David Preston

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Ulverston Canal - January 2001

Posted about 17 years ago (28 January 2001 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Sometimes, you should just stay in bed.

The idea was to fish Rydal Water, but, if you replace rain and floods with freezing conditions and ice, the story was pretty much the same as on 10th December 2000!

Except that -

  1. I missed the junction for Kendal I was supposed to be leaving the M6 at.
  2. As a result, I had to take the road from the next junction up, to Kendal, which is very steep and was icy. So I slid off the road at a nasty downhill bend (Cumbria County Council - have you ever heard of road salt?). Fortunately, neither I nor the car was hurt (it only passed its MOT on Friday - trust me to stuff it into the scenery within 48 hours!) and a nice chap in shorts - he assured me he was on his way to the gym - helped me to regain the road.
  3. Of course I didn't catch anything.
  4. And I missed my own junction off the motorway on the way home, entailing an extra 15 miles or so on the journey home.

Anyway next weekend will be better.

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River Ribble, Elston - January 2001

Posted about 17 years ago (14 January 2001 8:00 pm) by David Preston

On my own this weekend, due to Bill having done himself a mischief at work during the week. Since it hadn't rained for several days, and because I fancied a change from pike fishing, the Ribble was the chosen venue.

Everything looked promising when I got there, loads of anglers on the bank (so many it was a struggle finding a peg), the river looked spot on and the field where you park wasn't its usual quagmire!

legered maggots with a swimfeeder was first choice method, with some foul-smelling cheese paste as back-up. The fish had other ideas. I fished from about 8:30am until it went dark just before 5pm, and never had a bite. It wasn't just me, though. I only heard of one fish being caught - a barbel of just over 5 lb. Still, it was a lovely day for January, and I'm getting used to not catching anything!

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Hollingworth Lake - January 2001

Posted about 17 years ago (7 January 2001 8:00 pm) by David Preston

After an inconclusive look at another lake in the area, we headed for Hollingworth, where we had fished just before Christmas.

We fished the other side of the lake this time, where the walk from the car park was nowhere near as much of an endurance test! The weather was milder than last time, with a cold wind and light rain. Trouble was, the fishing was no different.

We fished from about 9am until 4pm, without any indication of fishy activity at all. Passing two other pike anglers on the way back to the car, at least they had had a couple of runs, even they had both been missed. Next time we are looking to stay a bit more local - it is time we caught some fish, even if they are smaller than we would like! (In fact, looking back down this page it is really time!)

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Cleveleys - December 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (30 December 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

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 high water at about 2pm In all there were about 15 to 20 anglers on that stretch of beach and no-one caught a single fish, until I managed to pick up a tiny codling of just a few inches long, right on the point of packing up. This was after our party of experienced anglers had used some good bait and and all the resources we could muster to try to catch.

If it were not so bloody disgraceful, the state our seas have been allowed to get into would be a source of national concern. As it is, the whole situation is an ecological disaster from which they and the fish that should be living in them might never recover.

Well, that's that off my chest! Anglers being the epitome of eternal optimism, we might even be going again in the next couple of weeks. We must be mad.

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Hollingworth Lake - December 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (27 December 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

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 freezing all day - and then end up melting after hiking with all the tackle. Needless to say, we caught nothing, nor even had an offer all day, but it was a pleasure to fish a new water on a beautiful, crisp winter's day.

There is a rumour we might be going sea fishing in a couple of days, so there's no chance of catching anything then either. But I'm really looking forward to it!

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