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The cold and the slow

The fishing over the past few weeks had been extremely slow. Although I was still catching fish every now and then, it seems to me that all the big ones may have been ‘hibernating’. The cold spell of late didn’t do the fishing any good either. Over the last weekend, it was -7 °C to start with. I was fishing at a particular stretch of river which was laden with various features. To my surprise, I concluded the trip with just a single chub.

Out of the many recent trips, this is probably the biggest fish caught and it is caught in subzero freezing temperatures of -7 °C.

The actual hit point where I caught the fish. This is actually a slightly deeper part of the stream. Because of the cold, we didn't even looked at the shallows.

In fact, I was quite surprised by the end result and thought that we could have caught more. In all, I had probably hacked’’ every possible fishy looking spot without much results to show. In those subzero conditions, we had given the shallows a miss. Till today, I must say that the U.K is one of the toughest places to fish. The predatory species here are truly unpredictable. In a way, this could explain why most anglers would rather fish at carp ponds these days than do lure fishing in the wild.

Canal fishing anyone? Most of the canals and still water have gone frozen.

Just to recap the fishing over the past few weeks, the fishing at the once productive Grand Union was slow to the bone. It’s been ages since I was caught anything of decent size there. Despite my best efforts, I could only sense two bites, one of which was lost (could have been a big perch) and the other turned out to be a small perch.

A small perch on a 3" craw. I could have caught another if it was not the failed hook-set earlier.

The same applies at another canal a little down south of the region. On that occasion, the start to the morning was as exceptionally windy. Although the canal was filled with features all over, it was one of those places where you’re given a false sense of hope. Despite fishing slow at most of the usual fishy looking spots, all I could sense was one single bite from a baby pike and that was all.

The fluorocarbon mainline is still intact despite the hit from this baby pike.

Some lures are actually bigger than this fish.

And that was all really. I seriously don’t thin I have anything more interesting to say. All I am wondering now is where have all the predators gone? If you know the answer, please feel free to tell me.
[ 2012/02/08 22:25 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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