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Gareth

I have been given the opportunity to .....

... .... .... spend a couple of hours soaking a deadbait or two in the pursuit of Pike & Zander tomorrow.

Lois and I are taking her daughter; Natalie back to Cambridge tomorrow lunchtime, and I have been allowed some time off for (very) good behaviour . So I am going down to the River Cam on Jesus Green, and Mid Summer Common to fish a static float-ledgered (confidence rigged) dead Herring, and a float suspended, trotted dead Sprat in the hope of catching a decent Pike or even better still a really good Zander.  angler.gif
Bazzer

Tight lines mate. Esox behave and you will get a kiss before being returned.
adirondack-jim

Good luck and let us know how you did.  What type of bird do you fly?
Big Phil

Good luck and good sport fishing there.

I might be allowed out myself on wednesday.
Gareth

adirondack-jim wrote:
Good luck and let us know how you did.  What type of bird do you fly?


Greetings ADJ.

Having sold my Gyrfalcon, Saker Falcons and Gyr X Saker hybrids earlier this year, I am now down to just one (breeding) pair of Red Tail Hawks.


I have got three FreeCycle Bicycles to collect and take over to my place tomorrow morning (all part of a very exciting change in my life to come during the new year ), a load or two through the washing machine, and then I am off to Cambridge. Lois & Nat can do their thing in the city centre, and I get to go fishing .... ... ... Bliss.
Gareth

Well,

My fishing trip went out of the window, Natalie has only just got up (13.30 hrs), and will be at least another hour, possibly two before she is  packed ready to be taken back to the college halls at Cambridge.
adirondack-jim

Sorry to hear about your fishing trip not working out.

I'm a licensed falconer but have not had a bird for 10+ years.   If you have time it would be great to see some photos of the falcons you've had.  What were you flying them on?
Gareth

I only have one photo of my birds, and that is 3 years old now.

They are housed over at friend's place about 30 miles from where I live, and to my shame I do not get over there as often as I can and should.

My breeding Red Tails; Genevieve and Paddy:

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Back to fishing; I am going out tomorrow what ever the weather, albeit on the river Wensum in Norwich. There is a section of the river down behind the Norwich Law Courts that I have fancied fishing for a good while now, and a new riverside housing development and public footpath will allow me the necessary bankside access. angler.gif
Gareth

Bugger!

The river is still rising from all of yeserdays rain, the wind has shifted around to a North Easterly, the temperature is falling, it is starting to rain again, and we have snow forecast: Bang go my prospects of catching any fish today.
Gareth

Well,

That's sorted that out then.


I have just made arrangements to go fishing on Saturday Morning whatever the weather with my friend; Sammy, from another set of forum boards.


Here is a recent photo of him with a Pike taken from a Swim on the River Wensum that I have always manged to blank in, when I've fished it.

Gareth

Yesterday (Saturday) I eventually got out fishing, and even though there was significant snow upon the ground, a stiff wind from the South West, light flurries of the white stuff still falling, and the odd chunk of ice floating down the river on the current; I launched a static float/ledger rig out into mid stream to soak a dead Sprat bait in the hope of enticing a Pike or two.  Alas, it took me until 30 minutes before dusk to realise that although the river is only about 5-6 feet deep, and that the current was pulling through, the Pike were up in the water and only about 2 feet below the surface. Of course my bait had been nailed to the bottom all day with a 2 ounce lead weight, and I had missed a decent opportunity of bringing a fish to the net.
adirondack-jim

Thanks for posting the photos. Looks like a very nice flight pen for your breeding pair.

Sorry to hear no luck with the pike. That one in the picture is a monster.
Gareth

This photo will give you some idea of yesterday's conditions on the River Wensum:

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Alas, I decided to have only one rod set up: After discovering just before dusk how high up in the water the Pike actually were, I wish that I had set up a second rod with a float suspended Sprat deadbait, and continued to trot it through the swim at various depths; it would have greatly improved my chances.

If this current cold spell remains, and the thaw doesn't set in; raising the water levels, adding road salt run-off and reducing the water temperature, I'll be out again to the same spot on Tuesday: A static float/ledgered deadbait out for the duration, and this time it will be alternate casts with a float trotting deadbait set up and a lure rod; probably Spinnerbaits and diving minnows.
george

Good luck Gareth, hope you get a few...we lost three last week on the Aire, two to deadbaits and one to a lure...one of those days...i will be having another look thursday all being well
adirondack-jim

Sounds like you've got a good plan in the making.  Good luck!
Gareth

The thaw has set in, and the river was rising this morning, and so common sense set in and I gave it a miss. However, if I give it a couple days, the river should be finning down a bit, and the water temperature stabilised, so I am going to give it a go again in the same swims on Thursday.

Because of the restriction of 2 rods only on a single UK fishing licence, and because I have respect for my quarry; not wanting to deeply hook them. I shall be fishing two rods at a time only, but will be armed with three rods; 1 set for a popped-up static float/ledger deadbait (also on an electronic bite alarm). 1 set for a float suspended deadbait for trotting through on the flow, and 1 Lure rod; my 10 ft Daiwa 4 piece. The plan is to have the static dead bait out for 30 minutes at a time and then recasting 4-5 metres from the previous cast. The float suspended dead bait will be run through approximately 35 metres of river, with a different line on the flow being taken each cast, and this will be alternated with the lure rod working either a diving minnow of around 5 or 6 inches long, or my favourite 1/2 Colorado bladed spinnerbait. I am tempted to also pack my 6 feet long "European style" Jerkbaiting baitcasting set up armed with a couple of sinking Salmo; Sliders, Fatso's and Jack ... ... if only to keep me active and warm for the day.

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