my phone too, I’m well in to it at the moment – sad, I know! It was soon time to get my head down for some much needed shut eye. At 02.30 I was awoken by a few bleeps from the Neville. It was a drop-back, and like you do in a sleepy daze I ran out in just my socks, wound down and lifted in to a carp! Still being half asleep and with no shoes or waders on I walked into the lake only to be brought sharply to my senses – the water still hasn’t quite warmed up… it was bloody freezing! Once bent into the fish I could feel that it was trying to get under one of the fallen trees that I was fishing between as I could feel my line grating on it, so I put the rod tip right down in the water and I soon started to gain line, after that little drama it was like a dog on a lead and come straight in one under the rod tip it popped its head up and I slipped the net under him, in the bottom of my net was a short dumpy mirror, I’d finally put my blank spell to bed. It pulled the needle on the scales round to 28lb 8oz. I popped it in the retention sling for five minutes whilst I got the camera set up, and soon I had a few pics done and put him back into the darkness and got my head back down. Morning came round and nothing else occurred in the night, and whilst I was making the first cuppa of the day one nutted out to my right so that made my mind up on staying put for the day, as I was really planning to get the gear packed down so I could move about till I fell on them. The afternoon was rather quiet and it was soon time to make my way home.

Made-up with this mirror of 28lb 8oz.

I was well happy with what I’d had as I think it may of been the first one out for a few weeks, till next time and thank you for reading.

 

Slack lines

Cheers, Dale.

 

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