The 2018 Angling Trust Division One National Championship was held on the non-tidal River Trent on Saturday 18th August. The team event was held a week after the Individual National Championship, on the same sections of the river.
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The 2018 Angling Trust Individual National Championship was held on the non-tidal River Trent on Saturday 11th August.
In recent years, the fishing on the Trent really has exploded. Many would argue that the fishing now is equal to or even better than the sport in the 80s which gained the river a soft spot in many anglers hearts. The number of silverfish or barbel in the river mush be approaching record levels.
So.. New years eve, the end of another year and the beginning of a new one. I had a bit of a break from fishing over the past year but started again a few months ago – just as the cold weather started. I’m looking forward to the new year and have already started getting ready for 2016.
Let’s flashback to last Monday to a conversation with Rich at work:
Rich “Have you even been fishing yet this year”
Rich “You’re not really a proper angler are you?”
Rich “Why don’t you come on this weeks match?”
Rich “Go on, I will book you in”
Me “Yeah, ok”
That was that. It might be hard to believe, but for someone who runs a website that mostly features commercial venues, it must be around 12 years since I fished one.
Time flies eh? The Looks Fishy website is now 2 years old! I’ve just been reviewing the website after neglecting it somewhat over the past 6 months or so and noticed the time that the site in its current form has been online. It is sometimes quite hard to date a website as the domain was registered a good few years before, but October 2012 is when the first fisheries were added. If my memory serves me correct, I think Makins was the very first venue I put on the site. This was one of the first commercials I fished as a kid and I used to love the trips down the M1… to some it will always be referred to as “Daiwa Makins”.
I originally set myself the challenge to build a website that received over 10,000 visits a month, and this is now regularly the case. Hopefully the site will continue to grow and become the most comprehensive guide to for places to go fishing in the UK.
The long winter nights are a good time to spend working on content and features for the site. If you have any thoughts or feedback on how the site could be improved then please get in touch or leave a comment.
There was no fishing action for me over the weekend, but despite that I did have fun in London.
I recently spent a day fishing with Dave Harrell on the River Wye. I had been looking forward to the day since I booked it six months ago… A day on what many think is the best river in the UK along with the best river angler in the country – that’s a pretty special combination!
All in all it has been a pretty good start to the year! In October I started going fishing again after a break of around 5 years… It was probably not the best time of year weather wise, but it’s not something thats bothered me too much!
Starting fishing again has been pretty straight forward. My parents were pretty relieved to get half of their garage back when I took my tackle back to my house! When sorting through everything I found about 5 big storage boxes full of old bait which wasn’t too pleasant – pellets, boilies, groundbait, additives, leam and turmeric. It was a bit of a waste but all of that went in the bin.
All of my fishing has been done on the Derwent. The first two sessions targeting barbel I blanked, so as a confidence booster I went for an afternoon on the stick float and caught a nice net of dace and roach. Another blank followed that – I did hook a barbel but lost it in a snag!
This year I have been fishing twice and both sessions have resulted in catching PB fish! It’s funny how your luck can change. I’ve been trying some new 3FT Dubby boilies along with some paste that I made from Elipse pellets.
A double barbel from the Derwent in early Jan:
A 6lb Chub from the Derwent in early Feb:
Fingers crossed we will have a mild spell towards the end of the season!
Things with the website are slowly starting to come together. This week has been quite productive, the site now has a new logo! Well, it’s more “a” logo, rather than a “new” one!
It’s been quite fun working on this over the past few weeks, especially watching it develop after rounds of feedback. Here are some of the earlier versions:
Big thanks to Richard Shilling! You can check out some of his other work here.
It’s pretty much obligitory having a “new blog” type post as the first thing on a new wordpress website isn’t it?!
I think so.. exciting times! I must have created or worked on hundreds of websites over the past few years but suprisingly this is the first one that has anything to do with fishing.