After a pretty poor start to the year I couldn't tell you how happy I was when June 16th came around. Ok, so the bass are starting to play ball and wrasse are being caught in numbers but I was in need of another fix. I was itching to get cracking on the chub. Last Saturday was my first attempt but that didn't quite go to plan.
As anglers we all strive to catch fish and most of us big fish. It's only natural, even for the least competitive fisherman to want to beat their personal bests. We spend our time saving our pennies and researching kit to enable us to buy the best we can afford in the hope it will aid us into achieving these goals. On occasion whether planned or straight luck we have a day that we will remember for a very long time. A true red letter day.
With my dad officially turning old last Monday and hitting sixty, I took it upon myself to make sure he had a good session. Our last session wasn't the greatest with only myself bagging a lonely pike. It looked like Monday would be the best in the weather for the next week or two but the water both on the coast and inland didn't look great so off we went in search on some clearer water.
With near storm conditions and not a clean bit of water in sight, Autumn is well and truely here along with the pike and perch season. With some new waters on the table and completely blown out seas, I may well be spending most of my time inland hunting down the toothy and stripy critters that inhabit our fresh water. Time to sort my kit ready for the next few months.
With a quick rummage through my highly organised tackle store it was apparent that I was lacking in a few pike/perch lures. Not only that I was in the market for a new reel to match up with my medium weight rod. Quick trip down to Lure Heaven to stock up.
Since my early fishing days chasing carp and hunting the UK fresh water species, there was one venue I dreamed of fishing. A venue that stocked species that cannot be found anywhere else, that I am aware of in the southwest. So you can imagine my response when I was asked to attend the first ever lure day at Anglers Paradise.
This weekend I have mainly been thinking Perch! Unfortunately being on call all weekend has meant I’ve needed to be within ear shot of work. So I decided to go through my lure boxes and see what might nab me that illusive 2lb plus perch.
Now I’ve got my known perch killers but I’m looking for BIG perch killers. Now one that caught my eye was a 9.5cm Savage Gear 4play in fungus roach. Now this lure has proven itself to me on the pike and I was sure it would do the work for the perch. I was a little worried about water colour so picked up some bright orange ones to help them stand out. I also had some Daiwa Duck Fin’s in a nice and bright perch pattern. I was sure these would do the work.
I was lucky enough that at the age of 20 months old my parents decided to up sticks and move from the urban jungle that is Northampton. They decided for a life style change and settled in Cornwall on the Rame Peninsula. I’ve spent the last 26 years loving it. This place is my own little heaven. Every day I feel thankful for living here with this week being on exception. I have had the last week off work and with some sunshine booked I was going to make the most of it.
My day started at 4:30am but how could I do anything but wake up with a smile on my face, I’m off fishing. Before I could get too excited I still had to pick Ben up and then drive 3 hours to the mark.
The mark is a short stretch of river in Chippenham shown to us by Matt Jones. I was eager to fish this river after reading Matt’s blog here.
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