I had my first long session of the year, a full ten hours at Rixton.
The weather didn't live up to expectations, it was windy , mostly overcast with the odd bright twenty minutes thrown in between the cloud.On the way to Rixton we had some light rain, thankfully this stopped just as I arrived.
I fished on the opposite side to the car park, the same peg as last week,the second one from the road."On the way down to the peg I noticed a few Frogs "out and about", you can tell spring is well and truly on the way,all the trees and bushes are about to come back to life, after their long winter slumber.
I set up my Telescopic Feeder Rod with a Groundbait feeder, a hooklink of 3lb mono with a No16 Hook, using double Red Maggot as bait,I also set up my Pike Rod with Sprats as bait, just in case there was any Pike around.
I cast towards the the area where the Water Lilly's are, very quickly "bites" began to arrive, in no time I was landing a small Skimmer, I'm starting to get used to the "action" of my new rod. I managed to "hit" more bites than I missed. Small Skimmer after small Skimmer arrived,it was constant action right up to Lunch time. I landed two decent sized Skimmers, for which I needed the Landing Net.
After a Lunch of Sausages, very nice they were too! Bites slowed down, it was much slower after Lunch with only the occasional bite.
The Pike rod saw no action at all, I didn't see any Pike strikes, in fact the Lake was very quiet, it was only in the last hour before dark did I see any evidence of any of the larger species. There was a lack of any Tench or Carp Feeding bubbles all day.
There was a few other Anglers on the Lake, perhaps Seven or Eight, we all seemed to be catching the same "stamp" of fish.
I ended up with a catch of 19 Skimmers,2 of which were reasonable, 1 Roach, I was quite happy with the days sport.
I got myself in a much more comfortable position than last week, I used my Low Chair, with the rod on a Rod Rest pushed into the water, I was positioned so the Rod was resting on my leg making "Striking" much easier! , I think my catch bears this out.
Saw one or two unusual sights yesterday, saw a female Frog carrying a male Frog, obviously mating,also saw a "flock" of 5 Herons, never seen them in groups before,maybe they were "pairing up" for breading.