Roach Rumbo Jumbo

As the name implies, errr kind of implies, this post is a report of my recent attempts trying to catch some roach, a pursuit in which I have always enjoyed very limited success. With this in mind I set my sights on a real “bagging up” water, Tri-nant Fishery’s mixed lake really fitted the bill. Fishing at Tri-nant Fishery in Llantrisant is always a real pleasure, last time me and Ben enjoyed a good short session on the carp lake. The lakes are situated amongst some lovely fields and best of all its right next door to a pub!

So onto my session, i really fancied fishing a float, it is so soooo much more intriguing watching a float drift and bob on the waves instead of waiting for a feeder tip to pull round or even worse waiting for a ghastly electronic bite alarm to beep beep beep. Many fisherman have said it before me and many will say it after but there is something magical about a float dipping below the surface.

Of course, floats do have their downsides, you have to use abit more watercraft, plumbing the depth is essential and a stiff breeze can cause some serious presentation issues. You could probably write a book on shotting patterns but this is something i am sure would make tiresome reading (even more than usual), as I consider myself far from an authority on the subject I suggest finding aforementioned book and reading it cover to cover.

So finally onto my session, I initially fished the island margins at about 15 foot range but I really struggled, the wind was blowing back towards me and pulling the float out of position. Casting closer to the island resulted in a lost float and getting snapped off in a few submerged snags. I did eventually hook into a fish or two but all these takes resulted in me getting smashed up trying to bully fish away from the snags.

I eventually wised up and moved to the margin to my right; fishing under the rod tip. I had been trickling in freebies to my back up area whilst fishing the island, and it seems fish had been attracted to these offerings as i was instanlty having a few enquiries relayed to me by a wibbly wobbly float after a minute or so the float tanked under and i had a fish on. After playing the fish for a minutes or so I was convinced it was an eel. mainlybecause of the unusual fight of the fish, on my light 4lb gear it was a proper battle, and I didnt see the fish until about 10 minutes into the fight. After about 20 minutes a beautiful mirror was sliding over the rim of my net. A cracking fish on the light stuff!

I was interchanging between some krill soft hookers and single sweetcorn on the hook fished over a bed of mixed pellet and some sonubaits groundbait. I did change hook size a few times to match different baits but I eventually settled on a size 14 guru waggler hook. Combined with my little Drennan reel on my avon style quiver I eventually homed in a decent set up, and I started to connect with some good fish. The trouble was they were all carp full of spawn and the biggest was easily into double figures. Unfortunately, The closest I got to a roach, was a beautiful little rudd which was a new pb, as I can’t recall ever catching one.

It seems this trip, will fall amongst my pile of failed roach trips but I must say it has definitely been one of my  one of the finest failed trips I’ve ever been on.

The Sacrifice by Jazz and Fly Fishing

I think I need a hook or a USP for my fishing blog. These guys have got it, not only are they brilliant fly fisherman but they play jazz. Check out the video below and the others they have posted they are brilliant. Now all I need to do is learn an instrument……. then learn how to make amazing videos……. then learn how to fly fish properly…………..

Second Week Run 1 Done!

First run done on the second week, upped the mileage a bit today on my short run was a bit of shock to the system. This run was tough on a hilly mainly off road route (my running selfie below says it all). WEeight starting to slowly drop now so hopefully my pace will start picking up again. No more calorie bombs at lunch eating tinned fish, beans and seeds at the moment.

Here’s the stats so far:

Weight: 15st Dead (Shifting Timber now!)

BMI: 28.4 (still nearly obese)

Total Training Distance: 9.1 miles

Total Sessions: 4

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One week of training schedule complete

The first week is always the easiest especially on this plan, where the first week only scheduled in 3 short runs. Still happy to be training though and so pleased about the donations coming in for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.

Here’s the stats so far:

Weight: 15st 2lbs 4oz (Dropped my first pound!)

BMI: 28.7 (still nearly obese)

Total Training Distance: 5.8 miles

Total Sessions: 3

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“Taking a Chance” by mikefsher

Stumbled across this amazing video earlier and I had to share it. The river looks amazing!

Here’s the description from the youtube page:

“Taking a Chance is a half hour look at a wilderness trip with a difference – a look into uncharted territory, where only maps and Google Earth have given us any clue as to what to expect. Kresten Ovesen again is the man of the moment who has an adventurous spirit and willing to take a chance on an untested location. Luckily for me he loves to have the camera rolling to relive the moments later, so we could capture what turned out to be one of the most memorable of his angling career. Memorable for things often much greater than some of the wonderful brown trout caught. The magnificence of the stunning water and surrounds will burn brightly in our minds for some time… Watch at the highest setting.”

Testing Second Run

So I have completed the always difficult second run. Completing this run means I have doubled the amount of training that I completed for the last marathon I ran. I ran the Brighton Marathon in around 5 hours last year so by my logic I am on course for a solid 2 hour and 3 minutes for the Bournemouth Marathon.

Here’s the stats so far:

Weight: 15st 3lbs 8oz (i.e. very fat)

BMI: 28.8 (nearly obese)

Total Training Distance: 3.8 miles

Total Sessions: 2

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