After a pretty disapointing June with limited fishing down to conditions and work its great to get things swinging again. The water temperature is now up to 16 degrees and with it the fish are more active.I spent alot of my June fishing sussing out new marks, with the basic thinking of i may as well blank somewhere new and start understanding when the fish are there etc. Some of this new ground is based around sight fishing which is something ive been dying to do, i love following the french site Fishing Victim and take my hat off to Bertrand for the dedication and results he gets. I had plenty of small fish and lost a better fish, but this new chapter is now open.Its been an eye opener just watching the fish moving and foraging for food, alot of the time the rod is put down and the contentment comes from just observing ..
90 percent of the fish ive had recently have been off the top caught on the small patchinko and his big brother, all these fish have been in tip top condition and are fighting fit..
Last week i had a cracking session that was hatched last season with ideas of how to fish a certain mark.The tide,wind and clarity of water needed to be bang on and on this evening it was all systems go !.I havnt used the larger patchinko for years and tend to use his little brother to great effect.This mark determined on being able to get a lure 80 yards plus and kick up a fair bit of commotion to get the fish up, the big patch is perfect for this.To cut a long story short i ended up with 5 fish to 70 cm, all beautifully conditioned fish 62cm,64cm,66cm,69cm and 70cm, as ever all these fish were returned and all swam off strongly. It sure was a magic session, my back ached like hell loading up the casts and working the patch hard on retreive but my adrenaline was on overdrive and breathing stopping now and again as yet another fish would slam into my lure, the biggest fish estimated 9 pound plus somehow managed to miss the lure !, great to get the mojo working again and who knows maybe sometime this season i may be lucky enough to fish this mark again…..