David Preston

Musings of an old bloke.

December 2000

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Cleveleys - December 2000

We very rarely go sea fishing these days, as there are hardly any fish left in the Irish Sea. However, given that most inland water was frozen, the sea seemed like a reasonable option. Five of us went, me & Bill as usual, plus my mate Duggy and two of his mates. We fished Cleveleys beach, just north of Blackpool, near the five-barred gate (a well-known local venue). Arriving about 9:30am, we fished until it went dark at 4pm, with… View More

Hollingworth Lake - December 2000

Christmas over, Bill and myself headed for a new venue to us, Hollingworth Lake, high in the Pennines to the east of Manchester. What a smashing water - good to look at and reputed to hold some good pike (and one or two other species, but they will have to wait until the weather warms up!). The only problem was that where we fished was miles from the car park. You get heavily wrapped up against the cold - it barely got above… View More

Jumbles Reservoir - December 2000

After last weekend's magical mystery tour of Lakeland, a more close-range outing was called for, so I headed for Jumbles, near Bolton. It has a decent head of pike and there is always chance of at least a double. Leaving home with the weather fine (for once), I was mildly surprised to hit thick fog, lying snow and icy roads part way across the moors towards the venue. The fog cleared somewhat as the road dropped down towards Jumbles and the… View More

Ulverston Canal - December 2000

This weather is seriously getting up my nose! I fancied a trip back to Rydal Water, where we fished a month ago. Sadly, the rain spoiled that, as the water was in even worse shape than then. After driving around the Lake District for a while, looking at Windermere, Coniston and even Esthwaite, I settled on the Ulverston Canal. Always having had a few pike in residence, this seemed like a safe bet for a bit of sport in the prevailing… View More

Heapey No.1 - December 2000

We were supposed to be fishing Birkacre but on arrival the water was a nasty, muddy colour due to all the rain we have been having, so a last minute change was required. Even though I have fished Heapey No.1 hundreds of times, not one of those sessions has been for pike. We had heard that there were odd ones in the water, so this seemed like an ideal opportunity to try out the theory. Well, so much for theories! Bill and I fished for… View More