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Stiff Little Fingers!

December 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Venue - River Mersey
Duration - 4 hrs
Bait: Frozen Lug, Frozen Squid
Boat - Suveran II
Skipper - Simon Parry

You’ll have to forgive m y typing in this report. It’s 8hrs after getting back home and the tips f my fingers are still tingling!
Cold was not the word today!!!!

Waiting in the lock of Liverpool Marina we commentated on how the weather wasn’t a cold as predicted.
We soon changed our minds when the lock gates parted and we entered the River ersey.

The biting Easterly wind hit us and signalled that it was going to be fresh to say the least!

The baiting up was the worst bit!
Loading 4 still forzen worms and a whole frozen squid onto a pennel rig meant that the glves had to xcome off. With your finger tips loosing all feeling, it was enevitable that you would stab your selv with a big 4/0 hook with each push of the worm.
Cast out and gloves back on, the stinging started!
Then the throbbing!
Pins and needles next, until finally after about 20mins, movement and feeling had returned.
Tiem to reel in and bait upo again!!!!!!!!

Simon had the parafin hob constantly lit in the wheelhoudse. Everynoe and again, we would huddle around this and help speed up the warming procwss.
We all returned today without a hair on our hands :)

The fishing wasn’t fantastic today.
Whiting wee showing in good numbers.

A good amount of Dabs were landed.

Mpst of us were using the big baits though, in the hope of a Codling or 5.
Sadly, teh were to elude us today.

At 10:03am the sun made an appearance.

At 10:07am it disappeared never to show it’s face again.

A few mre Dabs an Whiting and our time was up.

An interesting experience!
Quite a contrast to fishing on a flat calm summers day, catching Mackerel for fun. THe screeming reel of a Tope run amd the pull of a 8lb Pollock. Shorts and T-Shirts, with the coolbox full of iced water to keep the hydration up.

Strangely though, just as enjoyable!!!!!!!
Despite everything, a couple of trips on the Mersey still form a vital part of the the fishing calendar.

It’ll orobably be next Winter before we are there again.
I can’t wait!

Happy dAys!!!

Tags: River Mersey Charters

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 notbad // Dec 31, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Sounds like you had fun chilling out.

    It’s certainly cold, it was minus 8 in Bala at 7 this morning, I was almost glad I couldn’t stop and fish.

  • 2 Al Hodgson // Jan 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Mike, your report sums up the day for me, a great day despite the xxx rated weather.
    My car windscreen froze over as I drove away from the marina, but on a positive note, all the bait that I had left out on the deck but didn’t use was still frozen solid when I returned it to the freezer.

  • 3 Paul Johnston // Jan 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Guys

    I was thinking about you on the 30th , sorry couldn’t make it. Looking forward to the warm hazy days of the summer out by the windmills of Rhyl

  • 4 fairziff // Jan 9, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Hi Paul,
    Your absence was noted :)
    Look forward to seeing you again in the Summer.

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