GOOD  START  TO  SEASON  AFTER  A  WEEKS  DELAY 

Well even though my back was only around 60% okay, I decided it was time to hit a river and have my first session for the 2014-15 season. Weather conditions were great in the Sheffield area today with overcast conditions and only a light breeze, so I headed off to the Dasher River around 1.15pm and was in the river by 1.40pm. The river was a slight light tannin colour and was flowing reasonably fast and much higher than I would have preferred. But I wasn't too fussed as it was just great to finally be able to get in a river and have a spin session. I chewed on a couple of Panadol as I started to work my way upstream casting the little Mepps #00 Black Fury gold upsteam and working it back and across the medium flowing sections of the Dasher.
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 PB  Rainbow Trout Caught in the Mersey River  15/4/2014

Well I did leave much earlier today for another session in the Mersey River at Kimberley and I was in the river by 10.30 am this morning. I was going to come back to this area in a couple of days, but this morning I decided to go back and start fishing from where I finished up yesterday. Conditions were much cooler today and there was a cold Easterly breeze blowing too. The good thing about where I am going to fish today, is that the river is sheltered from Easterley winds. 

I've had better days 10/4/2014

After a day and a half of light rain and drizzle, it finally eased off this afternoon so I headed off to Merseylea for a short session before the rain returned as forecast. There wasn't any wind to worry about and it was still quite mild as well making ideal conditions for a spin. The Mersey was running nice and clear and I did notice a few small browns jumping in a couple of sections upstream, so I new there were a few fish about. 

A  MUCH  DIFFERENT  TRIP  TO  MERSEYLEA  THIS  TIME 1/4/2014

I decided to head back to Merseylea (at 2.30pm) and have another spin along the same stretch of the Mersey River where I did fairly well for the Pirtek Fishing Challenge last Sunday week. On my arrived Neil Morrow from the IFS pulled up along side me and we had a nice chat for around 45 minutes before he had to head off. Neil was doing the rounds checking on the Anglers Access areas to see if they needed tidying up  or repairs. He did tell me that the IFS were very concerned about the amount of rubbish that had been left laying around at Lake Kara and if it keeps up, well it could well be closed to fishing.

MERSEY  GIVES  UP  A  BEAUTY  TODAY  FOR  THE  PIRTEK  CHALLENGE 23-3-2014

What a top morning it was for the start of the Pirtek Challenge, well it was here in Sheffield at 7.00am. It was almost calm with just a light to medium cloud cover as I left for Merseylea for my stint of fishing in the hope of picking up a decent size brown for the Pirtek Challenge. I wasn't expecting any thing over big even though I did spot a few very big browns surface feeding on hoppers the other day on a nice long and deep section of the Mersey River. That was my reason for going and catching the hoppers last Friday as they are what I was intending to use today.

Merseylea 21/3/2014

CATCHING  GRASSHOPPERS  AND  THEN  OFF  TROUT  FISHING
Shot off to Merseylea around 10.30am this morning armed with a kids butterfly net as I was going after grasshoppers and not trout for a change. It was very overcast and dull with rain not that far away going by the conditions.  Once at Merseylea I headed off through the tall grassy paddocks with net in hand and  started swishing it through the grass. Started to get a few but they weren't that big which was a little disappointing as there were much bigger ones here a few days ago. With it being cooler and overcast probably didn't help either. I did manage a couple of large ones and around thirty small hoppers, plus I picked up a few nice big black crickets. Trout just love these big black crickets too, and so they'll be the first ones to go on the hook. 

Kimberley 20/3/2014

SHORT  SPIN  SESSION  AT  KIMBERLEY
Left home this afternoon and was on my way to the Meander River for a spin session, but I didn't get there. While driving along the Bridle Track Road I had a change of mind and decided to fish the Mersey River at Kimberley instead. I thought I would just have a short spin session today instead of putting in a full afternoon on the Meander. I will do that some time next week. The river was low and clear and there was a light Nor- Easterly breeze which was just enough to put a light ripple on the surface every now and then. With the Pirtek Challenge on this weekend this was one of the main reasons I have been fishing the Mersey over the past few days, as this will be the river I'll be fishing for the challenge. 

Mersey River Report 19/3/2014

CATCH  RATE  QUITE  THE  OPPOSITE  FROM  YESTERDAYS  FISHING
With another day of howling winds I decided to go and see what the Mersey River had to offer at Weegena this afternoon. It's been quite a while since I've had a session there and I was looking forward to it as it normally fishes well at this time of year. Once there I strolled out onto Dylan's Bridge to check out the river and I couldn't believe how low the river was.

Merseylea Report 18/3/2014

CATCH  RATE  A  LITTLE  BETTER  TODAY 
With a forecast for strong West to Sth Westerly winds today I headed over to Merseylea for a mid afternoon session on the Mersey River. On leaving Sheffield at 2.20pm the wind had really picked up and I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge on the water today for accurate casting. At one stage I was thinking about not even going given the strength of it and knowing how difficult it can make the fishing. Then I thought what the heck, it's still good  practice casting in these conditions. 

Merseylea Report 14/3/2014

ONLY  TWO  BROWNS  FROM  SEVEN  HOOK UPS. 
Cloudy, humid conditions today made for a run over to Merseylea for a couple of hours in the Mersey River in the hope of picking up a trout or two. The river was still running low and clear and the rocky river bottom was just as slippery here like it was further upstream at Kimberley last Friday. I did see the odd fish jumping which was good, as it was a sign that there were a few trout about and so I might be in luck today.

MERSEY GIVES UP BOTH SPECIES IN A FIVE HOUR SESSION 7/3/2014

Headed of to Kimberley this afternoon to give the Mersey River another go at giving up a few trout. The river was running very clear and much lower than my last trip to it. The day was humid and overcast with only the slightest bit of a breeze from the Nth East which wasn't even enough to put a ripple on the water. I stuck with the rainbow pattern Rapala F3 again today as it has been working out well for me lately, and so when you're on a good thing then stick to it I say! I started off flicking the lure into a long run of fast water that flowed into a large pool and just let the lure drift downstream with the flow. I then slowly retrieved it back along the edge of the flow with a light twitch of the rod then let it drift back again and "'bang'" it was hit hard and I had my first fish for the session. After a short battle with this fish which was a rainbow (360gm) I soon had it in the net photographed and returned to the river. Another good start to a session I once again, but will it stay like this for the rest of it I wondered as I've been in this position (like yesterday Meander River) before.

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