David Preston

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Fan Lodge, Bickershaw, Wigan - March 2001

Posted about 16 years ago (10 March 2001 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Wigan & DAA are, for the time being, keeping some waters open during the foot & mouth problem. So Fan Lodge was the venue for this weekend. I'd splashed out a few quid on a margin carp pole a couple of weeks ago and never used it yet, so now seemed like a good time.

Fan Lodge has a decent head of small carp, as well as some big ones and other species to specimen size. I fished two rigs, one with double maggot and the other with a bigger hook for the worm. Now, my existing pole (a venerable Garbolino Scimitar), is very much a light match pole and I've never used anything heavier than a size 8 elastic, usually with something around a 0.10mm hooklength (about 2lb breaking strain). This new one is a Browning Syntec Drag-n-Net, and is rated to 20+ elastic! The rigs, therefore, are a bit heavier - 0.18mm Silstar Match Team (6.6lb b.s.) straight through.

Really, this was too heavy for the venue in late winter, but I couldn't resist. After feeding my swim for hours, the fish finally came on in the late afternoon, but I only got a handful of half-bites, and didn't put a fish in the net.

Anyway, the new pole was a pleasure to use - very light in the hand and I'm sure it will be great for good fish in the warmer weather. Epidemics permitting, that is.

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Jumbles Reservoir - February 2001

Posted about 16 years ago (25 February 2001 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Pike were the quarry this weekend, on Jumbles Reservoir, near Bolton. After an overnight sprinkling of snow, the reservoir looked just right for pike.

An angler already on the bank had had a couple of jacks already, so all looked promising. This was false promise, however. Apart from one dropped run in the early afternoon, all was quiet. No further runs and no fish.

Lovely day, with the sun quite warm and the scenery splendid, but this winter's piking looks like being a real letdown.

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Fan Lodge, Bickershaw, Wigan - February 2001

Posted about 16 years ago (17 February 2001 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Stayed near to home, but a change of style! Bill was back on the bank after a long layoff with a wonky wheel done at work, and he assured me that we had been getting bream exactly this time last year. So off we went to Fan Lodge, which produced a couple of 8 lb bream for Bill last year, and a good few in the 4 to 6 lb bracket.

We both legered, with either a boilie on the straight lead or with a bunch of maggots on the method feeder. Although Bill was unsuccessful (very - he stood on a nearly-new rod!), I managed to sneak out a couple of tench - nothing very big, but very welcome for a frosty, foggy February day, which both fell to three maggots on a size 12 hook and the method feeder.

Nice to have a change, and next session looks like being different again - the Ribble should be right Monday or Tuesday and I'm off college for half term!

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan - February 2001

Posted about 16 years ago (11 February 2001 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Much nearer to home this weekend! A new chum, Andy Hoyle, who contributes to another site I do, for Wigan & DAA, suggested a piking session on the canal around Wigan.

We started off near the top of the long flight of locks down into Wigan, in one of the lock pounds, float legering sprats, sardines etc. I got a tentative offer almost straight away, but it took a couple of offers before I turned it into a fish on the bank. Just a jack of about 5 lb, but very welcome. Andy had a smaller fish, then we moved down to the next pound where nothing was doing. We drove down to nearer the bottom of the locks for a few chucks in a promising-looking pound, but all was quiet.

It started raining, so it was back in the cars for a move up to Haigh for the end of the day. Within an hour, Andy had had two more jacks, one at 6 lb and the other 5 lb. I declined to trouble the scorer further, but was pleased to see Andy, who has done little pike fishing in the past, get a couple more fish. It was also nice to only have a 15 minute drive home!

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River Severn, Severn Stoke - February 2001

Posted about 16 years ago (4 February 2001 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Some mates suggested a session on the Middle Severn at Severn Stoke, which is a good way from sunny Lancashire, but the promise of some big barbel was irresistible.

Birmingham AA now allow day tickets anglers on their waters at weekend (it used to be just weekdays) so this was the first time I'd ever fished so far down the mighty river. The Severn here is big and deep, and on this occasion was carrying a foot or so of extra water and rising. I fished two rods, with legered baits - a selection of meats and big pellets, with hemp and pellets in the feeder. Although about ten of us fished, including some very good anglers who fish this stretch quite regularly, the fish just didn't want to know and nobody caught.

Even though the fishing was disappointing, it was great to see the guys again, some of whom I hadn't seen since last summer, and we did have a splendid pub meal after packing up and before hitting the motorway home.

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