Over the last couple of years I have mostly avoided competition fishing, somewhat due to the ever increasing negative feel and bad vibes and somewhat due to poor timing with dates. However the last Zandermania I attended was far from negative and just the sort of competition I enjoy. There was a great friendly atmosphere and plenty of banter, it had the sort of feel people were only there for a laugh and to have fun and isn't that what fishing should be about?
I'm not going to lie, 2015 was a pretty shocking year for me. This was mainly due to other commitments that are thankfully now resolved. With a lot more free time on my hands 2016 will be a completely different story, I'll make sure of it.
2015 wasn't a complete wash out I had a few new species and 4 personal best which can't be sniggered at. The highlight for me was not only catching a trigger fish on a lure but watching my wife nail one before me, see here.
So inadvertently this weekend I have been doing a bit of species hunting. It all started on the Friday night with a trip out with Ben, you can see that here. After Ben nailing two trigger fish I was keen to get back and have another go myself. I had already ticked off 5 species in a short session but the crazy bit for me is, that included two new species.
As you can see from the gap between this blog and my last, I've not exactly been active on here for a while. I've still been fishing but between work and resurrecting some old hobbies I've been pretty busy. The time I have had I've spent with my family. Over this time I had lost a lot of my fishing drive and my fishing had become a bit stale. I've had my worse year ever on the bass, not even fished for wrasse and not picked up my ultra light rod at all.
I'm going to keep this short as the wine is flowing and if this goes on too long I have no idea where this might end up.
Sometimes the last minute impromptu sessions are the best and today was no exception. A few hours fishing produced some nice results for both Ben and I. It also gave me a chance to try the new rod at the lighter end of the scale.
Well according to the wife and half my friends, I have officially turned a corner and become old. Last Saturday was my 30th birthday and to celebrate we organised a trip to fish a new venue and try our luck for some Zander. So after a early start Sunday morning, a long journey and of course the obligatory McDonald's breakfast, we finally arrived at Rutland Water.
After our pre-show fish (see here), Matt and I arrived at the hall ready for Tackle and Guns 2014. I was keen to see all the new products I could and meet up with some like minded anglers, as well as help out where I can on the Lure Heaven UK stand.
It's that time of year again and quite frankly it's come around quick. I am of course talking about the Tackle and Guns show at Stoneleigh. After attending last year I was keen to get back and catch up with some familiar faces and some new ones. After making the effort to travel up the night before it would be rude not to have a cheeky fish before the show.
Zandermania 2014 was last Saturday and we headed up for a rascal trip to see what we could do. With a quick stop for an Irish breakfast and plenty of giggles we soon arrived in Gloucester. The weather was much better than forecast and those that were brave enough to risk the weather were graced with blazing sunshine, even if a little windy.
I'm going to keep this post short because in all fairness there's only a few things to mention. I've been scratching around my local rock and estuary marks, mainly with the LFR gear. Things have been quiet and quite hard work, much more so than usual for this time of the year. I did mange to scratch out some tiny palm sized bass though.
What I was in need of was another river session. So after a quick chat with Matt and Ben plans were set in-place and Ben and I would meet Matt in the freshwater anglers paradise that is Somerset.
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