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Diary of an average angler

This diary dates back to a holiday in 2003 when I think the urge to get back into fishing took off.
From around 2007 the trips became more frequent with 2010/11 probably being the peak of activity.
Things again pick up in 2020 - a sort of rebirth!

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Earith (9)

A short session

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Arrival time: 09.00
Weather: Sunny with light clouds. Becoming very warm.
Tackle: Hardy 11' 6" Marksman Specimen Avon, Allcocks 4" centrepin, preloaded waggler, 6lb line direct to 10 eyed hook.
Baits: Seedy bread with 'insect feast' bird food as groundbait.
Fish: 6 bream (one hybrid) and 2 tench. + a lost carp.

The day didn't start well when my car wouldn't start. In fact it was dead, no warning lights, nothing. It later transpired that the battery had failed completely. Fortunately my wife's car was available but with my car problem in the back of my mind I had been in two minds whether to go. The weather forecast was perfect and in the end I set off, but I only stayed for just over three hours as I wanted to get back to sort out the car. Fortunately I had some decent sport in those three hours.

Fields End (118)

On the waggler

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Arrival time: 08.30
Weather: Beautiful spring day. Sunny with light westerly breeze (from behind me).
Tackle: Hardy 11' 6" Marksman Specimen Avon, Allcocks 4" centrepin, preloaded waggler, 6lb line to a 10 eyed hook.
Baits: Breadflake & luncheon meat
Fish: Rudd throughout session with 4 carp, a crucian, a couple of roach and a small perch.

After debating whether Fields End would be too busy the week of the bank holiday, I took a chance and was pleased to find that it was actually quite quiet. To cut down walking and ensure that the breeze was behind me, I went to what I call the tree corner, a quiet little niche in the SW corner of the lake. Conditions were perfect for float fishing and after ground baiting with a bread mix I started with bread flake. But things were very slow.

Earith (8)

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Arrival time: 09.45
Weather: Sunny with light clouds. Quite mild but with a troublesome wind.
Tackle: Hardy 11' 6" Marksman Specimen Avon, Allcocks 4" centrepin, preloaded waggler, 6lb line direct to 10 eyed hook (changed to 8 later).
Baits: Seedy bread with 'insect feast' bird food as groundbait.
Fish: A crucian hybrid, 2 bream, a tench and a carp.

My first trip since November last year, and after my left hip replacement in February. High water level at the lake prevented me from fishing my usual spot at the back, the only available swims being nearer the entrance. This wasn't an issue although whereas the back of the lake is very sheltered, in today's location I was exposed to a troublesome wind.

Houghton Meadows

A stroll along the Trout Stream

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Having regained enough strength in my replacement left hip, I can now 'officially' drive, although it's a bit of a technicality as I have an automatic!
With improving weather, I took a trip to Houghton Meadows and walked along the Trout Stream, returning by way of a back channel of the Ouse. Both looked very inviting!
So I'm not fishing yet, but sometimes just looking is enough.

Website & Book

A reminder

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With time on my hands as I recover from a replacement hip I was doing some maintenance on this website and thought it would be a good idea to remind visitors to the YouTube channel that the website exists. I've also taken the opportunity to mention my Bob Goes Fishing book, published back in 2021, of which again some visitors might not be aware.

See book details

Update

New left hip

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I've not been very visible of late and those of you who watched my 2023 review and Christmas message will know that I was suffering from a very painful left hip. The good news is that I had the hip replaced just over two weeks ago and I'm now anxiously looking forward to when I'll be able to get out fishing again, but it will probably be a least a couple of months.
More information in the above short video update.

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