Bailey Payne

Chelmer Piking!

Well today meant for something I haven’t really done before! Well two things I haven’t really done before! Lure Fishing, and Pike Fishing! Having never caught a Fish on the Lure or caught a Pike, this would be a good chance to do something new! Luckily fellow blogger Thomas Baird offered to take me out and show me the ropes! Lucky he still liked me after beating him at Newland hall fishery a few weeks back!

We met at one of Tom’s favourite parts of the Chelmer for Pike, and we were both excited and hopeful. I was actually using my Rigged n Ready X5 Max Rod, and used the normal lure configuration of it, with a wire trace and a savage gear small natural look roach.

On our walk down the River, we soon passed another group of Lure anglers, who had the guts to get up a bit earlier than us! And it seemed they were catching a few Fish too, in-fact as we passed, Russ managed to get himself a lovely stripey!

Russ Eason with his Perch

We walked for quite a while without any luck, with the odd cast in a likely looking spot, however at about 11, we finally had a bit of luck, and Tom was into his first Fish, he landed a small Jack Pike of around 1-2lb, was good one of us had at least caught!

While Tom had to untangle his Lure from the net, I cast in a similar area to where he had the Fish, and instantly, I had my first bite and was in! The Pike dart straight to the weeds and after a bit of a fight, and before Tom had managed to free his Lure, he had to net my Fish! My first Lure caught Fish, and my first Pike! And not too bad of a size either at around 3-4lb!

Was a great catch for me, and really made my day! I was chuffed with it, and hopefully there will be more to come.

After this excitement, we walked back to where we parked, with the odd chuck every so often, and before we moved to our next spot, had a quick bite at a nearby cafe which topped up the energy for hopefully a few more!

Unfortunately, the rest of the session was uneventful, I did however hook into two more Fish on the next stretch of the Chelmer, however lost both, first one not long after hooking, and the second as Tom was running with the net, a small Pike, under 1lb, so a baby!

However, was a great day, and chuffed I managed to catch! Hopefully there will be a few more to come!

Rigged and Ready Travel Rod X5 Max:

Tight lines!

Bailey Payne

River Chelmer – Hard Going

I headed back to the River Chelmer, this time with the old man in the promise of some River Fish and a change from his usual match style Fishing at our club lakes.

We shared a little weir pole Fishing half each, his approach started off with a little cage feeder with some groundbait and dead maggots, and I started and stayed on what done me well last time, a light bomb with a dendra or lob on the hook (I know, I splashed the cash and got lobs today!). Today rather than my normal trusty Garbalino I swapped it out for my Advanta 5.5ft River Ambush rod to see how that would fair, looking at it now, the quiver tip seems just a bit too hard for the Fish there.

The day started slow bite wise, however plenty of little knocks on both of our tips. It wasn’t long before the old man was in (Not sure why I gave him the better swim!), and he landed a lovely little Gudgeon! Lovely little Fish, shame we never took a photo of it! He went back out again and continued having knocks, taps and bites on his method and soon started to find some chunky Roach, however the bites did take some time to come.

One chunky Roach!

I soon too was involved in the Roach party, and landed a few chunky Roach, huge change to last time when I was Perched out!

We both had a few chunky roach like this, however the old man did manage more!

After switching between types of worms, I settled to stick it out on a lob while I had my pasty, and sods law of whenever you go to eat, you get a bite! And the first Perch of the day came!

Chunky small Perch!

It wasn’t long before I had another Perch too, again on the lob worm! This time, a bit bigger.

Meanwhile, my Dad had a few more interesting catches, firstly probably the biggest Fish of the day, a Chublet. Although the biggest Perch may have been around there too.

Chelmer Chublet!

And also for him, his favourite Fish of the day, a chunky 6oz ish Dace, a lovely Fish to catch!

Little Dace

The day got quieter, maybe because of the people who enjoyed throwing a ball into the middle of the weir for their dogs, which was a nice touch, with the owners seemingly oblivious to why it may annoy us!

However it was a lot harder than last weekend, with a lot of missed bites, not sure if it was down to the Rod. But was good to get the old man out his comfort zone and catch a few nice Fish on the River, even if he did beat me in the process!

Tight Lines…

Bailey Payne

Perch on the Chelmer

Today I was back on the River after some Carp bashing last weekend, and I headed to a new stretch of the Chelmer for me, a lovely little weir pool and not a bad place to spend a few hours. It was only a 3-4 hour session so not long but proved eventful! And not just from the Kingfisher heading up and down the River all day.

I started the day with the intention of starting on the tip with the plan of going onto the pin and float and do some trotting through the pool, wanted to possibly get a quick good Chub and then catching a nice mix bag. However, from a bit of laziness and the cold getting to me, I was happy to sit on the tip all day! I was using dendras as a hookbait cutting fairly big size of worms off.

It didn’t take long before I was getting notifications and knocks on the tip, however the bite didn’t seem to follow, after a few casts around the weir to try and find the pocket of Fish, I landed on them. And started the day with a lovely colourful river Perch.

This was a lovely chunky Perch and started a constantly flow of Fish, as long as I kept hitting the same spot in the weir pool. The Fish kept coming, although the second Fish of the day wasn’t something I didn’t expect too much, a lovely Dace, a chunky size one for a Dace too!

Most of the Perch I was catching through the day were quite a nice chunky size and gave a bit of a scrap and pulled the tip round a bit too, they seemed to really be feeding in the time I was Fishing.

It was nice to see how quickly the bites were coming, and a lot of them seemed to take the worm on the drop or straight after it hit the deck, I would’ve probably caught more if I was bothered enough to trot! However you live and learn! And I still had a good day, within these small chunky Perch a few better ones did show and it was lovely to see them!

Overall, it was a good 3-4 hour session in the morning, and definitely a stretch of river I will come back too with the hope of finding my first Chelmer Chub here too! However, if some of these Perch showed up again I wouldn’t be too bothered at all! Ended the day with 9 Perch and 1 Dace. Not too shabby!

Tight Lines all!

Bailey Payne

Drenched at Newland Hall Fishery

Today we had a little bit of an Essex Anglers social! Myself, Tom, Joe and Paul headed to Newland Hall Fishery in Chelmsford to see how we could do. We booked this in advance so didn’t expect the rain that came down! Certainly wasn’t expecting a lot after the huge downpour we had and was having! Myself and Tom Fished on the Moat lake and Joe and Paul were on Brook Lake, in a future blog/review you will be able to see how they got on, however, this is how I faired in the rain!

On Arrival it was a rush to get my box setup and get the brolly up, luckily the shelter of some trees and a short jog down to my peg got me set up all dry. My method today was in fact the method! The method feeder on the trusty garbalino rocket picker! A exploding fishmeal groundbait mixed with crushed Bio Baits Boilles was the mix, swapping between corn and boilles for the hook bait.

It didn’t take long at all before I had my first pull round into my first Fish, which was a surprising sign as I didn’t expect a lot from the heavy rain, so to have the quick Fish was settling. It was a lovely condition small common (2lb ish) and the bites through the rain continued!

All the Carp caught were in great shape, no mouth or fin tares, almost scale perfect Fish so was lovely to catch them. Eventually the rain did stop, although only periodically, and whenever the rain did stop I struggled for bites, and it did become difficult. I must say too, all of the bites were absolute rip rounds on the tip, so was great fun watching that!

I did eventually swap over Rods, however set it up in the same manner, the Rod was from Rigged and Ready, and it is a Travel Rod, the X5, it fits down tiny and is perfect to sneak away on a sneaky trip somewhere or if you do need to Fish light! I’ve heard a lot of positive stuff about the Rods on the Lure/Fly side of it, which I do look forward to trying! (Keep an eye out for that blog), however not much said about the quiver tip on it, so wanted to see how it compared to my trust Garbalino, what I personally think is one of the best Rods I’ve used for the tip. I knew the quality of the tip wouldn’t be able to match the Garbalino, and wasn’t comparing it too, however was interesting to see how the Rod would perform.

It’s a lovely Rod and will all the parts you can really chose how you want it setup. I really like the colour of the tip too, having green sections on it. It isn’t as sensitive as a full normal quiver tip, however, I thought it performed really well and will definetly use this setup of it again, even on the smaller Carp the bites were clear and you could see each sniff and knock, I ended up using this Rod for the rest of the day, the build quality I thought was great and even with it having so many parts it’s a very sturdy, but light rod.

The Fish did continue to come as I plugged away on the method feeder, the highlight of the day was the one lonely mirror carp I had, which looked lovely!

And for a little bonus photo is the smallest Fish of the day too! A nice surprise, a perfect little Carp, great scales on it too! Although some battle wounds!

Overall in the session, I ended the day on 20 Carp, and thought I would leave before more possible Rain! I would probably guess they came to about 80lb, however was an enjoyable day nether the less, with plenty of Fish caught, however the Lake did Fish hard and was very on and off as some people really struggled. But that’s Fishing!

Personally, I really liked the set of Lakes, they looked great, and I think the Moat Lake (In better conditions), is a great place to teach people how to Fish and bring in youngsters to the sports, which is what it is all about!

Also, if you do decide to visit Newland Hall from this, try the cafe! Had a fantastic breakfast french stick from there!

Some of my Tackle used and venue:

Rigged N Ready X5 –

My Maver Venue Seatbox –

Newland Hall FB –

Bailey Payne

Back on the Pole

With summer now coming to an end, I realised I hadn’t been out this year and fished for Crucians, which are one of my favourite species to catch, such a challenge to catch the shy little Fish! I headed to my club lake in Essex on the Pole with the aim of targetting Bream/Skimmers and of course, the Crucian.

I was using a simple setup today, Fishing just slightly over depth on a 0.5g homemade diamond float and light elastic (Had it so long can’t remember the grade!) I was feeding Sonubaits exploding fishmeal groundbait, with crushed Bio Baits boilles of a few different flavours in and a big dump of dead maggots. Dead maggots are probably one of my favourite baits to catch Crucians on, I don’t think they can resist them!

I started with an initial 3 nuggets of the groundbait mix and some lose feed dead maggots too and let the swim sit for a 5-10 minutes. I think leaving your swim after feeding initially is important to let the Fish start feeding over it. On the hook I was using two dead maggots, one white and one red for some variation.

My First put in resulted in a small Roach which was a bit concerning as the Roach aren’t normally with the skimmers and Crucians. Next put in resulted in a very energetic Carp who clearly still had his summer fighting spirit! Especially on the Pole with light elastic! After a lengthy battle, I managed to net him, he was a bit too lively for a good photo unfortunately!

The swim went quiet after this, however I held the temptation to feed again, as this could attract more Carp. I think monitoring your feed is important in keeping the Fish feeding, and you can always put more feed in, but you can’t take it out! After a small wait, the skimmers starting coming in line which provided good sport, the bites were very timid however, and it was the slighest of movements resulting in a bite, had to watch the float like a hawk for any movement!

It then didn’t take long for my target Fish to appear, the Crucian! With a typical very shy bite, and the usual swimming in circles they do while fighting! I then continued to have to a good flurry of more Crucians and Skimmers. Feeding another nugget of my groundbait mix after every 5 Fish, which seemed to keep the bites coming at a good pace.

As the day got towards my packing up time of about 2pm (Started Fishing at about 9am), the bites did start to slow down, however the Crusty Crucians continued to come, which is always nice! I decided to end my session on the next Fish, sometimes this can be a curse, however quickly came was the best Bream of the day!

I find, the Crucians don’t seem to be with the bigger Bream and only the smaller Skimmers, not sure why this is, but quite weird! Maybe they can’t bully the bigger Bream out?

I ended the day with 36 Fish on the clicker, this being only Skimmers and Crucians, in total 13 Crucians on the clicker too, which is a lovely bag of Crucians, probably estimating in this few hours of Fishing maybe 15-20lb of Fish!

And of course, the money shot with only the Crucians was needed! Especially having such a good morning catching them, sadly I think the time for Crucians may be passing now, but it’s great to have sessions like this catching them, by far one of my favourite species to catch!

Bailey Payne

Sunny River Fishing

Today I headed to a lovely stretch of the Chelmer, this stretch has fantastic Roach in to a great size, loads of Chub and Dace too, a brilliant bit of River and it was my first time Fishing it, and I continued to use the centerpin in hope of continuing my learning of the method!

It wasn’t ideal conditions, very bright and warm, so I wasn’t expecting too much to show, however, still wanted to make the best, it seemed the conditions did put most Fish off, however the one species which didn’t seem to bothered by the conditions where the Minnows! Overall today, I probably had close to a 100 minnows, made for a great days Fishing just catching small Fish and getting plenty of bites, and just learning how to control the float and strike to the bites properly on the pin.

I also had probably the smallest Fish I have ever caught! Still a Minnow but was tiny! Made for a laugh seeing that, the maggot I used as a bait was almost bigger than him!

Worlds Smallest Minnow??

I did however perserve and manage a few better Fish in the midday heat, finding a small shoal of Chublets and quickly catching a few, including the best Fish of the day, which is a better size Chub, however still a Chublet!

Overall, Fished the River a bit earlier than I should have, in maybe a month it will come into it’s prime with the Roach Fishing and I can’t wait for that! And hopefully we can manage a few nice Chub along the way too! Good first exploration of the River, found a few nice swims and saw a lot of good Fish just cruising in the sun! A lot to take back with me and prepare for! Till next time!

Bailey Payne

Learning the Centerpin Reel!

Well, in the week I took delivery of something new, yet something old school, guess the title probably gives it away! I got my first centerpin reel! I was really excited to try and decided for my tactics to be a bit of youth! Fishing with a light float and some maggot and catch whatever I can on the River!

Advanta Discovery Centerpin Reel

I chose one swim and decided to stay in it all day and work it, it was a lovely stretch of River, over hanging trees both sides and a raft of reed in the middle of the River providing safety for the Fish.

At first I found it really hard to get to grasps with the reel, very different from anything I’ve ever used before, so was really trying to make sure I took my time and don’t birds nest the reel. A few small tangles easily fixed is luckily the worst I came across.

There wasn’t too much flow in the River, so I couldn’t really see the benefit of a centerpin here, but was a good situation just to catch a few fish on it and figure out what I’m doing!

It didn’t take long before the bites started flowing and the small Roach were the first to show up, providing a constant catch through my session!

However, the Roach did start to get a bit bigger, and I found I lost a few of the bigger ones, I’ll guess this is through handling of the reel, which hopefully will come with a bit of time!

The day was going well, plenty of bites, although losing a lot of Fish, it was all good fun, and really made me enjoy the Fishing, sitting on a River bank, watching the river flow by, catching some tiddlers and seeing the flash of a kingfisher every so often. It was really some school boy Fishing, and I loved every second!

And then, a new species turned up! Perch! My first Perch from the Roding, was really happy to get this catch, and a few smaller ones decided to follow his lead too, this Perch in particular provided the best fight of the day, was happy he kept the hook in!

And then, a few kids/teenagers came along, and I wish it was to Fish, however it was more to jump into the River, pretty much next to where I was Fishing, safe to say this put the Fish off, and having got past midday, I decided to knock it on the head and head home.

Overall, an enjoyable quick morning session and really started to learn how to use the pin! Look forward to catching some bigger fish on this very soon! Tight Lines!

Bailey Payne

River Trotting

I headed to a small stretch of a River for a small trotting session with a mix baits just to get a few fish and catch some different species! And it didn’t disappoint! It was only a quick hour session with my waggler rod a light float fishing quite shallow to see what I could get.

I was Fishing some lovely small stretches of River, in the image above there is many places for Fish to hide, refugee under the tree and an overhanging bush to the left where the River starts to bend round.

It didn’t take long here with a bit maggot to get some Fish competing catching a few small Dace and Roach, even swapping to bread kept the Fish coming.

I also tried using some chopped down boilles to see if I could tempt anything bigger rather than a the steady catches of Dace and Roach, and I managed to get a bite on a small chopped down boille, and it was a better Fish, after a small fight I saw the glimpse of gold and blood red fins. It was easy to tell it was a Rudd, a Fish that you know I have been hunting a big one in previous blogs. However a good one from a small River in Essex I never really thought I’d catch.

Okay, I know it’s not breaking any records, it’s maybe 8-10oz I would guess. But it’s a lovely Fish and something I really didn’t expect from a small River, especially in such a short session. A lovely catch, and I hope there is more Rudd in this River!

Anyway, that’s the end of this very short session, tight lines all!

Bailey Payne

Quest for Rudd

Today I continued my quest for a big Rudd! Heading back to this little rural Essex Lake in hope a big chunky Rudd decides to feed! It wasn’t great weather, a very cold wind blowing all day and rain was looming, so without a brolly I weren’t sure how long I would last!

My technique was maybe not the usual Rudd style, I decided to Fish on the tip with a small cage feeder with liquidised bread in and a bread flake on the hook, so it slowly sank and gave the Rudd the chance to take it on the drop. I started Fishing in deep water (10ft+) in hope the Rudd have dropped down in the colder conditions, it didn’t take long at all, in fact about a minute and I was into my first Fish, a lovely small maybe 6-8oz Rudd!

Was a good start, but the hype didn’t continue as it went quiet after this. I then moved onto a fishing on the edge of a few lilys, still with the same method. And I got a few Fish over the course of 2 hours or so. Including the biggest one of the day, just over a pound.

The weather continued to worsen, the wind got a bit stronger and it started to spit, so my time was a bit limited for how long I had left, I moved round to another section of lily pads to see if I could get a run of Fish, and it worked, catching a few of the smallest of the day! (No photos of them) Probably only 3-4oz. I then managed another Fish around the pound mark and one just a bit smaller!

A lovely condition Rudd, with beautiful blood red fins! Overall, this session ended with around 6 Rudd, with only 2 falling over a pound. The rain started coming down now so it signalled the end of my day, was a good few hours! Better then last time on the bright side with some bigger Fish, however a 2lb+ Rudd is still evading them! Not sure how many days I will have left at this quest now with the warmer weather fading. And the Rivers certainly calling me now! Hopefully a few Chub to come soon!

Bailey Payne

First Winter on the Roding

In this post I am going to be looking back on my first winter Fishing the Roding. Sadly I didn’t manage loads of trips to Fish the River due to conditions, the River spent most of the winter flooded and un-fishable.

As you can see here, it was a bit high, and this was a good day! A lot of the time you couldn’t even get on the field and the water was going over rather than under the bridges! I would say I probably had 3 sessions of actually Fishing this stretch of River during my first season there. In which I learnt a lot about the River, and feel prepared going into my second season in hope of catching more than the first! However you never know how these things go!

The swim which gave me my first Chub from the River

The picture above is the swim I managed my first Chub from this River in, since this photo the tree has fallen and is no longer fishable sadly. I was lowering my link ledger with a tail of a juicy lob worm right under my feet in the midst of the branches of the tree, and it wasn’t long before I found out someone was home, producing a lovely clean example of a Chub. (Ignore the awful picture, not sure why it’s that big!)

It was good to get my first Fish so soon into my first trip on the River, especially since this was my first time River Fishing for quite some time, to get a Fish this quickly made me think I wasn’t doing anything too wrong! The rest of the day brought some frustrating, having lost a Fish which took my bait as I was reeling back in, suspecting maybe a Perch or small Pike!

My next trip the Roding, I swapped up my method and went from lob worm to bread flake and blitzed bread to feed. I always believe that bread is the best Chub bait. I don’t think they can ever resist a nice flake of it! This trip proved me right as I managed another lovely Chub, perfectly timed as a passerby was able to help me out with a few photos!

This trip provided quite a few bites, however didn’t connect with a lot sadly, maybe was smaller fish just pecking at the bread!

My Final trip of the winter, sadly with no photos, the River was still high, but I was able to get to the bank, although avoided some of the swims as it was still quite flooded, and I couldn’t see where I was stepping, in the winter on a flooded River it’s never smart to take any risks!

This trip I had some maggot with me seeing what I could catch in terms of other species. From the spots I could get to the River! Unfortunately, all this brought me was a few more missed bites and lost Fish!

These trips built a lot of confidence, I was getting bites! The Roding isn’t once what it was, but there is a few Fish left, hopefully this coming winter will provide me with some good sport now I have learnt more about the River, and improved my general River Fishing. But we shall see!