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.

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Gudgeon Galore!

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.

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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!

Hugo.

Just a few pics from Denmark

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.

Hugo.

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.

roach

rudd

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.

Not so micro catches…

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.

Hugo.