Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Gone fishin'

Been down to Riley's Pond today for a little fishing session.....

It's the first time this year that I've been fishing and it took a fair bit of absent minded organisation to get all my tackle together..... my tackle bag (check reel.... check hooklengths..... check floats..... check little tackle box) all good...........  small amount of frozen sweetcorn......bucket of skrettings soaked and flavoured...... bait bag with buckets and containers...... rods.... landing net.... chair..... trolley (wheels two of; handle; base)...... flask.... sandwiches..... sweets...... hat...... licence.... membership..... coffee (in a jar - to make up with the flask of hot water - saves me washing the flask out every time I use it)......

Ok.... check the traffic.... motorway at a standstill..... wait..... Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.....

Traffic all moving.... off to Rastrick for my maggots.......  one pint of mixed (white;bronze;red) and a bit of sawdust....... two pounds sixty and off we go down to Brookfoot past the Red Rooster (great boozer)..... through the gate...... park up... assemble trolley ..... load everything on...... walk down to the pond........

What the.... it would appear that my favourite fishing spot has fallen into the pond..... never mind.....  I use the next one along.......

Set up all my gear.... landing net.... chair...... fishing rod..... reel..... thread everything up......  float adapter..... quick change bead...... hooklength..... attach a float..... check the weighting..... check the depth.......

FISHING!

Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold........

Well it was VERY slow..... I did catch a nice 5lb mirror carp and a little tench of about half a pound but the rest were all tiddlers (roach and gudgeon) and not many of them at that!  But still, it's great to be sitting outdoors.... even if it does rain a bit..... and the wind blows a bit......

OUTDOORS!

A lovely way to spend a day (apart from all those bloody people everywhere - it's like a sodding social club down at that pond sometimes - they ought to make a rule.... if you're not fishing then piss off!).


10 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading this apart from the bit about maggots (did you have to even tell us their differing colours?)

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  2. see now it's an important item..... not everyone knows that maggots are sold in pints.... and not everyone knows that there are different colours..... or indeed different sizes which are made from different kinds of flies....

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  3. Fascinating post. I like stream-of-conciousness posts. They are revealing, teaching and idiosyncratic all tied up together like a trout fly.

    Is this what Mr Darcy would refer to as coarse fishing?

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  4. PS I rose to the bait: What's the sweetcorn for?

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    1. great "spring" bait for tench and carp and roach and bream...... not that anything would take it on the hook tofay but doesn't hurt to throw a few pieces in with the sprinkling of what we call groundbait!

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  5. There is nothing more dire than not organising your tackle properly!!!!!

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    1. my tackle is usually a bit "grubby" and disorganised when I get there..... but with a bit of spittle and a few sharp strokes of a scalpel it's perfectly serviceable!

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  6. My father used to disappear for weeks at a time to go fishing. Mind you, he was a Grimsby deep-sea tralerman, so it was not surprising.

    I just had a small cartoon appear in my mind - what if sharks and piranha and their ilk fished for people? What bait would be on the end of the rods poking up out of the water, with lines dangling over pathways?

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