Chris McCully

Fishing Diary

June 16th: There had to be lilies....

Saturday, 16 June 2018 at 17:13

Lilies ...and cane (the Lucky, for preference), and the old centre-pin; there had to be a hand-painted quill float with a red tip; there had to be needle-bubbles, and tench in the swim, and the Lift method, and a single grain of sweetcorn....

[And in the end, you know, by some miracle it all came true.]

....and with luck, a tench...

Saturday, 16 June 2018 at 17:10

Tench There was mighty bubbling in the pitch when I arrived this morning. It was rather exciting. This tench took soon afterwards - a single grain of sweetcorn. The float didn't lift; it buried. I hooked and lost another soon afterwards, whereupon the hook pinged out into a reed stem. 

....and maybe some crucians....

Saturday, 16 June 2018 at 17:07

Crucians I released about a dozen of these spectacular crucians. They can't have run to more than a pound but it was bonny work with a grain of sweetcorn and/or red maggots.

...and maybe a few nice roach

Saturday, 16 June 2018 at 17:05

Roach Not the biggest roach in the world, I grant you, but a lovely stamp of fish nevertheless.

  And so with a tench, crucians and some roach I was more than pleased with this June 16th. Tight lines, one and all.


Strawberries and the Lift

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 at 19:52

Strawberries There's going to be a fine crop of strawberries from the garden. There'll be another harvest to come. After that, the raspberries are looking good.

In between harvesting the strawberries and exam. season at work there's been a bit of angling experimentation with the Lift method. I went to a commercial fishery to do the experimenting, hoping for a sort of practice tench, but the evening was too hot and bright for tench and time was limited. I put up the Lucky Strike, fixed on a Trudex spooled with 3.2lb. mainline (too light for tench), closed two SSG on a sliding link under a peacock quill float and watched for bites from roach, perch, a bream, a roach/bream hybrid and three handsome perch. The bites themselves varied, from unmissable lifts of the float to twitches and dithers to straightforward pull-unders. The set-up was certainly sensitive though depth setting was critical. It was an interesting and absorbing few hours.

...two small bass

Sunday, 10 June 2018 at 18:05

...two small bass So. Baited spoon for flounders: three sessions, two different marks, different stages of the tide. On each session bar one I've caught...two small bass. Last weekend, in order to have a change from...two small bass I took a fly-rod to the estuary and tried to catch mullet: Spectra Shrimp and Red Tag (both size 14). These I fished dead-drift over a big shoal of mullet, which were bow-waving at the edge of the weed. At least some of these fish will have seen the flies. They spurned them. What didn't spurn them was a little bass, rapidly followed by another little bass, making a total of...two small bass. These are possibly the same...two small bass who have been persecuting me for the past fortnight.

Shortly I'm going to go fishing for tench. After an intense and well-thought-out pre-baiting campaign I'll swing a lobworm  in the general direction of needle bubbles fizzing in the chosen tench swim. And on current form I shall catch...two small bass.

Of (partial) failure and fake worms

Sunday, 27 May 2018 at 16:35

Baited spoon The pimped flounder spoon (see below) didn't attract flounder but it did attract two tiny bass. The sea was the colour of milky tea and the making tide was full of stringy weed (called 'Mayweed' locally), which made fishing tiresome. There wasn't a sign of a flounder but just after HW, and by dint of pottering about in some clearer water (nowhere more than a foot or two deep), two tiny bass took. Greedy blighters. The total length of the mount, plus 11cms-worth of fake ragworm, was 9 inches and the bass were 8-9 inches long, so that was a triumph of ambition. The spoon worked surprisingly well - plenty of flash and flutter - and equipped with its fake worm it looked rather attractive. Pity the flounders didn't think so. I'll keep trying.


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