Session 13 – tomorrow

Hoping to get out to a ‘carpless’ club pool tomorrow. Aiming to leave the house before 7:00am and be fishing from 8:00am. I may also have an hour or so late in the day on the carp pool that sits alongside. Originally, with the rising and trending upturn in temps, I’m hoping for some tench action but if they are not playing ball then hopefully the perch will!

Tackle for the day:

  • My 13′ float rod will be my main weapon of the day and armed with 6lb line straight through to a size 16 barbless hook. Already set up and just requiring the float to be attached to the silicon rubber already in situ and then plumbed to depth. Will be laying-on with a 2SSG shot and a BB shot around 3″ from the hook, a 2SSG driftbeater float (obviously overshotted) will be set 6″-12″ over-depth.
  • Alternative set up – also pre-tackled bar weight to be clipped to snap link – is my leger setup… 1.75lb TC (Winfield ‘Specialist Angler’) rod with 8lb mainline, 8lb braid hooklength, size 6 barbless hook. This will be the main weapon if I do visit the carp pool later in the day but also my change of tactic road if required in my tench quest.
  • And a 3rd rod – for floating baits for carp – a 1.75 TC (Winfield….) rod, with 15lb Vaselined braid terminated with a snaplinked swivel encased in a small cork ball  – snaplink allows easy change/fitting of hooklink but generally use around 36″ of 8lb Krystonite fluoro-coated co-polymer with size 4 hook. Baits used with this are generally bread/crust/dog biscuit.
  • Swim rake….


  • Maggots
  • Sweetcorn
  • Specials… (Various JBs)
  • Maize and hemp (part of loose feed)
  • Bread
  • Dog biscuits
  • Meats of various types/flavours (Spam/sausage/etc, plain, chili, garlic, etc)
  • Dips & glugs: Marmite and Monster Crab
  • Groundbait: Consisting of…Breadcrumb, ground birdseeds, ground peanut kernels, dried blood, dried milk, custard powder, Instant Whip, dried milk (proportions are secret!) and to which will be added at the time of mixing, hemp, maggots, bits of JB, maize, crunched up meat particles, mini-pellets.
  • Special ‘glob’ feedbait…. as used for Staffie canal gudgeon back in the 70’s/80’s!!! But hoping the Andrews Liver Salts type results it produced back then are made by tench bubbling rather than gudgeon! 😀

Almost all set now – baits ready in bag, rods loaded and already in car, sandwiches prepped.  A few baits to be retrieved from the fridge before I leave,  flask to do in the morning and then to be put in the bag along with the butties.

Can it be LUCKY 13???

Session 12 – another blank….

The visit to the Staffs/Worcs canal was a bit of a flop – another blank in fact.
Fished 7:30am-1:00pm at ABF.

Was very busy on the stretch I was on – at least another 10 or so anglers – and the swims between me and the access were all taken – including the ones between the ‘No Fishing’ signs (power lines)! Also 3 or 4 beyond me were taken too. However, I was first there at 7am – others seemed to arrive around 9am-10am. Anyway, need to walk further to get away from these intruders at the moment and in the near future. Should be OK later in the year when I start at 3:30-4:00am start sessions – as I’ll have left the water before they even get out of bed… HOPEFULLY! 😀

Will have to look at the OS map to locate sections away from easy access too!

Boat traffic was OK … one boat that was moored just before my swim when I arrived left at 9am travelling away from me, 2 other boats passed at noon.

Fished leger, 8lb mainline, 8lb braid hooklength, size 6 hook.
Baits used were my special (BPJB), bread, and prawn/maggot combo.
Prawn attracted a few bobbin lifts but nothing that developed and baits were pristine on winding in and so suspect small perch at play. Knocks came from boat channel too… nothing at all close to or against the overhanging vegetation on the far bank where the bites would have been expected to come from.
Not a nod or hint of a touch on the special or bread.

Air temp rose from 5C on arrival to around 18C on departure (albeit felt less diue to the chilly breeze – and in fact the 7C in perfectly still air – and after walking several hundred yards in thermals – felt much warmer!), water temps rose from 7.2C to 7.9C over the same period.

Session 12 imminent…

Tackled up for tomorrow’s (Tuesday 9th April)  planned visit to the canal….

Tomorrow’s tackle:

  • 11′ Winfield ‘Specialist Angler’ rod with 8lb line and 8lb braided hooklength to size 6 hook set up for legering.
  • A Grandslam ‘Des Taylor Avon Combo’ with 8lb line, 8lb braid hooklength to size 12 hook set up for legering.


  • Bread
  • Maggot
  • A couple of ‘specials’

Aiming to go out about 7am.


UPDATE: Just received notification of a delivery due tomorrow that will need signing for.
Trip postponed to Wednesday now as Liz will be out at work…
Butties, already done, will have to be fridged.

Session 11 – To The Pool (Unknown)

April 5th, a beautiful day with blue skies and white fluffy clouds.

Air temp on arrival at 8am of 6C but rose throughout the day with a nominal temp of 15C at 4pm when I packed up… but did reach 21-22C at times from mid-day.

Water temp at 5.1C on arrival, risen to 6.2C by departure.

Fished the 2 leger rods – the size 6 hooked on in deeper water with larger baits (bread, jelly bread, prawn, etc) which were changed hourly and the size 12 hooked in the margins with maggot for the first half of the day, then with small prawn.

Had small nudges/lifts on both rods and on all baits throughout the day but nothing of consequence and so ended the day with a cheque book and pen – blankety blank.

Was a glorious day to be out though and rising water temps are making a visit to the club’s tench pool next week a rising possibility 🙂

Next trip out though likely to be a return to the Staffs/Worcs canal on Tuesday of next week in search of carp, chub, perch and bream.


Ready for the off on Session 11 of 2013

Well, it’s Thursday 4th April today – and nearly prepped ready for tomorrow’s outing to one of the club’s pools. All the rods are tackled – oh, the joys of a rod quiver rather than a holdall! Rods can be ready assembled, tackled and carried almost ready-to-go to the waterside saving a good 30mins to an hour doing so when you get there wasting valuable fishing time! Tackle for tomorrow:

  •  2 x 1.75lb TC leger rods (home made 30 years ago!) – both with 8lb Krystonite mainline to 8lb braided hooklengths (1 rod with size 6 hook, other with size 12 hook) attached via snaplinks to allow easy and quick changing of hooklength/hook – and a sliding swivel with snaplink also allows the leger weight to be added/changed easily.
  • A 13′ float rod (actually, its a 30 year old exact clone – same blank, etc – of a Hardy Matchmaker), 12oz TC, with 6lb Berkeley Tri-line line straight through through to a size 16 hook. Again, I use a  free-running swivel with snaplink for float attachment with a piece of silicon rubber below – thus float can be fished sliding or can be fixed by sliding silicon up onto swivel to lock it in place. No float attached yet – final decision and shotting done at waterside according to conditions.
  • A 11′ Winfield (yes, from the days that Woolworth’s sold fishing tackle!) ‘Specialist Angler’ rod, 1.75lb TC, fitted with vaselined 15lb braid with a 1/4″ cork ball adjustable by a sliding float stop located above the ball and then terminated with, again, a swivel with snap link to allow attachment of a hooklength. Cork ball is to compensate for the weight of the swivel/snap to prevent them sinking the line. This is my rod for ‘floater’ (bread/dog biscuit/ etc) fishing. No hook or length yet attached but generally use size 4 or 6 hook on 36″ of  8lb greased mono.


  • Maggot
  • Bread
  • 2 flavours of Jelly Bread
  • Garlic Spam
  • Strawberry Potato
  • Chocolate Potato
  • Chopped Pork with Ham (plain)
  • Chopped Pork with Ham (in Extra Hot Chili)
  • Sweetcorn
  • Also breadcrumb with personal additives/attractors – probably mainly use if I use an open end feeder.

Not expecting all the rods and/or baits to be used, but to be prepared is to be … errr… prepared! 😀 I’d dig the compost heap for some worms but as it’s still sub-zero overnight I don’t want to disturb them and so resisting doing that until proper warm weather arrives.

New CarpTech bobbin heads for bite indication when legering arrived today from eBay – 4 pink and 4 white ones. About £11 all inc. Look good but the proof of the pudding will be in their use tomorrow. The ‘line clipping’ is done by 2 sprung balls either side the line slot and a quick test seems to show that they will work well. Have a slot for an isotope for night-time illumination too. 2 white and 2 pink will be mine – will give the other 2 pairs to Liz although she’ll probably store them away somewhere and continue with her current ones as usual! 😀

Oh well, as I said rods are done, a few adjustments, swaps and changes of auxillary tackle have been undertaken… and now just final packing of the bags to be done… and prepping of butties (this evening) and flask (in the morning) will see me ready to leave for the water’s edge at 8am – and hopefully have my baits in the water for about 8:30-9:00am 🙂

TIP: Great for keeping your maggots live and wriggly in cold weather – although once in the cold water that may get negated – are those re-chargeable handwarmers that you get from Poundland, etc – ‘plastic bag’ that contains a chemical solution that generates heat when activated by clicking an internal metal disk – and then can be re-used again on another day by boiling the bag for 10 minutes when you get home. I have half-a-dozen I take with me. As handwarmers per se they are a bit feeble really but their gentle heat is just perfect for keeping those maggots lively by placing an activated one in their container. Also helps keep cheesepaste, etc that bit softer too. In Poundland, they can be found in the medicinal area – with the wrist supports, etc.


PS: the missing quivertips as mentioned in the previous posting turned up today – in the bottom of the rod quiver I’d actually taken fishing with me that day!! DOH!!!


Back from the Staffs/Worcs – having blanked.

Well, back from my jaunt on the Staffs/Worcs canal now and showered and glowing from the hot water! 😀

Nice day out there except that there was a cool breeze on the back of my neck and ears but soon remedied by pulling my snood over the top of my cap and over ears.

Started at 8am. Fished 2 swims over the morning – first swim, not a touch after 90 mins, so moved to swim 2. Had one take there after half an hour but missed it but it was enough to keep me there until 12:30 when I packed up but alas no further action ensued.

Need to repair my digital thermometer now too… the wire from the external sensor has broken and so, although I could read the air temps fine with the internal sensor, I was unable to read water temps. However, as the half hourly readings were in the 4.6C-4.8C range until the point of failure, I think that wouldn’t have changed too much. Air temps measured between 5C-7C today.

Oh… and it was marmalade butties for me!! 😀
And bloodworm pellet based jelly bread for bait – and same with blackcurrant jelly bread and a few maggots for loose feed for the fishes.

Was quite a nice morning out.. a few dog walkers, joggers, bikers,  and ramblers around too.

4 or 5 boats passed through so not so many as to be a nuisance and I do like a boat or two to pass occasionally, as it can ‘kickstart’ some fish feeding on an otherwise quiet day by churning up the bottom and releasing food particles and also colouring  the water up a bit IMHO. But, unfortunately, that didn’t happen today.

Photos taken around 8:45am…

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