Micklewrights Flash 01-04-12
April Fools – Well I don’t believe in Father Christmas either so off to Micklewrights it was for an overnighter once again. It was a great session with Ghosties to 14lb+ on the centre pin and a few Tench to boot.
Micklewrights Flash 07-04-12
Aw poor thing only one leg…not!!
Tench fishing is a joy to behold and close to every river anglers heart as is a one legged goose……. well I fell for it and upon approaching the goose discovered it had 2 perfectly formed legs which it used to launch itself off the peg and onto the lake!! The Tench looked a bit worse for wear on some occasions and I was at one point concerned but they all fought well and seemed otherwise perfectly healthy.
Micklewrights Flash 14-04-12
A week later and I was back this time with the pleasure of my son Adam for company, a bit of a squeeze in a one man bivvy but still a great time and some magical memories. After watching ‘the footie match’ we headed off at 3pm and was set up and fishing for 4:30pm.
Adam was really into the whole camping thing and immediately chillaxed on the bedchair as we settled in for the night, I was on the opposite bank to previous weeks close to the tree/island and planned to tempt them out on the usual method feeder and sweetcorn cocktail. The barbel rods were the weapons of choice mainly due to the fact I’d had a couple of decent carp a few weeks previous and you need something with backbone to lob a fully loaded method feeder any distance.
We had our tea and still the alarms remained silent so I decided to reload them for the last time and have an early night, I was in the bivvy clearing up around 9:30pm when I thought I heard the bait runner give some line but the alarms still remained silent so I sat by the rods with a brew and a last fag before bed when I noticed the green isotope (left on from the river fishing) on the left hand rod twitched, must be a liner I thought when whack around it went and headed in the general direction of the car park, I struck in to a fish and determined it was a well cheesed off tinca, after a short battle under the rod tip Adam scooped the net under it and we admired it on the landing mat.
Once it was safely returned I had a look at the buzzer problem and discovered it was actually switched off something I always do before reeling in so as not to disturb the other anglers, anyway I put it down to an age thing and vow never to do it again always double checking now with a tug on the line to be sure
A restless night ensued mainly because I shared the single bed chair and sleeping bag with Adam who is filling out for a ten year old and snores equally as loud as his dad (that’s my boy ) but I’d set the alarm for 6am to rebait and take in the dawn mist. We woke to find a very frosty setup outside and the sun rising across the misty fields.
Help for Heroes Lymmvale 21-04-12
The Lymm AC calendar has many organised events but this one has been a regular for a number of years thanks to Phil ‘Floppy Hat’ Hatton who works extremely hard to drum up support for the Heroes and his other passion old red eye himself the ‘Tinca’.
Lymmvale is a special place to most members but when this event is on it adopts a meaning that can only be experienced by those taking part or turning up on the day to support this great cause.
I attended for the first time but it’ll be booked in my diary for many years to come. My son Adam joined me and had a great time taking in the atmosphere and sampling goose meat for the first time in a stew provided by Terry as well as a great BBQ courtesy of our resident BBQ meister Mr Bill Last.
If I said we all caught I would be telling a fisherman’s tale but it didn’t matter because the whole weekend makes the ‘catching’ secondary. Highlights for me where Jez testing the Velcro on his bivvy door to the max when he got a run in the middle of the night, Baz chucking his own ‘bought for cash’ spom out by the minute to our right, Bill using a fish finder for the first time and finding a feature that we didn’t know was there, then landing big tench after big tench much to the frustration of Smudger who shamelessly poached his swim when Bill lit the BBQ (shame on you Mr Smudge) and Adam feeding my expensive maggots to the resident swans cos he felt sorry for them!!
Enjoy the few photos I have but make sure you book on for 2013 as this is one worthy cause not to be missed!!
Micklewrights Flash 28-04-12
Well like a homing pigeon we returned to our ‘closed season’ home and continued to bag up on Tench and Carp, one notable Ghostie graced Cliff’s net on cat meat pellets in the margins and as it turned out was the same fish Andy and myself caught a few weeks earlier, oh and it rained and it rained….