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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Well today I managed to squeeze in a short trip to a local river and I was suprised to find a large group of gudgeon feeding in my favourite spot, great! My first two fish were small dace that seemed to find my bait much faster than than the bottom feeding gudgeon. But soon enough I had caught plenty of gudgeon, which are my personal favourites because of their colours and willingingness to take your bait at times but then sometimes they wont even sniff your worm.
I also caught a nice roach, three sticklebacks and I lost a few trout, including a big 20″+ brown that got off after about 20 seconds, damn!
I just thought I’d share some pictures of micro fish I caught during my stay at my relative’s place in Denmark last month. I caught 11 small trout from a tiny stream and lots of three spined sticklebacks from the same stream thurther downstream. We also had a go at a local trout lake but all I caught were roach, rudd (I even got a golden rudd!) and a perch.
the first trout.
just one of the many small trout from he stream
this was the biggest trout of the trip, great fun on super ultralight gear! (10 oz line and a daiwa soyokaze 20SR)
And a female stickleback from the same river.
I spent hours casting to this fish until it finally bit and I could land it.
I got to fish a new spot all day today, I have taken a look at this stream before and I saw plenty of fish, but I got much more than I expected. my first fish was a minnow, and I caught plenty of these throughout the day including a new pb and a tiny one that I taped at 3cm. the next fish I caught was a dace, I also caught a few dace that averaged about 7″. I also caught a couple of small chub that I first thought were just more dace but on closer inspection I saw that the anal and dorsal fins were convex, a key differentiating factor with small chub. here is a picture of one of the little chubs.
And a dace. (the picture seems distorted on this page, click on it to see it properly)
A wee minnow, pretty don’t you think?
I also caught a few rudd.
Now this is when the suprise came, I saw a large chub when I first arrived but it swam away and I didn’t see it again, then as I trotted a few grains of corn under some trees I saw the fish swim out and grab my bait, after a short but spirirted fight I had my prize, a big chub of about 13″, my first properly sized chub.
I remembered to take photos of the places I fished this time, so here is the spot where I took the chub.
And I also spent some time trying to catch some mystery fish here, but they were in a very hard to reach spot that I couldn’t position my bait in easily even when wading, and when I did get a good position the minnows would always swarm the bait first. Next time I think I’ll bring some cloudbait to distract the minnows and then I can target the unidentified fish. I first thought that they might be gigantic minnows (they were about 7″ long!) but after seeing their mouths I would say they are juvenile barbel, I can’t wait to get at them again as I have never caught a barbel before.
well these past few days have been a frenzy of fishing, I fished the river stour at the town of Bures yesterday and I caught 7 roach ranging from 2-7″ long and 3 perch around the same size. The perch were undoubtedly some of the prettiest ones I have ever seen, probably due to the extremely clear water and streamer weed growing in the river. unfortunately I left my camera at home so your going to have to use your imagination.
This morning I fished the same river further upstream where it is more of a chalkstream, shallow and fast flowing with a chalky/gravely bottom, I caught loads of minnows including several brightly coloured males in their spawning dress, unfortunately the camera was left behind again, but I took a picture of one of the males with my grandmothers phone, but it may be a while before I can post it up here. I then caught a little chub of around 10″ but I didn’t get a photo.
luckily I remembered the camera on my trip this afternoon, I fished the same river again at Sudbury where it is much wider and deeper, the wind was a bit of a problem for presenting a float but I still managed several roach, rudd and perch, although the perch were nowhere near as pretty as the ones from yesterday. here are the pictures I took.
perch (european perch, pretty different from yellow perch in appearance, this one was a juvenile so it looks quite simular, adults have a distict humped back and they tend to be much darker.)
Thanks for reading! hopefully I’ll catch something a bit different tomorrow to show you all.
today I fished a different river to last time and I had my sights set on some of the large brown trout that inhabit this river and also a stickleback smaller than a one penny coin, almost certainly the ultimate challenge for any micro fisher! I saw plenty of small sticklebacks under 1″ swimming about in the roots of the trees lining the bank, but they were too small to get a good enough hookup. I ended up catching plenty of small to medium sized dace and roach on the rod I wanted to catch a trout on, here are some photos of the fish.
I then caught a nice brown trout that I estimated to be around 11-12″ long, but it squirmed out of my hands and fell back into the water, thankfully I hadn’t unhooked it yet so I tried to bring it back in for attempt number two but the end of my rod got snagged in a tree and the fish came loose.
then as i was packing up I found this rather funky looking catapillar seeking refuge in the seam of my bag!
Overall it was a very enjoyable trip despite the fact I didn’t get my target 20″ trout and one penny stickleback. watch this space as I will be able to get out fishing quite a bit in the coming weeks.
I have been out today and last week to a local stream trying to catch micros, last week I had lots of minnows and a few sticklebacks as well, this week however, the river was swollen, coloured and the current was much fatser than usual. I started off fishing with my light micro rod and a very light rig, I missed a few bites and then lost a nice trout so I switched over to my 7ft spinning rod and a slightly heavier float rig.I lost another big brown trout and then managed to land this beautiful little specimen and then the action stopped from that area.
I then managed two minnows on the way back.
(note: the pictures from today came out very blurry so I’m using last weeks pictures. they are the same species from exactly the same rirver so your not missing anything special.)
The last fish is one of the two three spined sticklebacks that I caught that day.