Bailey Payne

  • Rigged & Ready – Fish Rig 180 Review – The best telescopic rod?
    Today, something a bit different, a rod review, the Rigged & Ready Fish Rig 180 (This blog as nothing to do with the Car, although a lovely car it is!), when I was first told about this rod, I was very intrigued and had to give it a go. It’s a semi telescopic ultra light […]
  • Tiny River, Big Surprise!
    I had a few hours spare one weekday evening, I decided to pick up my little River Ambush quiver rod and a tub of worms, with the plan of light ledgering some worm, and hopefully getting a bite on a tiny river nearby… The River Crouch, this river had really suffered with pollution spike after […]
  • Dropshot for Perch: Easiest way to catch?
    Well, in this session I make a big step in the right way on my dropshot learning road! I head back to the River Chelmer in Maldon, to fish around the bridges for the Perch. Using the dropshot technique, and worms and a variety of different lures on the hook, I head to get going. […]
  • Chigboro Fisheries – Tench Fishing
    This was a bit of a special session, not really for any of the Fish caught, however, myself, Joe and Tom, the first people I brought into Essex Anglers, went down to Chigboro, a venue which has big carp, bream and tench, so something for everyone, to celebrate a year since Essex Anglers was started! […]
  • Dropshot for Perch: Creature Lures & Worms!
    Something different from me today, I go to try and get the grasps of lure/dropshot fishing for Perch. I have previously tried, and failed, although so far only have 2 lure caught fish to my name, a Pike and a Trout. So I’m not the most confident when it comes to lure fishing and the […]
  • Maver Venue Seatbox Review: Is it worth it?
    Today we are looking at the pack-down seatbox from Maver, the Venue. An interesting seatbox aimed for those who are unable to store a full seat box. I’ve owned this seatbox for a few years now, and have got a good idea about it. Hope you find this Maver Venue Seatbox Review helpful! The box […]
  • Sunshine Tench
    Well, we have finally had weather with some resemblance of Summer! It’s been a long time coming and from cold it’s seemed to have gone straight to hot! And clearly the fish have noticed this change to, with mass spawning taking place. I headed back to Parsonage Farm Fishery, in hopes for maybe a few […]
  • Essex Tenching
    I continue my pursuit of Tench during the River close season in hope of a few green beauties gracing me with their presence on the Bank. On the beautiful lake that is Parsonage Farm.
  • Small Pond = Big Fun
    With the amount of rain we have had lashing down, it really does put you off Fishing, certainly put me off driving a fairly long way to try and catch some Tench, instead, I stayed at home, warm and dry, and when there was a break in the conditions had the short stroll to my […]
  • Essex Tinca Time!
    Finally, something I haven’t done for a while, a good bit of Tench fishing, I will probably spend the rest of my time until the Rivers open in around a month, hunting some Tench! I mean, they are an incredible species, no matter the size. I have joined BDAC for the season, they hold a […]
  • Spinning for Success
    Myself and Tom both took a Thursday off, and headed down to the local res! A fairly known one in the world of trout fishing.. Hanningfield! Our aim…a few rainbow trout though the res is known to have very large Perch to around 5lb! We were walking around the dam on this session, trying a […]
  • Why has April fished so hard?
    Well, today’s blog covers a session on 24th April 2021. On this cold start yet sunny day, I took fellow blogger Tom Baird down to Hockley Angling Club, he was eager to try it given the success I have had recently contributing to the Species Hunt. However weights of fish had been very hard fought. […]
  • Margin Fishing for Bream?
    This session I headed back to my club lakes – Hockley Angling Club and back to my preferred lake, the left/middle lake. And for a change headed to an old peg I used to love…peg 18. This peg gives you two islands at easy reach on the Pole, that I believe the bream live, and […]
  • Pole Fishing Basics 2: Making Your Own Rig
    Welcome to the second article on Pole Fishing Basics, today we will cover making your own rig! This will include everything apart from hook lengths, personally hook lengths are one thing I may buy, just because I find hook tying slightly fiddly! However, if you wanted an instalment of Pole Fishing Basics on hook length […]
  • The Wonder of Crucian Bites!
    In today’s blog, I am back at my club lakes; Hockley Angling Club. With my aim catching a few early April Crucians, and also adding a few more species to my tally in the species hunt, which has so far been appalling! However a day catching a few decent skimmers/bream and some Crucians mixed in, […]
  • Small Pond Mystery Fishing
    There is something about fishing a small local pond, they seem to hold a bit more mystery than other venues, mostly due to a lot of Fish being re-homed in them from people who no longer wish to keep them, this really can give a surprising variation of species in one of these little ponds. […]
  • Pole Fishing Basics 1: Tackle
    This will be the first of a small series talking about the basics of Pole Fishing to hopefully help a few beginners find their way in this discipline and see what it’s all about a bit more. When I started fishing as a kid, from as young as I can remember, I have always pole […]
  • Weird Fishing Facts
    The sport/hobby/passion that we all share and love, is full of different weird and wonderful bits of information! Some of them may surprise you, however it’s no doubt that with so many different types of Fishing to take up in the country it leaves a few weird facts to find! It’s estimated there is 2.9 […]
  • Farewell Rivers, for now
    Well, the end of the River season is now upon us, and for me, it’s been my first full season Fishing Rivers. And I think I have learnt a lot through this, and developed further as an Angler. With the help of people reading and sending advice I am incredibly confident for next season. Looking […]
  • River Cat-Fishing
    Today’s blog is split into a two parts, last weekend and this weekend of Fishing my little spot on my local River. With the milder weather here and spring now fully on the horizon, I was hopeful for a few Fish! I had been upstream ledgering this spot previously, however, due to missed bites I […]