Sunday, 23 September 2007

()><(((º> Short Session Soiree <º)))><()

Welcome back to Fishing For Memories,greetings to everyone and I hope everyones enjoying the current fishing conditions this late September,which has continued in being very dry on a whole.

This latest session for Robert and I on the Thames was only a short night time one at the new area which we had fished last time and had been trickling some bait into. We did not get to our swims until late evening 9pm or thereabouts and were chomping at the bit to get down sooner,but alas some real life issues had conspired against us which stopped our session from commencing sooner,Such is life.

We went with the baits that had proven very good this season for us 15/20mm Halibut Pellet and 22mm boilies on running rigs with 2oz grippa weights to 10lb Drennan Sink Braid and size 8 Kamasan Animal Hooks.Robert and I decided on fishing all our rods at near marginal features he settled on a gravel run in between a cabbage patch area and I went with one rod to a tree with its roots disappearing into the water and under the bank like a hollow,my other rod was put to a marginal bush very close in less then a rod length out.

So we were only going to be fishing till around 3am and we settled down into our respective swims and the night ebbed away as it does,feeling very mild for late September with some nice cloud cover,at 11pm my left rod (pellet) rattled off and I was into a lively short sprinting fight from another quality Thames Chub which went 6Lb on the scales

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So a nice solid start to our session had begun and not more then 30 minutes later my right Rod (boilie) tore off from the marginal tree routes and belted off upstream after a short lively fight a common of 9Lb was sat in the landing net

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I was reasonably happy,given the short period of time Robert and I had to play with it looked like we was in for a good session,we both had a chat about the developments of the session and as Robert was opening a pack of biscuits for the obligatory dunking in tea,his right Pellet rod on the gravel patch screamed off downstream and he was into a very solid fight that bored away and refused to come to the surface. The fish then shot out across some dense cabbage patch and the water boiled in front of us,and eventually the fish surfaced and looked a decent Thames Barbel and sure enough it was a new Barbel Pb for Robert weighing in at a cracking 13lb.

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So what a session so far Thames running slow and clear and fish feeding happily under cloudy skies,Robert and I were very happy indeed.At around 2am my right Rod Single toned and blistered off upstream keeping in the margins at the same time.I lent in and was met with solid resistance and power the fish was making its way to another marginal snag further upstream ,luckily I could walk up a little way and took advantage of this to get extra purchase on the fish,eventually I managed to play her back from the marginal snags further upstream and Robert was by my side and landed a lovely Common with a lovely sized tail on it ,no wonder it had belted off,it weighed in at 16lb.

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This was to be the last fish of our short night session,but what a lovely little session it turned out to be,we returned home,only to be even the more eager to get back out again,such is the Thames it is truly the elixir of life to an angler.

Monday, 10 September 2007

()><(((º> New Area New Beginning <º)))><()

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Welcome back to Fishing For Memories a warm September high pressure welcome to you all!

The weather is fine and high pressure currently rules the South of England,the river levels are more or less around summer levels and nice and slow,seems almost ages ago that we had those terrible floods.

Robert and I had been doing some recon work on some new areas of the Thames that we had earmarked but not yet fished,I had trickled in only a small amount of pre-bait over one day,I would have liked to put in more pre-bait over a longer course of days but had not had the time. Robert and I set up for our overnight session in these swims in the late afternoon after much deliberation.I was greeted by the sight of a greater spotted woodpecker in the tree next to my swim and managed to grab a hasty snap of him as he was having a good rummage about for food.

Robert and I decided to fish until 8am the following morning and decided to setup as usual once the boat traffic had eased down a bit,we was both uncertain of what this new area would hold for us,although I had seen a few Carp to around the 20lb+ mark cruising about a few days previously along a nearby gravel run which was between some cabbage patches and streamer weeds which screamed Barbel.Our usual tactics that had proved very successful thus far on the Thames,we employed one rod out on boilie one on large halibut pellet.

The evening passed us by very quickly in the time bubble that is fishing,at first darkness the Bream did kick in a bit in my swim and I had around 8pm of them then my swim fell quiet,both my rods were at marginal features and gravel areas,the same for Robert as well,his swim had been quiet with only a couple of Bream showing at aroun 8.30pm Robert had a hard take on his left rod (halibut pellet) and it bolted off downstream after a short fight a small streamlined Barbel of 6lb was in the net,so the Barbel were about on the gravel run as we had hoped.

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So first blood for our new area and hopefully a sign of things to come.later that night Robert had another solid take on his right rod (18mm boilie) and a dinky nicely shaped Common of 8lb exactly was sat in the net,not our largest Thames Carp by a long chalk,but nonetheless very welcome from a new area for us.

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My swim had gone very quiet since the Bream and remained this way until early morning when I had a very hard and fast run upstream towards a sunken tree,after solid deep running fight my third river Thames Tench was in the net and weighed in at 6lb8oz.

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So all in all it was not an easy going first session on this new section of the River but it paid off enough overall to prove worthy enough for us to decide to pre-bait it again and give it a longer go,we both can not wait to get back out on it and are currently planning our next assault.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2007

()><(((º> Angling Times <º)))><()

I have been informed by the Angling Times that I have won this weeks Drennan Cup award that they run,with my 14lb8oz Barbel that I captured recently and I must say, I am immensely pleased to have been awarded this.

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Sunday, 2 September 2007

()><(((º> Under The Full Moon <º)))><()

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Welcome Back to fishing for memories,a warm welcome to you all

I decided to head off for a short into the night session on the Thames without Robert on this particular occasion.My hopes were of an expectant nature filled with the excitement that one gets when they go fishing,boosted by the wonderful last session we had,I didn`t get to my swim until late afternoon,and spent an hour after setting up by trickling some extra bait in and then decided to sit back and allow the bait to settle for another hour,as evening set in and boat traffic eased I decided to cast out,baits and rigs were the same as they have been for most of the season for me,halibut pellets and boilies,over small but accurate beds of particle. Rigs were running rigs 12lb main line and 3oz leads were used along with Kamasan Animal size 8 hooks to Drennan 10lb Sink Braid.

The left rod was put out to a near margin weed area and right rod out to another marginal tree.I settled down and took in the nice evening as it drew in,at around 8pm I had a very hard and long run on the left rod (pellet) and lifted into a very solid bullish fight that moved left to right and then sprinted off further out to midstream,after a short stop start fight I was guiding what looked like a very good Specimen Chub to the net,into the net it went and out on to the landing mat,as I folded back the landing net creases I saw a beautiful Chub and it was my largest of this season so far and second 7LB Thames Chub,I was very very happy and
was thinking to myself,"what a start".

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Well after that fish I was feeling more then a little happy and re-cast the rod to the same spot. One hour later my right rod single toned and steadily plodded off,I lifted in and was into a good fish alas the fish was not well hooked and slipped about 40 seconds into the fight,it had felt a very good solid fish and at a guess Barbel or Carp,I was a bit gutted to have that happen,it always makes you feel so hard done by when that happens know what I mean? You get into a good fish only to have the fight cut short its as if you feel you have been cheated.

Anyway The right rod was re-baited (boilies) and re-cast to more or less the same marginal spot,at 9pm my left rod belted off downstream to a nearby snag,I locked up the drag as much as possible and was into a very solid deep running fight,the fish plodded to the middle of the river and then back into my bank but further downstream,I applied some extra pressure and the fish eventually began to come upstream and past me trying to make some tree roots. Eventually it succumbed and a short but chunky pristine Barbel of 8LB with some beautiful proud feelers was in the net.

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Two fish in a short time,a superb start,the left rod was re-baited and just as I was putting the swinger back on the rod,my right rod plodded off and i was into a slow kiting run and very soon a Bream was in the net on the boilie I decided to give it a weigh and it went 8lb8oz

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This was turning into a busy session as before I had my right rod back out my left rod screamed off again this time upstream and I was into another plodding deep running fight,after 6 minutes a Barbel appeared on the surface and then hastily decided to take another excursion back down to the bottom,after a short tussle it met the landing net and was out on the landing mat a slim fish torpedo shaped and 7lb8oz.

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After this fish all went silent till around 2am or thereabouts,I sat back and tucked into a cookie and a cup of tea for my sins,god knows I could do with laying off the sweet foods,Im beginning to look like the marshmallow man more then usual.I recounted the night so far,a tidy result, two Barbel and a quality Specimen Thames Chub at 7lb and a Bream of 8lb8oz,the moon was high and shining down through a tree setting the night aglow with its beautiful bright radiant beam,Billy the bat was sweeping across the water picking up the nights mosquitoes and I was semi surrounded by speckled slugs,seems to be a ton of them around this year.

3am was creeping up on me and this only being a short session,knew I didnt have much time left but was nonetheless very happy,the time ticked on fast as it always does when your fishing, I sat quietly listening to owls calling out into the night with their hi pitched hunting calls. All of a sudden my left rodded belted off again downstream the bite alarm was going into overdrive,I locked the baitrunner and was into a heavy and powerful fish that held bottom and kept deep and downstream and ever closer to a snag which added to my worry ten fold,after a 15 minute fight I had the fish at the edge of the net and sliding it over the cord,another Barbel and this looked a good fish too,I slipped it into the weigh sling and the needle ont he scales settled at 11lb 8oz,another Thames double and my third in less then a week,I was totally ecstatic!

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Well that fish capped the end of my short session off very nicely and what a busy session it was,this season has been nothing short of amazing on the Thames and in my opinion it is one of the best if not best,mixed coarse fishery in England.