Posts Tagged ‘chub’

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Self-take Photography Revisited

March 20, 2014

Last year I started to take my self-take photography seriously. After landing a 46lb Common at night and not being able to do adequate photos I decided to right things.

My first piece of equipment was the SRB Griturn air release. (See my previous blog post). The item was shown to me by Shaun Harrison and had loads of advantages over simple self timer shots. It worked well and let me take shots once the fish was calm and I was ready. No more dashing round and desperately trying to pose while the fish wriggled and flipped, and putting slimy fingers on an expensive SLR.

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The Hanhel Giga T Pro 2…

But as good as the shots were that the system allowed me to get, it was somewhat flawed on a number of levels. Firstly it worked mechanically, an air release pushing a pin that would focus and trip the shutter when you stepped on the ball. On most modern SLR’s the shutter button is angled for ergonomy, and made of shiny plastic.This means that the pin can slip and not trip the shutter. Shaun’s idea of putting some velcro in the button went some way to solving this, but the very fact that the pin was not pressing directly down on the shutter made it very fiddly to set up and on more than one occasion it refused to fire.

It was very frustrating to set it all up pose with the fish but not be able to get a shot. When this happened I hadn’t much option but to release the fish (for its own well being) and forget a trophy shot.

I then read a piece by Elie Godsi on the Quest Baits blog about an electronic option made by Hanhel. Read the rest of this entry ?

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“Gruntline” Review

July 25, 2013

Gruntline

A few months ago a friend sent me a couple of examples of a new product he’d been testing in Germany called Gruntline.large_68215_TCT_Gruntline

What is a Gruntline?

Well, put simply, it’s a platted, elasticated cord with plastic snap hooks at each extremity so it can be hooked to things and to itself.
It is about 120cm in length but can stretch to over 200cm. The instructions say it can hold up to 9kg & it certainly looks very substantial.

Now as an angler; hammock camper and occasional hiker, I make a lot of use of cordage of some description. In most cases it consists of a length of 550 paracord.

I guess at some point we have all strung up a length of cord between two trees to hang, bait, clothes etc to keep them off the ground, due to wet conditions or bugs or rats.
So an article that allows you to do this quickly with no knots seemed like a good idea. On my fist outing it rained quite hard during the night so I had an opportunity to test the “Gruntline” the first night. Read the rest of this entry ?

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June Diary

June 30, 2013

14th June

Following the success with tench the previous weekend, I was keen to get back on to peg 6 and catch a few more large tincas. As the mobile home was now booked solid till September my window of opportunity was narrowing.

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Waiting for the Tench to bite

 

As I’m not really a morning person I didn’t manage to get myself to the lake until 9am. I started by firing out several Spomb loads of hemp and sweet corn to my respective spots.

I took my time setting up, pruning a few willow branches to make casting easier. I placed two Method feeders as I had on the previous occasion, baited with balanced fake corn. I quickly started to receive single bleeps and the swinger moved a centimetre two.  This carried on for a while until it finally gave a positive bite and I banked a crucian of just over 4lb. Less than an hour later the same rod produced a slightly bigger fish of 5lb 2oz.

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First tench of 7lb 3oz… Well pleased!

 

Next the buzzer on my distance rod…(all of 30m) sounded and a different species had found my groundbait. I then had three large slabs on the trot.. 7lb 5oz; 7lb 04oz and 6lb 9oz. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tench at Last!

June 10, 2013

With the awful weather we’ve been having my river fishing has been either impossible or terribly frustrating. So I’ve been targeting some of the big tench that are present in my lakes. They have proved also very illusive and to date I’d not had so much as a sniff from a Tinca. I had had virtually every other species in the venue including pike & catfish on the Method; but alas no tench.

Word that several of the clients had bumped into a few nice plump tench this week got me champing at the bit to have a go myself.

The fish had been taken early morning or late evening by the clients fishing, so I decided to do an overnight session was in order,  to get the two best periods of the day. So after the next group of anglers arrived I set up in peg 6 (one of my favourite little pegs), and one that has often produced tench.

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My best tench so far this year at 7lb 9oz

I spombed out ten loads of hemp & sweet corn; five to a spot 25 yards out beyond a weed bed & the other five 10 yards to a near side margin.  I fished my usual ESP Method feeders one baited with a Quest Ghurrka Spice Fluoro Pop up and the other with plastic corn.

Not long after settling in with brolly up and rods cast out I sat back and cracked open a beer to await events. The near rod beeped several times before tightening up. I struck into a tough fish that scrapped well and turned out to be a lovely Crucian of 6lb 6oz. This was followed not long after by a large bream also of 6lb 6oz. A good start but not the fish I was after.  About an hour later the margin rod screamed off and I hit a very powerful fish that immediately found refuge in the overhanging branches. I put on side strain holding the rod high and felt the fish start to kick free. Then my hook link (12lb fluorocarbon) gave way… I’m certain it was a carp… I retied a new hook link out of 15lb snakebite this time and put it back on the spot.

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First bite a 6lb 6oz Crucian

Things quieted down a bit and the only further action was a small low double catfish on my distant rod. Read the rest of this entry ?

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May Diary

May 28, 2013

Now I had been hoping to spend the month of May enjoying the springtime sunshine and fishing the local rivers for the barbel, as there is no closed season in France.
But the weather decided otherwise and instead we have had more rain than I can remember, meaning that so far the trips to the river have been very infrequent. This has meant more fishing in the lakes including my own.

May 8th

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A rare glimpse of blue sky

I was due to fish the Semoy again with Yanou, but a last minute client at the lakes meant I had to skip this trip. Still wanting to fish I thought I might as well put the rods out on the Croix Blanche while I waited for the young Dutch lad to arrive.
I set up on peg 1 just as it started to rain around 12h00. I fished one rod with a maggot feeder, to see how productive it would be. I’d already tried one in the edge of a lake and the spread of the maggots was excellent and left a fantastic dinner plate for the fish. On this feeder I fished the red rubber maggots by Drennan that look pretty real. Other than the odd beep, all was quiet till the clients showed at 13h00. It took me about an hour to do the tour of the venue, and explain all the rules and bits and bobs. As soon as he was fixed with a swim, I returned to my peg and cast back out. It was now around 14h00.

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A chunky 5lb 2oz Crucian Carp

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Self Take Photography

May 20, 2013

Self-take Photography

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As anglers we always want a shot of our best fish. However if like me you have to fish alone most of the time, then the taking of a decent “Trophy shot” can be quite awkward.
Whichever camera you use, a compact or a DSLR, you’ll need a tripod. It needs to be light, and small as you really aren’t going to be demanding much of it except to hold your camera about two feet from the ground while you pose with your prize. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Reviews: A few bits of tackle

May 17, 2013

One of my gripes with carp fishing is the huge amount of gear you need to lug to the lake just to fish… even for a day session.
Since I took to a more roving approach last year, I’ve tried to really cut back on what I take. When you look at it, we all carry stuff we never use “just in case”!!.
Well all the “just in case” stuff has been removed from my bags. Every item, no matter how small, has to earn its place.

I’ve tried to find small and lighter versions of the luggage I carry and have now refined things down to a small rucksack, a rod Quiver, a  chair and a bucket of bait. I can carry all this gear, without giving myself a hernia, in one trip from the car and can move as and when I like.

So let’s look at a few of these items and why I chose them.

Fox Specialist Compact Rucksack.sac-a-dos-fox-specialist-compact-rucksack-z-698-69810
My first choice when I was looking for a small bag for my gear was a nice little camo bag by Prologic. Now this was a well made, practical little bag that took all my gear.  It looked good and was not too dear. BUT it was a shoulder bag. Now there’s nothing wrong with this type of bag, let me say first off, but when you try to carry it with a rod bag and chair, it either slips off your shoulder all the time or strangles you, if you put it over your head.  As much as I liked the ergonomics of the bag, a rucksack was becoming an obvious choice. Read the rest of this entry ?