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!


Wednesday 25 November 2020

Double bubble

 Well I only went and did it! Pike from the RMC and the drain, plus ending with an eel, just as I'd hoped. A really enjoyable days fishing which provided a real morale boosting achievement of my plan. Not only did I catch pike from both venues, I took two from each of which three were "doubles". I now have six days on the spin working which, including overtime, will be fifty five hours graft before my next chance to cast a bait. The events of today will make the time pass so much easier and help keep my focus for the next outing with the rods, a week today! I'll share a few photos but will probably post more about the finer details later in the week, there were some decent birds to accompany the fishing.

Bite number one at the RMC resulted in this nicely marked pike of 12 lbs 7 oz

Bite number two produced this battle scarred warrior of 10 lbs 2 oz

I packed up around 11.00 hrs and headed back to the van for the next leg of the adventure. As I get older the use of my, Carporter MK II, barrow ensures that I can still get all of my kit to the swim of choice without causing undue wear and tear on my arthritic joints.

I got this barrow, second hand, from a guy at work. It's one of the most useful bits of
tackle I own.

The drain was to see me land one of the smallest pike ever caught on rod and line before I reacquainted myself with that fish which I'd taken a trace out of last time I was there. Although I'm no fan of recaptures, there's nothing I can do about it apart from not fishing that venue again?

The third double of the day! Exactly the same weight as when I last caught it - 13 lbs 12 oz.

I was already packing up having missed two bites and bumped a third when the last remaining rod signalled a bite and this little bootlace graced the bank - job done!

Under the circumstances I don't recall ever being more pleased at catching a bootlace!


  1. Dylan . Now got to transport my gear by barrow as I’m in the same situation as you , the joints are getting old and weak . But I’ll always get that brew kit on regardless .

    1. My arthritis isn't too severe, yet the barrow ensures that I don't compound the issue by struggling to carry my kit. As for the brew gear, I feel that the modern thermos flask is one of the most important items in my armoury during the colder months. Thanks for the comment - Dylan