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Eel bash updates

Eel bash updates

Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by eels and fish for them every season. At one time I fished all through the summer, but as the years have gone by and work and family life has taken over, the number of nights I can devote to eeling gets less and less. I usually do three or four nights each season  nowadays, not fishing for a big eel as I used to but just to enjoy the magic of a session in the dark and to feel the unmistakable way that only an eel can pull back when it’s trying to back off into weed or a snag. This season will be no different, but due to the cold spring I will wait a bit longer before I get started.

eel2I’ve got a good supply of worms from the garden this year and a few dead roach in the freezer, and I’ve already sorted out my eel rigs for sub surface fishing which works well on my local stillwaters. I’ll give it another week and then, on a warm still evening, I’ll set up in a favourite swim, three rods out, two on worm and one on deadbait. Most of the eels in this venue are over 2 lbs, and I might even get a 5 pounder as I did 3 seasons ago. Whatever happens I’m going to enjoy every minute of it – slime and all! As usual, I’ll keep you updated with my progress.

Update 1 

My first night was quite a success. Fishing a 100 acre+ gravel pit using my off bottom rigs with worm baits, I had nine runs between midnight and 4 am. Five eels landed with 3 over 2 lb. One came off in the thick weed and missed the others. Knackering but a magic night and a great atmosphere. Back soon for another session.

Update 2 

The second night was less successful, in fact it was awful. One of those nights when you wished you’d never bothered! Windy, wet and unseasonably cold. Packed up in the early hours feeling like death warmed up and wondering why I do it.

That’s eel fishing for you. I haven’t got the sense to pack it up!

Holiday fun in the USA

by Mick Brown 0 Comments
Holiday fun in the USA

With the weather in England being been pretty poor, Jan and I decided to visit family in the USA for a few days. We left London on a miserable day and arrived at Rhode Island on an equally miserable day! The weather over there has not been a lot better than ours this spring and my plans to do a bit of fishing were thwarted with cold windy weather. When the sun did break through, I managed a few days fishing and quite a variety it was too.

A day fishing for rainbows was a little different to a day on my local water as you could use lures also and I quickly managed a limit on small spoons. The fly rod was put into use as well with some interesting bass species taking nymphs just beneath the surface.

Then I discovered that the area has plenty of carp which I hadn’t prepared for. With no tackle or rigs I must have looked pretty stupid turning up with solid sea rods and method feeders I’d made quickly from some old wire I found lying around but I managed to cast a home made method mix and maize hook bait out into a lake where carp had been caught before. Sadly the tale ends there because I didn’t get a single bite.

The best fishing was on the sea in the bay nearby and although the stripers weren’t biting well, we caught enough to make it very enjoyable. Pictured is a thirty one incher which ended up on the barbeque.

After that short break, I got back to similar miserable weather but it looks like it’s warming up. Time for tench and carp!

Pike painting

by Mick Brown 0 Comments
Pike painting

Some of you may already have seen the painting done for me by Worcestershire artist Karen Sarkar. For those who haven’t I thought I’d put a copy up on my website. Needless to say I’m extremely pleased with it as it captures the moment perfectly.