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October 2014 - Hard hunting

The stretch which we scored on two weeks ago remains something of an enigma. We first fished it together a year or two back and it was utterly useless. Caught nothing, saw nothing and going back at all was a big leap of faith, helped and encouraged by the physical beauty of the place.

So we tried it again and a had a good few nice fish. I was away last week, not sea fishing thanks to the gales, but Pete and Terry went back and caught a lot of fish including a few decent Zs.

Normally I wouldn’t keep fishing one spot for fear of messing it up. Results soon die away if you persecute a tight area, or a short stretch, but this was three quarters of a mile of consistent fishing with the same again unexplored at each end, so we took the chance.

It was a different story from last time though, takes were much harder to find. A decent perch straight out of the blocks, it’s true, but they really weren’t having it. There were no fish mobbing the lure and we went long periods without getting any takes at all. To be honest it was pretty standard open water canal fishing. Few features, fish here and there, but where ‘here and there’ might be found out only by a mixture of chance and perseverance.

Terry and I worked hard with the crayfish, given that Pete had actually caught one the previous week and we felt that now we knew they were there, they might prove productive. They sort of were. The method produced no more fish than any other, but we caught and they tended to be good fish in the two to three pound range. I only managed one although I missed a couple of chances. The one I did catch took while the lure was static and the line slack. The bow in the line just flew out. There is not much doubt about takes like those, but the others were less definite knocks and flicks. Sadly Terry lost a big perch at the net, more evidence if it were needed that crays tend to pick out bigger fish.

Moving into new water at the far end of the stretch, proved more successful, whether because they hadn’t seen lures before or because they just came on the feed I guess we’ll never know but as the water cleared after the one or two boats that had gone through early on, the perch turned up and set about our more naturally coloured lures. Pale colours and dark colours, both were working, but not bright colours.

That changed when a flotilla roared through and turned it all to soup. Takes died away, but a change to fluo yellows and greens immediately saw sport pick up again.

Way back, I used to buy my first soft baits on line from a place that made their own called the soft bait shop. I have a loft full of their old stuff and recently I had dug out a couple of 4” curly tails that had worked well for me in the past. They did so again proving that it is more often us that changes rather than the fish or the lures. Fat bodied, wide tailed and with a lot of action, a bright yellow version picked up my two best fish of  the morning on the way back to the car. Both around two and half to three pounds, they rounded a hard morning off very nicely. We had about thirty between us and the best fish were all Zs although we caught more perch.

Sometimes I get a picture that I really like. This one was today’s but on going to post it, I realised I had taken almost exactly the same image last time out. It was going to be be my cover shot, but it was last time too so that was a shame. Especially as this version is better, having Pete’s silhouette in the foreground to give it more resonance in a fishing blog. Such are the trials and tribulations of a photographer I guess.

I hope that you find my journal interesting and entertaining. If, having read this, you think that I am talking rubbish then at least you have stopped and thought about it long enough to come to that conclusion which is something of a result in my book. If you would like to comment on this article or anything else relating to my website, please feel free to contact me using the adjacent form. Feedback is always greatly appreciated and very helpful when it comes to improving both my site and my angling. Thank you for looking.

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