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Zerkalo

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As the title says, if lockdown eases of course... what are you looking forward to this year?

I'm not too enthused about March as the only available venue to me is the little weir near me and I'm itching to get elsewhere as much as I like fishing there. I don't think there are many fish about in the pool at the moment but that could change overnight so you never know, it could be a good end of season.

For the rest of the year

April - Hopefully get some Bream fishing in with my dad at Earlswood. I have a new Tricast feeder rod and Preston reel to try out. I'll probably go for a Brown Crumb and maggot/pinkie/caster/worm approach at this time of year and you never know what might happen. It's been years since I've fished there but hopefully we'll land on some fish.

May and early June - This is planned Tench season. Beautiful estate lake. Hopefully the Tench go as mad for maggots and hemp as they did last year. Will be using my Greys 1.25lb rod with a helicopter rig, at least to start with, waggler would be nice too, but it didn't work last time.

River Season - This will be two pronged venue wise. Firstly the Stour weir. This all depends on what fish are there. I'm hoping it's chock full of small fish again, so much that you can't fish a feeder with maggots as they just smash the bait instantly, this turns it into a prime, yet tricky in some ways, float fishing venue. I have some Bobber floats and a 16' Shakespeare rod for it. But it might turn out to be the usual maggot feeder for Chub style thing, I want them on the float as much as I can.

Similar thing for the Severn, in that I want to float fish it as much as possible. I tell myself I might be able to kickstart the season by float fishing big baits, but I'll be maggot fishing it at times too. I have the same 16' Shakespeare rod which is a bit heavier than an Acolyte, which I'm still not sure how it will handle the odd bonus Chub. And the Speci Wags with Meat will be chucked out on a 12' Greys rod, so I'll see how that goes without buying a more specialised or longer rod.

I went fishing on the Severn with a fellow Drowner last year and we should figure something out again for this year, that might mean an overnight trip to the Derwent for me.

Late Summer Bream fishing - My favourite Bream venue opens mid Summer, usually around end of July. I tend to miss when it does actually open so I'll be checking Facebook regularly this year. Standard feeder tactics will play a part but I'm also itching to fish it on the slider. It's a deep venue and I have some Drake Slider floats I want to use. I'll probably treat myself to a 14' Garbolino slider rod for it, which will be a very big treat at £200 for a rod I might not actually use that often.

Winter - This is when I like to fish commercials. I haven't had the chance this year because of lockdown. So I'm looking forward to it next year, even if the venue most local to me has just banned groundbait, which will put a halt to my favourite winter cage feeder tactic, I'll have to find another way I enjoy fishing.

Holidays - I can't forget these. That is, if they go ahead as planned due to restrictions. I'll be going to Dorset/Somerset in June and be fishing Chard reservoir, hoping to bag up on Bream again like last year and see some Drowners there again in the process.


I had planned to enter a few local matches on small commercials this year but can't see me doing that this year. You never know though, hopefully the year will throw up a few surprises among what is planned. I expect for a lot of people, being able to fish matches is what they're most looking forward to, but I think the above should cover me for most of the year.
 

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Apri-may I’m going bream fishing down Banbury reservoir, get to grips with spodding a bed of bait down and fish hybrid/wafter over the top, and try and find a stack ...May-June -All through summer , a mix of pellet wag/baggin wag at Clattercote reservoir, and some matches at Tunnel Barn Farm, Toft, Bishops Bowl,etc .... really looking forward to getting down to Alders farm for a few matches ahead of the MD weekend, which I can’t wait for .....that’s as much as I’ve thought about so far 😂😂
 

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As the title says, if lockdown eases of course... what are you looking forward to this year?

I'm not too enthused about March as the only available venue to me is the little weir near me and I'm itching to get elsewhere as much as I like fishing there. I don't think there are many fish about in the pool at the moment but that could change overnight so you never know, it could be a good end of season.

For the rest of the year

April - Hopefully get some Bream fishing in with my dad at Earlswood. I have a new Tricast feeder rod and Preston reel to try out. I'll probably go for a Brown Crumb and maggot/pinkie/caster/worm approach at this time of year and you never know what might happen. It's been years since I've fished there but hopefully we'll land on some fish.

May and early June - This is planned Tench season. Beautiful estate lake. Hopefully the Tench go as mad for maggots and hemp as they did last year. Will be using my Greys 1.25lb rod with a helicopter rig, at least to start with, waggler would be nice too, but it didn't work last time.

River Season - This will be two pronged venue wise. Firstly the Stour weir. This all depends on what fish are there. I'm hoping it's chock full of small fish again, so much that you can't fish a feeder with maggots as they just smash the bait instantly, this turns it into a prime, yet tricky in some ways, float fishing venue. I have some Bobber floats and a 16' Shakespeare rod for it. But it might turn out to be the usual maggot feeder for Chub style thing, I want them on the float as much as I can.

Similar thing for the Severn, in that I want to float fish it as much as possible. I tell myself I might be able to kickstart the season by float fishing big baits, but I'll be maggot fishing it at times too. I have the same 16' Shakespeare rod which is a bit heavier than an Acolyte, which I'm still not sure how it will handle the odd bonus Chub. And the Speci Wags with Meat will be chucked out on a 12' Greys rod, so I'll see how that goes without buying a more specialised or longer rod.

I went fishing on the Severn with a fellow Drowner last year and we should figure something out again for this year, that might mean an overnight trip to the Derwent for me.

Late Summer Bream fishing - My favourite Bream venue opens mid Summer, usually around end of July. I tend to miss when it does actually open so I'll be checking Facebook regularly this year. Standard feeder tactics will play a part but I'm also itching to fish it on the slider. It's a deep venue and I have some Drake Slider floats I want to use. I'll probably treat myself to a 14' Garbolino slider rod for it, which will be a very big treat at £200 for a rod I might not actually use that often.

Winter - This is when I like to fish commercials. I haven't had the chance this year because of lockdown. So I'm looking forward to it next year, even if the venue most local to me has just banned groundbait, which will put a halt to my favourite winter cage feeder tactic, I'll have to find another way I enjoy fishing.

Holidays - I can't forget these. That is, if they go ahead as planned due to restrictions. I'll be going to Dorset/Somerset in June and be fishing Chard reservoir, hoping to bag up on Bream again like last year and see some Drowners there again in the process.


I had planned to enter a few local matches on small commercials this year but can't see me doing that this year. You never know though, hopefully the year will throw up a few surprises among what is planned. I expect for a lot of people, being able to fish matches is what they're most looking forward to, but I think the above should cover me for most of the year.
Sounds like a good year ahead. Should be some very interesting fishing.
 

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" really looking forward to getting down to Alders farm for a few matches ahead of the MD weekend"
noooooooooooo dont need a battering give us a chance:)
 

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Well following your structure

April - I'm assuming we'll be travel restricted until the 12th so up until then much the same as what I'm doing now of on the float my local commercial and canal for whatever comes along. After the 12th not really sure yet. Probably a bit of reservoir bream on the feeder, maybe even a bit of fly fishing and maybe a bit of natural lake roach fishing depending when the spawn is done.

May and early June - up until the 17th natural lake roach fishing (who knows what else might turn up though) hopefully on the float but maybe on the feeder. After the 17th more natural lake roach fishing if the first attempts are successful or commercial roach fishing if the natural attempts are not plus hopefully sea fishing for smoothound, black bream and maybe bass.

Late June to November - mostly much the same as last year in the form of mostly Thames roach fishing on the float (with some dace, bream, chub etc thrown in of course) with the odd trip away to other rivers for either more roach or other species depending on where and when. Probably the odd sea trip for who knows what as well or definitely if it's not possible before the 21st. Tiny chance of sea fishing abroad but think next year is way more realistic on that front.

Winter - who on earth wants to think about the next winter when this one isn't even over yet!!!
 

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Going down to the Lake District in April in the campervan for a weeks fishing. A week in a posh lodge in Devon with my wife in May errr there’s fishing there too. Getting away at the weekends in the camper up the East coast.
 

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It will never go to plan. 😆 But fingers crossed for everyone... The last two years for me has been all about discovering new venues for the first time in my new area so that's been a real buzz. At the moment though with only the usual place to fish, I'm that bored I've just written out my plans for the year.
 

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Getting on Ardleigh reservoir in April. See if I can catch that double figure Bream. Apart from that, no real plans. I’ll just be happy to get out and get some fresh air.
 

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I bought a 17ft boat end of last year. Needed. Bit of work and living an hour from the sea I've not been out on it. Itching to get out.

Fresh water wise I've been gearing up for big perch on the Thames stretch my club has.

My fly rod hasn't been used for ages so hopefully get a trout or two when we're allowed to travel a bit further so I can get to the trout lakes

Also looking forward to warm evenings anywhere fishing for anything
 

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Well my plan is to carry on with buying the bits of gear that I need, and researching my chosen venues and methods until April or May, by which time my Wife and I should have been vaccinated. And then I am going to concentrate my first fishing season for 23 years on 3 local venues.

Amalwhidden Farm, St Ives. - A small venue with two ponds to fish. Firtree Pond, which is a silvers pond with tench,bream,perch, roach and crucians. It is a small venue that should respond to pole and waggler fishing. Heron Pond, a commercial style carp only pond, stuffed with mirrors,commons and ghosties up to 14lbs. A pond to practice commercial style tactics on. Not something I've done a lot off. So probably pole and pellet wag.

B.K Fisheries, St Earth.Again a couple of lakes to fish in. Billy’s is a very pretty lake of around 1.5 acres. Depths vary from 4 to 8 feet with shallower water running down the middle. The lake also has 2 islands. The lake mainly contains Common and Mirror carp up to 15lb with loads in the 2-6lb range. The lake also holds Bream to 6lb along with Roach, Rudd, Perch and Crucians. The best methods are pole, feeder and waggler and you will catch 1 foot from the bank out to the middle. So I will again be practicing my commercial fishing techniques on this lake.
Bills is a larger lake of around 2.5 acres and depths range from 5 to 18 feet with average depths around 10 to 12 feet. The lake holds a massive head of silvers with bream to 12-16lb averaging 4-7lb. There are loads of Roach, Rudd and Skimmers, Tench, Perch and Crucians. The lake also holds carp to 25lb with plenty in the 2-4lb range. The best methods are pole, feeder and slider. This pond will be the most challenging venue that I fish on this year. I will be targetting the bream and roach, and hopefully perch too, which run to 5lbs. Due to the depth it will be a challenge, so I will be using the slider, and pole mostly here this year.

Clover Lake, Gwel An Mor Resort, Portreath. A small shallow pond on a holiday park. Stocked with carp and tench. My reason for fishing this one, is it's only 10 minutes drive from my house. So a nice local venue for when I just want a couple of hours of easy fishing.
This year I'm going to concentrate on floatfishing on waggler and pole. Next year I will add a few reservoirs and feeder fishing into the mix.
 

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1st April... opening day at club waters (or rather the club I'll be re-joining this year)

Arrive just before dawn... an eerie mist rising off the water... the suggestion of awakening ghosts of anglers' past...
a kingfisher darts past... pin-prick bubbles rising next to the lilies...

the tiny red tip of a waggler, barely visible amongst the fizzing bubbles...

tench!
 

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Family holiday at the end of July in a house with a lake on its doorstep - quality time on the bank with my boy and trips onto the Devon coast for a little light lure fishing too.

All of that for a week and as much time as we can get on our local lake :giggle:
 

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Apri-may I’m going bream fishing down Banbury reservoir, get to grips with spodding a bed of bait down and fish hybrid/wafter over the top, and try and find a stack ...May-June -All through summer , a mix of pellet wag/baggin wag at Clattercote reservoir, and some matches at Tunnel Barn Farm, Toft, Bishops Bowl,etc .... really looking forward to getting down to Alders farm for a few matches ahead of the MD weekend, which I can’t wait for .....that’s as much as I’ve thought about so far 😂😂a
Aye. No sneaky practice you. The rest of us want a chance. That is unless you are my pairs partner, then you can go down as much as you like, and tell me all you’re secrets😘😘😘😘
 

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If I can get out before the season closes I’m looking forward to my first ever grayling. Then it’ll be a trip locally to Ferryboat Farm for a mixed bag day to blow the cobwebs off. Then my mission to catch 21 species can begin. I’ll hopefully add mirror/common, bream, roach, perch and Rudd to the grayling. So I’ll turn my focus to tench and then crucians with some early morning waggler fishing. I’ve only ever caught one silver bream, so I’ll fish that place again. I’m looking forward to exploring some new stillwaters up to June before I get cracking on the rivers again. I can see a lot of time spent searching for barbel, but that’s never time wasted.

I just want to get out fishing again now, working from home and staring at the same walls day after day is starting to get to me!
 
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