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Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:55 pm
by champ
A lovely chub Wf. :text-fishing:

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:06 pm
by Weyfarer
Like many of you coarse fishers I am desperately frustrated not to be hauling chub and roach from our rivers. I had my gear packed ready for a day of falling levels yesterday but the early rain kept me indoors catching up on my reading (Maurice Wiggin's superb writings). Today the weather forecast was not too bad but I knew both the Avon and the Nadder would be iffy. After some head scratching I decided to have a crack at Britford, figuring Stuart the river warden would have let most of the water go down the Old River, leaving the main channel nicely fishable. Not so. I stood on the bridge by the LAA car park and surveyed the scene.

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Thus thwarted I had a rethink....maybe, just maybe the Nadder might be worth a try. And so to the Nadder but not much chance here, viewing both upstream and down. It may look fishable in the photos but believe me it would have been dangerous to do so
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Oh dear where now - maybe XXXXXXXX Farm as I've never been there before mainly because commercial fisheries hold no interest for me. Nonetheless I went there and surveyed a fairly featureless landscape but the clincher for me was the list of permitted baits - wot no bread! Humph, I'll go to XXXXXXXX's pond as I'm on a roll, yet another fishery I've never set eyes on. Alas this pond was more like the swamplands of Louisiana and a tad dangerous as I knew not where the bank ended and the lake began.
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Not to be defeated by all that Nature could chuck at me I decided on ZZZZZZZZ pond, a lovely little lake I've fished a few times in more balmy conditions. chose a swim at the far end and spotted a few bubbles pricking the surface. Out went bread crust on a light bomb just fishing the bait off the bottom. Also a float rod with red maggots. I was a happy man. Twenty minutes latter the sky turned black, large raindrops fell and wind sliced through the trees and the temperature dropped like a six ounce gripper lead. I was an unhappy man.

I bowed in submission to the evil forces and called it day. Mind how you go you end-of-season river fishers.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:59 am
by GarryProcter
Full marks for trying Weyfarer - I haven't been fishing this year! I can't remember fishing so little. When I've had the chance to get out, the weather &/or river conditions have been 'less than favourable'. Let's hope that the trout season brings better weather and river conditions.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:34 am
by DaceAce
I just about managed to get out Thursday on a local commercial that I've been fishing all winter; the Stour looked up and dirty when I crossed it on the way though probably fishable at a pinch. Two hours fishing produced 20 odd road roach with two over a pound and three more netters plus a mixture of skimmers, rudd and hybrids.
I had a window on the Stour last Saturday and with half term no rowers. The river cleared and dropped as I fished and I had 70 roach in three hours to 1-5 plus a 10oz dace.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:02 am
by Mr Mole
Envious of any of you getting out let alone catching, the Wye and Severn have been washed out and that's about it, I haven't even had the inclination to go near a stillwater as it is either hammering down with rain or rain stops and temperature drops like a stone. Nothing to commend this winter season for me.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:04 pm
by DaceAce
Having gone down with a nasty dry cough on Thursday with the bonus of strained abs from coughing and backache as a side dish I'd gone off fishing but this lunch time after a gentle gym session I decided on a whim to have two hours on the nearest bit of Stour. The breeze was downstream and I had to cross the river to find a more favourable swim on a river that has dropped dramatically over the last three days. I kept it simple, taking half a dozen slices of bread plus groundbait and once I found the depth second run though it was roach every cast for the short two and a half hours I fished. My back only played up when I took a picture of the best roach at 1-9 and a solitary dace at 9oz broke the roach monotony. I nearly made the century but a dropped fish put the rig up a tree at 93 so I called it a day at that point. Knackered now!
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Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:15 pm
by Weyfarer
Terrific catch of roach and a sizeable dace DA, well done. I too will be Stour bound tomorrow.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:48 am
by Mr Mole
Hell of a good catch of roach, I would be knackered after that. Also gone down with a cough/cold yesterday, nothing more serious but I feel going out anywhere and even slightly coughing in public I would be treated like a pariah :text-runforthehills:

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:02 pm
by Weyfarer
Waited for rain to abate this morning which it did by Popmaster time. Went down to the Stour with a light bomb rod. The rain started again shortly after I'd made my first cast but chubs I caught. I packed up after three hours when the wind sprung up as well as more rain.

Score 4-2, 4-0, 4-0, 3-2 & 3-0. all on legered flake.

The river looked spot on but I fear today's intermittent rain will be enough to cause the river colour up and rise once more.

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Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:41 am
by GarryProcter
Well done indeed, DaceAce and Weyfarer.

I'm busy until Monday, and was hoping to get out on a river (possibly the Stour) before the end of the season - I'm hoping the weather forecast for next week will be revised (drier)!

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:07 pm
by DaceAce
Weyfarer wrote:Waited for rain to abate this morning which it did by Popmaster time. Went down to the Stour with a light bomb rod. The rain started again shortly after I'd made my first cast but chubs I caught. I packed up after three hours when the wind sprung up as well as more rain.

Score 4-2, 4-0, 4-0, 3-2 & 3-0. all on legered flake.

The river looked spot on but I fear today's intermittent rain will be enough to cause the river colour up and rise once more.

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Well done Rodney.

Somewhere on the bit you're fishing there's a concentration of roach but today's rain has truly put the mockers on fishing the river again for a few days; even the tiny Corfe River was 9ft up this afternoon!

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:32 pm
by Weyfarer
DaceAce wrote:Well done Rodney.

Somewhere on the bit you're fishing there's a concentration of roach but today's rain has truly put the mockers on fishing the river again for a few days; even the tiny Corfe River was 9ft up this afternoon!


No kidding - where exactly?

River is bank high but most of the local flooded lanes is from the fields. Will there be a window next week......

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:59 pm
by Mr Mole
Had my last trip of the season yesterday, quick visit to local ticket fishery, turned out I was the only one on the lake which was fine with me :text-hat-tip: . Weather was a mixture of showers and very blustery wind, bearable but not over relaxing.

Kept it simple, a loaf of bread and fished punch under a float, good sport all day long but nothing of note, not that I was expecting anything much, but nice to see the float going under near every cast. Another rod out for perch with a lobworm, gave up on that as it was being chewed and ragged by skimmer bream and other "stuff", so put out a little livebait for the afternoon - nothing happened.
That was about it, got me out anyway and scratched an itch. Off on holiday Wednesday so season is done and dusted for me, when I return it's trout time, always something :thumbs-up: .

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:50 pm
by DaceAce
After Thursday's deluge the high Stour was out at the weekend so a quick couple of hours on a stillwater for a couple of carp plus skimmers. Today I had various things to do but with the river down to a high but fishable state I chanced two hours in the increasing rain. First roach only took two casts then they came in bursts on the punch on a 14. A few dace to 9oz intervened and after 2 hours the rain got heavier and I packed up having had 50 roach to just over a pound and a quarter. I hope to get out before the end again but this season despite the numerous floods has proved my best for roach fishing for over a decade, and it's a very, very long time since I ended the season with big bags of roach and/or dace in March, possibly the 70s. Looking forward to next summer and doing more video work.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:29 pm
by Mr Mole
No, not :text-gonefishing: but I was looking over the village bridge today, river Towy, and pondering how much the river has altered due to the floods.

Upstream of the bridge is a good 1-2 foot shallower due to new gravel deposits and from the middle arch downstream the bottom has gouged out and there is now a lovely looking holding pool, run. This is a massive shift from the 8 years we have been here and a change I would never have predicted.

I am looking forward to seeing the rivers again just as much as fishing them, I envisage new holding swims formed, old ones gone, fallen trees washed away and new ones fallen. Be exciting time simply walking stretches.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:47 am
by DaceAce
I'd love to look over a bridge but we live on top of a hill and the nearest bit of the Stour is 3 miles away - not sure that would be valid exercise!

The maggots I bought just over two weeks ago have nearly all gone as I've eked them out on the bird table so the robins (got a pair nesting) and blackbirds (also a nesting pair) will have to seek alternative sources of food though the blackbirds seem remarkably adept at finding leatherjackets in the lawn.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 10:25 am
by Mr Mole
Following the Welsh guidelines from a couple of days ago, that we can walk or cycle to fishing as part of our daily exercise (which predictably has a high percentage of anglers moaning about it ), I jumped on the bike yesterday and cycled the 5 mile up to the reservoir for an hour fishing. Hence combining my exercise and pleasure in one go and out again with my wife walking in the afternoon.

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First fish of the year was a 16inch brownie at 11/2lb, up with my biggest ever from there. As is normal for these wild fish, it had paddle of a tail and a fine array of sharp teeth in a large predatory head :text-bowdown:

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Very fine it was too with a bottle of New Zealand white wine and I cannot deny that it has perked me up somewhat after months of negativity in the world.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 3:00 pm
by DaceAce
Two trips on a local pond for me. Too busy on Wednesday and many struggled having scared the life out of the fish - I had about 20 skimmers and roach on the pole. Far quieter yesterday with over 80 fish (roach, skimmers and rudd) in less than two hours with just 5 of us on 5 acres; warmer, too, as the Atlantic air replaces the Polar airstream.

Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 3:20 pm
by JAA
I pottered over to the Wetland Wednesday and managed one bite and one chub. All seven of these little ponds were gin-clear due to the cool snap, so I reckon that wasn't a bad result...beautiful down there at the moment:

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Re: Anyone been out today? Part II...

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 5:58 pm
by GarryProcter
Well done everyone. JAA, I presume you didn't follow Mr Mole's example and eat that chub :cool: