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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Pike Slider - A Manchester Christening.
Today I was heading to an SFA section of the Rochdale Canal, not to fish but to deliver a pair of Pike Sliders to their new owner.😁
I know this section of the the canal reasonable well as I used to work right next to it but I have never fished it for Pike.
I arrived at around three o'clock and met Karol and Lee both experienced Pikers compared to me . . . . . . Lol so I decided to hang around and get some tips off my new friends. 😁
Karol did not mess about and changed his old pike pencil to one of his new
Glow In The Dark Pike Sliders
and got to work.
" Hang around here Mike and I will have a picture of a pike and the new slider float for you within the hour " . . . . . I smiled and said
" Ok mate your on "
The boys were struggling to be honest but they still had another hour and a half of light left to get a hook up.
Four roads were out all baited with small to medium deads. Karol had lost a few fish during the day so he was due one that stayed on !!!!!!
We watched Karols fist cast with his new bit of kit and the float duly cocked at Karols requested weight capacity of 30 g.
During the next hour we had long chats about all things fishy.
Lee showed me some pictures of some monsters he had caught and I talked through my Irwell barbel capture as it's the only decent story I have got........LOL.
As we combed the surface for some tell tail sighs of pike activity some bait fish scattered in the dying light so two of the rods where positioned accordingly.
All three of us were chatting away when out of the corner of my eye Karols new pike slider gave a little bob !!!!!!!!!!!
Lee noticed it also, Karol instinctively new something was happening as Lee said . . . .
" Get to ya rod man . . . . Ya may make Mike's day if ya bag one one ya new float like "
( First time I have ever tried to witten in Jordie.
Sorry Lee . . . . . Lol )
Karol skipped over to his rod, quick as a flash, picked it up and waited for the bite to develop a little further.
We were all grinning and whispering . . . .
Please don't drop it,
please don't drop it
The float lead a merry dance across the surface of the cut. Up and down she went bobbing and shaking until she reached the weed bed half way across the canal . . . . .
" That's it " said Karol . . . . . and set the hooks with a clean strike and he was in . . . . . .
Now . . . . .
Karol had lost a few fish earlier on in the day and he wanted to live up to his light hearted boast of bagging a pike today so he wasn't taking any chances with this fish. Within 40 seconds she was in the net and we had the first pike caught on the new sliders.
We were all grinning and giggling like kids, happy that we were all present to see the job done........
Not the biggest pike at around 6 lb but it just couldn't 't have been scripted any better if we tried !!!!
and to think, I nearly went home !!!!
So glad I stayed lads and well done.
As I arrived home I got a message off Karol........
Lee saved the blank with this little toothy critter.
Well done Lee.......lets sort out that pike trip pal.
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 …