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A wee dram or two

Posted by Rusty , 19 February 2013 · 355 views

K&A Canal, Newbury, Sunday 17th  February 2013 After Saturday’s drama how could I not revisit the scene? I had plenty of lobs and although the weather wasn’t quite as conducive to perch fishing it was pleasant enough and dusk was sure to come. I was chasing…chasing the fraction of an ounce which prevented Saturday's fish reachin...


At least I've seen a 'four'

Posted by Rusty , 17 February 2013 · 293 views

River Kennet and K&A Canal, Newbury, Saturday 16th  February 2013 Quite a contrast to last week’s weather, not exactly balmy but no sleet, no rain and air temps threatening double figures…bliss. The venue(s) were to be different as well, not quite as secluded and maybe less exclusive than last week’s but in terms of fish potenti...


Got there in the end!

Posted by Rusty , 10 February 2013 · 360 views

River Kennet, Newbury, Saturday 9th  February 2013 One of three accounts of the trip A long awaited visit to this Middle Kennet estate water. Most of the ‘official’ days have been cancelled due to high water levels and I was beginning to wonder whether this season was going to be a total blank as far as this venue is concerned. Paul...


Goodbye snow!

Posted by Rusty , 27 January 2013 · 466 views

River Kennet, Newbury, Saturday 26th January 2013.It was nice to get out after a week of me working from home and a boiler working overtime to keep me warm. The said heating device caused a mild panic attack when it failed to do its job one morning. Only after I'd phoned British Gas and several other unavailable heating specialists did I discover that the...


Zero perch....0lb 0oz

Posted by Rusty , 12 January 2013 · 333 views

Saturday 12th  January, K&A Canal, Thatcham That’s the thing about my AN blog, it’s a record of my angling trips so if I shout about the good days I suppose I’ve got to shout about the bad ones too. That’s what I’m doing now. This early doors trip was always going to be touch and go, I’d guessed that Thurs...


Six perch....17lb 12oz

Posted by Rusty , 07 January 2013 · 1,264 views

Ok a bit of a cheat title because it was over two sessions but it was from one swim during consecutive dusk/dawn periods. I had no intention of spending a night by the K&A Canal.Saturday 5th January, River Kennet, Newbury and the K&A Canal, ThatchamAt last an opportunity to get on the river trotting. The Kennet has been pretty inaccessible with al...


No grayling, one roach

Posted by Rusty , 01 December 2012 · 2,320 views

River Lambourn, Saturday 1st December 2012The second visit in a week to this venue, Iím getting a bit fanatical about the roach. Last Sunday was a waste of time with the river being very coloured and flowing like Iíve never seen it before, by Wednesday however the colour had reportedly dropped out and it was fishing very well.It took a bit of a walk to fi...


Barton Court Trip

Posted by Rusty , 16 November 2012 · 2,468 views

River Kennet, Barton Court, Wednesday 14th November 2012My second trip this year, the last was in January when the water levels were very low and I was concerned about the fishery's future given that spring and summer were to follow. I neednít have worried, levels are now at the highest Iíve ever seen (apart from when the fishery flooded) and itís not...


More grayling...and some roach.

Posted by Rusty , 10 November 2012 · 2,297 views

River Lambourn, Saturday 10th November 2012A short session on the Lambourn with Steve, we only fished from 10:00am to 3:00pm but in that time we tried most of the free section. We bumped into Mr Plumb at Shaw who was bemoaning the fact that heíd left his chest waders at home, not normally a problem on this river but the level was up five or six inches so...



Posted by Rusty , 04 November 2012 · 2,266 views

Kennet & Avon Canal, Newbury, Saturday 3rd November 2012 A day out looking for perch along a stretch of the canal which has received zero fishing attention from me so far. Having seen elsewhere what constitutes a good perch swim (and what it can hold) and then seen it destroyed I like to think that Iím a bit more clued up on what to look for. The weat...

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