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  1. #4251
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I'll keep it short and sweet today. I got saved by a five in Fergie time.

    Back in one of my favourite swims and the usual approach of pole, prawns, meat and corn.

    It started off slow and got, somehow, slower. Started off over the far side and couldn't buy a bite. The carp just didn't look interested and certainly gave that impression. Nothing. The fishery and its finned inhabitants almost made me feel someone had brought the referendum result to their attention and noboby knew what to say, do - or eat.

    After a complete blank hour when not even the magic meat could do the business, I slipped on the smallest prawn I could find in the pack, broke down to my top four and poured a coffee. It worked!! A four ounce roach gratefully swung to hand to avoid the dreaded blank which had begun to feel a very real possibility.

    Within a very few minutes, the same combination produced an angry common around three and a half pounds and I began to wonder whether my malaise may be misplaced but no, that was it, for a while at least.

    Back out to the far side, and the prawns were whittled to a mush by, presumably, tiny roach and rudd but no bites I could actually hit. Switching to meat produced a half pound mirror and a succession of roach between 4 and 7oz and a skimmer also around 7oz.

    That was it for a good few hours until a late string of roach and rudd, sizes as before, and I began to think of ways of explaining that somewhere near 7lbs was all I could pick up.

    The rain returned and I broke down to my top 4 and started to pack bits and bobs away, allowing myself till 5.15pm to fish. The meat was drawing no response bar the very odd 4oz or so roach so I switched to a single grain of tutti corn on the 14. The float dipped and I hit something solid but unspectacular, it plodded up and down, no charging about. As I hit the bite, I caught sight of my watch, it was 5.20pm, well into Fergie time.

    I knew this fish would push me into double figures so I told myself I had to land it, which I duly did. It was, most fortunately, a mirror of 5lbs.

    I packed up straight away and headed for home, not the best day's result ever but I did at least feel like I had earned my double figures.

    The number of anglers leaving at times between 1pm and 3pm convinced me that it had been a grueller all round.

    I made my way home to a country where, it would appear, it would be perfectly legal to request a pint of maggots to catch a 2lb roach and, as I sit here, I've just poured a pint of a fine looking Porter with which I'm toasting the evening of a most interesting, historic day.

    Here's to the future, everybody - whatever it is and brings.
    Last edited by dorsetandchub; 25-06-2016 at 11:00.

  2. #4252
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    At last...

    More than a week after the river season began I have scratched the itch which was to run a float down it.

    It was a brief session and I made my entrance in fine style, namely feet first on my backside straight through some Jurassic looking (and feeling!) nettles and on, otherwise uninterrupted, into the river via the slippery mud left by the recent high water

    All I needed now was a few fireworks going off in the background whilst a huge banner unfurled as dancing girls did high kicks in front of it, what better way to announce your arrival eh?

    I wanted a few bites from the silvers and on the third run through on the lighter of the two rods I had set up, I had my first bite which turned out to be a small but stocky barbel of around 3lbs…



    Following that I ran the heavy rig through on and off regularly during the session but no more barbel, after landing that one things went fairly quiet for a while but a constant trickle of maggots eventually had the river black with chublets, dace and the occasional small roach which I fully made the most of back on the light set up.

    A funny thing with the heavier set up in that I could run it through with a dozen maggots on a size 12 hook and literally count the bobs on the float as it went through, if it bobbed five times there would be seven maggots left on the hook and so on, as the smaller fish plucked 'em off one by one.

    Looking forward to tomorrow, very untypically for me I have no set plan so I’m going to have a look around with enough gear and different baits to cover a few options and see what takes my fancy.

    It may well be a late start as I will be indulging in my annual habit of staying up tonight to watch Glastonbury with a few cold beers...

  3. #4253

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    I had several hours out trotting on a small river later this afternoon, unlike the larger rivers I fish this small overgrown one is deserted. The river had dropped off from my last visit and lost a lot of the suspended silt so my bait must have been more visible. I had taken the drennan acolyte 12ft carp waggler to give it a go on running water and boy was I glad I did, what a trotting rod!
    I had a chub of about 8 ounce first trott down a long glide and hit the fish at 70yds plus (I strode it out as I walked to another swim further down stream a little later in the session) and continued to catch small chub, dace and hybrid choach's for an hour or so until I hooked a betterr sized chub of about 3lb. After the larger chub I caried on catching the smaller stuff again but there where some large dace amongst them. I got a little bored and moved downstream several hundred yards and dropped in another glide, the move proved a wise decission and I started catching chub of between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2lb. There must have been a shoal of them hanging about in that swim but they either shyed off or i'd caught 'em all as they vanished after about half an hour and I started catching some more quality dace and small chub.
    No big fish but I wasn't expecting any, I did have a nice enjoyable little session though and am well pleased with the carp waggler, it was perfect for trotting!
    Last edited by tigger; 25-06-2016 at 20:15.

  4. #4254

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    Several late afternoon into dark sessions this week dominated at least numerically by bream and chub. Even had bream on the float on tares which is a first for me!

    Highlight was a fine 12lbs barbel taken right at the end of a session on a big torn off lump of meat (well, multiple lumps on a hair actually). Very pleased to have encountered that one!


  5. #4255
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    Had a nice session trotting the Hants Avon this morning, plenty of small chub ,dace and half dozen Grayling. Decided to have a bit of a wade and lost a very big Chub at the net, managed this one last trot of the day

    Last edited by edsurf; 26-06-2016 at 12:50.

  6. #4256
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    First time out this season fished the arrow with itsfishingnotcatching.
    arrived nice and early spent a couple hours trotting a float in very strange water float went up stream quicker than it went down stream due to the swirl from the wear few dace and minnows changed to the feeder set up with 12 mil pellet within 20 mins a 4lb plus chub my first ever always a fish I struggled to catch although I never really target them.

    itsfishingnotcatching trotted for slightly longer but even he got the feeder out had some nice dace and minnows a pleasant 3 to 4 hour session on a nice little river.

    sorry no picture but fish was not in best condition think it had a few run ins with pike as a youngster.

  7. #4257
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    Ian always gets the feeder out when he runs out of floats Steve.............
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
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  8. #4258

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    We better start saving up floats for the Wye trip Jerry.

  9. #4259
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    My first river session of the new season and I'd opted for the Stour at Sturminster Newton on a favourite swim, a wooden platform in an area with trees both banks but, fortunately, only needing a light, underarm lob to get the feeder into the combat zone.

    Given its truncated nature, I'd packed an 11ft Drennan Ultralight float teamed with a Daiwa 125 closed face for trotting and for the pig, an MAP bomb / light feeder, with a Preston PXR 4000 to a 1oz Kamasan black cap. Hooks were Kamasan B520s in size 18 and 20.

    I started off trotting with a Drake domed stick, a 5 no. 4 size, to an 18 and two red maggots.

    I can't honestly say they were queuing up but there were fish there from the start and I picked up a few roach, from 1oz to 4oz, quite quickly along with a sprinkling of dace, 2 to 3oz and a solitary perch of a similar size.

    After around 2hrs, I hit my first fish of any size, a chub around a pound and a half, not massive but fun on the 3lb Maxima and 18 to a 2lb trace.

    It was the first real run out for the Drennan and it was a lovely piece of kit for the job, light enough to hold comfortably but with enough spine to tame said chub and it gave me confidence it would cope comfortably with double that size. In short, it ticked all the boxes.

    Back to the roach, by far the majority of my fish, I had one around half a pound which stood out among its 2 - 4oz comrades. The odd dace, small, again happened along and lucky me, a modest ounce gudgeon. Two in two trips, I'm getting spoiled!!

    Three hours in and although it was steady, not spectacular, I reached for the feeder rod and, single red on a 20, I launched a small feeder to the edge of a very inviting looking crease, resulting in an instant bite, a real rattle which I'm ashamed to say I missed - and by a country mile.

    Getting towards the end of a big plastic container of Dynamite chilli hemp, I packed the feeder and tried to put down a carpet of hemp in the hope it might interest the bigger sized roach I've seen in this section.

    No such luck, small roach and a single small trout. Disaster preparation in the form of a flask of coffee. Pondering life and the universe half way through my second cup and the tip rapped with a definite better response on the end, in the shape of a chub around the pound mark. Again, modest but most enjoyable.

    Five and a half hours and my time was up. I tackled down after a modest day, at a guess somewhere around five to five and a half pounds in total but one I'd enjoyed.

    Home to a lamb dinner and a big mug of tea.

    Cheers, all.
    Last edited by dorsetandchub; 26-06-2016 at 16:33. Reason: sp.

  10. #4260
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Elliott 1 View Post
    We better start saving up floats for the Wye trip Jerry.
    Yep, we don't want Ian trying to trot feeders through our swims..........................
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
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