On the day before this i planned to meet up with a mate and go to a super well known mark that is crazy good for things like wrasse. I’ve always wanted to fish this spot as its the best wrasse spot near me unfortunately there is about a 20ft drop so you have to headline or get a dropnet… which i don’t own… that was the scariest part of this session!
Whilst my mate was tying up rigs and baiting up i had already started fishing i had to use a 3oz lead on a 5-20g lure rod just to reach the water because the wind was that strong! after perfecting the rig i smashed a white curly tail on and started jigging. it was a lovely day with a large swell and brilliant water clarity. Within 10 minutes i was in!
With screaming runs and powerful head shakes i knew this fish was a good one! I lowered off on the drag and let the fish run, i was super scared of it getting into a snag, thankfully it didn’t and when it emerged from the bottom i saw it, the colour, size, and aggression was awesome i was shaking s i hand lined the fish up with braid cutting through my hands at every grab but i wasn’t bothered i was too focused on getting the fish in my paws.
She was up and in my hands we poured water over a piece of plastic to keep her off the hard concrete and got the hook out, i was astonished, it was my dream fish and i had it in my hand! i was ecstatic
Throughout the rest of the day we didn’t have anything apart from another small wrasse and a pouting aka conger live bait!
Live baiting can be a spectacular way to weed out the smaller fish and catch the nice size fish as well as dead baiting.
Live baiting can sometimes be an essential way to find bigger fish and beat your PB. The best live baits for pike and perch are roach in varied sizes, the roach is decently easy to catch with floats but I prefer to use a single small hook and a little bit of bread, especially in clear water watching the fish come up and take nibbles out of the bread then finally getting bit awesome fun!
I used a fly rd for this session because I don’t have a rod that can cast a free lined hook but this can be done with any sort of rod, fly is the best tho LOL.
the way I like to keep my live baits are in a large carp net or a keep net then I rig them with a float and a single treble through the nose or dorsal, if your ok with live baiting it is definitely something to try as you can find some good fish and see where the pike like to hold up. it can be a good idea to use it in the autumn when searching for pike winter holding spots.
So, its October, predator season is upon us! however still to early to fish dead baits, could try lures but only if your happy doing 20k steps! so what the next best thing? LIVEBAITS! Livebaits work so well because once you start catching them you can be sure that there will be pike in the area as pike will follow baitfish for obvious reasons. And there is nothing more irresistible to a pike than a dying injured roach! So in this blog ill show you how i go around catching my own livebaits
Most rivers, dykes and streams i fish are clear the water is slow and the margins are stacked this makes finding the baitfish easy because they will be obsessed with hiding in cover away from any predators for this reason the swims first 5 yards of water and margins to either side are a spectacular place to try. On this session i was using a fly rod but this raw method can be done with a normal float rod. I took 2 loafs of bread and squeezed them around a tiny size 18 hook. It was really cool as i got to watch the roach slamming the bread as soon as it hit the water, i got robbed a few times and could see the bread being smashed around like a volleyball!
I took a carp net with me to store the catch and ended up catching about 5 or 6 from one swim perfect live bait size. I don’t know if t was the fly rod that made the fight fun but these little fish gave a hell of a scrap for their size.
And thats all really simple raw method for clear water, hook and bread love it!
Whilst I am waiting for my new kayak to turn up I decided to have a trip with my mate on his sib and we ended up having a brilliant day! with loads and loads of fish showing!
As we hauled the engine and equipment up the beach and pumped up the boat we were gagging to get it and the weather looked absolutely perfect with no swell at all, like a millpond, flatter than a lake! until we found the underwater rocks! As we motored away from the populated beach spirits were high, conditions were perfect and it was all set in stone. As we reached our first spot is was very very shallow but we still managed 1 small schoolie bass before deciding to move a bit further out into deeper water. In the deeper water, it didn’t take long to bag the first Smoothounds on spider peeler crab and a few more bass on fresh dug local lugworm.
The day was going well we found shoals of bass and a good amount of hounds sat off on the rocks. After about a couple of bass in the first morning, my mate was into a good bite with a hard fight we were sure it was a bass due to the head shaking and when it showed it was a lovely legal bass.
So today was a day off from work and I decided to go out, ride to a local river and see what is lurking in the brackish water conditions, id heard story of nice big fish being carp, tench and pike but I wanted to see what the baitfish life was like first, not only will this tell me where the pike will like to hold up but it will also show e where the food is and that is where the trench and carp want to be, I found a couple of deep holes too which will hold nice size fish come winter. I was armed with a size 12 spectra shrimp and my 4WT Wychwood game set up which made these fish brilliant fun! I began the day looking for any sorts of rises and luckily id locked my bike up on a piece of structure teeming with life, fish surfacing, wakes of fish shoals of fish, bubbles everything it looked brilliant! Unfortunately, the spot quietened down due to me trying to find what the fish were after, id only started getting interested when I changed over to the spectra shrimp which got crushed the second I started using it from a lovely rudd unfortunately it wasn’t very well hooked as I didn’t know it was even there! however, I tried to land it and it popped off at the bank maybe due to barbless hooks or bad luck I saw it so happy days! the next couple came to a while after finding the hotspot and they were decent size roach, in my opinion, was very happy one took the lure soo deep I couldn’t even see them!
This was the last day of my two days off and I decided to pop back down to the new mark id found on my river where the sea trout was. I wasn’t expecting another trout but in the back of my mind, I was hoping violently hoping for it to happen. id armed myself with the Salmo minnow 5cm again in “minnow” pattern to match the baitfish and I was super impressed with it on the day before and again it absolutely crushed everything that came in its way.
10 mins in and on the same corner that I had pinned the sea trout the day before another gleaming bar of sliver crushed the minnow putting up a super hard scrap and diving into weeds to try and get off the hook, ill be honest it did scare me a few times! Eventually, I just about managed to get her into the net and it was a lovely soldier of an adult chub maybe 4lb in weight brilliant!
The rest of the fishing was quiet even some of the shoals had moved on I swiftly got to the “chub corner” section of the river where I surprisingly couldn’t hook Into anything no one was home! As I continued down the river and reached the shallow and fast water my mind instantly thought of trout so I retrieved the lure quickly so it was smashing its way along the bottom and I managed to pick up another trout! I learnt from yesterday where I hooked into about 5 brown trout and lost them all was that the rod tip had to be kept low to avoid the trout coming to the surface and shaking the hook.
I had been getting quite wound up for the rest of the day after getting into a few snags and close calls so I packed up and decided to call it a day.
unfortunately, the footage corrupted and I lost all of my video files so I cant make a youtube video but be sure to check out my channel anyway there are some good things coming soon.
Today I somehow managed to get up at 6:00 to get down to the river to get the early morning bight, but today proved that whether it’s at 6:00 or 9:55 in the morning the bite is hot! I got down to the swim and got my waders on I jumped in and started walking downstream I got no response from any fish until I got to the first corner of the river which was where my first ever brown decided to smack the Salmo minnow 5cm. The water at this spot was absolutely steaming and was covered in weeds which made a difference from the rock and gravel all over the river. it was an epic fight with the trout jumping and splashing all over the place. was an awesome fight unfortunately I didn’t do my research and kept the rod tip high which brought the fish up and he got off.
I tried to keep walking down but got threatened by a swan that hissed at me! I didn’t even know they hissed! so I swiftly ran in the other direction. As I got round to the next side of the launch swim I managed to almost fall in I had to stick to the margins as the middle was soo much deeper. The first cast around the next bend I had a screaming smack down bite and was hooked into something big! which almost ripped the rod out of my hands! at first, I thought it was a chub due to the silver flashing of the fishes flank, I then saw the hump it had on its back then I got very excited thinking it was a salmon as there has only been 2 salmon caught in the river officially. after it tried burying itself into the weed and scared me by making me think I’ve dropped it suddenly emerged to the surface docile as ever, wow this was a big fish as well as being a sea trout which only run for a week and the river covers more than 15miles I felt blessed to hook into this fish. she barely fit into the net so I knew she was bigger than 40cm, unfortunately, I don’t weigh or measure my fish anymore so I can’t give an exact weight. After getting some good shots and releasing her she gave me one last splash and swam off the depths.
I continued to push down towards to wier pool at the end of the stretch, I swiftly came across a corner of the river i like to call chub corner for its huge shoal of chub that never seem to move! I had a few casts around here with not much interest which was surprising considering these fish had most likely never been fished for in the past, I hooked one at the bottom of a weak waterfall trickling down the side of the riverbank, guess they must have been attracted to the extra oxygenated water. It was only a little juvenile but was still fooled by the Salmo minnow, smashing the bait and inhaling it before swiftly spiting the hook just after I got it in the net! This fish was super lively and would not chill out and behave like the larger adult chub usually do. I tried to get a photo after setting up the tripod but failed miserably as it jumped out of my hands.
As I got closer to the wier the water got shallow and very fast I immediately thought “trout”. And how correct I was! unfortunately, because I was uneducated with trout I kept the rod tip high and lost them all.
I pushed past the wier and carried on walking up the river I eventually reached another little stream where I picked up an even smaller chub which I didn’t get a photo of. The only action I had after this was a brown trout with half of its back out of the water chasing the lure down hard and fast! hope you guys enjoy I haven’t made the video yet but when I have I will tag it below.
So on this day, I went out for an evening fishing trip from 16:00 – 20:00, I was out on my buddy charter that runs out of Ramsgate called “better days”. I arrived at the marina early to try and see if there was any mullet and if there was I was going to have a cast for them with my fly rod which is something I’ve wanted to do for ages. Unfortunately, despite the crystal clear blue water I failed to notice any feeding mullet at all!
So off we went the engine roaring to life and the vessel starting to move, Dan called in for permission to leave the harbour and the fishing journey had started! it was a pleasant day to be on the water with the flat calm seas rolling in and lots of fish coming aboard. the first hound came up within a matter of minutes and they just didn’t stop coming! the bite really really improved as the tide started to slacken off. with many hounds showing, a few dogs and one bass and a super pretty gurnard decided to show its face taking 2 prawns. I felt like we did pretty well especially considering the NE winds.
I made a video on this day covering most of the catches all the way from 16:00 – 20:00 check it out here!
So on this day, I took the heavier gear and some jerk baits around 10cm and smaller. I went to the clear part of the river it sits at about 2ft with deep holes of about 4ft chub central. I found a lot of shoals but being a bright day it’s difficult fishing and managed to get a lot of followers however no takes.
I stopped sight casting thinking that the fish were not gonna be in the shallows, one blind cast resulted in a fish within the first twitch of the lure. The fish was fighting like a chub but when it showed up it was a pike of maybe 3-4lb I landed it in my 30cm trout net which was a comedy show in itself. but finally got the tripod set up and a nice fish
After spending more time with it going extra quiet I decided to move to deeper darker more weeder sections of the river I found a particular bridge I had been looking for for a while I knew it was covered in perch so I just wanted to find a couple of perch to save a blank. I ended up with one first cast which came out as a nice fish.
So a while back I went fishing with a mate in a local town with a river that has prominent trout running through it. I was still pretty new to the ultralight fishing scene so was using a 4000 size sea fishing reel on a 1-7g UL rod don’t know what I was thinking! We had been going all day visiting different bits of the river with lots of trout showing we were struggling to hook up! The river, sorry chalk stream is a shallow 2ft stream with lots of weeds and unfortunately due to the places location lots of litter and shopping trolleys.
We had spent the morning getting lots and lots of bother from the residents who insisted we weren’t allowed to fish there despite us talking to the EA and therm giving us the all-clear. We were threatened with having the police called on us but it didn’t worry us because we knew we were in the right. By the end of the day, we must have had 10 encounters of people coming and giving us bother despite us being quiet and doing something we enjoyed.
At the first spot after what must have been 20 minutes of searching and casting I got a follow from two fish, I had already cast over this point a couple of times so I assumed they must only have been wanting the spoon because there was competition for food with the second trout showing up. We decided to move on because of all of the bother we were receiving.
After we moved closer to the town centre first cast my bud had a small brown trout after him telling me “fish, fish, fish” I didn’t really believe him but when I walked over there he actually did have a brown trout on the bank.
If you’d like to see the mind blowing encounters we had with these people then watch it here!