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MASSIVE THANKS TO Bob Fott

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  • MASSIVE THANKS TO Bob Fott

    just returned from what has been the hardest least productive two week session in Ireland, all the loughs in Cavan and Leitrim not fishing at all.
    matches with 35 people on them with only two weighing and those weights have been dismal 2lb winning weights, spoke to at least 70 plus anglers while over there, all blanking or catching a couple of roach.
    lots of reasons going around, air pressure, temps, water levels, too much rain in the last month it goes on and on.
    we had a good day on the river fishing the stick, fish a chuck, perch and roach.
    but other than that (this is how bad it was), arrived Saturday, fished Monday evening about 6pm to 10, i had 6lb of skimmers and the Mrs had one hybrid at 2lb, then, Tue, Wed, Thur and Fri dry netted, fished a couple of places, some where you do not normally fail to catch Bankers.
    then Monday blank, Tuesday blank, then came a phone call from Bob, met-him at 3.30am and was escorted blindfolded in the back of a van (not really) to a magical place, Big Bream and Tench boshing all over the place and a lake that was made in heaven, What a morning Bream to 6lb and Tench to 4lb and according to Bob, the big fish didnt show.
    I was made up, thanks for saving the holiday Bob, caught more in 5 hours than I have in our last 5 weeks over there.
    River anglers Go with the flow.

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    Glad you enjoyed it Rick.The big tench we had the week before are on the spawn at the moment.Water Temp is 22c Im sure you noticed how warm they where when unhooking them.Funny enough we did ok on Tullys, 3 of us had 5-6 really nice tench each in one mornings fishing,some huge rudd also,prebaiting isnt always an option there, its seeing a lot more pressure these days.I firmly believe the corn isnt helping,Ive seen pegs go stone dead after its introduced,Weird I know but, It might be spooking fish as most waters are Gin clear up there, just a hunch but I never use it up there anymore.
    I forgot to fix you up for the casters.
    and the toast lol.

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    • #3
      Well done Bob
      John

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      • #4
        I will swap the price of the castors and toast for the guided tour and excellent fishing lol.
        pity you dont take sugar ( my tea was safe)
        River anglers Go with the flow.

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        • #5
          Do you take tea with your sugar?

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          • #6
            Sounds as if Bob saved the day Rick ?
            You will never be able to beat the type of local knowledge that has been gained by year's of experience .
            Both catching huge amounts of Fish 1 day & Struggling for bites the Next .
            Bob's knowledge of the Moods & Conditions of the River Systems & other Venues is Something that you can never gain
            by going over for 2 weeks a year .
            Unfortunately when we travel to areas like Southern Ireland we are going to a place we have heard so much about ,
            Massive bags of Huge Bin Lid Bream sadly those days are long gone .
            The amount of water available to Fish is Not really a bonus, So many pegs too choose from & they all look as if they should be Solid
            in truth you are faced with a Daunting Experiences,
            You are Sat in the Middle of 1 of the most Idyllic places on Earth with so much water too Fish & it all looks like Heaven.
            Sometimes the only way you will catch is too pick a Place to Fish & fish there every day ,Pre baiting when you leave for the next day
            Chances are you will have the Catch of a Lifetime during you time there .
            No one tells you they have been to Ireland & had 10 days from 12 when they have caught next to Nowt .
            I know you & Carol will have had an Amazing time ,in a Beautiful location meeting some wonderful People
            Yes it would have been nice to Empty it every day,
            But the holiday is as much about the place the people & the Experiences shared
            Look @ the Bonus side you didn't have to Drive home with your clothes & Nets Stinking the Car out on the way back
            Welcome home Both see you soon
            Col
            Colin

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            • #7
              Cheers Col, see you soon on the bank i hope
              River anglers Go with the flow.

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              • #8
                Pleased Bob saved the day and your holiday Rick, got to admit I've been when I thought it had been hard but never anywhere near as bad as that.

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                • #9
                  Scunny, it was really bad mate, as said i even phoned a couple of friends we met last year in Leitrim and just as bad.
                  anglers turning up behind us several days who where just driving round trying to find fish and all telling the same story, loughs where up more than we had ever seen them, up to 15 feet and thats a lot of water on those loughs.
                  we love it but its put us off for a couple of years, its a lot of money with accommodation, food n drink and bait to not catch at all.
                  River anglers Go with the flow.

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                  • #10
                    I know where your coming from Rick ,I had already committed to September and if I hadn't probably wouldn't have gone after May as didn't really enjoy it. We have fished the same areas in Leitrim for the past 10 years, the same week in September. Since the world pairs started just before we go, the fishing has got much worse. Unless things dramatically alter later this year I'm thinking of trying Holland, I've never been and heard good and bad but I suppose you have to see for your self.

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                    • #11
                      Group of 5 mates have been going to Ireland for years, but have decided on Holland this year ( end of July), im the same heard good and bad, met two lads in Ireland this year fished for Tri Cast Calder, staying in cottage next to us.
                      their mates have been going to Holland for a few years now, they say if you catch it as the Bream are spawning then your on for a dream catch, but once they have spawned they disappear .
                      ive heard they have plans of a way to kill off the Zebras in Ireland but not sure how true it is
                      River anglers Go with the flow.

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                      • #12
                        The end of July seems very late for Spawning Bream Rick?Im not privy to info on angling in Holland but I would Imagine the water temps would be slightly higher
                        earlier than the UK and Ireland would they?

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                        • #13
                          As for the Zs I havent heard anything about it at all.I would be very surprised,astounded in fact if there was anything done about them.

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                          • #14
                            The Zs was on TV think it may have been country file
                            River anglers Go with the flow.

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                            • #15
                              That would be great news if there's something in the pipe line. pardon the pun.

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