Exceptional evening

rudd

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I don’t post many reports on my sessions, one, because they are generally evening sessions and once home, to tired to post and two, because at times I have done/do alot of fishing and posts would be repetitive.

Yesterday evening is/was an exception, on many levels.

As an angler with 41 years experience of sea, course, carp, specimen and match fishing there are times when you just know it’s time to grab some kit/bait and fish a totally unplanned session. This happened at about 18:30 yesterday.
After a very warm and sunny day, the wind swung and dropped from SSE to SW and cloud cover formed trapping warmth.
My eyes started to tingle, I suffer hay fever this time of year (worse in June).
Experience tells me an approaching low pressure pushing a high away stirs up pollen/dust a good few hours or more before front arrives.
Experience tells be as the barometer drops fish become active, combined with cloud cover, trapped warmth and a low warm SW breeze conditions could not be better could they?
Well the answer is yes, you see last nights moons high point was at 19:58
From my sea angling experience, the moons high point affects fishing as the moons influence affects any body of water, let alone the oceans.

Tin of corn, tin of chickpeas, pint of 4mm sketterings, small fox roving bag, chair with stink bag containing net head and unhooking mat), Nash quiver containing, net handle (Drennan super specialist 3m extendable), Drennan ss rod sleeve containing a 13ft MAP specimen match rod coupled with a Drennan 6-30 reel loaded with 7lb Daiwa sensor, 4aaa Preston insert waggler set up slider fashion, bulk and two number five droppers and a size 10 super specialist hook tied with a four turn grinner.
Float tube, towel (bait tech)and a bank stick (dinsmores) with a torch holder attached on which sits a low level power Raleigh front bike light.
Ok, set up indicates - specimen fish, yes, my primary target was Tench, the water also contains some decent Carp, Bream, Perch, Eels and Roach.
My secondary target - decent Roach after dark.

Arrived at the venue and straight away could see fish movement, topping, bubbling and a Carp crashed over a known spot (it’s rare to see them crash here).
One other angler on the water so plenty of swim/peg choice so I followed the wind and opted to fish in calmer water to the right of the ripple on the dam in 13ft of water at bottom of slope. Why? I know the tow (which can get heavy) coupled with wind would push natural food somewhere along this point, it’s also a natural patrol route. Fish were bubbling in other swims but casting at bubbling fish generally doesn’t yield results - they are preoccupied already on something.

On the way to swim I stopped and chatted to the other member who was catching Perch on a whip, a couple of 2lbers amoung them! Could see some big lumps (all Perch) down in depths and they attacked the smaller perch when he was playing them.

I set up and fished 14ft deep with a chickpea hard on the bottom with rig dragging to hold pea still.
Feed four pouches of 4mm pellets and around six chickpeas.
The rig settled and sat perfectly with about 1/4 inch float tip showing.

Within minutes Another member turned up with a new received in post that day (pair of them) carp rod to give it a few test casts. We had a chat and could see some slight movement in float tip.
I told him I was going to catch a Tench or two as everything was right.
I then missed two bites which I thought were liners as he went off for his test casts - well away from me.

I moved stop knot two inches down - float drifted, even with chickpea on hook.
I had to know rig was right as light started to fade. Two inches added back on.
Cast out, float settled, lifted 1/2 an inch then buried.
Strike saw rod hoop into an alarming yet satisfying loop and clutch started ticking.
Hit and hold time as the fish tried to dive into tree roots ( overhanging trees (20ftplus over water)to left and right of me). A very spirited scrap saw a male Tinca of around 5.5lbs gracing my net.
(No pictures, no time for all that).
Off he swam just as my mate and his new rod returned.
He stayed and chatted for half an hour during which a Female Tench of around six pounds was landed after taking a pea on the drop and another male of around 5lb was banked.

As darkness descended both he and the other member left. All evening until darkness the bird song from surrounding woods was intense and loud.
I sat alone in silence, so quite I could hear the bats passing and caught glimpses of them in green headtorch light (ridgemonkey).
Then the Roach moved in.
I had five in a row over half an hour, all around the pound mark, all buried the float.

And then I heard something creeping through the woods below and behind me (up on dam). In the past three years we have seen what may be a panther in the area. I filmed it a month back, about a half mile from where I fished last night.
It was to Noisy for a Cat and to fast for a deer, yet spooked me.
Ten minutes later there was a splint sound, approx three pegs to left???
Then the peeping started as two Otters chatted. They soon disappeared when headtorch was set on full white beam.
I heard them peeping away into distance but towards our top lake!

A quarter to ten, one last cast as I pack away. A lift found my rod arch right round with something not moving far, then the hook pulled. I suspected a big Carp but will never know, was that another noise from woods? Yes, I could hear young badgers at play.
On walk back to car come across a couple of muntjac in woods to my left.
No sign of the Otters on the top lake and very breezy up there.
I figured the Otters may have followed stream back down to bottom lake.
I walked back down through a horses/goat field in darkness with no lights on.
No sign or sound of Otters but my country instincts told me I was not alone, so I set phone camera to video, turned headtorch on full beam and finished off what can now only be described as a perfect evenings fishing with this - enjoy 😀





 

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Well done you, reads like a brilliant session, well angled Sir...;)(y)......Badger video made me smile....:giggle:
 

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Well done you, reads like a brilliant session, well angled Sir...;)(y)......Badger video made me smile....:giggle:
Thanks, an enjoyable session indeed.
Had many encounters with Badgers, torch lights do not bother them to much.
 

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Fabulous write up mate, really enjoyed it…..Thank you👍👍👍
 

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I don’t post many reports on my sessions, one, because they are generally evening sessions and once home, to tired to post and two, because at times I have done/do alot of fishing and posts would be repetitive.

Yesterday evening is/was an exception, on many levels.

As an angler with 41 years experience of sea, course, carp, specimen and match fishing there are times when you just know it’s time to grab some kit/bait and fish a totally unplanned session. This happened at about 18:30 yesterday.
After a very warm and sunny day, the wind swung and dropped from SSE to SW and cloud cover formed trapping warmth.
My eyes started to tingle, I suffer hay fever this time of year (worse in June).
Experience tells me an approaching low pressure pushing a high away stirs up pollen/dust a good few hours or more before front arrives.
Experience tells be as the barometer drops fish become active, combined with cloud cover, trapped warmth and a low warm SW breeze conditions could not be better could they?
Well the answer is yes, you see last nights moons high point was at 19:58
From my sea angling experience, the moons high point affects fishing as the moons influence affects any body of water, let alone the oceans.

Tin of corn, tin of chickpeas, pint of 4mm sketterings, small fox roving bag, chair with stink bag containing net head and unhooking mat), Nash quiver containing, net handle (Drennan super specialist 3m extendable), Drennan ss rod sleeve containing a 13ft MAP specimen match rod coupled with a Drennan 6-30 reel loaded with 7lb Daiwa sensor, 4aaa Preston insert waggler set up slider fashion, bulk and two number five droppers and a size 10 super specialist hook tied with a four turn grinner.
Float tube, towel (bait tech)and a bank stick (dinsmores) with a torch holder attached on which sits a low level power Raleigh front bike light.
Ok, set up indicates - specimen fish, yes, my primary target was Tench, the water also contains some decent Carp, Bream, Perch, Eels and Roach.
My secondary target - decent Roach after dark.

Arrived at the venue and straight away could see fish movement, topping, bubbling and a Carp crashed over a known spot (it’s rare to see them crash here).
One other angler on the water so plenty of swim/peg choice so I followed the wind and opted to fish in calmer water to the right of the ripple on the dam in 13ft of water at bottom of slope. Why? I know the tow (which can get heavy) coupled with wind would push natural food somewhere along this point, it’s also a natural patrol route. Fish were bubbling in other swims but casting at bubbling fish generally doesn’t yield results - they are preoccupied already on something.

On the way to swim I stopped and chatted to the other member who was catching Perch on a whip, a couple of 2lbers amoung them! Could see some big lumps (all Perch) down in depths and they attacked the smaller perch when he was playing them.

I set up and fished 14ft deep with a chickpea hard on the bottom with rig dragging to hold pea still.
Feed four pouches of 4mm pellets and around six chickpeas.
The rig settled and sat perfectly with about 1/4 inch float tip showing.

Within minutes Another member turned up with a new received in post that day (pair of them) carp rod to give it a few test casts. We had a chat and could see some slight movement in float tip.
I told him I was going to catch a Tench or two as everything was right.
I then missed two bites which I thought were liners as he went off for his test casts - well away from me.

I moved stop knot two inches down - float drifted, even with chickpea on hook.
I had to know rig was right as light started to fade. Two inches added back on.
Cast out, float settled, lifted 1/2 an inch then buried.
Strike saw rod hoop into an alarming yet satisfying loop and clutch started ticking.
Hit and hold time as the fish tried to dive into tree roots ( overhanging trees (20ftplus over water)to left and right of me). A very spirited scrap saw a male Tinca of around 5.5lbs gracing my net.
(No pictures, no time for all that).
Off he swam just as my mate and his new rod returned.
He stayed and chatted for half an hour during which a Female Tench of around six pounds was landed after taking a pea on the drop and another male of around 5lb was banked.

As darkness descended both he and the other member left. All evening until darkness the bird song from surrounding woods was intense and loud.
I sat alone in silence, so quite I could hear the bats passing and caught glimpses of them in green headtorch light (ridgemonkey).
Then the Roach moved in.
I had five in a row over half an hour, all around the pound mark, all buried the float.

And then I heard something creeping through the woods below and behind me (up on dam). In the past three years we have seen what may be a panther in the area. I filmed it a month back, about a half mile from where I fished last night.
It was to Noisy for a Cat and to fast for a deer, yet spooked me.
Ten minutes later there was a splint sound, approx three pegs to left???
Then the peeping started as two Otters chatted. They soon disappeared when headtorch was set on full white beam.
I heard them peeping away into distance but towards our top lake!

A quarter to ten, one last cast as I pack away. A lift found my rod arch right round with something not moving far, then the hook pulled. I suspected a big Carp but will never know, was that another noise from woods? Yes, I could hear young badgers at play.
On walk back to car come across a couple of muntjac in woods to my left.
No sign of the Otters on the top lake and very breezy up there.
I figured the Otters may have followed stream back down to bottom lake.
I walked back down through a horses/goat field in darkness with no lights on.
No sign or sound of Otters but my country instincts told me I was not alone, so I set phone camera to video, turned headtorch on full beam and finished off what can now only be described as a perfect evenings fishing with this - enjoy 😀





Great write up and l cant believe how that badger ran up to you😳 Superb mate👍
 
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