Live Blogging Through The Night – Feel Free To Keep Me Company

8.00 p.m. It’s my third overnighter of the week, and having caught a carp on both previous sessions, one tonight would most definitely be the icing on the cake.

It’s not a runs water, so one would be a result, as I’m sure it would be a pretty decent size as well. Fewer fish but bigger suits me fine. Quality over quantity.

You can watch the introductory video below, and as always, join me via the comments box. You don’t need to register, just post your message and hit submit. I look forward to your company.

8.45 p.m. It’s a beautiful night, very still, and there are fish in front of me. Will they be on the mat though? Time will tell!

9.45 p.m. As darkness draws in, still no action. There was a mobile carp angler in the next swim, he’s now moved on (left the water), after an equally quiet evening.

10.05 p.m. I’m fishing some very shallow water. It’s also very clear and weed-free. With three rods out, I’m using back leads, just off the rod tips.

That way, there’s less chance of a carp wiping out the other two rods, in the event it shoots off parallel to the bank.

With trees either side of me, and branches that hang into the water, it’s not possible to ‘walk’ any hooked fish along the bank to keep it out of the way.

11.45 p.m. Not fishing-related, but I followed the Leeds United victory earlier today, via the internet.

I remember the last time Leeds were in the top flight, in the 2003/2004 season. Both Leeds and Wolves got relegated, with 33 points each, if I recall correctly.

I can picture Alan Smith’s own goal at Molineux, in front of the South Bank, as if it happened right now. Wolves won that one (can’t remember the score without researching) but lost at Elland Road 4-1 later in the season.

It’s looking good that my two favourite teams will be reunited at the very top once more, after many years.

Wonder if fans will be back in stadiums any time soon? England, today, announced a friendly against Wales in the autumn at Wembley. Would have loved that but it’s behind-closed-doors.

12.15 a.m. Not the carp that I’m after but at least I’m not a blanker. Plus, it shows there’s nothing wrong with bait and presentation.

I’m addition, there’s no such thing as a nuisance fish in my vocabulary. They’re all welcome, even if not the intended quarry.

1.00 a.m. The fish has been returned and I’ve changed the lead image of the blog entry. I hope it’s not the first time I have to do that either, this session.

1.30 a.m. A couple of brief bleeps, so a good sign that there are fish out there, even if they’re not showing.

2.00 a.m. I’m still wide-awake, waiting for a screamer on one of the bite alarms. I’ve just written The Marvelettes – My Favourite Track, so that’s an upcoming blog entry sorted for later today.

4.30 a.m. First-light and I’ve still got the tench as the lead image…

5.00 a.m. What was I saying again, about the lead image? A nice-looking common, caught on SBS Baits 16mm lobworm boilie.

7.00 a.m. Baits reeled in for the final time. Looks like being a nice day. Enjoy!

10 Comments

  1. I think there are 38 species of freshwater fish in this country and their are many more if you include the sub species.Some on the list like the Burbot, hasn’t been seen in uk waters for decades is set to be re introduced.Both types of Shad are out of bounds for anglers and several on the list are almost impossible to catch.Our list of native species have grown over time as more species keep getting introduced through the centuries and decades. Do you consider the likes of Wels catfish as native fish even though they are on the official uk list of fresh water fish?

    1. Yes, plenty more fish than most realise, eh!
      Regarding the catfish, I’d say technically naturalised more than native in the sense that they have been here since the 19th century.
      Funnily enough, where I am tonight has a catfish that occasionally gets caught by the carp anglers.

    1. I’ll settle for a nice carp, but I’m always open to the catfish, even though I’ve never connected with it on here.

  2. Hi Stewart, like your blogs and videos. Hope you catch a few tonight! I was up early this morning, ultra light lure fishing on the Shropshire Union at Pendeford. Caught a few small perch, which I enjoyed. Recently moved from bridgnorth way, but I am still getting back over there on the Severn once a week. Currently looking for a club to join, I do like a bit of peace and quiet, so I am seeing whats out there. I am on the Kinver waiting list, but I think it may be a few years yet!

    1. Hello, Will. Thanks for the kind words, very much appreciated.
      That sounds like a good morning on the canal.
      Kinver Freeliners has a long waiting list but hang on in there, it’s worth it.

  3. You might even have a nice Bream,It’s great you get a Really large one.I don’t understand when a lot of carp anglers get upset when they catch one

  4. Regarding numbers of species in the British Isles, I believe that the 38 species here is dwarfed by about 100 in European Lakes ponds and rivers? I think this is down to the last glacial period of the final ice age around 8000-10,000 years ago.

    For example, I’ve been in Germany,and noted small species similar to Bleak in a river at Wetzlar- they were shoaling in the shallows with minnows. However , there were not bleak or young dace. My field guide has many possibles, which are not present in UK.

    1. Lots more species around than we imagine, for sure.
      Then you’ve got all the sea species in the UK alone. If I lived closer to the coast, I’d be targeting saltwater mini-species without doubt.

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