Piscatorial Quagswagging

...the diary of a specialist angler in around the Warwickshire Avon and its tributaries.

Monday 30 January 2012

Wasperton - 29.01.12

0 degrees when I got to the river at 7.30am, with mist acting like a blanket over the River the Warwickshire Avon looked fantastic. I had a one Pike rod out with a ledgered sprat and the other rod after Chub and alternating between cheese paste, maggot and worm.

Managed a little Jack within 10 minutes of casting out but that was it, I changed to a smelly Mackerel tail to try for something bigger but sadly the rod remained motionless. Had a few knocks on worm but couldn't connect to anything. Apparently cold for the next few weeks so will probably go for a more roving approach, I've had more success with sea baits this year, so will probably float fish sardine or sprat. I think my limit for sitting in the cold is 3 hours these days, even when dressed for the cold it eventually gets to me, my fingertips suffer first. Walking up and down the bank it's surprising just how quickly you warm up.

Sunday 22 January 2012

River Stour - 22.01.12

My friend Simon another keen fisherman lives in Honington just outside Shipston on Stour, so after a few beers in Shipston Saturday night we had a few hours fishing the river the following morning. We ended up at Honington Bridge as there was a match on at Halford Bridge.

To cut a long story short we both blanked, I travelled light and tried various swims with cheese paste, bread and lobworm but never had a touch. Switching to maggot I couldn't get past the minnows :( I should have bought my Pike gear too, as looked ideal conditions.

I plan to explore the Stour, never fished it before but looked some cracking swims in the small section I walked, when there are leaves on the trees again it will look stunning.

Sunday 15 January 2012

River Leam - 15.01.12

The first time I've fished the Leam and didn't go too well, started at Offchurch which was painfully low and my fingers felt like I was getting frost bite so moved on to Newbold Comyn. ( pic below ). There were a few anglers from Banbury fishing a match, looked like they were all fishing the pole and catching some roach, I fished just downstream of them but after a biteless hour on worm and some smelly cheese paste I got fed up of the dog walkers with loud whistles so moved again to just downstream of Victoria Park weir.

After fighting through the rubbish the dumped matresses and vodka bottles I managed to winkle out a nice little chub on cheese paste. The sun was up now so a really stunning fresh morning, shame the surroundings couldn't match it.

When Offchurch levels are up I fancy giving that more of a go, my kind of river and seemed nice and secluded too. I don't think I'll rush back in a hurry. Next weekend will be spent fishing the River Stour with my friend Simon who lives yards from the River near Shipston-on-Stour.

Saturday 7 January 2012

Snitterfield Reservoir - 07.01.12

It's always been productive in the summer Sniterfield Reservoir, very very deep in places so it takes an age to warm up. Went for a couple of hours with a Mepps lure to try and locate some Perch.

Lovely mild winters morning but no fish topping at all, caught a tiddler of a Perch but sadly none of his bigger brothers and sisters. Has potential this venue, I'm sure a monster lurks somewhere.

Friday 6 January 2012

My Perch Bobbin

Going to try for a decent Perch this year, made myself a light bobbin from an old Gardner bobbin and a Fox deadbait popper.

I know I shouldn't wish time away, but cannot wait for my eldest son Ben ( 2 yrs 5 mths ) to have his first fishing trip with me. My first fish was a Perch, hopefully his is too.

Wasperton - 18.12.11

Collected some lobworms from the garden and trotted a few down various swims around the S bend. Didn't even get a bite :(

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