Before I ramble on about the months prior to our current national lockdown, I really hope that like me, your families and loved ones are safe. The fishing will always be there, despite us all climbing the walls to be on the bank whilst this pandemic has its grip on our nation, and we are restricted from being on the banks of our favourite venues. At the moment I do not like to think too hard about the fishing we’re missing, as there is nothing that we can do about it, and I will only end up mentally torturing myself. Instead, I am just trying to focus on potential positives that we may encounter when we are back out.
I was having a long conversation with a friend last week, where we were reminiscing about the old close season. For those that can remember it, this applied to all fisheries, not just the rivers. These were the days when we used to look forward to things, like, for example, John Wilson’s ‘Go Fishing’ on a Thursday night. A magical programme with the odd disastrous fishing mishap thrown in for good measure and, of course, surpassing that, we ultimately had the glorious June 16th to look forward too, which came with the sleepless nights and the endless prep work leading up to that date! Nowadays, and without sounding old (I’m not that old, honest!), we don’t wait for anything anymore. It’s either downloadable or, as far as our fishing goes, we can pretty much go all year, bar a spawning break that some fisheries implement or when the lakes have a lid on them.
Looking at it positively, we are actually giving the fish a proper break for once. In turn, we might have a decent autumn’s fishing, on the proviso we are back out by then. I don’t know about you, but ever since spring fishing was introduced, my autumn campaigns, and summer campaigns, never seem as good as they used to be, certainly with regards big hits and fish feeding heavily on the bait anyway. We also used to always enjoy a good run up leading to the end of the traditional close season, something that never happens now, with the fish apparently waking up a lot later. Yes, I appreciate the weights and conditions might not be as good, as they will have probably spawned, but hey, I am sure we will quite happily take that right now! Now, I am not saying I want a return to the original close season, far from it, but it seems like it is just going to be like that this year.
I did a piece not so long ago, about my campaign over at Dinton Pastures White Swan lake which took me up to January. I was enjoying my fishing at the time, and even found myself doing un-manly things like investing in a little gas bivvy heaters (what an epiphany!!). I am sure that it was just a phase I was going through!
I had an interesting social at the back end of December, with my friend Gary. We could not decide where to go, so I suggested we may as well go ‘fluff’ chucking (zigging) over Dinton, seeing as the temperatures were forgiving enough and those Dinton fish liked a bug in the layers. So, with the Mega Bug bobbins dug out of the shed and the spools changed from braid back over to the GT-HD, a night of good food and the odd beverage was planned.