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  1. #11
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    It had to happen....

    Having had some very good general fishing on Monday/Tuesday I had an exceptional day on Thursday when I landed 25 + roach with the best going 1lb 4ozs although in the main they were around 1/2 to 3/4lb. In addition I had three crucians to around a 11/4lb and some small tench. One of those days when the fish fed from early morning and continued to do until I left at 2pm on a variety of baits but mainly flake although some to fell to hemp and wheat. I lost many fish on the strike (as I became over excited) and missed many 'sail aways' in my haste...

    Oh, you're probably still wondering about ' It had to happen'....

    Well, I went again on Saturday morning even though I knew it would be a scorcher with little cloud cover. In setting up (in the same swim) I rummaged through my excessive float collection looking for something that little bit lighter that might improve presentation and this little beauty almost jumped out at me !
    Yes, I thought, I shall do Mr Venables (of Crabtree fame) proud and give the 6" porcupine quill, complete with crimson tip a little run out and see how it fares. Many a long day has passed since I've fished a float 'top & bottom' and it was a pleasure to see this one slide across the surface before coming to rest in it's upright position. It looked a proper treat sitting in 6' of water just over the top of some small pads and when it slid beneath the surface (eventually!) it was like going back to the late 50's on Finsbury Park lake.

    Sad to say the float only disappeared half a dozen times or so, (truth be told the surface line drifting round didn't do a thing for presentation), but it was great fun watching it run across the surface and slowly sink from sight (real 'Crabtree', that!!) to bring another 8" roach to the net!

    In the end, and after 5 hours the hot sun got the better of me (I was fed up with trying to protect the back of my hands from burning) and I left for home. Needless to say I shall go back this week,but not necessarily to use the little quill again. It had it's day in the sunshine, but catching fish is sometimes more important than nostalgia particularly when after biggish roach.......

    Very enjoyable week though..


    ps Needless to say we have loads of the required cloud cover over south Bucks at this moment as I look down the garden, but needless to say I doubt it will last until tomorrow when cloudless skies will be required for the tennis....drat !!!
    Last edited by Tee-Cee; 22-06-2014 at 16:17.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    First chance to get out on a river so gave the Arrow a try. Blazing sun very clear water at one point had around a dozen Chub in my swim around the 1-4 lb mark and a solitary Barbel, even loose fed castors spooked them and every hookbait was treated with complete disdain. Finally had two Minnows, one Gudgeon and a Chublet all on the float before moving peg. Trotted castor had a couple more minnows. another Chublet and a Dace before a lovely little Perch about 2lbs finally gave me a reason to wet the landing net, didn't have any scales but it's the biggest I've caught so all things considered, a good day. Any advice on the best way to tackle those Chub would be welcome.

    Ian
    “If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”

  3. #13
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I always enjoy reading this thread , makes me want to go fishing , stubbed my tow badly this morning at the gym though , which offsets. Falling of my bike last week.

    Neil looks like a lovely place to spend time !

  4. #14
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Club match on our lake near Wraysbury. Good peg, no 39 on the shallow bank but for some reason the shallow bank and the Island pegs were a bit of a disaster area today with most of the weights from the road bank. Tip only went round once all day, resulting in a coot which had taken a fancy to a hair rigged half prawn..... Only 4 carp for 20 lb something won it ; loads of carp cruising round on the surface but I've never known a lake where it seems so hard to impossible to catch shallow or off the top.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Seeing as some of you have reported today on this thread I'll start a new one next Sunday...

    Thames today for 10 Tring anglers who were up for a long walk.
    Wallingford near Oxford was the venue. 2 big fields to cross with numerous kissing gates to get barrows through and plenty of fresh cowpats..
    The river looked fantastic, coloured and a nice steady flow.
    Sounds good doesn't it..?

    Set up my Tri-cast 15ft rod and Abu 501 with 5bb stick float and started trotting single maggot on a Kamasan size 20 b611.
    The float held up and quivered. Yep bleak no1 of the day. Changed my shot to a bulk of 4bb and droppers which was meant to get the bait down quickly.
    Bleak no2. Tried a grain of corn which trotted down unhindered and suddenly buried. I struck and the rod arched round, good fish on?
    Bloody pike thrashing about until I finally managed to get it in my small landing net. As they don't count in matches back it went.
    7 gruelling hours fishing in hot sunshine, then half an hour wait for the scalesman I weighed in 3lb 15 of bleak, roach, perch and a couple of fit gudgeon.
    Winner 13lb 8. 2nd 9lb 8. 3rd 8lb odd.

    Busy M40 on the way back didn't help after a long hot day but I'm home now drinking the fridge ..

    How did anyone else get on?

  6. #16
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Thursday evening on the Vienne, blue sky and temp' in the high 20's. Fished the shaded bank next to a lily pad. Put two rods out; one baited with half a mackerel dropped just over the lilies for catfish, and one over a bed of mixed seeds and micro pellets for barbel, Tried home made salmon boilies, pellets and stacked maize on the hook. Not a sniff of a bite on either rod.

    Going up to the big lake to try my luck on Tuesday afternoon.
    I tread the path where no one goes,
    and cast to fish nobody knows.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by itsfishingnotcatching View Post
    before a lovely little Perch about 2lbs finally gave me a reason to wet the landing net, didn't have any scales but it's the biggest I've caught so all things considered, a good day. Any advice on the best way to tackle those Chub would be welcome.
    A lovely LITTLE Perch? Sounds a very good one indeed. This time of year, have you tried a minnow as bait for the Chub? I've caught a lot of chub over the years on them.

    Stu

  8. #18
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Stu,
    The minnows were attacking every offering, neither the Chub nor a small Perch I noticed, seemed to pay them any attention

    Ian
    “If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”

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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    ..............
    Last edited by binka; 11-10-2014 at 07:40.

  10. #20
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    Apr 2014
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Had a great first week of open season down on the River Idle in Retford. Fished 5 out of 7 days of the week with a few friends. Caught loads of chub and barbel between us all and I even set a new chub PB of 5lb exactly. Had a few nice roach too and my friend had a good perch of about 2lb.

    Not seen the Idle fish this well at such an early stage, it's a great sign for a great season I think! Going to go down to my local tackle shop and get some bits tomorrow afternoon, I'm heading to a swim I fished all day Saturday from early morning and had 9 barbel of about 4lb-7lb, 5 or 6 chub to 4lb and a couple of 1lb roach. That's easily been the best day so far! On the day I hooked into a barbel of about 11lb and it screamed off downstream and wrapped me around a branch and managed to get off the hook so I had to cut the line. The line on my reel was already low but now I can see the spool through gaps in the line so I'll spin up some more 6lb or 8lb line so I can get fishing on Monday! Hoping to get the big barbel that eluded me on saturday.

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