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 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 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.
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.