I’m totally aware I share my love of nature with an array of wonderful insects, birds and mammals when out fishing. One such creature has been a constant for several weeks now, I call him the Brown Bomber, but its real name is Brown Hawker Dragonfly. It seems they (as I’m sure there are several) follow me arounds the lakes, and love to sit on my landing net or un-hooking mat to sunbath. I’m sure their emergence occurs when there are plenty of damsel flies about. These lakes are quite poor in aquatic insect life, by that I mean they are not rich waters like some in the South, with mayfly. I have seen the odd lake olive, but its the damsels that are the diet for these stunning insects. The other one I see is the Emperor dragonfly, but they are a bright blue, and stunning when you cross their path.
I’m getting a fish a trip now, and every one seems to fight extra hard. Most are long commons, old fish with huge tails that are tinged in gold, due to the Koi strain in them. My pictures don’t do them any justice laying on an un-hooking mat, but it takes too much time (as I’m mobile all the time) to set up a holding fish camera shot, so they go back in under a minute. I really only take a quick shot for this blog, so I hope you understand my caution with such old fish. If I did drop or damage one, I’d be heartbroken to be honest. I do use two mats, and always get things ready before I get the fish from the water. Most time, the barbless hook has fallen out in the net, so that helps again with getting the fish back quickly. I’ve seen far too many fish taken up the bank for a shot, only to be put back in a sorry state.
I like this video because it’s not all about big carp, but the challenge of stalking.
As the cooler weather comes around, I mean to plumb the larger lake properly. This will help with not only finding the carp, but also the Roach that are abundant in this lake. The roach will naturally move to the slightly deeper water as it gets cold, and as the lake is not that big, I should be able to drop on them quite easy in the winter months?