Waiting in expectationWinter has arrived and there is no better time to be out beside the water chasing fish. The rocky shoreline is generally visited after dark with murky waters surging against the timeless shoreline. It is a time to launch big baits out into the darkness and wait, the mesmerizing swaying of the rod tips focusing the attention in the headlights beam. Lights decorate the far off valleys and coastlines. There is a certain pleasure being out in nature’s world away from the bright lights and trappings of the modern world.

Large conger are prowling in the dark waters to test the anglers tackle and nerves. There is every chance of hooking a powerful tope that will attempt to empty the reel of line. Rockling make a colourful catch and superb bait for huss and conger. It is the darkness that adds to the allure of this game of mystery and adventure far better than watching some drivel on the television screen.

Stillwater trout provide almost guaranteed sport on short winter days. The lakes hold a fascination as winter light provides some stunning reflections upon dark waters. The thrilling jolt of excitement through the line never fails to enthrall and surprise however great the expectation.


About piscator2

An all-round angler I fish for fun and enjoy sharing my experiences and adventures at the waters edge. Each week I write a column for the North Devon Journal and occasional articles for various publications.
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