This saturday I took a wonder up the medlock right through the city centre. I've found a place at the back of the NCP behind the palace hotel where you can hop over the fence into the river, everywhere else is about a 15 foot drop down. I didn't half get some funny looks of people looking down at me. I found two small swims but the river was very low, a few stickleback clung on to my maggots in a deeper hole where I got in. I carried on walking up stream to where the river comes out from under the uni, you could carry on walking to the other side with a torch as the river turns into a 2ft storm drain. This is an amazing swim, I only caught the one chub but it was a chunky fish, I was more intrested in exploring than fishing. I've looked down to this swim in the summer threw bits of my chocy bar in to watch some massive chub snap it up, one looked around the 5-6lb mark, gonna leave this place till summer.
I started the year off at my grandparents house in south Florida with my girlfriend, and caught plenty of nice bass and endless bluegills. There my favourite fish to catch the really pull back, their like supercharged perch. Using basic waggler tactics you could easily bag up a ton, I don't understand why our fishing methods haven't caught on there. The saltwater fishing is amazing there's endless beaches and canals next to the house. It's the only place I know where you can fish salt and fresh water next to each other. Theres even some weirs where the fresh water canals flow over into the saltwater ones, here you can catch fish from both in the brackish. Some of the fish I pulled out include sharks, jacks, snook, drums, snapper and rays, which one was way over 30lb. You never know what your gonna get. The highlight was a fully grown bullshark which I managed to get in pretty close.
These giant bluegills were my favourite catch. Those pumpkinseed fish are the same family I think.
Paradise why can't I fish here everyday!
The summer has thrown up some nice fish. I've had some amazing sport on the Irwell. The roach fishing is brill and its on my doorstep. My two best fish of the summer from the Irwell, the chub was about 4lb and the trout was even bigger.
I've done quite abit on the Medlock and landed some beautiful perch. Also this surprise bream came out, it must of come from the canal overflow.
I've had a few good days lure fishing on the canal as well with this pb lure caught pike.
I use to live in Rochdale and when I was younger I found a small tributary of the river roch. It's full of small trout and a real fun place to fish. Theres a few roach and perch that have escaped from a small secret millpond a minute upstream. The pond is rammed with roach and perch I bet theres some right monsters in there. I caught the smallest trout ever and some beautiful looking trout.
Look at the spots on this trout compared to a medlock fish.
Not really been out much, I thought I'd be doing alot of piking but I've only been out once. This little begger was my reward.
I normally fish the Irwell seeing as though my apartment is on it, but its been up and unfishable for some time. The lower river gets hammered when it rains anywhere, so I've been to my medlock swim for some guaranteed chub. I caught a few small chub and was pestered by chublets, a little perch popped up to, there's some massive perch in this swim. Some of these chub were in bad shape but then this clonker appeared. This fish is giant for the river, I didn't weigh it but I'm guessing around 3lb. Luckily somebody walked past and took a proper picture for me. I ended the day with a small trout.