Welcome To Peanuts Fishing Adventures.
Inspired by Manchester Fishing Fiend ,
The Meddyman and Manchester Percheur.
This is the tale of my fishing adventures in and around Manchester , England. Mainly stick float and waggler fishing on the River Irwell. Other rivers fished are the River Mersey, River Ribble,River Tame,River Roch, River Douglas & River Goyt.
I also make my own handcrafted fishing floats and equipment
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2015 Rod Race - Tench and Crucian Points.
First of all let me apologise for the lack of posts. I have been extremely busy with work and family life so fishing and the blog have taken a step backwards....unfortunately.
I currently have a bee in my bonette regarding a small mill pond run by my local club. I grew up fishing here and even though a 16 meter pole will no doubt reach the other side I still love the place.
Below is the little track leading to the lodge.
This is the little gem I like to play in.
My Okuma centerpin and my new Tinca Stick floats where my chosen weapons of the day and I was hoping to catch a tench or , if very lucky, a Crucian Carp. Crucians are becoming quite rare due to hybridisation with Brown Gold Fish and other ornimentals so to have crucians on my door step is a real bonous.
My Tinca Sticks
My session went off without a hitch fishing the pin 2 rodlenths out. I was fishing maggot out straight infront of me and corn down the side near the lilly bed
I was catching from the off, a roach a chuck initiallly from 3 to 10 oz and kept me busy for the first hour. I was extremley happy with the perfomance of my Tinca Sticks. They were sensitive for standard fishing and the lift method.
After about an hour my Tinca Stick slid under and my carbon rod bent a bit oooooh ..... i thought, this is not a roach, it was fighting diffently and had a lot more staying power. Could it be a little tench or even a crucian ? After a short enjoyable battle I slid my net under a " Little Hulk" A lovely litle example of one of my favourate species of fish...The #Tench
This was my first tench of the season and I was well chuffed and a rod race point in the bank as well.
The second tench of the session gave me a classic lift bite, one BB as the tell tail shot and boooosh..... Up popped the tinca stick just as intended and another miniture Hulk was on. This led me a merry little dance as it was hooked right next to the lilly bed to my left but it was quickly in the landing net and another baby Hulk was banked............
This was a 2 hour session which confirmed everything I thought about the old tinca sticks........ They are top draw...........
No Crucians unfortunately, may be next time a little golden bar will grace my net.
Both fish were caught on corn from an Unsworth
This is the first time I have fished the pin on a still water. Now I know what all the fuss is about. You can feel EVERY lunge and bump of the fight and these are babies. I will have to tap up Paul David Carr for a tutorial on Drinkies......
I tried again the following afternoon for the elusive #Crucian Carp rod race point. As the prevoious session I had plenty of roach initally, then , my Tinca Stick danced around in a circle bobed twice and disappeared below the surface. A classic Crucian bite. With a quick stike I was into something a little chunkier than a roach, another tench I thought. As it surface there was an unmistakeable flash of gold coupled with a fleck of red............it was a Crucian.....I was beaming.........It was beautiful.
(The perspex was wet by the way. The fish was safe )
So two more rodrace points in as many days. I think I am up to 5th now.
A couple of skimmers made an appearance at last knockings and that was that until the nex time I get a pass..........lol
I would just like to say how suprised I was using the pin catching smallish fish, it was wonderfull. This is without doubt the best way to enjou our sport. I am on the look out for a nice still water pin with a line guard now. I am a total convert. I didn't even take my pole with me.
If you would like to look at all of the hand crafted floats I make please click on the link below and it will take you to my float page.
I have made this style of 30g reversible pike slider a couple of times before but never with a red/pink and black tip combination.
The pair below have been also been modified slightly and this modification will be the norm on my future slider floats.
The small modification is a slightly elongated tip 50 % of which I have left bare of paint.
I did this so the float can readily except
Korda Shok Beads . . . . .
With and without picture
I here you say.
This is for added protection . . . . .
When the float slides down to the weights / beads at the bottom of the rig.
A small modification as I have said but one which will increase the longevity of the float I think.
These work well for both for dead and live baits.........
I may be using them in the sea with a certain someone if I can get my timing right.
You know who you are. 😊 TTFN
If you would like to look at my handcrafted floats just hit the link. http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/handcrafted-floa…
As you all know I am a float angler through and through,
even I recognised there is a time a place to dispense with the float due to river conditions.
it boils down to the fact that I don't want to drive thirty miles to the ribble and have to drive home because the river is five foot up, looks like chocolate milkshake and is unfishable
on the float.
I also wanted a nice piece kit for
" Salford Pete "
to use when we manage to get out together.
( Trotting for five hours is hard work in your forties . . . . . .never mind your seventies )
He is always talking about our old trips to Bridgenorth fishing for barbel,
which was mainly tip fishing in the ealy days so I thought this would be a nice joint present between us.
When I approached Andy about the build we had a long chat regarding mine and my dads requirements.
I wanted a spliced tipped barbel rod that I could use on the Irwell as well as the Ribble.
I also wanted a heavier tip for …