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A bamboo PB!

Posted by Rusty , 18 May 2015 · 335 views

NAA Stillwater, Warwicks, Sunday 17th  May 2015.
Another foray into fishing lakes. I had planned to visit the vintage tackle fair at Redditch today but a change of plan meant that I was in Devon over the weekend and couldn’t really arrange things to be at the fair early. Probably just as well, last time I went to one of these events (my first...


I couldn't help it, the temptation was too strong.

Posted by Rusty , 05 May 2015 · 268 views

NAA Stillwater, Warwicks, May Bank Holiday Weekend.
Sunday 3rd  May 2015
I don’t often fish during the closed season but there are times when I fancy going back to basics with just a pot of maggots a float rod and a lethargic chill by a lake, just as I used to when I was a teenager. These days I’m lucky enough to be doing that wi...


The Merlin sees action

Posted by Rusty , 09 February 2015 · 498 views

River Kennet, Monday 9th February 2015
A day spent on a stretch of the Kennet which sees a little less pressure than other venues on my club books. It has everything from fast raging pools to quiet sidestreams which would barely pull the line off the most free running of centrepins, the perfect location for testing the rod’s capabilities....


Closing week

Posted by Rusty , 14 March 2014 · 981 views

What an end to the season! The opening day was pleasant enough but between then and now there really hasn’t been much to say about my fishing trips. Blank after blank had me wondering whether the angling gods had got it in for me or whether I’d just got myself in a rut fishing known swims and taking success for granted.
When the re...


I've lost my hat!

Posted by Rusty , 18 June 2013 · 472 views

River Kennet, Monday 17th  June 2013
My seasoned old Barbour Bushman lovingly waxed over the past three years has gone. It usually lives in the boot of my car but because I haven’t been fishing for a while I hadn’t noticed that it had vanished. A new one is on its way to me but it won’t be the same…sniff sniff.
So [ha...


Rusty's retrospective

Posted by Rusty , 24 March 2013 · 436 views

Disruption is the word that springs to mind when I look back over the past season. After a bone dry winter relief (from an angling point of view) came in the form of heavy rain leading up to June 2012, as you would expect this bolstered levels and provided some temporary respite for the struggling Kennet. Only the respite didn’t turn out to be tempo...


That's more like it

Posted by Rusty , 14 March 2013 · 434 views

The penultimate blog entry for this season recounting two trips to the Kennet, one venue a day ticket water between the months of October and March the other a last minute invitation to fish a Middle Kennet Estate.
Barton Court , Tuesday 12th  March 2013
A long arranged trip with Paul, a work colleague who’s just bought himself an Oku...



Posted by Rusty , 10 March 2013 · 428 views

K&A Canal, River Kennet and then back to the canal, Saturday 9th  March 2013
This is why I don’t gamble, I would’ve bet every item of fishing tackle I own on today’s session being successful. If you could order perfect perching conditions from a menu what greeted me on arrival is exactly what you would’ve ordered, I was...


Left it a bit late

Posted by Rusty , 08 March 2013 · 351 views

Kennet & Avon Canal, Thatcham, Wednesday 6th  March 2013
A short bonus trip courtesy of my boss and the need to use up annual leave before the end of March.
I’m still trying to work out this stretch of the canal. Early January I had a couple of great back to back sessions which produced six perch at an average weight of just under...


I thought my plan was infallible

Posted by Rusty , 03 March 2013 · 279 views

River Kennet and K&A Canal, Newbury, Saturday 2nd  March 2013 You’d be forgiven for think that some of these blogs are getting a bit ‘samey’. You’d be right too, one of reasons is that the two venues I’m fishing are quite close together and spending a couple of hours trotting the river before targeting perch prevents...

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