Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Sea Fishing at Mariners Wharf

As a result of the bad weather we have had of late, the rivers that I fish are very high and coloured. Not ideal conditions for catching ravenous Pike. I came up with the idea that instead of sitting at home wishing we were fishing we should head off to Liverpool and try our hand at a bit of Sea Fishing. Myself and Beef had a couple of sessions last year, with mixed results. I did though catch a Cod, Whiting, and a couple of 3 Bearded Rockling. So Beef, Kenny and yours truly headed off to Mariners Wharf. Expectations were high. We had come cracking fresh Lug Worm for bait, and I quite fancied our chances. We arrived just as the tide was coming in, and upon our arrival we were told by a fellow angler that it was "Fishing it's head off" Brilliant! This was a great confidence booster. An hour or 2 came and passed without so much as a knock on either of our rods. Suddenly the prospect that perhaps today wasn't to be our day after all was dawning. Watching other anglers it soon became apparent that they too were not catching. It would seem as though we had chosen a bad day catching wise. Could it have anything to do with the amount of fresh water that had entered into the river? No catches this time, but we'll definitely give it another go.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

We'll never catch in these conditions


A short session on the drains with Beef and Kenny today. Although the sun was out and it wasn't raining, the fishing conditions were to be effected by the previous downpours we had the days before. The water level had risen a good foot or so. The water clarity was awful, and was the colour of mud. The drain was also pumping at a very fast pace. After assessing these conditions I put my head on the block and claimed that we wouldn't catch today. "There is no way that the Pike will feed in these conditions" I proclaimed. A couple of hours soon passed when suddenly Beefs alarm screamed off, and in an instant I was to be proven wrong. He'd had a take, and with that Beef finally laid to rest his recent blanking sessions. Although not the biggest fish we've had on the Unhooking Matt this season a Jack Pike of just under 5lb. and a new Pike PB for Beef. A nice catch though given the conditions. Amazingly 5 minutes later his other rod pulled violently forward, he struck but just brought back a mangled bait. Something had being having a chomp but somehow didn't take the hooks. Well done Beef you're on the score sheet this season. A blank for myself and Kenny, this is becoming a bit of a regular occurrence for me ;-)

Beef's First of the season