Sunday, 7 December 2014

A good day fi we - Essequibo river Guyana 2014

Bigfish boys. - Me and Navin Roopnarain with my huge Jau catfish
 from near King William falls - Essequibo river - Guyana

Having missed out on catching many of the target species on my last trip to Guyana I booked a return 9 day extended adventure with Steve Townson at for late November 2014.  It turned out to be even better than I had hoped.  Read all about it here on D Heaps Fishing Adventures.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Teaser: 2014 Fishing adventure.

Hi.  Not much action on this blog lately as I've not managed to catch a big perch.   However.  I have been on another fishing adventure abroad and am working on the blog post for that now.   Here's a little taste of what's to come on D Heaps Fishing Adventures.

Can you guess where I've been?

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Never get out of the boat. - Guyana : November 2013

Guyana : November 2013

British Guyana stamp featuring an Arapaima
and her Majesty the Queen
(it looks like she can smell it)

Having sat on my allowance of holiday days all year, some other travel plans fell through so I started seriously thinking about fishing in the Amazon.   To fish here has been a dream of mine from the wilderness years between the ages of 17-37 when I had stopped fishing in favour of other pursuits.  I remember seeing a BBC Attenborough nature documentary about the Amazon where a little guy perches on the front of his canoe in a little creek and attaches a feather and a hook to the end of a whippy stick.   He proceeds to wiggle this about just under the water for a few seconds and WHAM.  He hauls out a large peacock bass.  I thought to myself that 'that has got to be a great place to go fishing'.

Peacock Bass
Many years later in September 2013 I found myself fortunate enough to have holiday, money in the bank and a rekindled love of fishing.  Previous fishing holidays to India had turned out to be wonderful experiences so I began to seriously look into living the dream and fishing the mighty Amazon.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Best GIF in the world.

While you wait for the Guyana report.  Please enjoy the best gif in the world.  I could easily watch this for a day.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Tiny peacock bass

Can you guess where I've been on holiday?  It was a great trip but I suffered the slings & arrows of some shitty luck before getting an unforgettable fish.
Full report to follow when I get around to it.
bait-sized but pretty peacock bass

Sunday, 28 July 2013

2013-2014 Early season lure fishing report.

The river fishing season here starts on the glorious 16th of June.  This day is always hotly anticipated by UK anglers and, in my experience, never fails to disappoint.

Thames sunset at Eynsham.

This 2013-14 season was different and got off to a great start on June 16th.  I was due to attend the Lure Anglers Society event on the Thames at Eynsham at 9am on opening day but I could not resist nipping in to one of my favourite Thames predator venues on the way out.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Tackle review: Shimano Rarenium CI4 4000FA.

Time for another tackle review.  This time we will look at the Shimano Rarenium Ci4 4000FA The most expensive reel I ever bought.

GOLD! That lovely spare spool is included in the price.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Lure Anglers Society event. Newport Pagnell. May 5th.

In which my talent for catching small pike is rewarded with glittering prizes from the land of the rising sun.

A smug D.Heaps relaxes over a few tench
wearing  runner-up Sunline cap.
Not much to report here for me since the end of the river season. I've tried luring for perch a bit in the canal and secret gravel pit with a couple small pike to show for it.  I've also got off the mark for tench with a couple from Newlands Angling Club.
Today I have just returned from a splendid event.  The Lure Anglers Society event at Newport Pagnell Fishing Association's Sherington Lakes.  There were competitions sponsored by Major Craft and Sunline with predator fish caught being judged on the basis of length rather than weight.  There were prizes of Major Craft (smart Japanese Tackle) rods for longest pike and perch and an overall total length competition with prizes of Sunline braid/hats/trophies up for grabs.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Hosted article: Rohu fishing at KRS by Pete Carroll

As a departure from the usual format of me gloating about what I've caught I am proud to present an article by my friend Pete Carroll.  Regular readers will recognise Pete from the Indian mahseer fishing articles.  Pete is based in India and, with Joe, has been pioneering fishing in the vast Krishna Raja Sagara dam at Mysore.  I've never caught a rohu but I have enjoyed eating one that someone else caught at Kabini.  Over to you Peter.

Rohu fishing at KRS
Joe with a good rohu
Let me start these tales of worldwide ‘derring do’ by telling you of my humble angling background. I have fished for longer than I can remember, my father was a fanatical angler and he gave me no choice, I was always going to be a fisherman whether I liked it or not. My earliest fishing memory is as a four year old, I was left standing, holding a rod, on a rock in the middle of Rydal Water and was literally nearly dragged into the depths by a vicious toothy pike that probably weighed in at a massive 5 pounds.  After this traumatic event if my father and Uncle Vic announced they were going pike fishing I would decline the invitation to join them.