Saturday, 31 December 2011

2011 highlights

Well the year is almost over so I thought I would sum up my years fishing as I see it. The most enduring memory of 2011 for me is the number of new angling friendships that I have forged via the Salford friendly anglers in particular a certain Mike Duddy without whom I would not have caught several of my memorable captures from 2011. So I have to say thanks Mike not just for the information and advice but for the laughs and friendship on the bank I hope to spend many more banter/fish filled days on the bank showing you how to catch in 2012! :)

Well here are a few captures from this year that stick in my mind.

January this year I bagged this nice pike from the Irwell after losing a bigger fish the previous day but it was still a great start to the year

This was followed by a trip to the ribble on a bitterly cold day when thanks to Mike being as keen/mad as I am we stuck it out wading in ice cold water and I managed 2 firsts my first grayling followed by my first sea trout

Then it was spring on the quays with Mike and after a number of nice tench and bream this carp gave me one of my most memorable and scary fights ever on 5lb line in the quays seeing it head for every snag in the clear water!

Another memorable fish was this nice perch from a tiny manchester pond on another trip out with Mike.

Then it was another trip out that provided two firsts my first grass carp

And my first catfish

Although I didn't manage any very large fish this year there were countless days when plenty was caught and a great time was had. My new years resolution is to update this blog properly when I go fishing.

I have to say 2011 was a great year the Salford friendly anglers are a great bunch and the club is going from strength to strength. To see barbel stocked into the irwell was a privilege, thanks Ian.

Thanks again Mike for some superb days out and I look forward to 2012 being another exciting year for the club and myself.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Never say die!

Well today was another typical example of my recent pike fishing trips, no bites and horrendous weather conditions. All these factors combine to test the patience and willpower of the keenest angler. Just to set the scene here is a picture from my previous trip out piking with Chris to salford quays, a blank, the hailstone was a nice addition to the relentless rain and wind though!

Today's trip was to Rhodes lodges in middleton, a last minute choice of venue owing to the weather today. Its a venue I have previously taken many small pike out of on lures so I thought it may provide a few runs for Chris and myself how wrong was I!

I had 3 rods out on deads one on roach and the other two sardines and chris had 2 out too. No runs at all and I even chucked lures around to no avail. With a few few hours remaining I broke out my secret bait a small jack pike that I found recently dead which I had chucked in the freezer. Ougt it went on the ledger rod but still no interest.

As Chris was slowly starting to pack up, he isn't as keen/mad as me I rerigged the jack to wobble it as I have some success in the past using small jacks sink and draw style. a few casts later and the jack was snatched in the margins and a few moments later this 8lb 12oz fish graced my net, a skinny fish that should have been a low double but a good result for the never say die attitude!

And Chris was laughing at me when I cast my jack bait out!