February always seems to be a miserable month for fishing and this year I'm getting those same old February blues. Blank sessions always seem to be the main feature of this month interspersed with morale boosting trips to commercial fisheries. This year is no different.
Last Sunday i took a trip to the Ship Canal for the last couple of hours of the day. A few unproductive hours on the tip with a groundbait feeder didnt even see me get a bite. I ended up feeding some pellets to a hungry swan - when it didnt want anymore I took it as a cue to pack up and go home.
Tuesday saw me taking a trip to Twin Lakes in Croston. After a slow start i ended up catching a small roach a chuck and ended up with a couple of dozen small fish. Despite trying casters and worm i couldnt catch anything bigger than 2oz fish. It was my first trip to Twin Lakes and was impressed with the set up - especially the lovely breakfast in the onsite cafe.
Today I spent a full day on the lower river Irwell - most of the morning was spent searching through swims with a stick float - the afternoon sitting behind on the tip near the City Centre. It was a long day without a bite, and has made up my mind to have another day at a commercial tomorrow.
Other than Pike fishing, theres not really much coarse fish action at this time of the year as water temperatures are so low. The trout season starts on the 15th March so at least I have something to look forwards to.