Hello, my name is Ian Firkins and I am a very ordinary angler. If there was a school report for fishing, mine would read "tries hard, could do better"! See below my attempts to catch big fish (well, any fish!) of various species from the rivers Trent, Derwent, Dove and Soar.
14/05/2023 - Braunton brownies part two
13/05/2023 - Estuary bassing
Got back from our walk to Georgeham just in time to grab a cup of tea and a bite to eat before I was off out again. Had been in touch with Joel Squires before coming down about the prospect of some bass on the lures and he was confident that he would find somewhere despite there being just small neap tides all weekend.
Could feel the jig head clipping the tops of the ridges of sand on the bed of the estuary, so felt confident that I was in the right zone. Every few minutes we would wade a few metres downstream and start again to cover as much ground as possible. Joel's theory was that some fish would be moving with the tide, but others would also be lying in wait for food to pass by them.
Whilst he reported that he'd just had a fish follow his Patchinko, I decided to stick with the eel for the last hour of the session. However, whilst I had another take that unfortunately failed to result in a hook-up, neither of us added anything else to the scorecard.
Joel's contact details can be found here if you are ever in the area and fancy a few hours with a top bloke and very knowledgeable lure angler.
13/05/2023 - Braunton brownies part one
The first of the "lads" bi-annual trips to Saunton Sands, although advancing age and various physical ailments mean that these are now less about surfing and more about walking, fishing and the odd round of golf. Had some personal stuff to sort out so arrived late on Friday to find the others already several bottles of red wine in.
Missed a lot of bites by being a bit too eager, but then got my eye in and started to improve the bite to fish ratio as several more cracking little brownies graced the net - all red and black spots on the back and flanks, buttery yellow bellies and with black and white trim to the leading edge of the fins.
27/04/2023 - A few Derbyshire brownies
Had built a stupid amount of flexi-time at work and it was a question of use it or lose it, so booked the day off to sort out a couple of domestic issues and hopefully get a few hours fishing in. Luckily the weather was playing ball, having been all over the place again in recent days, and it actually felt a bit warmer for a change
09/04/2023 - Wild Welsh spotties
08/04/2023 - Pins and doggies at Fishguard
Was out early again to take advantage of the tides and the weather, but headed up north to Fishguard with the bait rods this time with the plan to fish the two hours up to high water.
Packed up just as the Stena Line ferry nosed into the bay and headed back home over the Prescelli Hills - no doubt I'll be back in the summer for the wrasse!
07/04/2023 - Some welcome "minis" at Milford
Had the wind taken out of my sails by yet another disappointing end to the river season and as the unsettled weather continued through March I found that I had zero inclination to get out despite some having some vague plans for stillwater perch and canal zeds. Nearest I got to anything fishing-related was to make a hanging ceiling rack for my rods in the garage!
Probably only discarded the previous evening otherwise the crows and gulls would have had them and barely alive but perfectly usable. The fish aren't fussy in these parts! Snipped them into small pieces, re-baited my rig and then dropped it down the far side of the jetty.
Packed up and then popped into Costa for a coffee that I drank overlooking the Haven, now bathed in bright sunshine. The number of buzzards and red kites spotted making use of the subsequent thermals was well into double figures by the time I got home. A quick bacon sarnie and all was well with the world!