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    Talking Moving far from home - advice needed on waters near Swindon

    I'm making this thread for an old friend of mine with whom I've been fishing all my life. Jono and I have always lived and fished in Nottinghamshire, but now a career change means he has to up sticks and move down south to subtropical Swindon. Now we know there are some legendary rivers and the like within a reasonable driving distance (an hour at the most) but have no idea whats what and where is worth a look - so I humbly call upon the knowledge and experience of you lot to help him out!

    We're looking for day ticket or free stretches but I'm sure Jono will consider getting a membership or two for the right places. We fish for everything but particularly zander and pike, barbel and chub, tench and to a lesser extent carp. Never been that fond of commercials but we love small waters and intimate, interesting rivers. Also any pointers for trout waters and sea fishing in the severn estuary would be nice!

    If anyone can help us out it would be massively appreciated, thanks!

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    The Bristol Avon at Chippenham is good for Barbel and Chub (amalgamated ticket) The Thames at Tadpole bridge has some good Pike if you can find them but is also ok for Chub and the odd Barbel (honesty box at gate for day tickets)
    Last bit of advice is PM Beaker (Rob) he's a Swindon boy and knows the waters well, and a top bloke too.
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    Thanks Mark, wasnt expecting a reply so soon - tah muchly!

    Tapdole bridge on the Thames looks nice on google earth and we've heard so much lore about the Avon that itll definitely get a look in, so nice one for the tips! I'll drop Beaker a message as well.

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    Mate nearly forgot. Check out the Bristol and Avon canal too. The nearest point from Swindon is Hungerford (I think). Lots of Carp there. Also some good Tench and Pike. Sorry I have no info re the Zs
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    Theres a ton of water around Oxford, many day ticket. The Thames at Richmond is free fishing, but a bit of a run.

    I will be doing a Blenhiem Palace fishin later in the year, come along, many stay over at a local campsite, fishing from boats, and a good chance to meet others from FM.

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    When is Blenhiem this year? I missed it last year so I'm def going this year.
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    Blenhiem will be around 2nd weekend of July, but will fix a date towards the end of next week.

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    for those of you thinking about Blenheim, please note..........
    Do make sure there are 2 oars on the boat and don't row back without raising the anchor.............
    been there.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter crabtree View Post
    for those of you thinking about Blenheim, please note..........
    Do make sure there are 2 oars on the boat and don't row back without raising the anchor.............
    been there.......
    And how long did it take you to row back.......... hahaha, are you going to this one ??

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    One hour along the M4 will get him to many places. Kennet would be my main target.
    "I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!" - Theodore Roosevelt

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