Earnie's Fishing Blog - Yorkshire Commercial Fisheries

Welcome to my blog, reviewing commercial fisheries in Yorkshire.

Share my laughs, experiences and faux pas as I explore some of Yorkshire's popular fishing venues. My day sessions are spent coarse fishing, and my night sessions hunting out specimen carp and catfish.
In my blog I'll comment on catches, report on the tremendous venues I visit, and share my adventures along the way. I hope you enjoy reading about my fishing trips.

Wishing you all the best for the 2015 season.


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Hillcrest Fishery

A visit to a local pond for myself today. Hillcrest Fishery otherwise known as Needless Pond down Scotchman lane in Morley. I had the day off due to an early morning appointment and as my friend didn't start work until 4pm we decided to pop down for a few hours to pass the time. IPhone weather says sunny until about 2pm at which point there's a 50 percent chance of rain. I can confirm to Apple that their app is drawing it's data from an unreliable source because at 10am it was chucking it down. Rods out and ourselves hiding under brollies, watching the nice firm ground suddenly turn into a boggy mess.

The pond looked featureless however we know that a island does develop in the right angle of the triangular pond during the warmer months so Richard cast in that direction. I went looking for deep water in the middle of the lake on one rod, and with the other, dropped it out to the right of my peg to the remains of a tree that had been cut down, branching out into the water hoping to find a fish or two holding up there. Having been encouraged by the showing of carp last week at Raker Lakes we felt we could chase the carp at Hillcrest Fishery. The temperature wasn't too different to that of last week and we felt that with the same sort of baits, we'd be in with a chance. It's a small pond but packed with fish so shouldn't be too hard to find them. How wrong we were!

We weren't sure if it was the overnight frost, the four hour downpour or the venue simply not switching on yet this early in the year. Whatever the reason, having taken two steps forward in York last week, we'd taken a step back at Hillcrest Fishery in Morley this week. It can't really be a reflection of the fishery. We only gave it four hours of our time on this visit, and nobody is going to catch huge numbers of fish in cold wet weather this early in the year. We'll probably re-visit the lake once it warms up because it's two years on the trot I've tried to review Hillcrest Fishery in poor conditions. I actually want to night fish it but not sure if we'd be allowed. Shall ask later in the year.

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