EVERY SUNS GOT TO SET WITH TIME The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton, 15 September 2021 (Session 36_2021)

Venue: The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton Swim: By the Hire Boats on the Christchurch bank Time: 18:00 to 20:00[ Weather: about as good as it gets for a September evening – initially sunny, clouding over, no wind and warm enough for just a t-shirt and sweat shirt. It has been about three weeks or so since I last went fishing and there is no one reason, just the cumulative impact of a bit of DIY, various visitors and five days in Guernsey including a day trip to Sark. Today, however, marked my return to the bank and I was slightly … Continue reading EVERY SUNS GOT TO SET WITH TIME The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton, 15 September 2021 (Session 36_2021)

EMULATING THE BHOYS Parley Lakes, 23 August 2021 (Session 35_2021)

Venue: Parley Lakes Swim: The Old Lake towards the second island Time: 14.15 to 17:15 Weather: no wind, overcast but very cool for August. My son supports Celtic, which may seem a strange choice for a lad born in Surrey, who grew up on the Hants/Dorset border and went to university in Bristol and Stockholm. However, on Mrs. Sidestream’s side he has Irish-Catholic roots and on our visits to Co. Donegal he picked up that most of his extended maternal family have Celtic as their second choice Soccer team. Incidentally before I am accused of using an Americanism, it is … Continue reading EMULATING THE BHOYS Parley Lakes, 23 August 2021 (Session 35_2021)

PRECIOUS TIME IS SLIPPING AWAY The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton, 17 August 2021 (Session 34_2021)

Venue: The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton Swim: By the Hire Boats on the Christchurch bank Time: 19:45 to 21:05 Weather: fairly indifferent for August, but on the plus side it stayed dry and there was little or no wind Ah the wise words of Van Morrison, precious time is indeed slipping away. Actually as an aside although I like Van’s music he is on my list of artists I’m never going to spend hard earned dosh going to see. Others on the list are, or were, John Martyn and Amy Winehouse, so you may get that the common denominator is … Continue reading PRECIOUS TIME IS SLIPPING AWAY The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton, 17 August 2021 (Session 34_2021)

YOU LITTLE TINCAS Parley Lakes, 9 August 2021 (Session 33_2021)

Venue: Parley Lakes Swim: The Old Lake towards the second island Time: 18.15 to 20:30 Weather: this Summer the weather seems to have occurred in blocks and we now seem to be in a block of normal August weather; sunny with maximum temperatures of 20C and ether still or just light winds. I had hoped to fit in a third session last week but in the end time went against me and the alternative distractions included the second week of the Olympics. I enjoyed these games more than I had anticipated, although I was disappointed with a lot of the … Continue reading YOU LITTLE TINCAS Parley Lakes, 9 August 2021 (Session 33_2021)

WE ARE TAKING IT ONE STEP AT A TIME, BUT THERE’S A CHANCE THE TIDAL STOUR AND I MAY GET BACK TOGETHER The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton, 3 August 2021 (Session 32_2021)

Venue: The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton Swim: By the Hire Boats on the Christchurch bank Time: 19:45 to 21:30 Weather: Slightly better than yesterday, still, cloudy with some sunny spells and a fair bit of cloud. Tracy and Darren may have may have managed to get out the caravan and get the kids on the beach today! Obviously I am not deluded enough to assume anyone reads this drivel closely enough to be aware the my last post closed with me discussing my choices for this evening. Was it to be watching my son bat and keep in a mid-week … Continue reading WE ARE TAKING IT ONE STEP AT A TIME, BUT THERE’S A CHANCE THE TIDAL STOUR AND I MAY GET BACK TOGETHER The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton, 3 August 2021 (Session 32_2021)

OH OH FOR THE HARDEST MONTH Parley Lakes, 2 August 2021 (Session 31_2021)

Venue: Parley Lakes Swim: The Old Lake at the car park end Time: 14.15 to 16:45 Weather: Overcast, constant threat of rain but no wind – the sort of day that Darren and Tracy dread in their caravan whilst the shareholders of the Sea Life Centre are rubbing their hands. We are now at the start of August so I’m not being derisory when I mention the apocryphal Darren and Tracy in their caravan. Living this near the coast and the New Forest you can only feel sorry for people who save all year to have a literal dampener put … Continue reading OH OH FOR THE HARDEST MONTH Parley Lakes, 2 August 2021 (Session 31_2021)

SWAPPING TENSE MONTH END DEADLINES FOR TENCH MONTH END DEADLINES Mudeford Woods Lake, 29 July 2021 (Session 30_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 6 Time: 19:45 to 21:00 Weather: The heat wave has ended and tonight was one of those indifferent days holiday makers dread, overcast with the wind starting to get up and the promise of overnight rain to come. Despite Mrs. Sidestream being in London at the weekend the fishing extravaganza I had planned never came to fruition. It will surprise very few of you that Mrs. Sidestream’s sensible suggestion that we move the fridge to a more practical place, turned into disproportionate DIY fest which along with some rubbish summer weather chewed up quite … Continue reading SWAPPING TENSE MONTH END DEADLINES FOR TENCH MONTH END DEADLINES Mudeford Woods Lake, 29 July 2021 (Session 30_2021)

MAD DOGS AND SIDESTREAM BOB … The Main Lake Avon Tyrrell, 21 July 2021 (Session 29_2021)

Venue: The Main Lake, Avon Tyrrell Swim: The Island Swim on the car park bank Time: 09:45 to 11:30 Weather: Daytime temperatures reaching 27C The full title should perhaps be ‘Mad Dogs, Claret Bumbler and Sidestream Bob ….’ because the temperatures have reached the point where even an angler based in the west of Ireland is thinking about what species might feed in this heat. Until this heat-wave breaks we have both hit upon rudd as our most likely quarry and you can find Mr. Bumbler’s blog here; https://claretbumbler.com/. I think it is a blog well worth looking out for … Continue reading MAD DOGS AND SIDESTREAM BOB … The Main Lake Avon Tyrrell, 21 July 2021 (Session 29_2021)

THE TIDE IS HIGH The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton, 19 July 2021 (Session 28_2021)

Venue: The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton Swim: By the Hire Boats on the Bournemouth bank Time: 19:45 to 21:45 Weather: We are in the midst of a heat wave so this was a hot, still cloudless evening There is always a danger with posting my fishing log on line in the form of a blog that I will become hugely repetitive and bore my handful of regular readers. So, I’ll try and be brief! It helps if you think of the Solent as a giant fish tank that is half full and that is being continuously topped up and then … Continue reading THE TIDE IS HIGH The Tidal Dorset Stour, Tuckton, 19 July 2021 (Session 28_2021)

THREE BREAM ON THE BANK Mudeford Woods Lake, 13 July 2021 (Session 27_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 10 Time: 19:30 to 21:45 Weather: The preceding day was notable for Biblical rain but this evening was the calm after the storm – sunny, warm and still Despite this being a fishing blog, I’ll fill in some of the gaps since my last outing. The last few days have been filled by the New Forest Folk Festival and two, yes two because they did make it to the final of Euro 2020, England matches. We didn’t camp at the festival but commuted which means not only did we get a decent nights kip … Continue reading THREE BREAM ON THE BANK Mudeford Woods Lake, 13 July 2021 (Session 27_2021)