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18th June 2012 - A successful return

Posted by AddictedToScopex , 19 June 2012 · 4,538 views

Well after the weekend turned out to be a bit of a washout I found myself finally getting on the small river last night for a few hours in the hope that it had dropped back to a normal level. When I arrived I saw that it was a nice level but quite a dark colour with sediment in the water. Not perfect but still fishable. I set up on a 2.5g woodys float and decided to give the trent a spin.

I made my way to a swim and started trickling maggots in. First few trots with the trent left me feeling a bit let down. It wasnt as free as I would have hoped for. A float with less weight than the one I used would have really struggled to get it going. Looks like the trent will be a good reel for ledgering or for a heavy float when fishing for chub or barbel with good sized baits but not so good or even useable with a really light float for dace and roach. Which 'sadly' means I will have to buy another pin biggrin.gif

I carried on trotting regardless but found myself having to give the reel a flick with the thumb to get it moving and it held the float back a bit where I would rather it hadn't. I had one bite in the first swim after about half an hour and felt the fish as I struck but never hooked up. I carried on for another hour but to no avail. All I could think was that the extra colour was maybe keeping the dace quiet as they are normally thick and fast once you get a swim going.

I decided to go for a banker swim under a bridge as a last resort as I wasnt expecting the colour to drop out any time soon.

I made my way to the bridge and stood under it on the rocks in the water and began trickling bait in again. I plumbed up and sent the float sailing down the faster water and immediately hooked into a nice half pound chub. Such a great feeling to have my first river fish of the new season. It was fin perfect and put a big smile on my face. I would have been happy to leave it at that.

I carried on feeding and running the float down the inside of the bridge (bare in mind this run is about 6 feet long!) and let it fall into an eddy at the end of the bridge. I had caught a lot of fish by doing this in the past. The chub seem to sit in the slacker water waiting to pick off the maggots that get sucked into the eddy. Two or three trots later I was watching the float mill around in the slack water (it was more like still water fishing) and it went under. I struck into another fish which quickly dived into the fast water and made for the near bank cover. I reeled it in while being mindful of bumping it off and had another fin perfect half pound chub. I was more than happy with that.

I had a few more trots and then climbed up the bank as the light faded feeling quite satisfied. It was a short session but I had finally got back onto the rivers and it was worth the wait. Those two chub were worth a waiting 3 months for. They werent big but there is something special about the first fish of the season and standing in flowing water for the first time in 3 months.

Plans are already being made for a barbel session on thursday night. God I love river angling!




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