Sunday, 4 August 2019

PB Chub.

I have managed to snatch an hour after work this week for some micro plug action and I have been out this morning too which was very enjoyable indeed.

Lately I have been having some real success on the Aquawave Henoji Fighter for both Perch and Chub, though sadly my last one got chomped off by a Pike this morning as I was having fun with a shoal of small Perch. Another lure I have really rated lately is the Taps Biedronka;

The Biedronka is a 1.2g LadyBird type topwater. This lure lands so perfectly on the water it really looks like a bug falling out of a tree and when you impart tiny movements to your rod tip the lure sends out tiny rings across the surface film just like a drowning bug. You can also cast this little beauty upstream and slowly retrieve it, this method creates a lovely delicate surface wake which at times can prove effective indeed! 
I have removed the trebles the lures come with and fitted them with some Quantum Bigeye hooks in #8. I found when using the trebles fish kept diving into weed and managing to catch the free hook points on the treble, thus shaking the lure.
Anyhow, some shots;

I know I'm likely to get stick for the way I'm holding the fish above but it went back fine I promise and I won't do it again!

The Chub above is a PB. I had spotted two fish in a pool last year and decided to go back this morning for a pop and low and behold they were still there and this time hungry for my cool Polish lure! I really don't weigh or measure my fish, its not all that important to me, it was fun and that is important to me.

Heres a few smaller fish that fell to the Aquawave Henoji Fighter;

Another couple of wee lures that have given me some results lately are the Taps Gasieniczka (don't ask me to pronounce that!) and some other random Polish lure I picked up but cannot remember the name check them out;

This one will get single hooks very soon!
I think Gasieniczka means Caterpillar
Well I hope you enjoyed this wee blog post, I'm no pro predator angler, but this type of lure angling is keeping me out of trouble for time being and is quite fun at times.

Tight lines.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Effort and Reward.

I have to admit that adjusting to freshwater lure angling on slow rivers has been challenging since I moved. 
Although I grew up fishing here on the Suffolk/Essex border, I fished very differently back then and to top that the area has changed a great deal. Stretches of river once fish-able without the need for clubs are now out of bounds for one reason or another. The waterways are so busy now and some areas are less accessible due to housing developments.

I am also adapting my light game style for a different set of species which has been harder than I anticipated at times, I have put in some work though and am yielding some pleasing results. 

One area of particular enjoyment is Chub fishing. Now I haven't landed anything of note as yet, I have lost a few decent Chub but that's what all anglers say right!
Nevertheless I am really enjoying casting tiny plugs, both divers and surface bugs for the warey Chub lurking under the overhangs of the Stour. I find it such a buzz to get a decent cast in as a Chub smashes a beetle imitation on touch down, its a thrill indeed.

I do really need to find some deeper water though as I keep losing better fish to the dense weed mid river!

I have also been getting a few Perch and small Pike on mini wobblers and the like. I know many favour Dropshot and general soft plastics for Perch especially, I just do like using mini plugs!

As much as I miss the variety of Wales I have to admit I am rather enjoying some of my sessions out here and I am just going to use the time to refine and build knowledge of the overall ecosystem, I can only envisage good things for my Angling by doing this in the long term. Even if some of the results aren't quite what I would like right NOW, building angling skill is always the right course of action right?! 

I shall be out at the weekend and I shall hope to share some more findings, but we shall see hey! 

Until then. 
Tight lines. 

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Madeira - The Return

Recently I had a long overdue meet with these nutters;

As you may remember Scott and I had visited Madeira before and we have been keen to sample the fishing during the warmer Months and see if it would be any easier. Furthermore, after Gran Canaria Scott, Ross and I wanted to do another trip and we agreed to fish on this amazing Portuguese Island again, although a first for Ross.

The angling was a mix of bait and lure styles although I for the majority stuck to lure, understanding and meaning I would catch less but fishing on my terms nonetheless.

Well I have to say It was a blast and challenging!
I thought it would be easier than it was in summer but boy did you have to work for it at times. I personally elected for Jig fishing mostly and picked off some spirited Light Game targets.

Pargo on a HTO Shore Jig

Saddled Sea Bream on a 10g Shout Dangan jig

Debio on a 7g HTO Shore Jig

A larger Derbio on a 7g HTO Shore Jig

Ross and I with White Trevally, both using HTO jigs

Pargo on a 3g Apia Seiryu jig

Micro Pargo on a HTO Shore jig

I did a small amount of drop shooting too which also rewarded me with a new species; the African Striped Grunt:

Along with some Lure game I did employ some bait too with good success, firstly on a boat belonging to an existing friend of Ross's who we bumped into by random chance. We fished live Squid at 120m for Dentex which was just super cool and I can't thank Nuno enough for being afforded this awesome privilege!

Free-lined prawn for Derbio and Salema (another new species):

And lastly, dead-baited Bogue for my first ever Stingray:

All in all a cracking holiday with the lads and certainly another memorable one.

Tight Lines.