Where you fished today (Part 8)

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The start of a new thread, 'Where you fished today (Part 8)'.
Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 now add up to 725+ posts ! And in case you've missed them, here are shortcuts to the previous threads:

Part 1

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7

Part 2

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Part 3

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Part 4

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Part 5

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Part 6

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Part 7

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3



So if you're new and have an hour or three spare take a read of the previous reports and lets continue posting.....


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Happy posting [:D], Dave



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02.12.02 Birkdale Fisheries, Terrington, York.

Today was the last day of my short break and my wife Jill had planned a day Christmas shopping in Sheffield with her friend.

After dropping them both of at York Station (a little late due to traffic), I headed home and prepared my bait for the day . . . lets see then, a bit of red cheese cubed, small tin of sweetcorn, hmmm ! I'll take a few strips of cooked chicken ..... You never know [;)], aah . . .try some washed baked beans (saw that on this forum) and this time I'll take some chopped brown bread.

Arrived at Birkdale 10.40 ish and hobbled down towards the Carp lake, the wind was fresh and blowing towards the bottom of the lake, decisions decisions ! what do I do ?, I've blanked here on my last 2 visit's (at least as far as Carp go - only managed to get a few skimmers), the lake doesn't look very inviting, no real signs of life and the bank side has been trampled into a mud bath by anglers at the weekend, suppose they've fed the fish plenty too .... won't be wanting my meager offerings, THAT's it then off to bottom pond !.



I've never fished this pond before, but I'm thinking that I might have a fair chance of catching something, after all it's a smaller pond and with me be the only fool providing food for the fish, I must have a fair chance of a catch [:p].

I choose the bottom corner of the pond, the wind is in my face . . .that's a good thing . . . I think ?. I had both rods on the ledger, didn't fancy float due to the wind and the lilly pads (which were full of lost floats).

Right then lets see, what bait shall I try first ?, hair rigged Sweetcorn on my left rod which I cast close to the island in the above pic, piece of chicken on my right rod which I cast to the corner on my right ..... out with the flask and pipe .... and wait.








and wait . . .and wait . . . nothing . . . not a single bite !

Some time later Steven who is the owner/farmer appeared on his quad bike from across the fields on my right, closely followed by his Jack Russell.
After a few minutes chatting he told me that there'd been a match on this pond yesterday and that the best spot was just a bit further on from where I'd set up, nearer to the lilly pads.

"While your here Andy .... if you catch a 3-4lb Carp .... will you tap it" ?, ..... you know when someones talking to you and you don't really know what the hell there talking about, but you don't want to ask cos you feel as if you should know ?, well that's me !.

After a few more minutes of chat all is revealed, Steven has a friend who's mother-in-law is Polish and apparently Carp is a prized Christmas delicacy, she gets one from him each year !.

This is the best spot [?]



Well I tried the sweetcorn, then the beans, mixed the chopped bread with pellets and a bit of sweecorn liquid and chucked it near to my bait . . . . waited. . . . reeled in and checked my bait, changed it for fresh , etc etc ! it's just not happening for me, I'm really thinking this winter fishing is a waste of time and money, lets have a cup of tea and a sandwich.

Sometime later I was getting close to packing up, [:)] hang on a mo . . lets try mixing some softened cheese with small Carp pellets and using that straight onto the hook, that stinks a bit so it must be a winner ?



About 30 mins later the rod on my left twitched [;)], hey up.... there's life ! ..... and then nothing, did I just imagine it ?.

Maybe 15 mins later ..... beeeeeep ..... beeep, my right rod's alarm sprang into life, I leapt out of my chair and almost slipped down the bank into the pond..... bloody hell !, all went quiet.

Not long after the same happened on the right rod (minus slipping) and I'd caught a huge 10oz Carp (yes I did say Oz not lb).



20 mins later the scene was repeated but with a slighty larger 1 lb fish.



Well that just about rounds up my day's fishing, I hadn't blanked and I think I'm onto a winner with the cheese/pellet combination, I'll try that next time [^]


Aaaah .... soon be fishing !


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Nice report Andy, the fish may not have been very big but it sure beets Christmas shopping imo

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Well done Andy for sticking at it,
Nice to see you got some reward in the end.[:)]

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Cheers Lads [:D]

Aaaah .... soon be fishing !


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Got back from Elvington earlier and just about thawed out now so here goes:

A day's holiday booked and tackle in the car waiting I set off in freezing temperatures with the endearing words that my beloved said to me as I walked out of the door into a thick frost - "You cannot be right in your head going fishing in this!" - Too true, but I never claimed I was lol

Driving off down the road the onboard temperature thingy told me that it was 0oc outside but I was going fishing and without a care in the world and as I passed car after car stuck in the early morning 'rush' into Leeds I chuckled to myself whilst looked at the despairing faces of the drivers - ha - and with a wicked grin, the sort you get when winding Troggies up, I headed off to Elvington in search of the big Cat.
It was peg 17 that the Cat had reportedly settled in, the one that Zippy fished at the Northern Fish-in and when I got there to my surprise, I was the only one - what did the missus say, lol

Tackle on the bank and down to business. I set a rod up with just a bomb on and dropped it into the hole under the Hawthorn tree where the Cat was last seen and gently pulled it in towards me feeling for snags, sunken branches, anything that might present a problem later. I did the same under the old Oak Tree in the bottom corner and then tackled up two rods with baitrunners, 15lb line, small running leger and 15 Snakebite hooklength to a size 4 with a haired chunk of Luncheon Meat the size of a pilot matchbox.
These were dropped into each swim about 4foot from the bank in 6ft of water and the rods were placed onto alarms to sit and wait.
A good couple of handfuls of pellets and chopped meat went in around the hookbait for good measure.

It was going to be a long, cold day. The wind was racing over the surface of the lake and Stan's thermometer was registering minus 3 degrees with the windchill! Eee gods my beloved might be right after all, lol.
The one thing that I did know was that I could not just sit it out doing nothing so in peg 18, in the middle of the two rods I set up a small feeder rod with a size 20hook and a 1/4oz feeder with maggot to keep me busy - hopefully.

It wasn't long before I got a twitch on the tip and it resulted in this specimen roach



Don't laugh, it's the first fish I've caught in two outings

Several more came and the wind and cold faded into insignificance, then a surprise as the rod virtually got yanked off it's rest by this albino Perch




Another check of the two Cat rods and another feeder went in.
After Sunday's match at Woodlands I learnt something and that was not to feed too much in a feeder if the bites were shy or nonexistent in cold weather. I had a tendency to fill the feeder because I could, now up to this point I had been putting in just half a dozen maggots into the feeder and getting bites, so I filled it and cast in to the same spot and waited. Nothing -not a touch. Okay so maybe I missed the spot or maybe it's because the Perch have scared off the small 'uns?
So I recast gain filling the feeder and again waited without a touch - hmm? Back to basics, I wound in, 6 maggots in the feeder, recast and got a bite resulting in this Roach



A few more followed before I went back to a full feeder - again no bites

Just goes to show.
Anyway it was now knocking on 3.00pm, the sun had just gone down over the horizon, and it was absolutely, chuffing freezing.
And as I was starting to feel more than cold it was time to call it a day.
No Cats but several little roach, about 8 decent ones and a perch so all in all not a bad day and better than working [:D]


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you had a good day then dave iam hopefully going there next week dont know what day yet i want to give that respect rod a tryout
will post the results or not. oh yea how do you use the smileys
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10/10 for perserverance Dave.[:)]
Anyway if you'd stayed at home "T" would have only found you something to D******e.[;)]

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Nice one Dave at least you caught,
a big thumbs up (LOL)

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Cheers Peter lol - I'm still thawing out [:D]

Steve, for smilies read this: http://www.maggotdrowning.com/forum/faq.asp#smilies and if you use the option 'Reply to Topic' you can click on a smilie to insert it and there are more to choose from by clicking 'Additional Smilies'

and if you go next week aim for peg 3, 4, or 5 and you should have a good time on float.

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Well done Dave, at least you didn't "blank" like I did on my first ever Pike adventure ....... 10 or 12 miles up the road from Elvington and very very cold. [:(]

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Ho Ho Ho!!!!!
Time for the Christmas Fur & Feather.[:D]
Everyone is guaranteed a prize,and funnily enough this meant the best turn out of the season so far!!

Now Lucks Lane Lake couldn't be described as the prettiest venue going.It's an old irrigation reservoir that is raised up from the surrounding orchards,thus catching any weather that's going,and today there was plenty!!!!!!
Oh and did i mention that the Eurostar trains thunder past about 50 yards away every 20 mins?[:0]

Lucks Lane Lake.(from peg 19)


In it's defence it normally produces a few fish regardless of conditions.Being that today was basically a social event,i was just looking for a bit of comfort,so it was up with the brolly and out with a feeder to try and snare one of the lumpier carp that inhabit the venue.I hate fishing the pole in the cold & rain so that got left in the rodbag.[;)]
Between wandering around and chatting to most of the members i did actually manage to catch one.[:)]
A nice Mirror of 7lbs 10ozs which was good enough for 8th place and a bottle of Scotch.[:p]

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Nice one Peter, will this rain ever stop?
pour yourself a scotch and forget the weather(LOL)

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Talking of rain, me and a couple of mates had a small knockup on the local canal today, freezing cold, blowing a gale, got soaking wet when a gust caught the brolly, blew it inside out and snapped the metal stem (time for a new one!). but hey, we all caught a few fish and had a laugh, which is what it's all about! I'm back at work now till 5pm xmas eve, so roll on the boxing day match and a Happy Christmas to all Maggot Drowners[:D]


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quote:pour yourself a scotch and forget the weather
or drink all of the scotch and ya wont care about the weather.[:D]





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Cheers Lads.[:D]Hic.Hic.Hic.


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well done Peter, that's a decent catch considering the time of year, what hookbait were you using ? [:p]


Aaaah .... soon be fishing !


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Started on 4 grains of hair-rigged corn on a 14,but actually caught on a single red maggot on a 20.[:D]

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lucky b****r [:D]
Sheer blinding skill & tenacity[:p][}:)]

ah .... soon be fishing !


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