Monday, 9 November 2015

October 2015 - Loch Reflections

The opening month of SENPAC's new season seems to have flown by, and it appears from reports received that those of our members who have been out and about have been rewarded with a few fish. No record breakers yet, but enough fish to make it feel like a reasonable start to the season for most.

Whilst there has been some modest success reported locally a lot of the early season effort has been focused north of the border and one or two of our more reliable waters over in Dumfries and Galloway have been just that, reliable, which makes the relatively long journey seem worthwhile.Sadly that cant be said for our first Region outing. With a relatively good turn-out of eight SENPAC stalwarts heading high into the Scottish hills we were greeted by a very welcome light frost which frustratingly developed into near tropical conditions of bright sunshine and gentle breeze. Not the ideal combination for fishing a relatively shallow clear water loch? Excuses in early then as the fishing was best described as slow with only five small fish to report. Disappointing for those that failed to catch for sure in what were undoubtedly less than good conditions, but the social aspects of the trip were enjoyed none-the-less and the photographers amongst our number found plenty of opportunities to exploit much to our newsletter editors delight. More pictures less writing to do!

Speaking of pictures, long time SENPAC member Steve Sandiford enjoyed a weeks fishing on the River Severn during October, a finale to his barbel fishing season, prior to getting stuck into his predator fishing. Steve reported some significant success with a number of good fish up to 10lb, however his other success was with the camera, capturing the archetypal angler's shot that we have all tried for at one time or another, usually unsuccessfully. Our newsletter editor failed miserably to hide his envy when he received the image from Steve entitled "a Shropshire bite alarm", suggesting that this will probably be the picture of the year as far as SENPAC are concerned.
Shropshire Bite Alarm

Looking forward to November, well, this is always SENPAC's busiest piking month. With some of our number heading to the Lake of Menteith, quickly followed by our annual five day visit to the Lake District and then our Region outing to deepest Yorkshire. We will hopefully have a lot to talk about at the next Region meeting on Tuesday 24th November 2015 at the usual venue.

Tight lines to you all

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