Saturday, 31 December 2011
Saturday, 24 December 2011
I could not wait to get home and that's about it.I will cut this short as it's getting on as I'm needed by my dear friend Mr.Claus to help deliver presents all over the world tonight.You see I love Christmas I really do and for those that do not,I feel for you.
So from high up on Yat Rock,enjoy your Christmas and keep the faith.Even if you use those dreadful carbon rod thingies!!
See you in 2012.
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Chublets,Dacelets,Roachlets,Gudgeonlets, all to big to use as live baits for Perch.Around two dozen in total,gorging on my lob worms like it was to be a final meal.How they manage to get a large lobbie and a size 8 hook in their mouths is beyond me.I still had a nice six hours or so sitting in the sun and catching what ever wanted to be caught.Simple fishing really and will leave this beat of river alone until later in the season once hopefully the jack frost arrives.I'll not be able to cast a line now until the 11/11/11 as I'll be busy at work,thankfully though three consecutive Fridays after that date have been set aside for fishing.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Saturday, 8 October 2011
I arrived at first light,my rod was already made up and cast out.Then an old boy came along and asked If I would mind moving as he could not walk far.I was set up in slow area below a weir and fancied it to produce a few fish.What can you do?I moved above him to this swim here,so he could feeder fish below me.
I had a chat with the old boy a few times in the morning and it turns out he was 81 years old and likes to fish every Friday.To be truthful he was utterly charming and a bit of a character.I was blanking though in fine style while he was getting silver fish a chuck.His daughter collected him just before noon,but before he departed he asked If he could Pike fish with me in the future as he had not caught one for many a year.I gave a quick call to work and arranged to take a day off next Friday,so he may appear here next week.He does have Internet access and as he said....."It's a real boon to us oldies you know Jason it is not all bed pans and blankets just yet".
With my new fishing partner gone I moved back to where I originally started.And between noon and 1300Hrs I had four pick ups that resulted in two Jacks about 5/6lbs and two lost fish one that felt much better than the stamp I had caught.I was trying something different as I normally use treble hooks for my Pike fishing.This rig here...
There has been a fair amount written over the last few years about the pros and cons of single hook rigs for Pike fishing.I will give it a few more sessions yet,but will dispense with the barbless hook and try a larger barbed single.No one likes to loose fish on a regular basis but If I keep dropping fish shall revert to treble hooks.Still a nice few hours though and I'm looking forward to next Friday already.
Moving on.......Here we have Rich,Rick,Richard?Frampton with his new PB caught in the week.Well done sir,you do though look like you have something on your mind?Maybe that nasty,unscrupulous ex(though it's not been announced yet) BS Treasurer chap.Who not only suffers from amnesia,he also mislays things......Allegedly
Lastly we go back to my old friends at BFW aka Fatwa and this wonderful thread here.No one disputes that we do not have a problem with poaching in the UK at present.But lads try and put across a lucid point or two,instead of a herd mentality.
Below are the Fatwa masses heading off to Poland in the Spring for there annual fishin.
Saturday, 1 October 2011
"Well known Coventry big fish man Phil Smith,has decided to bring out his own brand of sartorial elegance to the masses and has launched his own male grooming range""Phil was tired of Bivvy Tramps cluttering up Orchard Lakes when on bailiff duties and both he and that dapper don Marsh Prattley got there heads together and came up with the idea"
The blurb went on........"Phil thought he could teach all you balding men the art of a good comb over".Who would have thought it eh,sheesh what ever next?It's made me wonder what other well known anglers may plug in the future.I'm sure I can come up with a few though.
I also spotted this from Yat Rock recently...............
The Worlds largest sperm bank in Denmark is asking Scottish women planning to use their services to "consider a ginger" after revealing "a lack of demand" for red-haired children.Cryos,has stopped donations from red-haired men after it reached it's capacity of 70 liters(you can see where I'm going with this I'm sure).A recent study predicted that red hair could die out in the next 100 years and Ole Schou,a director at Cryos said"We would be more than happy to supply people in Scotland who are looking for a child with red hair.I know that it's popular in places like Scotland and Ireland".Look below would you and pray that the ginger gene does indeed die out.
Well it's the traditional start of the Pike fishing season today.But down in the South East of the country we are experiencing temperatures of around 80 degrees.What does it all mean?Is global warming true and not just a flash in the pan made up by some tree hugger who reads The Guardian.I remember when October used to look like this in the photo below.OK I did not take this last October,but December but you get the gist I'm sure.Will we get another really Arctic winter here in the UK,I hope not but time will tell.
No fishing this weekend as I'm off to football later as we are away to Crystal Palace this afternoon.Nice day for a few pints and to take in a game.Predictions from Monty,a draw I think.No tip for the Arc either,as the horse I would have backed Nathaniel,was pulled out in the week owing to the fast going over in Longchamp.I did tell the lads down on the Wye last weekend that may be the case.
So I'll wish you all a very good weekend and as ever.
Monday, 26 September 2011
We left home at 0530Hrs and pulled into the Red Lion for a quick chin wag with Mike the owner at bang on 0830Hrs.That done we headed off to the river and had a little stroll to see where we fancied fishing.I hoped to target Pike on the Friday so set off roaming dropping a dead bait in various looking spots.I fancied a swim at the top of beat two yomped up from beat four,only to find old man Trusscott safely ensconced with his bait dropper,sod it!I'll keep the Pike fishing short as by 1500hrs I was shattered walking miles of river for no action at all.So I decided to get the Barbel rod out for a few hours.
I settled into this swim here,climbing down the bank to where I could fish and dropperd in some bait.There was a huge abundance of silver fish present.Perch were literally coming clear out of the water in sheer desperation to get at hordes of Dace and Minnows.I just had the one bite just before packing up at 1800,this little chap here of around maybe 7lbs.
Friday night in the bar was a real good crack,with various regional dialects all vying to be heard.The Cider and Guinness flowed,in fact so much of the black stuff was drunk that the Yorkshire mob went on the Red Wine,big mistake.Pissed as a fart was a certain man from team Yorkshire.I hit the sack at around 0300Hrs after being on the piss for around eight hours.I awoke at 0700Hrs feeling top of the world,in for breakfast and a nice fry up then out onto the river.But around mid morning it had all caught up with me and I had a kip for a while.
More fish were to make an appearance in the afternoon when we were not either sleeping,or gassing away to our hearts content.This Perch weighed in at a lovely 3.5lbs for my mate Mr.Double Decker.A new PB by some two ounces and well chuffed was he and the plaudits rained down on him all Saturday night back in the bar.Well done mate your perseverance payed off.
I managed one more fish before we all headed back to the Red Lion,to do battle once more with booze and the Pigeon Pie that was superb.If your down that way do try it.
This gave me a cracking fight and I thought it may be my first Wye double,but it was to fall short by seven ounces.Was I worried?Nope not at all.Chuck in a few Chub I caught I was a happy man.
Considering the amount that is drunk on these "Do's",not a cross word was heard amongst the assembled throng.Big thanks to Carl Salter for arranging this event and we will do it all again next Autumn.
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Shall I change the name of this blog?Here I sit in work again and I've thought about calling it "Monty Dalrymple and the view from Berkley Square",lap top to one side and work all over the desk.I have not fished this little in over ten years and it's really making me one miserable bastard.But I knew the early part of the season would be like this,what with the house move in July and work piling up and If staff at UBS can work all hours under the sun and loose 1.3 Billion(Swiss Francs I'd wager and well long in the market too),then it's good enough for me.Though as I mentioned last week,this will be the end of it after tomorrow.I should not complain to much as there are many,many people out of work at present.So I'll just crack on and take the piss a little as per............This week I took a call into the Yat phone around noon,suggesting I point my spy glass in the direction of FishingMagic and a new blog.I've put a link up to the blog in question here,so you can have a read for yourself.I'll not be critical of any ones blog,as by doing one you are opening yourself up to maybe ridicule and general piss takes.I'm not fussed what people think of me,the old saying of "Bollocks to 'em"springs to mind.Others may be of a more sensitive nature,though I have not made up my mind If this lad is for real,or is on a major wind up?Either way a new Trent legend has been born...........Yes another one.
Here we have a little Doppelganger for you.Below is that Noddy Holder chap who hails from the bad lands of the midlands.And gets on my tits every Christmas,with THAT song.
And below we have all round Barbel legend Fred "Barbel can't smell"Crouch.And to be brutally frank,if this is what understanding Barbel makes you look like.Well you can keep it!
Twelve thirty today we play Millwall at the new Den.They only gave us two thousand tickets and for season ticket holders only.So I'll not be going to this one today,more's the pity.If you have never been to a game between us two teams,you have missed a real treat.The atmosphere crackles will pure malevolence and the days of old down at the Old Den,will long live in my memory.I've got mates who are Millwall and they desperately want to beat us.The banter has been flying back and fourth all week.Here we have the changing rooms down at that Pikey shit hole Bermondsey.
I know this is supposed to mostly be an angling blog and after my weekend away down in the Wye valley,angling will feature more prominently as things will be back to mormal.But as another blogger mentioned the other day......."Some bloggers seem to have got lazy or maybe have nothing to say".Well I do not like to dissapoint the old boy,sure he likes to come across all acerbic.But me thinks he just a big cuddly teddy bear really and he loves to get a rise.Enjoy your weekend.
Saturday, 10 September 2011
I managed an appointment at the Dentist for first thing Wednesday morning,not an awful lot you can do really.He gave me a prescription of Co-amoxiclav that last for five days, with the old no drinking line and it has cleared up.What it did allow me to do,was shoot off straight down the river on Wednesday.
And I spent six hours blanking.I'll not dress it up all flowery and say it was nice and wildlife were about in abundance.Because they were and it was.But there was a cold wind blowing across the fields and muggings 'ere was not best dressed for it.So when your not to comfortable you do not fish very effectively,well I do not.Still no fishing on the horizon for the next few weekends owing to work,which is where I'm typeing this from.Though I'll be out of here at noon to go to Upton Park.Do I dare have a cupla of pints seeing as I'm on antibiotics?It would be rude not to in my eyes.
But thank fully two weeks from now I'll be free from the constraints of work at the weekends.And twenty or twenty one of us will be down in the Wye Valley,for a jolly up staying in the Red Lion Hotel on Friday and Saturday night.Looking forward to this immensely,not so much the fishing but the social.You can bet your bottom dollar that Steve(Eelfisher) Richardson has a tale to tell or three.
Lastly it's the final classic today of the flat season.The St.Ledger at Doncaster although I've not had a bet yet.I will have a little flutter on Masked Marvel e-way at around 7/1 or 13/2 depending on who you punt with.I'll save the Rugby World Cup for others,though we will have it on in the office today.
Saturday, 3 September 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
People asked me early on in the season If 5/1,was a good price to go straight back up as Champions?I said no,as I remember how difficult the league was last time.I for one would not mind staying in this league,as it's better to win a few,loose a few and draw a few.Than get a right canning every week.Our next two up are Pompey at home and then the big one.........Milwall away.And as ever I think we can expect a friendly handshake from our close neighbours.I did hear that both sets of fans tried to meet up in Surrey Quays for a dance,before the season even started.But were tumbled by plod.Most sensible people would have been lying on a beech some place,instead of trying to throw a few right 'anders about.Shame on you,you naughty boys ;-0.
Now to yesterdays two games in the boring old Premier League.I listened to S***s against Man Citeh on the Crystal Set with much mirth and tears rolling down my face.Every time I took a sip of wine,Citeh banged another one in.To loose 5-1 at home must have been devastating for the S***s faith full.Although Citeh did sound a class side,but they should do with all the money they have spent.Scotty Parker will end up at S***s this week and I do not think any of ours will mind really?He has been great for us over the last two years.So go break a leg Scotty I wish you well.
Had to laugh after though,as old Saggy Chops was bemoaning the fact that Modrick has been tapped up.And the boys head has been turned.Pot and kettle you two bob wanker.Oh and the lads phoning up Talk Sport after were class......"Sack Harry" seemed to be the cry.
Then when we thought we could laugh no more this happened.Man United turn Arsenal over a mighty 8-2.Arsenals largest defeat since 1927.What has happened over in that part of North London?Like all of us who enjoy football,Arsenal have played some great stuff over the last ten years or so.But I reckon they will struggle this season and not qualify for the Champions League.
Arsene knows is the mantra that Arsenal fans like to trot out,while looking smug.Not now he does not lads.Here he is yesterday.......
I bet it was fun in old Popsy4's gaff yesterday as his Arsenal and his better half is S***s.I reckon both Sunday dinners ended up over the back fence?Anyway enjoy your bank holiday,it's a long way to the next one.
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Perch and Carp on the river have also been fished for to no great avail.Gruff and I did have a Saturday after Perch a few weeks back and we saw not another angler.It bodes well for the Autumn Pike and Perch fishing that we are both looking forward to and this morning when I was out for a run,it was a real fresh morning.Yes I've been running again and been off the smokes for three weeks now.Long may it remain so!
Just a couple of photo's from the river about five minutes from home.Both these swims produced fish of various species.This was early July.
And this one here is from early August.A lovely secluded swim this and a favourite of mine to blank in. Now back to the forums as ever............................Fatwa World gets worse and worse.I did hear poor old Rich Frampton got banned over there recently.It's a sad loss as he always added good comedy value when ever he posted.How is you back Rich?His "Boss" is not happy either and has been swapping e-mails with Mr.Francis.And also phoning up one of the mods offering in his eyes sage advice.I hear it all on the Yat Phone.And keeping with the phone theme........What is it with BS committee members both past and present and inappropriate text messages?Blimey the ones flying around on Wednesday were very rude even to my eyes.Shame on you that you could not converse in a more civil manner.
It's good to be back.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
I have managed a couple of trips out lately.A few Barbel and some Chub on the first trip and a rather nice River Carp yesterday.When I'm all sorted and have my own machine again,I can get back into this blogging caper.It keeps me sane getting things off my chest as so much needs to be pilloried.
I did hear though that an angler has been banned from The Royalty.He lumped into one swim,twenty five Kilo's of bait for a day session.But was caught fishing afters hours.Twenty Five kilos for a day,sheesh he makes the "Yam Twins" seem like armature's.;-).Also the Bard has been made a moderator on Fatwa world eh.They both deserve each other.
You'll not get to much out of me for a month or so.I'll still be looking around from work,but the great and the good will not be happy with me doing the blog from the office.So keep enyoying your fishing boys and girls.