Monday, 4 March 2013

04/03 Trent

Recovery day following mates stag weekend...played 9 holes of golf then off to the river. Was looking forward to a good days fishing with the weather a bit warmer, unfortunately the fish had other ideas. Other than a few tentative bites on worm, nothing. Moved swims after an hour or so, wishing I'd stayed put now.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

28/02 Trent

1st chance to fish for perch for a while, conditions having picked up a bit. An OK day in that 3 different species were caught, unfortunately all a bit on the small side...but at least I caught and had a few bites. Started with a small pike on worm
Followed by a small perch on worm (well maybe not that small, may even have made 2lb as it was quite rotund)

And a small zander, not on worm

Monday, 18 February 2013

18/02 Trent

Had a couple of weeks off fishing due to the weather, still cold unfortunately. No bites/ fish/ signs of life...

Friday, 1 February 2013

01/02 Trent

Having walked past this swim numerous times, as good as it looks I've always dismissed it as being too narrow, too snaggy looking. Gave it a go tonight and it wasnt too bad. I'd been sat down for approx 5 mins when I got my first bite, a zander of about 5lb

20 mins later and a bite on the same rod, and a really deep one of 9lb 15oz. Quite close to my target weight of 10lbs...

Missed one on the other rod as I rebaited then missed another on the same rod before the good rod indicated a fish and duly hooked up. 9lb 8oz

Quite a frantic hour and a half...things returned to normal after that, only one really tentative bite at packing up time.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

22/01 Trent

Not been out for a week or so due to the snow, thought a quick one after work wouldn’t do me any harm. Not confident at all so was quite surprised when the barbel rod sprung to life with the rare beast that is the snow barbel. Thought I'd have stood more chance with the deadbait rod but not a touch there. Quite cold, didn’t take the water temp though.

Monday, 14 January 2013

14/01 Trent

It's snowing...must go fishing...
Nipped home at lunch and grabbed my fishing gear ready to go straight from work. Not a lot of snow by the time I got to the river but I'd planned the spot exactly where to photo my snow barbel to maximise the effect. Blanked.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

13/01 Derwent

Cold/ icey, not ideal conditions by a long way but bored sat at home and ended up on the riverbank. Nothing happening, tried boilies and deadbaits.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

08/01 Trent

Was expecting great things for tonight given the conditions, unfortunately not as productive as expected. Two bites one fish. Just a small one. Got to test my new camera anyway...all £18 worth. At  least it works.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

06/01 Trent

Another mild, dry January day, should have been ideal. Somehow left my chair in the car which made for an uncomfortable session...
Bit of a frustrating one, 1 small zander landed, 1 lost and a couple of missed bites. All the bites came to one rod. Have been experimenting a bit with rigs but think I've nailed it now...hopefully better results next time. Borrowed a camera that works.

Friday, 4 January 2013

04/01 Trent

Back on my favourite stretch, rivers dropped back inside the banks and to a sensible level. Started slow, first bite/ fish caught after a couple of hours, zander of about 6lb at 5ish. Lost 2nd fish due to user error.

Very quiet again until 10 mins before packing up time (20:50) and a 14lb 0oz barbel - very long fish, and very powerful. Unfortunately my 2nd camera malfunction of the season left me without a photo, gutted. It worked fine for the 1st zander but then wouldnt even switch on after disovered camera works with new batterys.
One small zander as I was packing up. Good day for fishing, bad day for photographs.

Monday, 31 December 2012

31/12 Derwent

River was a bit higher than expected but water temp was a possitive 8 degrees...only downer was realising I'd left my headtorch at home. One barbel about 7lb at 5:15 but hard work unhooking/ rebaiting in the dark and called it a day at 6. Would have been worth staying a bit later but happy to have caught.

Friday, 28 December 2012

28/12 Trent

Met up with Mick for an overdue session we had planned for a while. Our first choice venue was still underwater but there was a couple of fishable pegs nearby. This stetch wasnt kind to me last season so hadnt fished it at all this time round. It proved to be tough going, with one fish caught between 3 of us in the end. Fortunately it was me that caught it, a zander of about 7lb. Not a bad evening to be out though, quite mild just wish a few more fish had shown.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

26/12 Trent & Mersey Canal

Couldnt get to the Trent due to the flooding, so settled for the canal close to the river. Thought there might be a few fish sheltering from the high water, but not a bite. Theres usually a bit of a drop to the water level...

Sunday, 25 November 2012

25/11 Trent

Not many places left fishable due to the high river levels. I found one swim just OK. Fishable but no fish. In that respect, no different to how its been almost every other time Ive been here...A dog walker did warn me that I should move due to the rising river level. I had plenty of space though.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

20/11 Trent

1st choice of swim not practical due to wind and rain direction, ended up in an old favourite round the corner. A good afternoon perching, 5 over 2lb - I weighed the biggest 2 at 2lb 14 and 3lb 1oz. Only managed to photo the 1st one before the camera packed up though...

I had 2 zander, 9lb 2oz and a small one. Missed a few runs as well including 2 due to striking with the baitrunner on. Once would be bad enough but to do it twice is a bit retarded.

It got a bit quiter later on so I cast one rod a bit further out where I missed one take (one of the baitrunner errors). Recast and not long later had a fish on again. Expecting a small zander I was surprised to see it was a perch, 2lb 13oz. It had been properly dark for about 3 hours - 7.45pm. Ive had a couple of perch before on deadbaits but never at that time of night...

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

13/11 Trent

Quiet and bored at work so took the afternoon off and headed to the river armed with 5 rods, maggots, worms and deadbaits. Floatfishing awkward due to the flow and gave up after an hour or so to concentrate on 2 quiver tips. Lost a fish and caught a perch about 2lb and a bream.
The perch was followed in by a pike, I waited a while but as my right hand quiver hadnt seen a bite I swapped this for a deadbait. 1 bite, felt a fish then a snag. Retrieved all tackle. Cast to the same spot and the same thing happened. Cast to slightly different area and 3rd time lucky, landed this 15lb 7oz pike.

Moved swims at dusk and put 2 deadbaits out. 2 zander, not particularly big at about 4 or 5lbs. Hook up ratio not bad - 2 out of 3. All 5 rods used...

Saturday, 10 November 2012

10/11 Trent

2 of us fishing 2 rods, various baits failed to register a bite...a familiar tale on this stretch, think Ive fished it 6 times now for a 9lb barbel and a small carp. Sure theres some big fish here so cant give up just yet...

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

07/11 Trent

A pleasant afternoon/ evenings fishing on the Trent...glad I waited the extra day for the weather to get a bit milder.
Started with a small perch on 1/2 a roach deadbait. the other half was took by something a bit bigger in the shape of a 19lb pike

I managed a decent perch on a more conventional bait of lobworm a bit later 2lb 10oz, before my predator hat-trick was completed with a 8lb 10oz zander

Didnt catch anything more, tried moving swims but quite content with my evenings fishing...

Thursday, 1 November 2012

01/11 Trent

We had quite a bit of rain here in Derby Wednesday night, I hoped this had reached the Trent by Thursady evening so I raced down after work...but it was still at a normal level. I did get a small carp, a long skinny one, saved a blank at least (only about 5lb!). The river did rise later on in the evening looking at the environment agency website, I think I was just a bit too early.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

30/10 Trent

Too much flow/ isotopes not bright enough to float fish. 2 legered deadbaits out, 1 quick bite and one proper one resulting in this zander of 8lb 9oz. Got cold and left earlier than planned...