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A Far Too Long Break From Fishing

I’ve been taking a break from fishing for the last couple of weeks. Job hunting, developing my business website and general admin have taken up most of my time lately. But, today I was back out on the water, if only for a couple of hours trying for some perch and pike on little lures.


Yes, it was a quickie trip to the Shroppie near Waverton. I decided that this afternoon’s little session would be devoted to Predator Hunting with lures. I had minnow drop shot lures, wobbly worm lures, rattling and diving lures, sinking lures, floating lures, in fact, I think I had a fine selection of lures. They were certainly very colourful which was good because today was a beautiful, cold, crisp, colourful and sunny Winters day, something we’ve not seen much of during this otherwise warm, grey and wet season.SHROPPY2

It really was glorious out there. All the ingredients were in place, the perfect lures, the fish-stuffed canal, wonderful weather. What could possibly go wrong? You’ve guessed it, I was the angler. I had one “take” when drop shotting with a soft minnow lure. At least I think it was a take. I missed, of course, and that was that. A Short Session Blank.


Still, I can’t really complain, it was good to get out again and wet a line. I can’t recall ever returning home so uncontaminated by Fish Smells as I did today. No maggots, no ground bait, no stinky bait flavourings. Just rubber, plastic and steel. And of course no fish.

Just to cheer me up I watched this on You Tube:

I have never even caught a pike let alone a behemoth like this one. It’s one of my 2016 Resolutions: Go out and catch a pike. I tried today, I will keep at it until I catch one. I’d like it to be on lures rather than live or dead bait but if things get desperate before winter is out I won’t be averse to sticking a heavily flavoured sardine onto a twin treble rig with trace.

Weather forecast for tomorrow is cold, crisp, sunny and so I’ll be giving it another go. I’ll probably try the Dee. Latest river level data has it dropping nicely: farndondeelevelsSee you all tomorrow, hopefully with a more interesting Fishing Report!


Keeping Your Valuable Fishing Gear Safe

Garden sheds are great places to store fishing gear – until they get broken into. Yesterday on Facebook a Runcorn-based angler reported that he’d had a garden shed break in where the thieves broke through TWO padlocks, and it was only sheer luck that most of his fishing gear was already locked up in the car ready for a fishing trip the following day. The thieves still stole Continue reading Keeping Your Valuable Fishing Gear Safe

River Dee at Farndon and a Rant About Overpriced Fishing Poles

A quick report on the River Dee at Farndon: As you know the Dee has been in flood for well over two months and levels are only just starting to get somewhat closer to normal. This morning thought I’d give it a go. Frankly I’m getting desperate for some good winter river fishing on the Dee especially as the Close Season is just about 7 weeks away and “good winter river fishing” well, Continue reading River Dee at Farndon and a Rant About Overpriced Fishing Poles

River Dane at Saltersford Farm. Gorgeous Scenery, Tricky Fishing.

Wednesday 20th January 2016 dawned cold, a little frosty and almost windless. The forecast was for sunshine. Perfect!  So, off I drove to the River Dane at Saltersford Farm near Congleton to see if the river had come off its muddy brown post-flood stage. After parking in the car and hiking a few hundred yards across the ex-cow field (grass, mud but no fresh cow pats) I arrived at the River Dane to see that Continue reading River Dane at Saltersford Farm. Gorgeous Scenery, Tricky Fishing.

After The Floods – A Session on the River Dane

As you may recall a few weeks ago I became a member of Lymm Anglers which meant I’d get to fish the River Dane. Lymm A.C. has fishing rights to three stretches of the Dane, none of which have been remotely fishable since I joined due to the floods, rain, water and general moisture which have been a feature of this exceptionally soggy winter. Continue reading After The Floods – A Session on the River Dane