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    Default Clifton Hampden Thames

    Hi I have just moved to a village just outside Clifton Hampden in Oxfordshire. I have been on the Thames here about 10 times since the glorious 16th but to say I'm frustrated is an understatement. I am used to the narrower sections closer to Lechlade and would have definitely had something nice out of the upper stretches but I'm at a loss on how to fish these wider shallower sections. I'm used to fishing just off a crease, undercut or an eddy but there's none of this. So far the best fish I have had is around a 12 ounce chub. I started off on the float and maggot and had a good day catching plenty of fish but all around a couple of ounces. The next time I went on the feeder and alternated between corn and maggot and the size of the fish went up slightly. Since then I have triad many methods and each time I cast out I think 'this is the one' but alas no.
    I am just wondering if some one can assure me there is bigger stuff worth going for around this area?
    There seams to be plenty of cray fish and this normally means good chub etc
    Cheers
    Sid

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    Default Re: Clifton Hampden Thames

    Hi there supersonic! Unless you have put on some muscle fish of that size should be perfect for you.

    Regards

    Eddie.

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    Default Re: Clifton Hampden Thames

    Hi Sid, the middle Thames is always a bit hard at this point in the season.
    I was at Marlow last week and the colour wasn't right and I believe the bigger fish are probably there but disinterested in bait. Sit tight until autumn and things generally change for the better....

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    If I get something to pull me in, perfect ill just hang on to Eddie.

    Cheers Peter I know they're down there some where it doesn't make sense not. I'm determined to get one or two.

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    Default Re: Clifton Hampden Thames

    Just a thought... with all the clarity of water and daytime boat traffic, have you tried into darkness?

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    You haven't said what you're after or expecting.

    I haven't fished at Clifton Hampden for a while, you need a good pair of hiking boots. I suggest you leave your tackle in the car a go for a good walk up-stream past the lock and explore around where the river splits, this time of year there will be a lot of bleak.

    Going the opposite direction:
    Is it still ODAA, if so they had / have permission to park in certain places which can cut down the walk on certain parts, I think they used letters A - G for the sections and there was a hotel on the opposite bank of one of the sections (I think D) which was very good fishing for Chub and Roach (no records, just good pleasure fishing).

    Not trying to teach you to suck eggs: moored boats are good spots, especially if they haven't been moved for a while, in which case use it to stop your feeder [unless someone lives in it ].

    Early mornings seemed to be the best time to go.

    The local tackle shops should be able to give you some useful information.

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    Got a feeling the ODAA water downstream is now just the first three fields - 'A', 'B' and 'C'. Once walked 2 miles downstream in a match and still 20 pegs short of end peg prior to access through a farm; good peg on the right day as I won the annual cup with bream. The week before the longest walk was just over 3 miles. The more noted bream peg was called 'The Groyne' and was further up but I don't know which meadow. Bream catches on groundbait feeder, worm and caster. See Oxford & District AA for ODAA waters.

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    Default Re: Clifton Hampden Thames

    Like Mark said, you may have some success with bream. As long as the peg you're in is relatively deep (look for somewhere where it gets a bit wider) it should have some potential. I would mix up a fairly particle-rich groundbait, plenty of corn and pellets - and then get a good bit of it in the swim before you start fishing. Use the line clip so you're hitting the same spot with the feeder. I would put at least 10 feeders out, maybe a few more, before you even tie a hook on. Then fish maggots, worms and corn in rotation until something happens.

    If you can do the baiting bit just before dark and then fish into dark, then so much the better. This time of year, I'd be looking to get the initial feed in at about 9.00pm with a view to having a first "baited" cast at about 9.30

    Get it right and you'll have a succession of bream between 3 and 6 pounds, with a genuine possibility of a chub or even tench along the was, and an outside chance of a barbel or carp.

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    If its any consolation, I fished that stretch and Port Meadow/Godstow several times last year through the Autumn and early Winter and had much the same results.......bite a cast at times on maggot but anything above 2 oz was a rarity.

    Odd chublet but never had a fish over 10 oz (perch were generally the best fish).

    True I only fished daytime, like match hours, but was equally frustrated and haven't renewed this year (joined BAA instead and plan to try the Avon and Severn more often).

    Am sure there are better fish there, but hard work......and thats before the damn crays!

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    Hi Thanks for all the info and I'm definitely going to try all the advise the next thing on the cards is a night session and I will let you know how I get on. I have also bought some ground bait stuff so ill give that a go too and some pellet just in case.

    I watched a bloke, last winter, pull a 5lb 13oz chub out of port meadow right by where all the canal boats are opposite the strawberry PYO.

    Cheers

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