This turned out to be another slow session. Proper runs were few and twitchy
takes the norm when there was action. The only take I connected with came to a
piece of squid fished close in to the edge of a reed bad. It was yet another
bootlace which somehow managed to tie the rig and itself in a great slimy
tangle when I foolishly netted it. Things were so bad I had to cut the line
and the hooklink to get the eel free. I did get the hook out of the eel -
somehow. If eels weren't supposedly endangered (there seem to be plenty round
here!) I think I'd be sticking these bootlace tangle-masters in the freezer
for pike bait!
Despite the frustration having returned I'm sure I'll be back again soon. At
least for one more try. If it's another bootlace-fest I might give the eels
a break for a week or two and try for something else.
I had intended posting a rod advert on here, but no sooner had I listed it on The Pikers Pit than it sold. Which surprised me as it was an 11ft 1.75lb Torrix more suited to small river barbel or stalking carp.
I'd ordered the blank for myself during my summer of carp fishing but it arrived after the short-lived interest in carp had faded away. Hence I only got round to building it recently. Actually I started it during lockdown one but gave up when paying work started coming in again. As I'm in a lull at present waiting for blanks ordered months ago to turn up I passed a day finishing it off.
It's a shame that Harrison's aren't supplying brown blanks any longer
because built up whipped in sand tipped brown they look rather nice. The
newish Vortex rings also look good on slim blanks like the lighter
As I spent some time trying to take some vaguely professional looking photos
of the rod (shiny things are tricky to photograph) I'll post them anyway -
despite the fact I can't replicate the build.