David Preston

Musings of an old bloke.

Heapey No.8 - November 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (13 November 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Those of you who know about these things will realise that the venue for this session is somewhat unusual!

I'll explain - I have the pleasure of being a member of the committee of Wigan & District Angling Association. Heapey No.8 is the association's stock pond and fishing is normally strictly prohibited (even to committee members, contrary to popular opinion). However, the reservoir is due to be netted in a few weeks' time and the resulting fish transferred to the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Before that can happen, the necessary permissions have to be obtained and part of this process entails sending a sample of fish away to the laboratory for health checks. Accordingly, a small group of officials and myself had to go and try to catch some fish for this purpose.

Even though the weather has been terrible for the last couple of weeks and the water very cold, it fished extremely well. Quality roach came on practically every put in on the pole and maggot. Even a handful of decent bream and one or two skimmers fell to the same tactics. Surprising how well a water will fish when left alone for five years or so!

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Rydal Water - November 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (11 November 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Went piking in the Lake District with some of the lads from the FISHINGmagic mailing list. Weather was lousy - drizzle, heavy showers and a couple of hailstorms. Fishing wasn't a whole lot better - I managed one of the only two pike caught between some pretty good anglers, and as you can see, it was hardly a monster. Successful method was a legered smelt. I think the fishing was severely hampered by the cold rainwater bringing the lake level up by a good 6 or 9 inches during the day. Even so, the chance to fish with friends from near and far in such striking surroundings was sufficient to make the day thoroughly memorable.

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