About thehugbot

I am young angler obsessed with catching the smallest fish I can. But before you start laughing at me take a look at how many people enjoy this oddity pastime, you'll be amazed!

A few fish from recent trips

I know I haven’t really posted any fish piccies recently, thats mostly because I haven’t been doing a lot of micro fishing these past few weeks. Well, I have done a bit, but it’s just same ol’ sticklebacks and minnows.

I have however, been doing quite a lot of ultralight lure fishing for perch and chub, so here are some pictures.

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Where did all the bleak go?

I’ve been trying to catch a bleak for the whole of this year, I’ve fished every single river I’ve been able o in three diferent countries bt to no avail. There is one spot on the river bure where you couln’t leave your bait in the water for more than two seconds before you caught a bleak, but now I just cant find any.

 

So, the most common and easy to catch micro in England evades the Hugbot for now, but when I find them, they don’t stand a chance…

Three weeks of fish

I’ve decided that it would be impossible to write up a full report of three weeks of almost nonstop fishing, so I’m just going to give you the highlights and some of the cool micro catches.

Freshwater:

the only freshwater micros I caught on this holiday were a gudgeon and a few stone loaches, I’ve been after a stone loach for ages now so to catch about fve of them in just a few minutes was fantastic! I always see them under stones in this stretch of river but I have never been able to get one to bite, it seems the key to my success was overcast and rainy weather and insanely small baits.

Saltwater:

For the first time ever I have actually been rather successful fishing in the sea, I owe my success to my neighbours for taking me out in their dinghy. We caught dabs and flounders on the first day and a common dragonet on the second trip.

I also did a bit of micro fishing in the sandy pools that formed along the groynes on the beach, I caught common blennies and sand gobies.

Here is the best sand goby.

And my smallest blenny, at 23mm.

Other fish I caught during the trip are pike, perch, roach, rudd, bream and dace.

Sorry for the brief report, hopefully next time I do a long holiday and get some more fish I can write up a more detailed and full report.

Cheers,

Hugo.

Be back tommorow

I just thought I’d let everyone know why I haven’t been posting for the last few weeks, I’ve been on holiday by the sea in norfolk and I’ve manager to squeeze in loads of fishing. Full report and photos will come as soon as possible and I can tell you now there is plenty to report! I even got a few stone loaches.

Video of my trip to Italy

I have made this video of the fishing I did in Italy last week, you will get to see some of the beautiful scenery and some interesting fish. I have also identified the gobies I caught as martens gobies padogobius martensii, not the elusive arno goby but still a pretty awesome catch I think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28uad7zMXIs

Big dace, tiny sticklebacks, and some new species on lures

I had a very productive afternoon yesterday fishing the stort at bishops stortford, I have fished it several times before so I knew it contained some huge dace well over the british record. I arrived at my favourite trout spot but some of the bankside vegetation had been knocked oer so I coudn’t get a decent cast. I then moved on to the spot where I often catch big dace and I got one almost straight away.

 I then caught a perch on my next cast

My next fish was this small chub, I don’t know how it managed to fit a size 6 drennan super speciaist in its mouth!

I caught several mmore perch and another nice dace then I decided to try out some of my micro lures, I tied on a 2cm red forktail lure on a 0.5gr sz12 jighead and on my first cast in the water at my feet resulted in my first lure caught chub which took my lure on the drop!

I also caught lots of perch on the lure and I noticed that sticklebacks would attack my lure when it hit the bottom in the shallow water at my feet, so I cut off the tail off one of my lures and wacky rigged it on a size 28 hook and no8 split shot, soon enough i ahd caught my first stickleback on a lure!

I then continued to catch perch on lures and sticklebacks on peices of worm, I even got this absolutely tiny one which based on the length of line between the hook and split shot I have worked out the length of the fish at 2.6cm, a new personal least!

I’m leaving for a trip to Italy tomorrow morning so I will report on what I catch as soon as I get back, I may even get the elusive sculpin!

Hugo.