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Milton Pools Fishery, near Thame 18.4.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 18 April 2016 · 0 views

3-6pm
My hope was to catch some of the quality roach which tend to reside in commercial fisheries, though it was a bit of a 'punt' as I have never been to this fishery before and had no reports on the roach fishing. The advice I was given by the guy in the shop there was to try Ben's Match Lake where they grow to 2.5lbs. Hmm, for some reason 'Ben's M...


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Milky tea canal 11.4.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 11 April 2016 · 0 views

I went to the Oxford Canal again with ultra-lite gear hoping for a proper Zander to add to the 4" one caught on maggot last time. Alas, there was nothing doing, not even a mini perch. I assume this was because of the very cloudy water, with visibility only 2 or 3 inches, doubtless due to the 17mm of rain we've had in the last couple of days. It...


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First Zander 8.4.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 08 April 2016 · 0 views

All 4 inches of him!

Oxford canal 3 to 6pm. My past visits to canals in April have all been blanks, so almost anything was going to count as a success. I started float fishing maggot under the rod tip in a very narrow stretch. I guess I had too light a float, and it was a bit strange to see the wind blowing the float against the flow. So I switched to an...


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Thames ultralight 4.3.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 04 March 2016 · 38 views

3.30-5pm Brief session. 5 small perch and a 4lb pike.
 
At a banker swim by a boat, at the start of fishing I got the usual immediate small perch, but a pike came in with it (not hooked.) After that the swim went dead!


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Thames perch 26.2.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 26 February 2016 · 61 views

3-5.30pm   WT 6 degC
 
I feel at a bit of a loss watching 'Ol' Father Thames' sheeting by in winter, and wondering where on earth the fish will be. First I tried a bit of float fishing with single maggot, but my eyesight isn't good enough to trot at the distance needed in fastish water, so I fished very close (2 feet) from the bank, th...


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Thames lock cut roach 25.1.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 25 January 2016 · 109 views

3-5pm, WT 7DegC
I chose this lock cut to avoid the wind, but found it was in the opposite direction to the forecast, so did prove a slight problem. Plan A was to fish fine for roach (float, single maggot), as in my last blog entry on the lake, though I had a plan B (lobworms for perch.). But this proved unnecessary as first cast I had a nice roach of...


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Cold lake 22.1.16

Posted by The Flying Tench , 22 January 2016 · 77 views

Local lake, 3-5pm
 
Plan A was to catch perch and maybe roach on prawns, which is a good bait on this lake. But, contrary to the forecast, there was almost no cloud, I got no indications on the float, and felt I had to boost my expectation. So I switched to double maggot on size 18 hook. One good bite which I missed and then dead. But might that be a...


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Jigging for perch 20.11.15

Posted by The Flying Tench , 20 November 2015 · 177 views

3pm to 4.45pm Thames
 
Plan A was to go roach fishing, but all the clouds disappeared and I though lure fishing might be a better bet. My new ultralite rod will have to wait for Christmas, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment to try jigging with a 12' feeder rod, with the most flexible tip. This would build on my tuition by Kappa a few...


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Ultra-light 17 Nov 2015

Posted by The Flying Tench , 17 November 2015 · 132 views

1.30 - 4.30pm The Thames
 
Kappa kindly took me out for an afternoon introduction to U/L, borrowing his rods. The fish were in good form, and the extra flow meant they were a bit nearer, in which aided contact. Nevertheless, there was a dramatic improvement on my previous attempts at lure fishing on the Thames, where I have caught one or two pike but...


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Wareham 2-4 Nov 2015

Posted by The Flying Tench , 05 November 2015 · 122 views

Took a 2/3 day fishing break on the free stretch of the River Frome with 3 objectives:
 
a) catch a really big roach, though I realised this was a long shot
b)catch some middle-ranking roach
c) get a pb dace
 
Well the biggies weren't around, and it turns out there are very few middle-ranking roach there. I was mislead on that score by a local a...






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