Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Saturday 26 December 2015

A Boxing Day result

It was just after 06.00 hrs that I drove off, into the darkness, headed for a small drain out on The Ash Levels. I've taken a few pike from the venue, in the past, and felt that it would be a good bet for a bite, or two, although the fish were unlikely to be big.
The dawn was a drab affair, cloudy skies masking the rising sun and a there was a boisterous wind blasting across the marsh, although it remains very mild: 13C! As the light intensified, a few Fieldfares left their roost, noisily passing overhead towards the distant orchards. I got three rods out before 07.20 hrs and sat back to watch the dawn. Within the hour, I had a couple of bleeps from the middle rod (red dyed trout) and a short lift on the monkey - bloody eels! Twenty minutes later and my left hand rod was away - 1/2 mackerel, dyed yellow, was picked up by a pike and, after a spirited battle, found itself engulfed within the folds of my 30" barbel net. A nice plump little fish which registered 10 lbs 4 oz on the Avons - result! I've got hold of a tiny tri-pod, on which I used my camera to obtain a series of record shots.

The rest of the session saw a "jack attack", on the mackerel again, but it was very quiet and I watched a distant Short-eared Owl battling against the wind. Why an owl would attempt to hunt under these conditions is a mystery - although hunger might play a part, these winds have been blowing for a prolonged period and owls will have struggled to find food recently. A  few distant Greylags and a soaring Common Buzzard were about the best of the rest. Nice to be outside and very happy with the fish.


  1. Seasons greetings Dyl. Or is it sessions greetings?
    Glad to see you're getting among them. Here in NZ the highlight is watching a Caspian Tern catching more fish than me just yards away.
    Since I bought my mother in law a laptop and got her a broadband connection, I thought I might just send this message.

    1. Rich - festive greetings to you and your family also. That's an awful long way to go for a Caspian Tern! Hoping your trip is living up to expectations and you are enjoying better weather than we're experiencing here in the UK. I'm hopeful of getting a few more sessions in before my return to work, on the 4th Jan. Take care and safe journey home - Dyl