the days become colder I suddenly realise that I haven’t been fishing as much
as I would have liked to!
the summer was hectic – I have been so busy at work that I haven’t managed to
notice where the time has gone… And now I keep wondering - did we have summer
this year? Even the week’s holiday I had in
simply disappeared! I guess I’ve
just been infected by the “running” syndrome, a condition that manifests itself
by forcing the sufferer to try and fit as many different activities as possible
into each and every 24 hour period.
regular Wandering Angler users already had a chance to read about some of my
I can also promise that there are more coming. I told you that during my
holiday I felt like a hamster in a wheel – I enjoyed the waters of the
took in the spectacular sights of the Siera de Tramuntana mountains and had a
closer look at Spanish architecture… So as the rain comes I will be sitting at
my computer making an escape back to
as I try to portray my experiences from the summer.
the same time I won’t give up and hope that the sun hasn’t left us completely
for this year and I will still manage to fit in a few more fishing sessions
under the bright yellow and red trees of autumn.
fished 4 times in April for a stunning 772 fish, that’s an average of 193 fish
per session. I also broke my personal best for the most fish caught in a
day on a Lithuanian venue with 345 taken from a swim next to Boulders on Lake
Ekete(just 6 short of my all time personal best set 18 years ago in a Fenland
I am quite sure that a contributing factor to the successful start to this
years fishing has been the wonderful warm dry weather which we have been
enjoying pretty much since the start of April. The water, low and with
little to no cold rain water on top, is already quite warm while the lily pads
are in some places already pushing to the surface. The fish are active
Since my last article back in the beginning of April, nature has pretty much
exploded. Everything now is green and as you would expect, roosting
Storks can be found atop telegraph poles, barns and the tallest trees.
While fishing my ears are bombarded with a cacophony of frogs chorus, birds
song and bank side animals making being alone in the countryside every bit as
wonderful as it should be.
So the BBQ’s have been dusted off, I have suffered my first sun burn for the
year and now we look forward to May and I feel there are still bigger catches
to be had. The weather forecast suggests that with the exception of the
odd day of showers, we are set to continue both warm and dry so hopefully soon
the Tench and Crucians in Ekete will start to show while I hope also to catch a
better stamp of Bream from the Dane.
No wanderings are planned in May so I would hope for around a dozen sessions
and if things stay as they are it is even possible I might have 2000 fish
before this month closes. (2007 total for whole year 3647 from 49
an apology for the belated arrival of this text, but you know what they say,
better late than never. Late March and early April was dominated by
travel to the point where there never seems to be a spare moment and yet again
public transport offered its fare share of thrills and spills.
In a recent trip to the UK I managed to log one drama after another, first the
bus in which I was traveling from Klaipeda to Vilnius Airport crashed, writing
off two cars and its own windscreen.
This was followed by a delayed flight and then arrival at Gatwick South via the
mono rail to large numbers of machine gun brandishing anti-terrorist police
searching anybody and everybody in the area with dogs. This was followed
by the usual bill for 96 pounds and two missed trains. On the way back by
the way, my train was over an hour late into the station, isn’t British public
transport excellent value for money?
So it’s April, the month of showers… or as seems the case at the moment, the
month of cold miserable weather. More often than not it would also be the
month of Easter but in 2008 we had the earliest Easter in 100 years and the
consequence was snow from Good Friday to Easter Monday, not that I saw much of
it anyway as I spent most of the holiday ill in bed with a cold.
Last year my first fishing session was on April 23rd, this year I
have already had my first session, a big fat zero from Lake Ekete on March 10th,
not the start I had hoped to make to a new fishing year.
Actually March 10th was another of those days that makes me wonder
how I am brave enough to get out of bed.
The day started with my bike blowing a tire so violently that some of the
neighbors reported they thought they had heard a gun shot. Undeterred, I
transferred my tackle to a second bike and made the journey to the Swimming
Spot on Lake Ekete where as I already mentioned, ultimately I blanked.
The journey home summed up the day as half way and still some distance to go, I
blew the back tire on my replacement bike, the result an hours walk towing my
tackle on a heavy bike.
So I am looking forward to getting some more time bank side but first I need a
new tire! Have a happy April.
you believe we are already in March; even with an extra day in February there
never seems to be enough time to do everything. It’s like only yesterday
we were unwrapping Christmas presents and now we are getting ready for Easter.
By 'getting ready' I don't mean buying chocolate eggs as that isn’t popular
here. In stead we will paint real eggs using a variety of traditional
means, all of which I hope to capture on camera so if all goes well you should
be able to see my weak attempts at creating contemporary pieces of art on a
video by the end of March.
February wasn't a quiet month but just as last year, there was no bank time.
Looking back I can say that I've been very busy, I guess that's why I didn't
find spare time for fishing. I'm determined not to mention the weather,
as the rest of the world already see us Brits as being guilty of
'meteor-holism', but I need to express my disappointment that a month that
usually brings nasty blizzards wasn't actually any different to October or
November - lots of rain, dark skies and penetrating cold that keeps even the
most devoted fishermen indoors.
I managed to get to Sheffield and Derby celebrated Valentine's Day (all be it
with myself and my true love on the opposite sides of Europe), spent a weekend
in Vilnius and went to see Chris Rea! On the subject of Mr. Rea, I'm really not
a fan of his music, but I must admit I was impressed by his ability to play the
guitar and even inflicted, on an almost pact house, my rendition of 'Josephine,
I'll send you all my love’. If you have a chance to see him live, my
advice - don't miss it!
I'm not into gardening, and I really hate weeding, planting, raking, watering
and all the other paraphernalia connected with this rather irksome pass
That said, not liking the process of creating a beautiful garden
doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the effect spring has on the view from my
bedroom window. I'm really looking forward to seeing the first snowdrops,
daffodils and tulips that will bring some colour to our boring lives, I am sure
the guys in the UK probably already have all of these in full bloom? As
soon as spring is finally here I will grab my rod and disappear, meanwhile I
just need to start developing my excuses as to why I can’t prune the trees, cut
the lawns or pull out the weeds!
anybody noticed how much the nights have pulled out? It was still just about
light at 6pm this-evening and I am longing for the warm summer months ahead.
Looking at my diary for February, as in January, much of the time looks likely
to be spent traveling and so finding time to bring any fish to the bank seems
January 2008 was the first month in which I did not make a single fishing trip
since February 2007. The weather in Lithuania so far this year has been
unseasonable, with the temperature hovering around +2 most days with what seems
like endless grey skies and rain.
So my plans to make this winter my first to try ice fishing now seem doomed and
finding conventional bank time in the wet gloom that seems to have enveloped
the country doesn’t seem very enticing.
I did manage my first trip to the Hill of Crosses in January and have to say it
was well worth the 4 hour round trip. The place is awesome and for me it is
hard to take in the bravery that the people of Lithuania showed in maintaining
the site during the Soviet occupation when the crosses were bulldozed at least
January also saw my regular battle to navigate Britain without using a car.
Repeatedly the British government insists that the people of the United Kingdom
should use public transport in order to help the environment and yet I am
certain few of these well meaning politicians have any real grasp of the
realities of everyday life. Let me start by saying that if you want to travel
to Derby from Gatwick at Peek times you need to be ready to take out a mortgage
and Peterborough to Gatwick off-peek isn’t any better. Now take into to account
cancellations and delays and you soon start to realize that you are lucky these
days to get a train at all.
How is it that in Lithuania I can travel from A to B with the transport always
clean, on time and affordable and yet in the UK I end up spending most of my
travel budget purchasing tickets for transport that arrives hours late or not
at all, is so full I must stand and costs me more money than a return flight to
So onwards into February we go and Spring now is close, just a few more weeks
and finally we will be able to go fishing without fear of freezing, getting
soaked or blown away so keep smiling.
would like to start by wishing everybody a very Happy New Year. Let’s hope that
this is a year filled with happiness!
With no official fishing season in LithuaniaJanuary brings a new fishing year
for me and a chance to look back at the achievements of 2007 as well as look
forward to making improvements in 2008.
For my first full year of sport in Lithuania 3647 fish from 49 sessions with an
average of 74.43 is not exactly a disaster but it was a season more of quantity
rather than quality and but for a few exceptions it was a disappointing year
where catching larger fish was concerned.
Obviously 2007 was a year for becoming familiar with the local waters and
matching the best methods to new venues. I feel I have learned a lot and hope
that 2008 will bring even greater quantities while allowing me to catch a few
new ‘Personal Bests’.
As for January it self, although it has been very cold (as low as -18) for the
last few days the forecast seems to indicate that the weather will continue to
frustrate, too mild for ice fishing and too cold for the fish to show interest
when employing conventional methods.
My best hope for fish this month looks likely to be pike from the bank and with
both Smelt and Lamprey in the freezer I may well have at least a chance of a
fish so if the weather does break there is little doubt I will be making my way
to the water side.