Winter and what a Winter!
The winter term started quietly enough if a little uneventfully except for a fine carp caught by this young lad on his first lesson. He caught it on a four meter whip without elastic and a two and a half pound hook length. He was just big enough to catch it but not quite big enough to lift it!
Of course I look surprised, it should have broken his hook length with ease, it would have done if I’d hooked it in the last minutes of a match!
This time of year is my favourite for lure fishing for pike and a new student Nicky caught his first pike on a Shakespeare Big S plug from pit seven at Twynersh, shortly after the pike fishing season there opened. He is now a confirmed lure fisherman. Unfortunately the fishery then had a hammering and our next few sessions were blanks.
In November I started taking him to Royal Berkshire Fishery in Windsor where he has caught a lot of fish on a waggler, including this fine one pound nine ounce roach.
If I could catch roach like this from the river Kennet on a regular basis I would be a happy man.
Then it happened, the new ice age. The lakes were frozen for six weeks and it was too cold for the youngsters to sit by a river so I took them to the London Aquarium, Brooklands Museum and the Imperial War Museum.
At last it thawed and I was able to get Josh back on a river, this time the Thames at Windsor. This means repeated long feeder casts and then a wait watching a quivertip, not as stimulating as trotting a stick float on the Hampshire Avon but rewarding nevertheless.
This chub weighed five pounds three ounces and I sent the picture to Tight Lines on Sky Sports where it featured as a runner up in the Young Angler of the Month competition. I understand that Josh will nevertheless get a small prize but my reward turned out to be greater. I had a telephone call from Mick Brais from Tight Lines asking me to do a piece to camera on fishing with a centrepin and Wallis casting on the kind recomendation of Keith Arthur, so on 24th February I met Andy Ford and a cameraman on the Lower Itchen Fishery for the filming. I was quite nervous as my last attempt at making a film with Weller of the Yard was a disaster. This time I was made to feel at ease and soon picked up the technique of talking to the camera.
If any one is interested in the reel I was using, I reviewed it here.