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2017

2017 has been an interesting year with my fishing even though i didn’t pick up a fly rod its been quite a diverse fishing year from pike to LRF to Large mouth Bass,  catching alligators on lures and making my own lures where do i start.

2017 hit of to a great start with a 19lb crock off the river. The Old line thru trout doing the business again unfortunately the next couple of months i didn’t manage to get much fishing done due to work commitments.

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Even though i didn’t manage much fishing thru Feb/March/May the lure making was still going on behind the scenes micros and my pike lures and managing to catch plenty of fish on them. There has been a vast improvement in my lure building over the past 12 months and especially from when i originally started 3 years ago.

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Late April to May i got back into my salt water fishing hitting the wrasse and the Lrf.  Lrf fishing I caught species i didn’t even realise existed and species i new existed but never caught before. There is some crazy and beautiful little fish that live down in-between the rocks.

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As we moved into the summer i did something i haven’t done for a while pick up a feeder rod and catch some bream then the rivers opened again back to doing something i really love catching chub on my own lures no monsters but plenty of them.

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The End of the summer i went back to Florida catching a big Large mouth Bass was my target but it didn’t happen plenty of bass to be caught but no size to them i did manage to hook a few Gators though.

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September through to December back doing the pike fishing. Fishing new venues and catching plenty of fish meeting new faces and making new friends.

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Hopefully  2018 can be a varied as 2017 wishing you all a Happy new year “Tight Lines”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Chub Swimbait

I have been working on a imitation  chub Pike lure for a while now its been hard work. The plan is to cast the main lure out of resin so i have also been making master for that out of wood.

I have made 2 x 22cm wooden lures already these are not casting masters but actually for fishing. 22cm might not sound big in the world of big swimbait lures but this does look a big lure but with its body dimensions. The plan is to make the resin lure at 19 cm a pretty good all round size, in equivalent it will be around the same size as the 20cm savage gear line thru trout and the 18cm line thru roach.

The finish on the 2 wooden lures look pretty cool, the body art work has been started with aluminium tape to give it the shine then over the top of i have airbrushed a gold leaf paint to give it that gold chub look.  I have also carved scales and it looks a pretty cool with the epoxy resin giving a awesome 3D Finish. Its not been a easy task but finally i have got there but a lot of room for improvement still always aiming to improve.

A test swim showed its awesome slick s type movement this lure is going to get total smashed by some pike.

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October/November

October/November has been a slow one with not really a lot of fishing done managing to get out a couple of times and found a few fish. The weed in the rivers has finally started to go and make fishing a lot easier. In some places there is still a considerable amount of weed beneath the surface meaning you have to fish very shallow to not catch it. I manage to find fish to around 12 pounds lateley, this pike below smashing me right under my feet on a Burt giving me a ferocious take when i was not expecting it.

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I had a session up the rivers on the weekend forgetting how busy a weekend can be on the rivers bumping into many pike anglers, i had arrange a session with new friends which was hard going due to the waters being low and making it hard to catch fish. I still managed 6 small pike and 5 of those came on one the first pike  lure i had made. The art work on my lure wasn’t the best but it just shows that your lure dose not need to be painted by Van Gogh.

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Hopefully We will get a little more rain just enough to push the water levels up but at the same time not to much so that the rivers become flooded. The colder wether should also bring those bigger fish on i need to get my self a levels twenty on a lure this year so close this year and last year with a lot of doubles and big doubles but unfortunately it just didn’t happen for me.

My lure making has been moving on with some great projects on the go. After the success of the wooden pike a resin pike is the main project at the moment. There is a lot more detail going into this lure. I plan to make the first one with hard fins then the second with soft fins. The pike has been such a successful project the movement and balance of the wooden swim bait was so good hopefully the resin version will be as good to.

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The rats have made in a larger size  and made alterations to the design. I am working on new tails, more detail to the head and ears etc. I am also working on the weighting just getting the buoyancy right for stronger hooks.

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I have started work on a Chub swimbait master the actual main lures agin to be cast out of resin. Carving scales absolutely annoys the hell out of me because i am absolutely useless at it. i have found this awesome fish scale tape online  and it looks great. Holographic silver and gold scales which are on a transparent backing, the backing can be stretched to suit the body of the lure.

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A stunning fish

I am not going to give to much away yet but recently i have been fishing a few new venues which seem to be producing a lot of fish. I was a short session last night  i thought big line thru trout 20cm and it paid off.

This girl was wide and long but she had no reel depth. She could have so easily come off as i was a bit of a calamity nightmare on the night not setting my drag properly and when i hooked her i thought i was stuck on the bottom so i started yanking the rod then i felt the rod yank back. She really gave a good scrap  to.

She weighed 20lb 2oz  but my scales don’t seem to be working properly i will weigh 20lbs on another set of scales then come back to the scale i weighed her on and see if there is any difference i would have estimated around 18 pounds. I don’t know if it is me but i don’t seem to have a lot of luck with scales they always seem to brake on me.

If my scale are right thats my second twenty this month. Along with my a river fish of 21lb 3oz.

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The pike fishing has started again

Its that time of year again and the pike tackle and lures are back out. Its my favourite time of year. With the fish starting to feed  in numbers and myself catching them in numbers. The bigger fish haven’t really shown for me yet i have had a couple of missed opportunities though.

I have a couple of new venues which seemed to be stuffed one of these venues i spotted a few decent pike which were not interested and the other venue contained a lot of small pike and when i mean small i mean micro.

I had to go back to the venue with all the micro pike taking the ultra light lure gear. It was such fun catching on my own lures managing to set 2 PB’s the smallest ever pike and the most amount of pike in a session. I have never seen anything like it in my life there was micro pike chasing small roach every where  it was like watching trout in the summer at las light topping on a reservoir unbelievable. I managed to catch one a chuck on my own hard lures. Catching them was like shooting ducks in a barrel.

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Above and Bellow: The coolest pike in the world

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I manage a few jacks on the proper gear but they didn’t really go much bigger than six pounds. There was plenty of pike around three to six pound and i had a lot of follows from pike up to eight pounds.

My local club Ponds have been hard and they don’t seem to fish until November this is down to the algae and the water turning over. But i have managed a few jacks since coming back from Florida. All these pike have been coming on my own lures which is so satisfying.

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above and below: 2 x pike caught own my own lures.

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I started back on the rivers up on the levels but there is still a lot of weed about also a lot of jack pikes i missed two big pike in the big doubles on the line thru roaches i bet if i had put a line thru trout on first they would have nailed them.

Alligator fishing

Well just going thru some of my go pro footage from Florida and just started editing the footage of my top water session for alligators. It was an experience its a shame the footage could have been a bit closer to the gator but i never fish to close to the water in Florida for the main reason there is plenty of gators around.

Both Gators took top waters a live target mouse and a savage gear frog. pissed i lost the mouse because it cost eight dollars and i hadn’t even had it for 24 hours.

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Above: a florida Alligator

Below: Live Target mice Alligator bait

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Florida 2017

Back to Florida for another family holiday and it would have been rude not to take a rod or two with me. Staying at a different location to my last trip i had to locate new waters but that wasn’t a problem there were loads of small ponds and canals in the area, catching the fish was a challenge though. When i managed to locate fish they were there in numbers but not really to any size.

We were staying at the Disney end of International Drive in Orlando which contained quite a lot of small waters. I had not fished any of these waters on previous trips so had no idea what to expect from them i didn’t even know weather they contained any bass or not. My main method of attack would be senkos. I had learnt from previous trips that if there were bass around senkos would catch them. I wasn’t aiming at catching any lunkers anything would be a bonus and i would be happy with fish from micro size up to 2 to 3 pounds.

My tackle i had brought out with me consisted of 1 fixed spool set up rated to 22 grams this for fishing senkos and two bait casting setups rated from 38 to 80 grams for fishing spinnerbaits and top waters so i would be able to pull these fish out the grass and snags.

My first session was to be on a little lake just behind Dunking Donuts. A small pond full of weed and also full of Bass no whoppers but plenty of bass biggest going about 2lb, it was to be like shooting ducks in a barrel. Senkos were the baits fishing quick shallow and aggressive. Once a bass was hooked it was a case of get it in as quick a possible across the weed beds.

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Above: bigger than the average fish out this little pond all these bass were very dark.

Below: some dark micro bass but still they have big mouths for the size of fish they were.

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I fished a real wild lake but what it contained was plenty of Alligators and not so many bass and they took a liking to my top water lures after hooking two i decided to get out of there. The whole holiday i seemed to spot plenty of Gators one was very big but to be honest most of them didn’t seem to give me any major problems.

With so many lures out there i loved these live target top water lures and also loved the bunker tackle top water lures there frogs are awesome and were a big hit for me last year whilst fishing for pike. This trip the bass didn’t like the top waters i had quite a few takes from Gars though.

Below: Live Target mice these things are awesome especially for Gators.

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Below: A Bass from the canal

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