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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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.

A new spot

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.

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And a dace. (the picture seems distorted on this page, click on it to see it properly)

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A wee minnow, pretty don’t you think?

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I also caught a few rudd.

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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.

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I remembered to take photos of the places I fished this time, so here is the spot where I took the chub.

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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.

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Thanks for visiting!

Hugo.

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these past few days!

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.

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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.

Hugo.