Decisions, decisions…

Well, of the 3 options I was mooting for Tuesday’s outing, one has been thrown out of the box today.
Too far away as I have to be somewhere in the late afternoon….

So I WAS down to one of two Staffs/Worcs canal locations Β – but a third has just jumped into my head, still on the Staffs/Worcs though.

Baits for the day will be maggots, my latest ‘special’ (which I have a good feeling about), and possibly some bread flake fished on a leger setup – probably take 2 rods, one a quiver tip, and the other a straight leger rod used with a bobbin, although will probably fish one-or-other rather than both simultaneously as it a bit difficult I find to watch a tip and a bobbin together being they are located at different ends of the rods πŸ™‚ Suppose I could take a bite alarm for the bobbin rod though? Like I say, decisions, decisions!!

And it gets worse… far worse…. just WHAT will I put on my butties for the day? πŸ˜€

UPDATE (1st April):
Well, it seems the ‘quiver tip’ bit has had to change! Sorted out the garage and fishing tackle recently and now can’t find my quiver tips! 😦 They must be in there somewhere though…but despite hunting high and low they’ve not surfaced…

Anyway, rods are tackled up now – both with with 8lb Krystonite main line, standard free-running link leger setup with one rod with size 12 hook on 8lb braid hooklength, other same but size 8 hook.

And I’ve decided exactly where I’m headed for and will fish 2 or 3 swims – dropping some feed into the 2 nearest swims to the car as I pass – and then bait/fish the furthest away for an hour or so, then move to the second swim for another hour or so and then to the nearest to car swim – and finally to the car and home. But movements depend on situation – if catching then obviously I will remain longer in that swim and may thus, in the end, only fish the one swim or two…

Looking to venture forth soon….

Shock, horror!

I’m anticipating a trip out with the rods on Tuesday next week as the temp hits a forecast high of 7C!

Probably head to a/the canal (3 locations currently in mind) in search of chub primarily but really anything that may get tempted by my new bait that is currently in the oven πŸ™‚ If the fish are not tempted then the aroma floating around the house at the mo is certainly doing it for me… albeit the actual ingredients are a bit of a turn off for human consumption πŸ˜€ Will take some maggots too….Actually, even given my disliking of roach/rudd, with the temps as they are, even they may get some appreciation!! πŸ˜€

Actually looking at the 10-day forecast the temps are rising generally daily – and on Monday 8th April it supposedly hitting a heady 12C! More days on the waterside look to be be looming!! πŸ™‚

Getting twitchy!

Well, a week has passed since this blog started and the weather has not improved one iota!Β And the snow that fell overnight last Thursday/Friday has been added to with a few flurries since plus not one overnight temperature has exceeded -2C with daytime ones peaking at about 3C.

So it goes without saying that I’ve not been out yet!

However, the temps seem to be rising for the next few days – albeit with not one positive or even 0C overnight temp forecast – but going to 7C day time. But…. the Daily Mirror (that great Oracle) reports that the overall arctic conditions in the main are to remain with us into May.

Any road up, it may be possible I’ll get my lure gear or my deadbait gear up and ready and have a session sometime in the coming week…

Hope so as I’m dreaming fishing almost every night now…. but even in my dreams the waters are always iced over and I have to return home dry lined… but at least I wander the banks for a while… Nightmare or what???

Me … and my world….

This is the start of my blog which will follow my angling exploits from late March 2013 and will also include comments on angling events and suchlike.

At the moment we’re not off to a good start really – a planned trip for today was abandoned late yesterday as temps dipped and a forecast of heavy snow overnight was received. Forecast totally correct – but also winds have been gale like at times so glad we never ventured out.

Anyway, a bit about me to kick off…
I’m Steve, aged 62, in the West Midlands and fished from the age of probably 5 or 6 going with my Dad and then progressing into going ‘lunker hunting’ with my great buddy, Terry, until the mid/late 80’s when due to circumstances I packed in for a while. Restarted again in earnest in January 2011 – after becoming addicted to ‘Rapala Tournament Fishing’ on the partner’s Wii console! πŸ˜€

I’m a member of a local club, on the waiting list of another, and take out season cards on a few other local waters. Fished with my old-time buddy too a couple of times too recently πŸ™‚

Main fishing is in search of larger-than-average fish – although no longer a ‘lunker hunter’ per se Β I do tend to try employ tactics/baits to try to deter the smaller fish and encourage the larger… πŸ™‚ Fish for most species – except roach/rudd which I tend to regard as having been placed on the Earth purely for pike bait. Top species for me is pike with, in no particular order, tench, perch, chub, barbel and bream on my top list. Would love to catch some zander, catfish and sturgeon too but none as of the current time mainly due to the waters I fish not having any! Not a great carp fan either – well, common carp anyway unless double figures – crucians (lovely comical fellows they being) and grass carp (also on the ‘to be caught’ list although there are small numbers in the waters I frequent) do appear on the list in a more favourable position. I also love small stream/river roving and fishing good looking swims or stalking seen fish. Also enjoy the local canals in the summer, going on short early morning sessions (ca 4am-10am) to beat the heavy boat traffic, when good quality fish can be caught – and in the winter on these same canals during the day, lure fishing for pike and perch.

I fish quite often with my partner, Liz, generally once a week in the summer and frequently the rest of the year. Tried to catch her her first pike this past autumn/winter but we failed so still she has that pleasure to come. She had a little previous experience of fishing previously but started coming out with me almost since I restarted and sets up her tackle and devises and puts into action her tactics for the various sessions – good accurate caster – and her PB carp of 18lb 1oz exceeds my 15lb PB one.

Anyway, that’s it for now… just waiting for the weather to improve but looking at the forecast its going to be a while! 😦