Today, January First, 2021, marks the start of a year long competition between myself and fellow bloggers on the Essex Anglers site. The goal is simple, to catch as many different species as we can. The only catch being they must be caught in Essex.
Every time a new species is caught, it will be posted on the site under the ‘Species Hunt’ tab and the scores will be updated. This means that you can keep track of what’s being caught and who’s winning.
The hope is that by the end of the year, we will all have tried different fishing techniques. Along the way, we will be showcasing the abundance and variety of fish we have here in Essex.
The rules are simple: All anglers have been presented with a species hunt card which must be in the photograph of the fish, to verify that it was caught this year. All fish must be caught on rod and line (or pole). And finally, they must be caught in Essex.
As some of you may know I’m a bit of an all-rounder and love catching anything that swims. Despite this, I’ve still had to invest. So far, I’ve bought some trout flies, new braid for lure fishing and some pike lures which caught my eye, I’m hoping they will do the same for the pike. I think now I have the gear to cover most species however I doubt my wallet will remain closed for long. There’s bound to be something else I don’t need but want.
My plan for the next 2 months is to target a pike, flounder, cod and rainbow trout. I’m hoping to fish a local river soon too so I might be able to tick off a chub and maybe a roach or rudd. The cod will most likely prove elusive, I’ve only ever caught one before now which was a couple years ago, the flounder shouldn’t be too hard. Although I’ve been pike fishing about half a dozen times, I’ve only every caught one pike. I’m hoping to lure fish a local lake in the evenings over the next couple of months in the hope of catching an Esox. Catching a trout may be a little difficult too. My casting with a fly setup isn’t the best however I’m sure a trip to Chigborough lakes in Heybridge will produce at least one. I’m hoping the new flies I bought will be up to the Job.
Since the idea of the competition was put forward a few months ago, everyone has been planning their tactics, coming up with lists of fish and buying new tackle. The excitement amongst the group has been fantastic and we all hope that you will share our excitement throughout this year. We have put together a list of species so that you can join our adventure. I have also attached a printable species hunt card. Join our Facebook group here so you can let us know how you’re getting on.