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New River Season – The FM Mods, Part Three


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After three blanks I had my reward... After three blanks I had my reward...

To celebrate the new season we asked the great and good of FishingMagic to say a few words on their hopes, thoughts and aspirations for the months ahead. Today it’s the last (but not least) of the moderators’ comments with Neil Maidment.





Hopefully this season I’ll be concentrating on barbel, building on what I learnt last year on the Rivers Loddon and Severn. The ‘late’ summer scuppered my very early season plans as I didn't wish to target them while they are spawning but I made a start on the River Loddon and after three blanks was rewarded with a nice fish of 12lb.

I also intend to follow up invites from some internet mates and expand my barbel fishing to the Thames, Wye and Trent and I’m especially hoping to float fish for them; I also particularly fancy the challenge of a barbel from my local River Wey.

I have some stillwater 'gaps' to fill in...In addition to furthering my barbel fishing I might just have to fill in some gaps by continuing my exploration of Farnham Angling Society venues; there are so many to choose from including some cracking lakes and ponds and their expansion this season with the acquisition of a number of the CEMEX fisheries has made the club card a very interesting mix indeed.

On some of the stillwaters I may have to dodge the carpers and bait boats but there are some superb tench and bream still to be had on what are predominantly carp waters.

Later on in the season, however, I will revert to type and again chase the chub on the Dorset Stour and Hants Avon.

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Comments (5 posted):

Peter Jacobs on 04/07/2013 11:51:38
I wish you the best of luck for the new season ahead Neil. If you know or have fished with Neil then you also know that he doesn't need "luck" at all being such a damned good angler . . . . .
cg74 on 04/07/2013 13:26:42
Good luck on the Wey Neil, but bear this in mind: Once you catch your first barbel, you'll become obsessed with the river. There's no shortage of brownies, grayling, chub, perch, roach, dace and the odd stray carp, though seem to have gone?
barbelboi on 04/07/2013 15:55:26
Best of luck Neil, send a few of those down my end of the Loddon;) Did Farnham also take over Burghfield lake from CEMEX? apart from a large Common there used to be some cracking tench there - always was my favourite for the big girls. Jerry
Bluenose on 04/07/2013 16:14:36
Some nice options there Neil, good luck with that mate!
Neil Maidment on 04/07/2013 18:46:44
Thanks for the comments, appreciated. CG74: I have a few options on the Wey and enjoyed trotting for anything that came along last winter. I had quite a few Grayling even when it was highly coloured. I'm getting addicted to small river Barbeling, both the Wey and Loddon fit that description very well. Barbelboi: The Loddon is quite a challenge. Two of the club stretches further downstream are a bigger challenge but hold one or two truly stunning Barbel. FAS bought some of the Yateley complex back in April: South, Match, Copse, Nursery as well as Summer, Horseshoe and Pumphouse. The others on that stunning complex have gone to new owners/syndicates. I imagine Burghfield has gone the same way. Pricey acquisitions (but probably bargains for some who could raise the finance!).

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