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17 February

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River Kennet - Speen Moors  
 
0700 - 1300
 
Cool, bright and sunny after a frosty start. River full and clear.
 
2 Trout - both over 2lb.
 
A real struggle of a day despite the river looking in good nick. Walked miles to fish all my usual 'banker' swims and hardly had a bite - and when the float did go under it was a pesky trout re...


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10 February

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Lower Itchen Fishery  
 
0830 - 1600.
 
Drizzle all day becoming quite breezy! AT around 8/9ºC after a frosty start. River quite 'full' with a little colour.
 
18 Grayling - with a dozen or so 1lb or better! Best 4 went 2lb 10oz, 1lb 13oz, 1lb 12oz X2. 3 Chub 4lb 7oz, 3lb 11oz, 3lb 6oz. 2 Brownies;3lb+ & 2lb +.
 
A soggy da...


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4 February

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River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
0800 - 1100
 
Cold and bright after a cloudy start. AT around 1ºC  but felt MUCH colder in a biting NE wind - should think the wind chill was sub zero! . River 'full' and quite clear.
 
2 Chub 3lb 7oz & 2lb 8oz. I Brownie of 2lb.
 
Chilly morning after the chub - and bites were at a premium...


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28 January

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Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton  
 
0800 - 1500
 
Mild, mainly overcast and breezy (too breezy!) AT around 10-11ºC all day.
 
1 Pike; 4lb 6oz, A doz+ Perch - nothing over 8oz, 2 Chub (small), 3 Bleak.
 
Another fruitless hunt for big stripeys. Wind was a real PITA blowing straight downstream and making presentation really...


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19 January

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River Kennet - Thatcham  
 
1500 - 1700
 
Cool and sunny AT around 4ºC. River quite full with most colour dropped out.
 
2 Doz dace - with over half in the 8-10oz range !! 2 Brownies to circa 1lb.
 
With a really crappy weather forecast for Saturday AND Sunday - bunking off work early and snatching a couple of hours on the rive...


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12 January

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Kennet Carrier (& main river!) Marsh Benham  
 
0900 - 1500  
 
Cool, calm and mainly overcast. AT around 6ºC all day. River a couple of inches lower on my last visit over Christmas - with most of the colour dropped out.  
 
8 Chub; 5 over 1lb - best 3lb 2oz, 2 doz+ Roach, 4 Dace - to 8oz & 4 Perch (all small). (NO trout - bit...


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6 January

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River Lambourn - Newbury  
 
0800 - 1400.
 
Cold and mainly cloudy. -1º -> 4ºC. River clear ( as always) and much lower than expected given we've had over 60mm of rain in the past fortnight.
 
50+ Grayling with around half over 12oz and a good few 'pounders'. Biggest 1lb 10oz. 1 Dace, 2 Brownies - a 2lber and a tiddler....


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2 January 2018

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River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
1200 - 1545
 
Mild (10ºC) and overcast with drizzly rain for first hour or so. River up a touch and carrying a bit of colour.
 
5 Chub; 4lb 12oz. 4lb 10oz, 4lb 6oz, 3lb 14oz, 3lb 3oz.
 
Cracking afternoon's chubbing and a very satisfactory start to 2018. All fish in lovely winter condition and a superb...


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28 December

Posted by Chris Plumb , 28 December 2017 · 0 views

Kennet Carrier (& main river!) Marsh Benham  
 
0900 - 1600
 
Cold and sunny with snow on the ground from yesterday max temp 4ºC (briefly!). River up a couple of inches on last visit here (Nov) and carrying a little colour.
 
7 Chub: 4lb 5oz, 3lb 6ox, 2lb 11oz, 2lb 8oz, 2lb 0oz and 2 sub 1lbers. A dozen+ dace to 10oz, 4 dozen+ ro...


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26 December

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River Kennet - Newbury  
 
0930 - 1245
 
Cool (3ºC) and bright. River still quite low despite yesterday's rain.
 
1 Chub c 1½lb, 14 Dace, 3 Roach, 3 Grayling & 5 Brownies - 3 of which ere over 1lb.
 
Quick sesh while Jaq hit the sales! Hoping for a few more ( and bigger) chub but their usual haunts seemed to have been...


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22 December

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Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton
 
1000 - 1600
 
Mild, overcast and calm - a benign winter's day. AT around 10ºC all day. Canal VERY low - around 18 inches below what it should be - over-wintering barges had slipped their anchorages - clearly someone's left a sluice open somewhere!
 
A dozen perch to 1¼lb (though most nowher...


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16 December

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River Lambourn - Shaw  
 
0900 - 1300
 
Frosty, bright start - clouding over. River low - 13cm on the EA Shaw gauge.
 
18 Grayling to just over 1lb - half were in the 10oz+ bracket the rest considerably smaller! 6 Brownies to 1½lb.
 
A morning's trotting - usual catch a couple and move tactics.


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3 December

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River Lambourn - Newbury  
 
0745 - 1200
 
Overcast and quite mild. River very low.
 
4 Roach; 1lb 1oz, 1lb 0oz, 15oz, 13oz. 18 Grayling between 10-20oz (most at the lower end of that scale - but good sport none the less!) 5 Brownies; 3 parr fish and a couple of netters!
 
A morning trotting for grayling with some bonus roach for go...


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19 November

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River Frome - Wool  
 
0745 - 1345
 
Cool and quite bright for most of the day. River at normal levels - 0.72cm at E Stoke.
 
9 Grayling; 7 over 1lb to 1lb 10oz. 2 Brownies to circa 1lb. 1 Salmon Parr.
 
Started with a bit of a grueller - no fish of note at all for the first 3 hours. Moved to some swims I'd never fished before at th...


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12 November

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River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
0730 - 1230
 
Cool, bright and breezy after a showery start. River low despite recent rains.
 
2 Chub: 5lb 1oz, 4lb 0oz. A dozen brownies to 2½lb. 1 bleak!
 
Lovely brace of chub caught from the same swim (the 2nd and bigger fish after resting it for 90 mins). Trout were a bit of a pain!


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5 November

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Kennet & Avon Canal - Enborne  *
Northcroft Stream^  
 
0700 - 0945*
1000 - 1230^
 
Cold and bright start - clouding over by the time I left. 0ºC - 8ºC
 
7 Perch; 4 over 1lb, best 2 1lb 9oz & 2lb 0oz (hooray!)*
6 Dace, 4 Roach, 1 Gudgeon and a brownie.^
 
A  lovely crisp morning - not the most ideal co...


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29 October

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Kennet Carrier - Marsh Benham  
 
1000 - 1400
 
Bright and sunny. River very low.
 
6 Chub; 2½lb, 1¼lb and 4 chublets. 4 Dozen roach - all hand sized or better! 8 Dace, 4 Bleak and a couple of 2lb brownies.
 
Started by stalking chub - freelining lumps of meat into various holes - usually had just one go at each before spo...


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27 October

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Lower Itchen Fishery  
 
0800 - 1700
 
Bright, mild and sunny. River low.
 
45 Grayling - with some 2 dozen over 1lb - most in the 20-24oz range. Biggest 2 went 1lb 11oz &1lb 12oz. A dozen+ brownies to 3½lb. 5 Salmon parr.
 
Lovely day's trotting. Alternated between maggot and red corn all day and caught roughly equal numbe...


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14 October

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Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton  
 
0700 - 1200
 
Warm and overcast.
 
5 Perch; 3 over 1lb - best 1lb 11oz. 1 Pike; 3¼lb, a doz+ Roach, 1 Chublet, 1 Dace, 1 Rudd, 4 Gudgeon, 2 Bleak (8 different species!)
 
New venue for me and one which might be promising on the perch front! Boat traffic was a total PITA - way busier tha...


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12 October

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River Kennet - Newbury  
 
1730 - 2200
 
Mild/warm evening 14ºC. River very low.
 
2 Chub; 2lb 13oz & 1lb 10oz, 9 Dace and a Brownie of around 1lb.
 
Still no barbel - but I did at least get a couple of chub this time. Yet again had an otter visit my swim!






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