Monday, 31 January 2011

Bridgewater Canal Frozen Again

Took a trip down to the Bridgewater Canal today hoping to have a try for the Pike. When we arrived we found the canal was frozen over again, so a wasted trip! See the video below it was shot at Lloyds Bridge about a mile before Lymm.
The Ice was breaking up, so it might be fishable by the weekend.

video

Friday, 28 January 2011

Have You Ever Seen Smaller Pike!














These must be the smallest Pike I've caught to date! These three Pike were caught in the River Shannor in Ireland, using trolled surface Lures. The biggest one must have weighed at the most one and half pounds. It was a very wet day in July 2007, we were fishing close to Clondra,
County Longford. I caught Five Pike in total, all as big as these, My Brother Adam was in the boat,he did'nt get a bite.
This is Adam with a better Pike, he caught a few months later from the Shannon

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Try Again on the Bridgewater for Pike in the next couple of Days, Hand Permitting

Just read Franks Weekly article in the Warrington Guardian, in it, he mentions a member had a cracking session in Lymm and landed some Pike after he saw them scattering scholes of small fish.
I have a theory as why Lymm is such a good area for Pike during the cold months, I reckon as it's a village, and sheltered on both sides of the canal, the water is slightly warmer, and there are lots of moored boats, as it's winter the boats don't move, therefor the warmer water attracts the prey fish and the stationary boats give the Pike a good hiding place. But of course that could be (and probably is) a load of rubbish
The only problem is I've broken my hand again! so I'm not sure if I could cope with a monster (I should be so lucky) I might try over the weekend or early next week, I'll have to see how the hand goes.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

My Best Pike day Ever








These photos were taken on 7 June 1999 at the Wide Hole on the Macclesfield Canal. This was my best days Pike fishing.The Pike in these photos was my best Pike to date, it weighed 16Lbs.




Everything I tried on this day worked, I had 7 Pike in total, in 4 hours, if only every Fishing day was like this, but then again if it was this easy, as it was on this day, we'd soon get bored!
If any member of Warrington Anglers is reading this, you must give the Wide Hole a try,it must be one of the best water's on the Warrington Anglers card.
During the summer it's full of Bream,and on one occasion, I witnessed a mass Carp breading, I've never seen anything like it, the water was like a washing machine the Carp were churning it up so much.
There's a good number of Pike, mostly Jacks with the odd double figure one thrown in for good measure!
The best thing about this section of the Canal is, because of the subsidence that caused the Wide Hole there is NO boat disturbance.




Starting Fishing Young


This is a photo of Owen and me on one of Owen's first fishing trips, he's just over 12 months old,the photo was taken at the Wide Hole on the Macclesfield Canal in 1999.
He's had a few Pike since this was taken!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Found Some Old Pike photos From 1999

Just found some old Pike photos taken in 1999. The quality of picture isn't brilliant as I had to scan them first as they were taken in pre Digital Camera days. Most of the were taken at the Wide Hole on the Macclesfield Canal and a couple on the River Tame that runs through Stockport
None of the fish we what you could call large, but they were great fun to catch,as this was at the start of me catching Pike they we all something special to me!















Monday, 17 January 2011

My Favourite On Line Fishing Shop has closed

Bennett's of Sheffield seem to have ceased trading, it's a pity they were a first class supplier. Over the years I've bought lots of equipment from them, their service was always first class, I suppose it's a sign of the times we 'live in'.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Nothing Happening on the Bridgewater Canal

Had a couple of hours on the Bridgewater Canal yesterday casting Spoons for Pike not surprisingly we didn't catch.We saw a Kestrel hunting but very little else. The Countryside is right in the middle of it's winter slumber and so is most of the wildlife.
We saw some nice boats moored up by Lloyd's Bridge. I thinK we'll have to wait till March before things come back to life. It was nice just to be out for a couple of hours, just the two of us.






Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Bridgewater Canal This Saturday

It looks like the ice has gone from the Bridgewater Canal so Owen and myself are going to chuck a few spoons about on Saturday,don't suppose we'll catch but it'll be nice to get out for the first time in ages.
The water should be very clear as no boats have been moving, so the spoons should be visible!
We'll give it a try around Oughtrington down towards Lymm, we've have a bit of sucess there in the past but not as early in the year as this!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Sea Fishing In Cornwall August 2010

Had an short trip on my brothers boat in Porth Gaven, Cornwall, back in the summer. Fished for Mackerel and we landed a few. Owen and Richard came out with us, both of them caught.







It was good to fish from a boat again, it's many years since I last fished from a boat.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Catching The Impossible


I watched 'Catching the Impossible' last night for the first time, what a wonderful programme. It features Bernard Cribbens and a younger Angler who's name I didn't catch. I think it's made by Hugh Miles, the chap who Made' A Passion for Angling', all those years ago, the programme that helped to 'get me' into Angling. I watched it on one of the Discovery Channels at 17.00.
Just a shame it's not on main stream television. Just like A Passion for Angling, it's beautifully made, I'm sure it would bring more people to Angling!



Monday, 3 January 2011

Checking my Fishing Tackle

I've been checking the fishing tackle I use for Tench and Bream. In previous years I've started fishing for Tench and Bream during April as the weather starts to improve. I need to buy a couple of items I lost last year.

I'll sort my Pike Lure tackle in the next week, I'll start to fish for the pike on the Bridgewater during March. I'll need a couple more of the Abu Garcia Perch Spoons, I'll also need to make some more Traces.


Saturday, 1 January 2011

What will 2011 Bring

New Years day and I'm starting to think about the comming year.
I would like to connect with some nice Pike in the Bridgewater and some of the good Tench in Rixton Claypits.
Last year was a bit of a disaster, not much opportunity for fishing last year, I hope to put that right this year.
I would like to camp, up at Poynton and fish the Wide Hole if we get a good summer I'll take the family up there and give it a go, I always had good sport up there!
As things tighten up financially I will try to fish more locally, so Rixton will be one of my main targets!