Saturday, 4 July 2020

What’s this not more spinning on the Mepps

The Mepps didn’t disappoint again today with Chub, Perch and Brown Trout taking the spinner. Again out on Somerset Frome downstream of the previous weekends exploits. Big surprise today wasn’t the Perch but an absolute beast of a Brownie. It launched around the river like a Salmon and in the net I could see was my biggest Brown Trout for some years. Conservatively over 17 inches and 2.5lb of muscle with full on kype jaw.

Plenty of action after the trout from Chub and Perch but just not in the same league. Another cracking days lure fishing. Kind of feel odd I didn’t catch the trout on fly but I would have never fly fished that section of river for trout so it would have never come to pass!

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Something different getting to grips with the Mepps

Well whilst enjoying the trout fly fishing I was really looking to to tap into some coarse fishing now the season had opened if not on fly then lure fishing. I wanted to catch primarily Chub but both Perch and Pike would not disappoint me. My favourite spot on Somerset Frome was the location and met up with Red who I had also sounded out for a change to the usual fly gear. Within a couple of casts with the Mepps XD I’d had a knock but lost the Perch close to the net. After moving upstream I found a hollow around a submerged tree and dropped the spinner in after a powerful riffle. As I retrieved from the willow branches a large fished launched at the lure and gave one hell of scrap. In the net it was a lovely Chub getting on for 4lbs.

Red had caught a number of smaller Chub in a small fast run. As we worked upstream next fish was a fine Perch netted by Red followed by another by me, both fish nearing if not 2lb. The action was non stop with both Perch and Chub taking the Mepps with abandonment.

We then drove a mile or so downstream to try another section of the Somerset Frome where we knew both Chub and Perch were abundant. After a couple of nice 1/2 lb Perch I hooked an absolute monster that took me all over the pool I was fishing. In the net I could see it was over 3lb easily my PB. As I stared in awe at the fish it buried itself in the net and found a hole in the seam I was just not aware of so no photo unfortunately but I have the memory! As the day wore on my final fish was a nice jack Pike in a shallow run. Epic days lure fishing, the Mepps is king!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Bristol Frome urban beauties

First session on Bristol Frome did not disappoint with two fantastic fish on the dry. I actually had rises from what I thought were bigger fish perhaps lucky on a 3lb leader!

The Mayfly hatch on sections of the river has also been quite spectacular.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

First trip to River Chew 2020

Back to my roots and favourite section of the River Chew. I have to say the river is now is wild as ever and I was actually really impressed with the gravels and number of wild trout. Course species like Dace and also Grayling conspicuously absent. Water level low with no real difference from last season. Whether it was the Mayfly but the trout were abundant and evident with rising fish all over the place. Loved it catching a good number of fish in all sizes purely on the dry.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Second Season Session Post Lockdown on Cam

Fished Cam lots of fish rising and mayfly increasing in numbers. Lovely section of riffle and glides but whilst fish were there narrow channel made casting difficult. Managed to net a half a dozen wild brownies on the dry fly at targeted fish.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Season Opener - Wellow post lockdown

Well long time coming but the day had come when fishing had been released from lockdown. One thing for it day off work and off to the river in the hope of some isolating indulgence. It had been a while so I relied on a list to remember my kit. The temps had dropped but there was still some warmth in the sunshine. Anyway here is how I got on:

Saturday, 1 February 2020

It’s been a while - high rivers, loss of mojo but finally back on the Pike

I’ve finally got back in the fishing habit. As the first glimpse of spring is shedding light on the Snowdrops and the water is falling I have found my way back to the river. The Pike have been clinging the bottom so deep sinking lines have been required. A couple of nice fish have been in the net both taking a weighted fly. It’s nice to be back!