KEEPING GENTLEMAN’S HOURS Main lake, Avon Tyrrell, 11 June 2021 (Session 24_2021)

Venue: Avon Tyrrell, Main Lake Swim: Car park bank Time: 14:30 to 16:30 Weather: It remains a settled and warm spell, but this afternoon was humid despite a stiff breeze This week panned out as outlined at the end of my previus post. After fishing Tuesday evening, I was out running on Wednesday evening and out again on Thursday cycling. Thursday turned into a late evening as I failed to steer Pete and Nigel past the Red Lion at Boldre and would have been longer had I not vetoed the Gun at Keyhaven. . Now whilst Mrs. Sidestream is quite … Continue reading KEEPING GENTLEMAN’S HOURS Main lake, Avon Tyrrell, 11 June 2021 (Session 24_2021)

HOPEFULLY JUST A BUMP IN THE ROAD Mudeford Woods Lake, 8 June 2021 (Session 23_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 6 Time: 19:30 to 21:50 Weather: We seem to be in a long settled warm spell. Most mornings start overcast but the cloud clears by lunchtime and it usually stays clear through to the evenings What happened to my list of things to attempt once Lockdown#3 was over and what happened to my attempt to fish every peg at Mudeford Woods? I fear I have become somewhat set in my ways and have lowered my horizons, as this was yet another evening session at Mudeford Woods and once again I set up in Peg … Continue reading HOPEFULLY JUST A BUMP IN THE ROAD Mudeford Woods Lake, 8 June 2021 (Session 23_2021)

EVERTONGATE Everton Grange, 2 June 2021 (Session 22_2021)

Venue: Everton Grange Swim: Peg No. 12 Time: 08:15 to 11:00 Weather: Initially sunny but progressively overcast and muggy, but with a stiff breeze ‘Evertongate’ does not relate to this week’s news that Carlo Ancelotti is leaving Everton and returning to Real Madrid, but is my term for an internet exchange that played out recently on the club forum. In the main I think it is best to skate over a lot of the details, after all a bit like the house purchase process you rarely see the best of people (me included no doubt ) on message boards, Twitter … Continue reading EVERTONGATE Everton Grange, 2 June 2021 (Session 22_2021)

FLAT TRACK BULLY The Small Lake, Avon Tyrrell, 28 May 2021 (Session 21_2021)

Venue: The Small Lake, Avon Tyrrell Swim: The Cabin Swim Time: 09:00 to 11:00 Weather: Daytime temperatures reaching 16C, but predominately overcast and still It was not quite as early as I intended when I arrived at Avon Tyrrell but despite the official opening time being 08.30 both lakes were deserted. Spoilt for choice I opted for the small lake, which isn’t the obvious choice as the main lake has the reputation of being over stocked with carp. However, hopefully the above snap goes some way to explaining why I like to fish the small lake at least once a … Continue reading FLAT TRACK BULLY The Small Lake, Avon Tyrrell, 28 May 2021 (Session 21_2021)

A 1,000 RUNS BEFORE MAY IS OUT Mudeford Woods Lake, 27 May 2021 (Session 20_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 6 Time: 20:00 to 21:30 Weather: A lot more like May, daytime temperatures reaching 16C Yesterday I woke to the alarm on my mobile phone ringing and as I re-set the alarm to snooze an alert flashed across the screen summarising the day’s weather and the good news was that temperatures would reach 15C or 16C. That is so much better than the temperatures that have prevailed for most of May. With Mrs. Sidestream heading off to the Isle of Wight for the day, going fishing seemed a good shout. The club website had … Continue reading A 1,000 RUNS BEFORE MAY IS OUT Mudeford Woods Lake, 27 May 2021 (Session 20_2021)

IF THIS IS MAY I WANT A REFUND Mudeford Woods Lake, 18 May 2021 (Session 19_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 11 Time: 19:45 to 21:15 Weather: Comfortable, but still cold for May. Overcast with a middling breeze. If fishing and running are the yardsticks I have been somewhat lethargic of late, but on the other hand I am back invigilating at Waterloo Road and the garden has taken up a fair amount of time. Whilst it isn’t cold in the winter sense of the word, so far the weather has been fairly miserable for May, which I think accounts for why fishing and running have both been put on the back burner. Nevertheless, despite … Continue reading IF THIS IS MAY I WANT A REFUND Mudeford Woods Lake, 18 May 2021 (Session 19_2021)

BACK TO GOOD HABITS, AN ELEMENT OF REDEMPTION AND A HALF HEARTED GAMBLE Mudeford Woods Lake, 7 May 2021 (Session 18_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 8 Time: 19:30 to 21:00 Weather: Chilly but still Yesterday’s gig as a Polling Clerk was a long day as the Polling Station opened at seven in the morning and you have to be there to set up at six thirty and then you are there until close at ten in the evening and then it takes about another twenty minutes to dismantle the booths etc. The interesting thing is that the day’s net pay almost exactly equals an annual Christchurch Angling Club subscription and I have to say I’m tempted, but it would … Continue reading BACK TO GOOD HABITS, AN ELEMENT OF REDEMPTION AND A HALF HEARTED GAMBLE Mudeford Woods Lake, 7 May 2021 (Session 18_2021)

A LATE START, A BLANK AND AN ENDING THAT FIZZLED OUT Mudeford Woods Lake, 29 April 2021 (Session 17_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 7 Time: 20:00 to 21:00 Weather: Chilly but still As a starting point the part time temporary gig with the Census follow-up team came to an end today. Despite chewing up 25 hours a week for the last six weeks I don’t think it has over impacted on my fishing time. Realistically the weather (in short a cold, dry and windy April) and lack of inclination have played a bigger part. The work itself was initially okay but soon became repetitious and frustrating mainly due to the number of second homes and empty housing … Continue reading A LATE START, A BLANK AND AN ENDING THAT FIZZLED OUT Mudeford Woods Lake, 29 April 2021 (Session 17_2021)

CONFIDENCE, GOOD HABITS, VISUALISATION AND A BLANK Everton Grange Lake, 26 April 2021 (Session 16_2021)

Venue: Everton grange Swim: Peg No. 2 Time: 18:45 to 20.45 Weather: no wind, temperature dropping into the evening after a pleasant sunny day If I am going to discuss confidence, I had best start with a disclaimer. For as long as I can remember a lack of confidence coupled with chronic shyness has been an issue with me. Over the years I’ve developed strategies to counter the shyness, but the confidence issue is ingrained. I’m not sure whether my lack of confidence is the result of my tendency to anxiety and down periods or vice versa, but I am … Continue reading CONFIDENCE, GOOD HABITS, VISUALISATION AND A BLANK Everton Grange Lake, 26 April 2021 (Session 16_2021)

MATCHMAKER MAKE ME A MATCH Mudeford Woods Lake, 19 and 20 April 2021 (Sessions 14 and 15_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 6 (19/04/21) and Peg No. 7 (20/04/21) Time: 18:30 to 20:00 (19/04/21) and 08:30 to 11:00 (20/04/21) Weather: recently the temperature has been dropping in the evening, but it stayed mild for the evening and the morning was bright and sunny with temperatures reaching 14C I have been away from the bank-side for three weeks, which is a tad longer than my current norm. There has been a combination of reasons, the temporary part time job has chewed up a wee bit of time, training for the Ooser half marathon a bit more time, … Continue reading MATCHMAKER MAKE ME A MATCH Mudeford Woods Lake, 19 and 20 April 2021 (Sessions 14 and 15_2021)