Sadly it didn't but I couldn't ask for anymore, a winter 30!! I'd had a couple more nights over Christmas which turned out to be pretty cold with the lake fizzing on my second night and with the weather due to be even colder I decided to call it a day. The whole lake was looking bleak and the fish weren't showing where they were hiding! I got down a couple of weeks later to see Jake who was in the back bay, I had to work till late that night but when I arrived for a cuppa to see him I knew I had to do a night after work as there was a strong south westerly blowing straight into a swim they call weedy corner! I arrived back to the lake at 9pm, there was gusts upto 60mph, blowing straight into me! I got the rods out close in and was fishing by 9:30pm. I was thinking might have been a bad move to only bring a brolly but it seemed to hold out! I'd heard a few fish crash in the bay so knew they weren't far away, This time I was using a 15mm Red-Amo pop up on my hinge stiff and baiting up with Monster Tigernut as Jake had caught that day using the same approach and the week before so thought I would give it ago. With the rods having only been out for an hour the wind had blown a raft of weed the size of a car bonnet over my rods which forced me to re-cast. With the rods back out I decided to get some sleep. The rods were bleeping throughout the night and at 2am another raft of weed had blown in.
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Use a dental pick to cope with baitcaster backlash. Everyone who fishes are experiencing the dreaded "birds nest" of tangled fishing line sooner or later. Keep a dental pick handy to help untangle your line without cutting it. Get a travel-sized dental pick with a cap on it, and make it with you in your wallet.
One thing that all fisherman should understand is that fish typically like to remain by some sort of cover. This can be an undercut bank, or perhaps a large under water rock, or anything else that provides some sort of shelter. Look to aim your casts towards any cover to increase your chances of catching fish.
Keep your seasons and time in mind when you are fishing. For instance, if it is summer and quite warm, you might want to consider fishing as the sun is setting right until it gets dark. However in the spring time it is better to fish in the afternoon once the sun has heated up the water a little.
Just a few short years ago fishing was the most popular sport here in the UK, unbelievably more people went fishing than watched football matches. The sport's popularity has wained somewhat, especially within the younger generation whose lives would now seem to be totally driven by social media and their mobile phone. Many of them will never experience the beauty of our countryside, will never see the astonishing selection of wildlife living in and around our fishing waters and will never appreciate the peace and solitude that a day sitting on the side of a lake or river offers. Sadly, that's their loss but for those of us who have been bitten by the fishing bug the following website has lots of content related to fishing in the UK carp fishing.
Consider removing the skin, if you caught a bottom feeder, such as a catfish. Skinning a fish definitely improves its flavor. Cut your skin behind the top and pectoral fins before pulling it having a set of pliers.
McIlroy carded a final round 66 to end with a 21-under aggregate score of 267, having begun the day on 15 under, a shot adrift of England's Sullivan at the $8 million European Tour's season finale. Playing partner Sullivan's 68 left him on 268, one stroke short despite stretching his advantage early on as McIlroy seized control mid-round with seven birdies in 11 holes. The four-time major winner could even afford to take a drop on the 17th after finding the water, eventually recovering to make a 40-foot bogey before sealing victory with a 12-inch par putt on the final green. It's probably the longest putt I've ever made for a bogey; I don't think there's been one that's come at a better time, so definitely the best bogey of my career," the Northern Irishman told reporters. The victory was his fourth of the year and first since May, McIlroy having missed three tournaments including the British Open at St. Andrews after rupturing ankle ligaments while playing soccer in July. McIlroy's 12th tour title means the 26-year-old also retained the Race to Dubai, formerly known as the Order of Merit and given to Europe's top money earner. He was also victorious in 2012 and 2014. SULLIVAN START Ahead of play, McIlroy practiced his putting until almost the last moment while Sullivan casually waited on the opening tee. But the duo seemed at ease with each other, amiably chatting and joking as they walked the first fairway. Sullivan, ranked 53 in the world, sunk an eight-foot birdie on the first after seeing McIlroy miss a 15-footer that ended just short. Both birdied the second, Sullivan moving to 18 under and McIlroy two adrift on 16 under. On the par-three fourth, McIlroy seemed perturbed after pulling his tee shot and although he recovered with an 80-foot putt to within four feet of the pin, he scuffed his next effort for a bogey that gave Sullivan a three-stroke advantage. The duo again picked up shots with close range putts on hole five, McIlroy's the first of three successive birdies that lifted the world number three to 18 under. Sullivan also birdied six but then bogeyed eight - his first dropped shot in 22 holes - as his lead was reduced to one stroke by the turn. "I gave it everything on that front nine, I just couldn't quite get the putts to drop on the back nine," said Sullivan.
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