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!


Thursday 21 January 2016

Feeling confident

Sunday looks good, Monday even better and I'm on early shift all next week so will be able to take advantage if it feels right! The local, BBC, weather predictions are such that I'm already defrosting blueys and particle mix in order to get some pre-baiting started. I have a cunning plan to use a double pronged approach, which might well include an outing for the Mk IV? I have a couple of swims in mind - both on the same drain system, which should give me a chance of another January eel and also, as a long shot, a wild carp?
There's shed-loads of stuff going on in my little world, at present, but this next fortnight might get quite exciting? Work is hectic - play will be just as intense! I have formulated a loose plan of how I want things to unfold - not always a good strategy; there is so much that can go wrong! However, everything that I will be doing is aimed at culminating over the weekend of 6/7th Feb and my pre-baiting is about getting it right, as best I can. What's so special about those dates? I've got a 48 hour window available to me and I'm going to give it my all - it could see the February part of my eel challenge completed and that would be reward enough! Better still is that I've secured permission for a few sessions on that "flight pond" - proper exciting stuff. I will have just five days, from Monday 1st Feb, to get some particle mix introduced, prior to my first visit. It's a lot of effort, I have to walk, as I don't own a Land Rover, but should be worth it?


  1. Good for you Dyl. and nice to see the flight pond having an extra use after the shooting season. Too many antis are blinkered to the other options that shooting habitat provides throughout a year.

    1. Derek, I don't think that it is just the "anti's" who are unaware of the wildlife benefits provided by the habitat that the shooters cultivate for their game-birds. Shooting on an industrial scale, doesn't sit easily within my own beliefs, but small scale syndicate and rough shooting, done so in order to provide meat for the table, is perfectly acceptable from where I am.
      This flight pond adventure is a direct result of a conversation with a couple of shooters who I occasionally encounter when I'm out on The Ash Levels. I knew of the pool, but have never spent any time there - so it will be a very steep learning experience. I have permission to fish it for a period of six weeks, maximum! It will be fun trying somewhere completely new - I still don't know, for sure, that there are even any fish in there - my information is very much second hand! The thing is, that I am able to go there, with the blessing of the landowner because as an angler/birder I have never expressed an opinion on the right and wrong way of running a farm or shoot. I am not seen as the enemy, unlike the vast majority of binocular wielding twitchers who are prepared to jump on every anti bandwagon flagged up by "Birdguides" or the RSPB.