Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Winter rainbow trout

  • Nick Hart and I did a feature yesterday at the pristine Blakewell trout fishery close to Barnstaple in North Devon - it is a fantastically well maintained place to go and fish, and even with all the rain we had on Monday, Nick still managed to nail a couple of stunning looking rainbow trout for my cameras. We even got big blue skies for the first couple of hours as well. Check the photo above for proof !! These skies look awesome in the winter.
  • Conditions were fantastically tough for the actual fishing, so I take my hat off to Nick for getting a decent fish so quickly, almost to order in fact. The water had gone really murky with all that rain, yet I'm still there hoping that a fish was going to get caught quickly so that I could make full use of those blue skies - and come to order it did. Nice one Nick.
  • I just saw a good friend of mine who happens to run a charter boat out of my home port of Plymouth - you could not hope to fish with a nicer or better skipper than Malcolm Jones, and it always gives me a real boost when I know the guy running the boat is also a mad keen angler. Malcolm has just got his boat Sea Angler II back in the water after its yearly dry-dock visit, and he nipped over to the mouth of the River Tamar for a quick session over the weekend. Five thornback ray to around 12lbs were caught, all on prawn baits, and Malc said he had one on before he had even managed to set up his second rod. Class fishing. If you want an awesome day at sea, book Malcolm up as soon as you can.


Anonymous said...

Some great pics there Henry. Hope the weather holds up for weekend - we're having a match but before it starts we're meeting up with the RNLI to thank them (and give donations) for last Sundays help.

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Henry Gilbey said...

Stu - thanks for the heads up. I read your comment and your blog, scary stuff indeed, and I am glad all turned out ok in the end. I meant to put something up about it and then got sidetracked - will do so. The RNLI are awesome.

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Anonymous said...

RNLI update: After a quick sortout with the local guys and a few not so local we collected just over £500 and handed it over to the lifeboat crew who were at the Blackpool (Lancashire) station today after practicing out at sea this morning. A great result from a load of guys who really appreciate all the work the RNLI guys do to give us that one extra (god forbid we ever need it) safety net.

Thanks for the link as well Henry - the more awareness we can get for the RNLI the better.

Oh - fished a match - blanked :(

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