Monday, 10 April 2017

Customer enjoys red-letter day.

Some days you just cant understand whats going through the minds of fish as when me and Neal arrived at the lake in far from ideal conditions we agreed that we were starring a blank in the eyes, yet the fish had other ideas.

First cast and a tench graced his net which was the start of not hectic sport but steady sport as the indicator kept dancing and the rod kept bending.

Here are just a few of the fish that Neal caught during out latest session.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Monthly Report March 2017

Monthly Report March 2017

February got off to a good start and then slowly drifted back into my appalling run of form, however I just hope March isn’t the same as once again the month started in style this time producing a personal best equalling golden orfe weighing 6lb 5oz. My mate Chris went one better with one of 6lb 8oz!
Most anglers will now know that I have taken over the ‘Where to Fish’ for the South East of England, a post that Bill and Virginia Rushmer previously did for well over a decade. I wish them well and hope that I can continue the good work they have done. To say it’s easy is an understatement and the most frustrating factor is just getting hold of certain fisheries as the last thing I want to do is to insert any incorrect information, not just things like the price of a day ticket but misinforming you how a venue is fishing, however I’m now five weeks in and the task is getting easier each week. If you know of any fisheries that I haven’t mentioned then feel free to email me some information and if you have caught a good fish or had a bumper catch from any in my area then send me an image plus some basic details and I will try my best to get you shown within the magazine. Although getting this column sorted is time consuming it’s also very rewarding as I get to hear of what’s being caught, something that I know will work to my advantage in tracking down and catching, you never know, a few new personal bests. When it happens you will be the first to know!
All in all it’s been one hell of a busy month with loads of early mornings and at times I have felt completely exhausted. Work parties, AGM slide
shows, video producing, guiding and feature writing have all been part of it, however getting out for myself has also featured. Eight times in fact and although most, no all have only been for a few hours fish have at long last been gracing the landing net on a regular basis. Probably one of the most rewarding sessions was when my good friend Tom took me chub fishing for a few hours and repaid me for an earlier trip when he had lost his enthusiasm, caught a 5lb 9oz chub and seriously got the bug again. I have also lost some enthusiasm for my local rivers so a trip to a new venue saw a number of chub landed, but even better was we never saw another angler, happy days. I was actually looking forward to the rivers finishing, yet those few hours rekindled the passion and I was disappointed when it ended. One thing I will be doing come the opening of the rivers is heading to the river Wye a few times. Size really doesn’t matter anymore but catching a few for my efforts does, something that’s so hard locally to do. I have also got a ticket to a river that I have never fished before, heard lots about and have for a time wanted to fish so will be treading the banks of somewhere altogether new and hopefully once again catching a personal best or two. I can’t wait.  Quality roach and rudd, early season crucians, modest perch and bream have all featured in catches but it’s been the tench that seemed to have woken up first as loads have been caught, the best 6lb 9oz. Another session that showed just what a great leveller angling is, is when I sat next to my dad at Badshot Lea and got a right good stuffing of the next peg. I struggled for a couple of tench, but dad, well he just kept the bream coming along with a tench and just to rub salt into the wound, a near twenty pound common. He’s not coming again!
I have to say that I don’t mind being beaten, but need to know why and a recent trip to a day ticket water left me leaving with mixed feelings. Day ticket waters with out-of-bounds areas mean one thing usually, all the fish stacked up in them, especially if the fishery is
feeding the fish in the same area and this is what I was faced with on this occasion. I thought I had this particular fishery sussed and have never blanked, yet after seven hours decided it was time to throw the towel in as nether myself or fishing mate Chris had received a bite. Just before leaving a took a stroll down to the corner of the lake, an area that’s roped off with a fish feeding machine installed and even before I got close could see that every fish we were targeting was sitting safely below. Now I can see why a fishery wants to feed its fish and keep them in tip-top condition throughout the winter, but surely when anglers are paying money to fish the lake then it should rely on them to feed the fish and possibly catch them whilst doing so. What irritates me more is the fishery is feeding the fish on a bait that anglers aren’t allowed to use, somewhat hypercritical I feel! If you want to artificially feed the fish then please do so but don’t take money of anglers whilst doing so. I could well have trickled some bait in, got them feeding, then when no one looking sneaked one out, something I’m sure others have done, but to me that’s just not fishing!
Anyway, as my mate Alan would say, your moaning again, so on a better note have you all got your ticket to The Big One which is at Five (Farnborough Airport) on the weekend of April 8th and 9th. I will be on the Nash stand on both days so please pop down for a chat.
April is already looking like it’s going to be a mega busy month, however I am going to get some time off and relax this month and you never know, might just drop a whacker in the net.

Day to Day events.

02/03/17 – Headed to the Loddon in the rain for a spot of morning chub fishing. Not the most comfortable conditions for roving around but managed a couple of bites, one missed and one converted into a chub not quite 4lb.
03/03/17 – Still spending lots of time in the office but on the better side of things.
04/03/17 – Headed down to Willow Park to meet up with Jake Lund and Tom Weymouth to take a few images for an up and coming Anglers Mail feature.
05/03/17 – Up early and on the road come 6am, this time heading to Newdigate for a change in scenery and hopefully a bite or two. In all honesty most would have looked out of the window or seen the weather forecast and stayed at home, yet I had planned to meet my mate Chris at 7am so into the gloom it was. Rain, rain, rain, oh and wind came our way which isn’t the best as the lake we fished at Newdigate is on the top of a hill and when the weathers bad its seems twice as bad here. Brave it we did and stuck to our guns of leaving the tench alone and fishing specifically for the orfe and come mid afternoon five bites had come our way. My two produced a personal best equalling orfe weighing 6lb 5oz, the other was lost from a hook pull, while Chris had three bites, one missed, a two-pounder and a personal best orfe weighing 6lb 8oz.
7/03/17 – My first ‘Where to Fish’ opener for Anglers Mail where I headed to Passies in West Sussex for a spot of perch fishing but was it a success? You will have to wait and see, just keep buying your
weekly AM magazine and all will be revealed.
8/03/17 – A day in the office writing yesterday’s article along with getting my weekly venue column started.
 9/03/17 – Office day sorting articles etc.
10/03/17 – Spent the morning banging my head calling day ticket venues but finally managed to get my weekly column for Anglers Mail sorted, before meeting up with Tom Aldous for a spot of chub fishing. Heading to a totally new stretch we roved
around in good conditions and caught quite a few fish. I had a trout plus two modest chub on cheese paste whilst Tom stole the show with chub of 4lb, 4lb 7oz and 5lb 4oz, oh and a trout. Shame the season is almost over as really enjoyed the few hours I was out and really wanting to check out the stretch more.
12/03/17 & 13/03/17 – A couple of days in the office again sorting out venues for an Anglers Mail Holiday special later on this month. By the time this is read you all should know what my new assignment is. Bloody time consuming but equally as rewarding!
14/03/17 – The start of a busy few days as up at 5am ready to meet my good friend Paul Garner for a spot of tench fishing. Things didn’t quite go to plan as we caught everything but, well Paul did catch one modest tench. Things are certainly beginning to liven up but these cold morning still making things difficult but good to see that the crucians are on the feed.
15/03/17 – I really should have stayed at home as loads of things to get sorted but up again at 5am as its my mate Chris’s birthday and headed to Newdigate for a spot of golden orfe fishing. The weather was great for fishing, mankini weather, but crap for catching and after seven hours without a bite between us we called it a day. Fortunately we left happy as defeat was unavoidable!
16/03/17 – Another 5am alarm call and once again on the banks of Milton Lake at Bury Hill Fisheries come 7am, this time to guide regular Ian Joyce to a spot of float fishing. First cast and the float sailed away as it did on a regular basis throughout the day. After six hours of fishing and banter we had had enough as it was getting somewhat boring catching one fish after another. Yes, it was that easy, crucian after crucian graced his net along with the odd good roach to 1lb 9oz. We reckon the total weight was around 50b! Amazingly others around were struggling but did we see any of them feeding small balls of groundbait? No. If you want to know more about the fishing at Bury Hill then keep an eye on my weekly Anglers Mail ‘Where to Fish’ column or visit www.buryhillfisheries.co.uk
17/03/17 – Not another 5am start? Yes and once again at Milton Lake this time to team up with venue regular Barrie Edwards to see how the pellet cone will work. It was Barrie who introduced me to the cone a couple of years back, and you know how I have used it with devastating effect. If you want to learn more then you need to keep buying your weekly Anglers Mail where all will be revealed.  
18/03/17 – Spent a few hours with good friend Tom Aldous and mate Chris to get to know how to take some basic video footage.
19/03/17 – Sunday’s are now weekdays as spent the day initially finalising a ‘Where to Fish’ article before writing an Anglers Mail ‘Catch More’ article then getting up to date with other angling paperwork such as writing this up.
20/03/17 – A morning calling fisheries was followed by a few hours at one of my favourite lake, Johnson’s. Arriving in a howling storm at around 3pm I decided to fish two tactics, the ‘FTO’ rig, otherwise known as the Helicopter Rig and the pellet-Cone. Nothing happened for around ninety minutes but casting every twenty minutes finally bought a bite from a 6lb tench on the FTO rig. A slight switch on the Pellet-Cone sawn two bites come around 6pm resulting in a tench, again around 6lb and a crucian of 2lb 10oz before a rudd around 1lb 8oz fell again to the real maggots. I reckon more fish were there to be
caught but had to leave at 7pm.
21/03/17 – Met my dad at Badshot Lea at 6.30am for a spot of bream fishing. A bright blue cloudless sky and a really cold S/W wind didn’t make things easy but dad fishing the FTO rig bagged ten bream around 5lb plus a 20lb common. I tried something different in the hope of a few tench but after feeling I was getting a right good spanking off the next peg switched to the FTO rig and bagged a couple of 5lb tench. My girlfriends dad and mate John struggled for the odd bream but not ideal conditions and just great to get out and have a catch-up on the bank. Packed up at 1pm and bank in the office for a few hours paperwork.
22/03/17 – Spent the day sorting out my Anglers Mail ‘Where to fish’ column.
23/03/17 – A day again sorting fishy related paperwork, along with creating a photo slideshow which was presented at Grayshott Angling Clubs AGM in the evening.
24/03/17 – In the office in the morning before heading to Enton for a few hours to meet up with an angling mate. Fished from 5pm – 8.30pm for four tench, the biggest around 6lb plus a rudd around 1lb 8oz. Alan had four tench, best getting on for 7lb.
25/03/17 – Up early and on the road heading to Nash Royston Lakes in Cambridgeshire to lend a helping hand at a work party. Got loads done and managed to get away by 3pm.
26/03/17 – Spent a good five hours writing an Anglers Mail article called ‘The Specialist’. Will let you know when it’s published.
27/03/17 – Sounds like yesterday, that’s because it was......spent a good five hours writing an Anglers Mail article called ‘The Specialist’. Will let you know when it’s published.
28/03/17 – Time to try and get a few videos done so after picking Tom up we headed to Enton, no not for crucians but tench. When the video is ready to view it will be available on my website but thumbs up as we caught a few in far from ideal conditions.
29/03/17 – Spent the day sorting out my next Anglers Mail ‘Where to fish’ column along with other fishy related items and getting the kit ready for an early start in hope of a few perch.
30/03/17 – Up at 5am, arrived at Passies for just after 7am, fished the main lake for a few hours but hard, a few modest roach and the odd carp before moving to the Match Lake where we were well and truly beaten up by carp. If you want to get a few, no loads of bites then this is the place to head to.
31/03/17 – Another early morning and back on the banks of Newdigate come 7am, this time to help out a friend with some images he required. Unfortunately the catch images that we were looking for, an orfe or tench over the landing net never materialised as the lake was once again in one of its unforgiving moods. Paul did catch a personal best orfe, early on but a technical problem meant that any catch images weren’t taken. Two other very good anglers also failed to catch, well that was the case up until just after midday when once again the white towel was waved high in the sky and we headed home.


Tight lines and be lucky!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

FAS Badshot Lea - Fishing well.

Earlier this week I spent a few hours at FAS Badshot Lea, a venue that fishes really well at this time of year. Arriving around 6am we headed up the side of the New-Pin, dad cast out 'FTO' rigs and myself the pellet-cone and plastic in hope of an early season tench. Conditions were far from perfect, bright blue skies plus a chilly S/S wind. Dad managed ten bream averaging 5lb, a tench and a common estimated at around 20lb whilst I couldn't manage a bite on a new tactic and plastic hookbait, yet you have to try new things to stay ahead of the game. Finally realizing that it was too early for the new tactic to work I switched to the Helicopter rig and landed a couple of tench.
If you want to catch loads of fish then pick your day carefully, a mild overcast day with a good wind is far better than one similar to what we fished in. The lake is very much an early morning water and will slow up late morning so get there at dawn if you want to get the best from it.
Even better if you want to increase your catch rate then why not email me and book a days tutorial where you will learn everything needed to see a never ending supply of fish gracing your net.
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Passies perch


Passies Perch and Anglers Mail

If you are looking for a venue for some really big perch then you will be hard pressed to find anywhere better than Passies Pond, Steyning, West Sussex. In this weeks Anglers Mail you will be able to see how I got on when I headed there to produce my first 2 page 'where to fish' intro.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Big One - Don't miss it!

The Big One.
If you want to catch up with me then head to The Big One on the weekend of April 8th and 9th. I will be there on both days and will be attending the Nash stand so come down, take a look at all the new gear and ask as many questions as you want.
Tickets can be bought by calling the ticket hotline on 0345 873 1900 and cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, concessions and half day tickets available.
The address is 'Five' Farnborough (basically inside Farnborough airport) Hampshire, GU14 6XL, just follow the signs when you get close.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Monthly Report February 2017

Monthly Report February 2017



I suppose I’d better start by explaining TRD from last month’s write up. This actually stands for ‘The Rudd Diaries’ however to prove I’m not throwing a red-herring in I’m going to reveal that I’ve given up this winter as I just can’t locate them. Yes and not through lack of trying, well maybe, in a total of seven evenings at Frensham Great Pond I have received the grand total of zero bites! Things did look good, as first evening on, and in the face of a howling breeze my brother managed to bag himself a 2lb 9oz rudd. Anyone that has fished next to my brother will know that his flimsy old set-up seems to bleep for England, how he can tell a bite from the thousands of bleeps is beyond me but bag himself one he did as well as saying he had another chance. That evening I received the grand total of one bleep, that I do reckon was an enquiry. 

Feeling we weren’t in the right spot I decided to head to the opposite bank, albeit in another brewing storm. Some days we just talk ourselves into going, even when we know we shouldn’t and tonight was one of those days! It was a Sunday and I had to pick the girlfriend up from work at 4pm and with the light almost gone come 5pm I was on a loser right from the start, especially heading for an area that I hadn’t fished for a couple of years. Arriving at around 4.45pm I decided to pull the chest waders on in the car park and with the rain and wind growing had to wear my waterproof jacket over the top. With the hood flapping in front of my face and the tackle loaded over my shoulders and with hands full I made my way down the track but halfway to the lake I stumbled on a tree root and landed flat on my face. With my hands full I went down hard and after spitting out a bit of Frensham sand lay there for a few seconds wondering if I’d done myself any serious damage. Fortunately I hadn’t and after picking up pieces of kit that was thrown all over the place finally arrived at a swim to be faced with a howling wind coming straight in my face and the ice that had covered the lake the previous day now creating large flat spots in the heavy swirl. I finally moved up the lake a few yards, where there was no ice and after questioning my sanity managed to spod some hemp and maggots out. By now it was dark and here I was standing in the water thinking about going home all the time, but I was determined to fish. First rod went out fine but on casting the second something went wrong and although the feeder hit the spot I felt that I had clipped a tree behind. On winding in I found two foot of carbon dangling of the rod end, Joy. Frensham has been hard this winter and now down to one rod I finally threw the towel in, yet there was more damage to be seen as on winding in the first rod I realised that the handle shaft was bent. More joy. Wet and frustrated I headed home not realising that this sequence of events would be the highlight of my rudd diaries!

Back to the other things that I have been up to and in truth actually being outside has been dramatically limited, due to a new post that will be revealed next month which has taken up loads of my time. Ten bankside trips have all that I have managed, five being personal outings, mainly evenings at Frensham, three have been guiding other anglers and two have been features which is a shame as halfway through the month we were blessed with some really mild weather, 18 degrees in fact on the 20th. I was hoping that the six pound plus tench taken at the start of the month was going to see an upturn in my catch rate but it wasn’t to be, as from all my efforts I just can’t seem to get any bites, well not from big fish. Fortunately my customers have fared better and caught, so it really proves that I should have knocked the rudd fishing on the head and just gone out and caught what was feeding, something that I will be doing from now on. Although February has seen limited fishing the hard graft in the office is pretty much done so with the days getting longer, the weather getting slowly better and knowing that the fish will be up for a good feed I intend on making up for lost time during the coming months.

Day to Day events.


01/02/17 – Headed to Enton to team up with a mate who was enjoying a few hours on his birthday and with the temperature at 12 degrees thought there may be an outside chance of a winter crucian! Well I live in hope as the first bite of the new month came just as darkness was setting in, the culprit a bloody trout. Looks like my run of form is to continue! Fortunately an hour later another bite came and although not from a crucian it was from a proper fish this time, a 6lb tench. 
03/02/17 – With a storm brewing decided today was office day.
04/02/17 – Headed to Linear Fisheries this morning to team up with my mate Jake Lund and get another Anglers Mail feature sorted. With around 120 rods out the night before and only one fish out to our knowledge Jake took note of what was going on did something different and managed one within 40 minutes of casting out! If you’re a carper and want to put a few extra fish on the bank then it might be worth looking out for this feature coming soon to Anglers Mail. And to make things better I was back hope in time for the rugby, although we won it was a shame it was such a disappointing match.
05/02/17 – Spent the afternoon taking a few images for a feature to be shot tomorrow.
06/02/17 – Headed to a local lake to meet up with a bread/roach expert and gets more article images.
07/02/17 – Fishing come 7.30am, trying to copy a roach approach recently learnt. Conditions not great with loads of overnight rain and by arrival time the skies had cleared leaving a bright sunny start, not what this lake likes. Managed a few roach to just shy of a pound but after just a couple of hours, and once the mist had lifted, knew I was up against it. Loved it though and looking forward to mastering a new art. Should have known that there was something in the air, but headed to FBP in the hope of catching a few specimen rudd (one would be nice!), but fishing another new spot managed just one bleep. Brother Kevin fished next door and lost one as we were packing up. Not sure what hurts most, losing one or not getting a bite?
08/02/17 – Things are on the change, no not the weather or my catch rate but something that will see the direction of my angling career head. Can’t say too much but all will be revealed in around a month’s time. In the meantime and with the weather turning somewhat cooler I spent the day in the office finishing off yet another fishing article.
09/02/17 – The new project is taking up plenty of office hours but struggling to get my head around things I headed to Enton to clear my head. Three hours fishing between 5pm and 8pm on a raw day with temperature constant day and night at 2 degrees bought two bites, both from bloody trout!
10/02/17 – 15/02/17 – I was hoping to get out quite a bit during this period but the new project has taken up far more time than I had imagined, but at least I’m on the better side of it now. The weather over this period hasn’t been that great either and with one of my pets being ill, fishing has taken a back seat of late.
16/02/17 – The planned visit to the Frome had to be thought due to having to deal with the sick pet, so I headed to Frensham Big Pond with Chris in the hope of catching a pike or two to complete a self-take photo article for FAS. I didn’t arrive till 9am due to the problems at home and caught nothing up until noon, yet Chris had a couple in the net as I arrived so job done. Come 4pm I was back on the lake this time in the hope of a big rudd yet we both fished till 8pm when we wound in our rods and inspected the bait which hadn’t been touched.
20/02/17 – Spent the morning with a couple of customers at Waggoners Wells in unseasonably warm conditions, 18 degrees. Sport was steady for all of us with roach to a pound falling to our float tactics.    
21 & 22/02/17 – Another two days getting this new assignment up and running.
23/02/17 – Storm Doris is sweeping the country but where am I, on the Loddon with a customer. As they say a good day for catching isn’t a comfortable day for fishing but roving through the swims Chas was rewarded with three chub, 3lb 9oz, 3lb 10oz and a last cast whopper weighing 5lb 9oz.
24/02/17 – Out with Chas again, this time trotting the Blackwater. After a frost it
was always going to be hard but Chas had chub to 3lb 11oz plus roach, perch, dace, gudgeon and smaller chub. His cousin Jay spent the day on the lead using bread and had four chub, the best around 3lb 8oz.
25/02/17 & 27/02/17 – Another couple of full days in the office getting up to date with things and writing an article for Anglers Mail.

28/02/17 – An early start, up at 5.30am but still didn’t cast out till around 7.30am due to one thing and another. Perch were are target for the day but we couldn’t have wished for worse weather as there had been loads of overnight rain, yet come dawn the ground was frosty and the skies clear. For some reason, every time I plan to head to this certain venue with a customer I’m faced with similar conditions yet we still managed to catch our target species, yet the planned for two pounders and hopeful three’s failed to show. A few carp kept us on our toes but sometimes you just have to take what’s delivered and do the best you can. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Chub on the feed.

Chub on the feed.

Getting out for myself of late has been difficult of late due to a new job that has taken up much of my time, yet a couple of days guiding did sort of give me my angling fix. The first was whilst storm Doris blew and luckily a change in tactics saw four three-foot twitch bites come Chas's way producing three personal best chub, the best 5lb 9oz.
The following day we moved river in the hope of some quality roach on trotted bread punch but although the roach weren't as cooperative as expected the chub were with fish to nearly 4lb falling. His cousin Jay joined us and using a more specialist approach took four good chub, again just shy of 4lb.


If you fancy a days chubbing then time is running out but I still
have a couple of days free.


Email me at duncancharman@me.com or call me 07928 617006.