23 September 2013

River Mole 2013

After some great sucess on my local River Medway my mate Danny and I decided to do some exploring of some different rivers. We ended up travelling miles following the river mole through Leatherhead and Cobham. The river has many strectches that hold good quality Barbel to high doubles and the Mole is know for its monster Perch. This was the main target and I wanted to find a stretch that could hold a few of these specimens and achieve my goal of a 4lb river Perch. Eventually we found a strectch that was on a booking ticket and it offered some great looking swims with potential. We did fish the river to get a feel for the water and blanked but this was expected. I will be back with a different approach to target the Perch.

Bewl Water

22/09/13 - I have always wanted to test my fly fishing skills at the famous Bewl Water home to some huge trout of both the rainbow and brown variety. The lake also holds some spectacular looking blue trout know for their superior fighting power. I have only been fly fishing once prior to this outing and I am a complete novice at the art however, I love the light rods, flies, roving the water finding fish and the constant action of withdrawing the fly in hope of that immediate bite.

My fishing buddy Danny and I arrived at the lake at 9am and booked a boat from the boat house. I was amazed at the condition of the water and surrounding grounds that were immaculate. The boat, equipped with a petrol outboard was a great piece of kit enabling us to move around the water chasing fish. We began our session in a small bay where immediately fish began to rise and it was looking positive with both Danny and I optimistic of the day ahead. I started with a dry fly as recommend by the boat man and Danny a slow sinker.

During the day we tried numerous areas scattered across the 600 acre water but with no luck. The weather looked reasonable and the sky overcast but there was no wind to note. A slight breeze would have made conditions perfect and maybe have encouraged the trout to feed more confidently as the fishing was slow on this particular day. At around 2pm I managed a bite and then at approximately 4pm we found some fish moving rapidly on the surface feeding. I cast in their direction and had a take but didn't manage to hook it but Danny with a great cast managed to pick one off and landed a beautiful rainbow trout of around 2lb. The fish put up a  great fight making the lightweight fly rod bend double.

As the evening drew in the fish began to show and the lake came alive. A section of the water in a small bay seemed to attract all the anglers that were fishing directly towards the cages that are partially submerged and hold the juvenile fish prior to them being released into the water. We fished this area for an hour or so but had no luck in catching. I ended up blanking but had a great day out and will definitely be back to improve my fly fishing techniques.

16 September 2013

River Eden 2013

14/09/13 - 16/09/13 - After some extremely intense fishing sessions in hope of a monster Bream I decided to take some time out and see if I could catch a few Chub from my local River Eden. The river is a small tributary of the Medway and used to contain a healthy stock of Chub, Perch and Pike. I chose to fish the free stretch with my mate Danny that runs from the back of Edenbridge town centre to Hever.

The fishing seemed slow and it was difficult to get a knock even when fishing lob worm or maggots. The decline in small fish was clear to see and the river is in bad condition with low water levels. Three years ago you could guarantee on the days fishing knowing that you would pull out a few small chub and maybe a monster but now the river is dead. It was sad to see as the Eden has given me many great days fishing and chub to over 6lb.

To cut the story short my mate Danny and I caught one 3lb chub, two chub no larger then 2oz, two perch no larger then 3oz and four crayfish. This was during two full days of fishing on a river I know like the back of my hand. All the chub holding areas failed to produce and we had to analyse why. Was it the crayfish?, Cormorants I have seen on the river? or a combination of the two. If the Cormorants are eating all the fish and the crayfish are eating all the new fish eggs then we have no future for fishing on such rivers. I have never caught a crayfish on the Eden and on this particular session I had four so the river bed must be crawling with them. The future of our rivers is looking bleak at best and the EA must begin to take action before it becomes a national issue and river fishing is lost.

I am now in search of a new river with great potential for a large Perch or Chub. My attention has been drawn to the River Mole in Surrey so I will be on my way down to Leatherhead this weekend.

I have decided, just after posting the above that I am going to give the river Eden one more session and see if it produces. I do feel that I didn't fish to my best and should have baited up with mashed bread prior to fishing which is my usual tactic.I will keep you posted and then head down to the River Mole this weekend in search of a real monster.

12 September 2013

Tribute to Terry Lampard 1947-2013 RIP

Its been a sad few months for the specimen fishing scene as this year on 05/02/2013 at 11pm the great Terry Lampard passed away. Terry was a genuine fishing legend winning the Drennan Cup no less then seven times. He was an idol of mine and am gutted I will never meet the great man himself. His portfolio of large specimens of all species would blow most of our out of the water and from all I have heard he was a really nice genuine guy.

RIP Terry Lampard