The lure of sun on my face in February made me leave the office early this afternoon and get in a couple of hours bit bashing in Phillips Park.
I am not at my best fishing then pole but wanted to catch some small fish to use as deadbaits this weekend.
I bumped off more fish than i caught, but still ended up with a good few roach to about 4oz. I also caught lots of greedy small perch and a suprise veil tail brown goldfish of about 3/4 lb.
I thought i was going to get some gudgeon but i think they must be on holiday as i havent caught one yet in two visits to this lake so far this year, when normally they are like a plague.
As the Irwell was well up and the colour of hot chocolate, we fished a lodge in Prestwich Country Park for a couple of hours. This particular water has a reputation for great Piking and Matt wanted to catch his first Pike.
His clueless dad forgot to bring deadbaits, so we set out to catch some small roach.
You would have thought that single pinkie on a size 22 would have brought roach after roach but we couldn’t catch anything other than small Perch. I don’t like using them as live / deadbaits as they are not as effective as other fish as bait for Pike. I think you cant beat the oily smell from dead sea baits or the silvery flash of a roach for attracting Pike.
Try as we might the roach weren’t interested and as the prospect of Pike fishing lessened so did Matt’s patience.
So in two hours fishing(before Matt told me he was bored an wanted to go home) we had numerous bites and a few small perch to show for our afternoons fishing.
Even though 2 hours doesn’t seem like much of a fishing session, i think 2 hours on a January afternoon is fair enough and it was just starting to go dark as we packed up ( i bet if i had had another few casts the roach would have turned up in the twilight!).
Welcome to my blog.
Living in north Manchester i have access to some fantastic fishing. Within an hour and a half driving radius i can fish the rivers and lakes of North Wales, The Peak District, and Lake District.
I have the much improved and rarely fished River Irwell within 5 minutes walk of my front door, where last season i only saw one other angler enjoying the fantastic free fishing.
I caught roach, chub, perch and brown trout on the Irwell last year 2007 and hope to share with you some of the catches i make there.