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 9 April 2016

A scamp and Swallows

My life, at present, is akin to an out of body experience - weird and crazy things occurring beyond anything I could've imagined and way outside my comprehension. Lawyers and solicitors - money and banks - situations which I have avoided, like the plague, are now a reality and conspiring to change my life forever (for the better!) With all this going on, I headed off for a short afternoon session at Sandwich Coarse Fishery. Kevin wasn't too hopeful about my prospects. "Very quiet" being his verdict; still, I'd rather be outside than indoors! I payed my dough and went off to set up my kit. The best swim, on the fishery, (in my opinion) being unoccupied? So a no brainer - I'm having some of that thank-you!

It is a cozy little swim, situated in the NE corner of the venue, thus recipient of the benefits of the regular SW winds that are a feature of our climate. Depths, along the reedy margins, are little more than four feet - Coots can be a real pest when they discover an area of particles; they love chick peas! There are two, very obvious, spots in which to present your baits - then just sit back and await events. That's exactly what I did. Mk IV's, Mitchell 300's and all the other stuff which goes with my current project - at 16.00 hrs my right hand rod is away and I find myself attached to very lively little "scamp" - around 6 lbs and a superb little carp.

A lovely little "scamp" - the first carp on my new(est) Mk IV
No other action - if I ignore the c**ts (what else did you think I meant?) - Coots were a real problem!
Two more additions to my birding 2016 list in the form of Swallow (several small groups passing westward over the fishery, in the company of Sand Martins) and a singing Blackcap - it was a very enjoyable afternoon session.


  1. Loving particle fishing myself as well. Festering Maples next I think.

    1. I've been a particle angler since the 1980's. Maples, peanuts, tigers, haricot beans, hemp, sweetcorn and, of course, chick peas. I have lost count of the number of times I've sung their praises to a boily angler - might as well have said nothing. I have yet to see another particle angler at any of the venues I frequent. No wonder they are so successful - I'm the only one using them. One idea I've been playing with is fermenting maize - Fred J spoke of its' effectiveness during a spell out in America. It's more robust than sweetcorn and might well have some mileage in the commercial carp puddles? Maples, over hemp, were always a good bet (we flavoured them with Rod Hutchinson "Malt Chocolate") and my brother, Simon, had some good results with broad beans which were side hooked on a 6" bolt rig.
      That was an awesome photo of the broads yesterday - take care & tight lines - Dylan