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 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.
Thanks for reading!