Saturday, 14 July 2018

Bass, Wrasse and wrecks exploring the Jurassic Coast

Another day out on the South coast as the baking weather with lights winds continued. Launched yak from Ringstead and set off along the coast in search of Bass. Caught a nice sized schoolie and then lost a really good fish just yards from the boat. The tide was pretty low all day so although plenty of fish about they were hard to tempt. The water was like glass at times with the odd patch of mist rolling in. Snorkeling gave me insight to the busy world under the surface with plenty of Bass patrolling just yards from the beach and small pockets of territorial amongst the kelp. Weedless lures all the way today made life easy although the Wrasse would make short work of the rubber lure.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

No particular plan turns in to Perch fest

Met up with Red to fish Frome on Avon Tribs ticket. Another baking morning as this summer of all summers continues. Plan was coarse on the fly in some form, whether that was Chub on the dry or Pike on lure, not absolutely sure but something away from our usual trout. Red was first to connect and landed a nice Pike almost on his first cast using a leech fly without a trace. I had a Chub take the dry but failed to get it to the net.  I swapped to lures, added the trace and started to explore the gaps between the weeds. Almost at the point of giving up I hooked a good fish which until I got in the net thought was a Pike. It turned to be a stonking Perch, not my PB, but not far off and not shy of 2lb I would guess. It took the fly deep beneath the sub surface leaves of the lillies. Red caught a couple of smaller Perch on his Leech fly which really seemed effective in UV black dubbing. The Frome incidentally looked wonderful with Gudgeon, fry and Minnow teeming beneath our feet. Those wily old Chub, until next time!

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Fish in hiding but certainly not the badger..

Met up with Red to fish Wellow. Sweltering heat, we headed for a lightly fished section shaded in trees. On the way movement in the field turned out to be a badger in the morning sunshine. I managed to get right up and close as it foraged in the long grass. It turned, saw me and then proceeded to feign death. It was clear it had made a judgement it was not quicker than a human. I held back as its eye flicked open. I stopped moved back and let it go on its way. Clearly young and inexperienced. Same story with the fish being young and inexperienced as no large fish turned up today. The water was clear and low and I picked up a few small trout on the nymph fishing deep in the turbulent runs. Absolutely beautiful day to be in the river full of fry and damsels.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Now for something different .. a bit of Bass fishing

Long baking hot day at Studland with family during which time I spent 3 hours out on the kayak. Some really big bass about as I drifted across the weed. Managed three schoolies on turn of tide that all went safely back on the Black Minnow. It was a case of paddling in and drifting out with the offshore. Casting in the channels amongst the weed. I had a big Pollack follow but did not convert.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Not quite Mayfly madness but enjoyable nevertheless...

A few sessions recently. The Wellow has been fishing pretty hard I have to say, but my timing has been out as I only make the jaunt during the day. A few smaller trout on the nymph with small numbers of Mayfly trickling off and few rises. The scenery however is looking beautiful with birdsong and damsels all around.

The Bristol Frome of evening has been giving up its secrets as the Mayfly drift amongst the shady runs. Trout, Dace and Chub all making use of the bounty. Colossal struggle with a fine wild one that fell to the dry as the sun dropped. A few smaller trout and some really large Dace looking a bit worse for wear from spawning. This urban river never ceases to amaze.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

A bit of Wellow heaven...

Beautiful run of weather for May with average temps at 25C. Spent lovely morning on Wellow fishing beat downstream of normal haunts. Lower section usually interrupted by angry Rainbows but not today. A lovely wild Brownie taking the nymph under a shady run.

Fishing was slow and very few rises. No upwings coming off despite mild weather. Mainly Caddis and Chiromonids in great rafts over the water. Moving upstream I came across a wonderfully wild section of Wellow with mixed cover and open gravel runs. Having fished a number of sections of the Wellow this area is about as good as it gets.

Beautiful Demoiselle

Went on to catch another two wild brownies on the nymph all relatively deep in oxygenated runs.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Wellow and Chew back to back

Beautiful weekend saw me fishing Wellow on Saturday with Red and on my own at River Chew on Sunday. Both days despite warm weather proved difficult with no Mayfly yet and just a few upwings coming off with very few rises. Masses of Chronomids in swarms over the rivers. After frustrating few hours on Wellow, with just one tiny par on the nymph, walking back to car a rise was spotted. Red handed me his rod all loaded up with a small dry black knat pattern, scramble down the bank, and a few casts later a lovely little brownie in the net. Stalking a fish like this makes it a special.

Sunday similar situation on Chew. Really difficult with few fish. Managed a couple of Grayling from fishing heavy nymphs in faster flow and a couple of small Brownies all sub surface. The Balsam seems to be less prevalent this year with the banks well covered in nettles. Hardly any sign of other fisher folk as I was cutting virgin trails through the undergrowth. Managed a swim in one pool which I was convinced was wadeable from previous visits, lesson learnt always be wary where you can't see the bottom as contours change dramatically each year.