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  1. #12981
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Domestics scuppered today’s plan to fish, second best thing, a walk along the Canterbury Stour which is alive with fish.



    They’ll all disappear in eleven days time.

  2. #12982

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    Back on the local canal feeder reservoir early this morning to find the level had dropped a bit since my last visit and they are still steadily running off.Settled into a roadside swim with two method feeders out hoping for tench.The southerly breeze started to pick up and swing round to the SW making it colder so up went the brolly and as the morning progressed it swung even further coming straight at me from the west and the damn thing kept trying to take off - why does that happen when the wind is blowing on the back of it? Still had a fast run resulting in a 4lb 11oz male tench,a little later a bream of around 2lb and a much better 6lb 8oz female tench.Had reed buntings flying in front of me all morning,watched two buzzards over the far bank field,an osprey visited twice and watched a crow harassing a red kite.
    Worth getting up early.

  3. #12983
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Runner View Post
    Lovely eating, yes.
    All of these went back though as off down to London later today for grandsons birthday and they never taste the same if they've been in the freezer.
    And yes, probably crabs. Last year the whole of the bay was carpeted with tiny coalies and codling but no sign of them yet this year.
    Dabs have their season down here, they can appear for a couple of months and then dissappear just as quickly. If you have any old going off bait they like that, seen plenty caught off a bit of smelly old lug. Looked like that wind was flattening the sea in the pic, it does that sometimes making it look calm. Nice sized dab in the pic, a few of them make a nice little meal, small fish-sweet meat.
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  4. #12984
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    Do you know,we used to go to Southend pier regularly back in the day and fish from the far right corner,used to catch loads of dabs,my best catch was 71 if I remember correctly,to 1lb 2ozs,beautiful fish,but I've caught them as small as 2ozs where you could see the size 10 long shank hook through the underside...

  5. #12985
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    Had a trip down the south coast yesterday that was well worth getting stuck on a m25 that was concertinaring like an accordion player in a headwind. I parked by a choppy seafront but headed inland to the shelter of a creek where I pottered about as the tide was still coming in.
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    I went on bread and waggler as per usual for bass or mullet but the early chances of a good fish were scuppered by the gulls and the rising tide which saw them seemingly vacate the area. The float was dipping all the time with small bites so I put on a size 18 to see what they were and as expected a few sand smelt and schoolie bass saved a blank. I also caught my first sand goby which was so small the photo was blurry as it was about an inch long, the smallest fish I have ever caught. When the tide was fully in I watched the crabs battle each other for my bread in the margins and huge shoals of fry appeared, some were an inch long some a mere centimetre and you could tell they were all different species even if they were too small to tell what they were, a wonderful sight.

    I had decided to move down up to the main river when a helicopter flanked by two others buzzed past. With the D-Day ceremony just down the road I liked to think it was Trump going by as it could be the only mullet I see all day

    Despite having only a handful of small fish I was thoroughly enjoying myself as I got to the quayside, nothing was visible as I chucked a few bits of bread down the side to see if anything was about but there wasn't, so I did what any self respecting angler does and munched on some cookies soaking up the scenery(other snack foods are available) as there was worse places to be. I was then surprised to see a lone mullet ghost in and mop up the bread I had put down, mullet are mad but I love them, often they will play blow football with your bread and you have to use a tiny bit of punch to outwit them, I watched this one gulp down my offering which was the size of a golf ball.

    Chaos ensued as it tested my 5lb bottom to the max with snags nearby before I netted it, the bonus was it was a golden grey, the rarer of the three main uk grey mullet species, they are distinguishable by the yellow spot on the gill cover and the amount of slime they produce compared to the other mullet. At around 2lb it was a decent size for a golden grey so a new pb mind you it's only the second GG I've caught. I was damned if I was going to put the fish on the concrete to unhook so sacrificed my coat
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    With tide now ebbing I moved to a beach area where I could wade out and it was good to be running a float down the river, by now mullet were starting to top for the bread in the fast water and fishing doesn't get more exciting than this. I lost one before hooking another which leapt a good two metres out of the water, the angling equivalent of thrash metal another mullet was in the net, a fine looking thick lip to end the day
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  6. #12986
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    Great post!

  7. #12987
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    [QUOTE=Another Dave;1493529]Been a bit busy with work but managed a slot last week to take the youngest out with her rod to the local rudd pond. To my surprise the eldest wanted to come along and asked if she could have a whip to fish with. I took a chair but my @rse never contacted it, as i was constantly needed to help with unhooking and a few minor tangles.

    Some of the rudd went to about 5oz and eldest managed a nice roach which of something of a rarity in here.

    Lovely post Dave.

  8. #12988
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    Just had a 24 hour session for tench on my club lake. **** or bust. It was bust. I had just one male at 4.4. Thats it. An easier water or two next week. Life is too short.

  9. #12989
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    Back on our usual fishery yesterday, got there about seven thirty, and decided to fish the bottom pond which can be hard, but the fish are bigger usually.

    Sleeper rod in right hand margin, with a method feeder on, and plumbed the right hand margin, for the pole, plus another swim out at six metres for another top kit, fed with two mm pellets, and used either six or eight mm expanders for bait.

    Been using the Sonu baits expanders, the new expert ones which you just soak overnight in cold water, they are easy to prepare, and stay on the hook well, I like these and so do the fish.

    First fish on the pole was this two and a half pound roach bream hybrid, fought well two.
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    After that a succession of bream and skimmers, up to about three pounds, a few small roach, but no tench or crucians, then I hooked a carp,which gave me the runaround for a bit till the hook pulled, it was a loverly sunny day to start with very pleasant and warm, supposed to cloud over by eleven, and then rain from four o clock.

    Well it clouded over as said and then proceeded to rain as well, so back under the brolly again, rained for a couple of hours, and then cleared and was sunny again, by now I was catching bream on the method feeder meant for the carp, had a good few as well.

    Then saw the reeds move in the margin, as a carp moved on to the feed, so out with the margin rig on the pole, and it took within a minute, gave me a real scrap, till it shot into the irises and shed the hook, by now it was three o clock and the sky looked black and then heard thunder, so we packed up quickly and just got the car loaded before it rained hard again.

    So no carp landed but plenty of bream, not a bad day though apart from the rain,enjoyed it.

  10. #12990
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    The miserable run continues....Yesterday’s codgers fixture turned out to be another grueller..
    The GUC at Hemel looked spot on as we drew pegs, fish topping and good colour.



    I got off to a promising start with 2 small skimmers on punch but as often happens that was it. I’d set up 2 rods, the other with slightly stepped up end tackle for the far bank features. There are some big chub and perch in this stretch.
    After pinging maggots across for some time I have it a go. Every time my double maggot was intercepted by flipping bleak! Back on the punch close in small gudgeon were all I could muster.
    After 3 hours alternating between the the 2 lines, with one better skimmer I decided to go all out for the bleak. I shallowed up my rig and pushed the shot up for a slow falling effect. Sure enough the bleak obliged until not long after a boat came through and stirred the water to chocolate..
    That put paid to that idea...



    After that I kind of gave up.

    Weights were poor with roach absent once more.
    It really was skimmers or bust and even they were thin on the ground.
    Fishing the hotspot behind B and Q a local angler won the match with just 3:7:8...
    Once again I came nowhere.

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