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A bigger plastic worm

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 20:17

Baited spinner In occasional gaps between work I've tried to get to the estuary for an hour. These sessions are little more than walks with a fishing rod. There have been few mullet in evidence so far this year but today I saw some splashy swirls which must have been made by little bass. I put the baited spinner over them - of course I did - but the incoming tide was pushing up thick mud. Given the turbid water I doubt any fish had the chance to see the spinner, which I'd baited with a fake fluorescent worm. The thick-lipped mullet won't take that but the thin-lips just might....though I'll need a bigger head of fish, clearer water and a slice of luck. And maybe a longer worm.

Listening for nightingales

Saturday, 8 May 2021 at 10:59

Nightingale Nightingales still seem to me to be exotic creatures. I can't remember ever hearing one when I lived in the north of England. Here in Essex. however, the nightingales arrive in later April and it's fairly common in some woodland and scrubland areas to hear the birds singing against the rim of night (and often into the early part of the night). We went out two evenings ago and heard several individuals singing - such dizzy, coloratura songs, quite unlike the mellow loveliness of the blackbird. It's a mercy that the birds still seem to be surviving in numbers to make it back across Continental Europe to these shores.

There's been little fishing of late. Work keeps getting in the way.


Image licensed under Creative Commons: Carlos Delgado - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40703551




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