Kilburnlad | Fishing | Diary

Landscape view recommended on tablets

 
Fishing GIF


Places
Species
Archive

Fields End (94)

Not a very auspicious start and quite a wait before I caught anything worthwhile. But a surprise barbel made up for earlier disappointment.

Arrival time: 07.30
Weather: A bright day that started quite calm with little wind, but light clouds came over in the afternoon with a freshening SW breeze..
Swim: Reed End
Tackle: 14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line and 12 hook.
10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 8 hook.
Bait: Tulip Bacon Grill, bread and bread crust.
Fish: A barbel, two carp and a few small roach.

The pleasant surprise when I arrived was the absence of anglers. When I first started fishing this lake in 2006 there was one small field for touring caravans. Now it's a complex, with multiple caravan fields and more recently lodges. And the latest addition, which categorically confirms the venue's holiday credentials, a small café on the east bank, complete with a terrace, tables and chairs. Fortunately it's closed on Fridays, so today it didn't add to the bank-side activity. The fact that I was, it seems, the only day visitor perhaps shows that the local anglers, who once were the majority, have decided to leave the lake to the holidaymakers.
  •  Barbel 7lbs 1oz

    Barbel 7lbs 1oz

  •  Scaled carp 7lbs 13oz

    Scaled carp 7lbs 13oz

Click/touch image to show all photos in a light box.
Read Full Report

Fields End (93)

I was editing this diary earlier in the week and it reminded me just how often I used to go fishing. So today I went.

Arrival time: 07.30
Weather: A cloudy bright day that alternated between a fresh breeze and calm humid conditions.
Swim: Reed End
Tackle: 14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line and 10 hook.
10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 10 hook.
Bait: All fish taken on chopped pork & ham.
Fish: Two carp, two crucians, eleven roach and a couple of tiddler perch.

It was over a year ago that I was last at Fields End Pit. The place doesn't change much, although I noted that steps had been added to access many of the platforms, which sit at the bottom of sloping banks. The caravan park seems to have grown, and I wasn't surprised to find tackle in many of the swims when I arrived, but no sign of anglers.

When I first went to Fields End in 2006 there was one small field for touring caravans and most of the anglers around the lake were locals. Now I rarely see a local. Everybody else on the lake seemed to be carp fishing; the obligatory two rods neatly set up while the anglers in some cases were lounging at the top of the bank waiting for the fish to hook themselves. To me that isn't fishing, but it now seems to be de rigueur on commercials.
  •  Common carp 6lb

    Common carp 6lb

Click/touch image to show all photos in a light box.
Read Full Report

River Welland (27)

First trip for an awful long time.

Arrival time: 08.40
Weather: Misty and calm and little warmer than of late.
Swim: Roving.
Tackle: 12ft Korum multi-feeder, Shimano bait caster, 6lb line, 6 hook tied direct. Three SG shots on a short link.
Baits: Luncheon meat
Fish: Three chub, best 2lbs 8oz

My last visit to the Welland was on the first day of the season in 2015! My New Year's resolution was to go fishing more often and I've been waiting for the freezing conditions to ease a bit. The conditions today were almost perfect. The river was high but not flooded, with some nice deep glides. There was no wind to speak of and while still cold (it's January), it wasn't bitter. There was, however, an awful lot of mud!

I started at 'the beach', a popular dog-dunking spot, but fortunately there weren't too many dogs around. Three years ago I took seven chub from this swim, so it's always my first port of call. I cast across and downstream and got a pull almost as soon as the bait had settled. A beautifully conditioned 2lb 6oz chub (09.00), not big but a good start to the day. I weighed and photographed it, not because of its size but because it marks a long awaited return to the river. A recast and again almost immediately got a touch and a second chub was on. This one was smaller at 1lb 11oz (09.15).
  •  Chub 2lb 6oz

    Chub 2lb 6oz

  •  Chub 2lb 8oz

    Chub 2lb 8oz

Click/touch image to show all photos in a light box.
Read Full Report

Fields End (92)

Back to Fields End after a four year absence.

Arrival time: 07.30
Weather: A bright day that warmed up a bit as the sun got higher in the sky, but the northerly wind was always there.
Swim: Reed Corner
Tackle: 14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line and 14 hook.
10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 10 hook.
Bait: All fish taken on bread flake.
Fish: Two carp, three crucians and a roach.

The last time I was at Fields End was, unbelievably, in May 2012. The Pit hasn't changed, although there are apparently now more swims on the Pool. The owner, Charlie, was in the shop and was surprised to see me. He thought his wooden platforms (which I dislike because of the noise they can generate) had scared me off, but I assured him that this wasn't the case, and that my interests had expanded, with golf and French now taking a lot of my time.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the lake wasn't too busy. This was not good for Charlie, of course, but certainly more relaxing for me. Mine was the only car in the visitors' car park, although a disabled badge holder was parked on the far bank, unfortunately next to where I had planned to pitch. Rather than sit next to him, like those people who park next to you in car parks when you've left the car in a remote corner hoping to avoid door dents, I decided to fish what I call the reed corner. This was once my favourite swim but it's risky to fish, as the larger fish make a beeline for the reeds as soon as they're hooked.
  •  Crucian carp 2lb 3oz

    Crucian carp 2lb 3oz

Click/touch image to show all photos in a light box.
Read Full Report

Rookery Waters (1)

Finally back to having a fishing rod in my hand.

Arrival time: 13.00
Weather: Bright with passing clouds
Swim: Pitch No. 38 Magpie Lake.
Tackle: 14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line and 14 hook.
Bait: Bread flake
Fish: 13 carp, best around 5lbs

I gave up my membership of the syndicate water because I wasn't going enough, so I needed to find another local venue. I like the Welland but it's quite a long trip and these days I find that a half-day is a better option than a whole one. I decided to explore Rookery Waters (http://www.rookerywaters.co.uk/), which is a bit further down the lane from where I play golf. I had looked in there a couple or so years ago but didn't pursue it.

In fact the venue has improved greatly since then. They now have five lakes and a well stocked tackle shop. I had pre-chosen the Magpie Lake from the details on their web site. A purpose dug lake it has 38 pitches and, of all the lakes, seemed to have more features. I prefer 'featured' lakes as I like to fish to reeds or lily pads, or in the margins.
  •  The Lake

    The Lake

  •  One of the carp

    One of the carp

Click/touch image to show all photos in a light box.
Read Full Report

River Welland (26)

First day of the season - perhaps it was a mistake?

Arrival time: 09.20
Weather: Started warm and cloudy but became very hot when sun broke through.
Swim: Roving.
Tackle: 12ft Korum multi-feeder, Shimano bait caster, 6lb line, 8 hook tied direct. Two SG shots on a short link.
Baits: Luncheon meat, cheese
Fish: Three chub and a small jack pike. Best fish chub 4lb 5oz.

I can’t remember the last time I went fishing on the first day of the season. Probably when I was a lad. Actually we’re often away in June but this year we weren’t, so off I went.

On reflection going to the Welland at Stamford on the first day wasn’t perhaps a good idea. It’s not easy fishing and often I have the stretch to myself, or there’s only one other angler. Today of course it was busier, with at least four or five anglers walking up and down the stretch, a couple of whom were spinning. While that may not seem a lot, there are not many fishable swims and the chub are easily spooked. When alone you can dip in each likely spot and then move on, picking up a fish here and there, if you’re lucky. With a number of people doing the same thing the fish tend to become very fickle.
  •  Chub 4lb 5oz

    Chub 4lb 5oz

Click/touch image to show all photos in a light box.
Read Full Report

River Welland (25)

Last trip before the close season. Managed three chub but it wasn’t easy.

Arrival time: 10.15
Weather: Sunny with a few clouds and a fresh light breeze
Swim: Roving.
Tackle: 12ft Korum multi-feeder, Shimano bait caster, 6lb line, 8 hook tied direct. Two SG shots on a short link.
Baits: Luncheon meat
Fish: Three chub. Best fish chub 4lbs 7oz.

I just haven’t done enough fishing this year. I’ve bemoaned this fact before and I must plan my time better to fit in a lot more trips.

With the river season ending on Sunday I decided I must get down to the Welland for one more attempt at the chub. It was a glorious day after the variable weather we’ve been having. Surprisingly the river was very low, my last trip having been thwarted by the river being in full spate. In fact it was at what I would say was summer level, although more coloured. Unlike in summer, however, I couldn’t locate any fish visually.

I decided to work my way upstream trying spots where I’ve found chub before. I’ve come to expect fairly quick takes if I drop into a spot where the chub are present, but today I didn’t get a touch as I worked my way along the river. I ended up at the large pool below the footbridge and actually stayed a bit longer there as it usually produces a bite or two, if not a fish - but today nothing.
  •  Chub 3lb 0oz

    Chub 3lb 0oz

  •  Chub 3lb 7oz

    Chub 3lb 7oz

  •  Chub 4lb 7oz

    Chub 4lb 7oz

  •  Chub 3lb 0oz

    Chub 3lb 0oz

  •  Chub 3lb 7oz

    Chub 3lb 7oz

  •  Chub 4lb 7oz

    Chub 4lb 7oz

Click/touch image to show all photos in a light box.
Read Full Report

River Welland (24)

With the mildish weather continuing I decided to take a trip to the Welland.

Arrival time: 10.00
Weather: Bright and certainly not too cold for mid-November. It had clouded over by midday.
Swim: Roving.
Tackle: 12ft Korum multi-feeder, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 6 hook tied direct. Three SG shots on a short link.
Baits: Luncheon meat.
Fish: None

I’m getting over a persistent cold and regretted not feeling well enough to go to the river last Tuesday, as it was a glorious day. Today wasn’t that bad either, but when I got to the river it was racing down and muddy brown. It must have been at least four feet above the summer level. I started at what I call the beach, but the beach wasn’t there today as it was under water. However, the beach is on the inside of a bend so there was some slacker water near the edge. I also knew the bottom was gravel so it seemed a good place to start.

Unfortunately all that happened was I kept getting debris hitting the line and building up. I persevered for a while but other than a good view of a kingfisher flitting about along the far bank, there was absolutely nothing doing.

Read full report for video of the river conditions.
Read Full Report

Syndicate Lake (18)

Grabbed a few hours over the lake. Very quiet!

Arrival time: 14.30
Weather: Very warm for time of year. Windy but lake not affected.
Swim: Lily pads and SW corner.
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 10 hook.
Baits: Luncheon meat
Fish: One roach

Fishing has definitely taken a back seat to golf this year. On the plus side my golf has improved greatly, but I really need to rebalance things a bit.

I mentioned back in May that the west bank had been rather violently cleared, leaving deeply rutted ground. This has now overgrown with weeds and thorns, and is extremely hazardous to negotiate as you can’t see the ruts beneath the weed cover. The rushes around the lake have grown to such an extent that most of the ‘platform’ pitches are unfishable. I started at what I call the lily-pads, but to the right of the platform pitch. This meant I was casting at an angle to the gap between the pads, making it difficult to place the leger weight where I wanted it. I didn’t get a touch for over an hour so tried the SW corner, which is a hazardous spot accessed down a steep bank. I needn’t have bothered as I didn’t get a touch there either.
  •  Roach

    Roach

Click/touch image to show all photos in a light box.
Read Full Report

Back to basics

To cut a longish story short, I bought a used Mercedes SLK last year as a ‘special’ car to be used on high days and holidays, as they say. Unfortunately Helen, my wife, wrote off her Clio earlier this year and the end result was we bought a new car by trading in my Qashqai. So we ended up with the new car, which Helen uses most days, and my SLK, which I now have to use for fishing!

This has caused me to rethink completely what I take when I go fishing.

It’s sort of back to basics, or put another way, back to my youth when I only had one rod so my choices were somewhat limited. I now have a number of rods, victim of the rampant consumerism that has swept all walks of life, whereby one of anything isn’t good enough. You must have choices and, of course, always the most recent and technically developed piece of kit. I’m guilty of acquiring quite a bit of tackle since I got back into fishing about ten years ago.

When I go to the Welland I roam, carrying a rod, landing net, a small tackle bag and an old canvas bucket (circa 1960s) in which I put bait, drink and waterproofs. I’ve now adopted the same approach for all my fishing trips, thus yesterday I took a single 10ft rod when I went after carp over the lake. If you enjoy roaming and searching for the fish, as I do, this is a very satisfying way of fishing.
Read Full Report
<<  Page 2 / 22  >>
 
Places
Species
Archive

This website doesn't make extensive use of cookies but a small number are required for the correct functioning of the site and to collect anonymous analytical data.