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20 January

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River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
1015 - 1515
 
Cold, bright and sunny. River low - very low for mid Jan
 
2 Chub; 3lb 1oz & 1½lb. 1 Brownie 2½lb
 
A bright sparkly day though not ideal conditions - perseverance paid off - didn't get a bite until 1430 then 3 fish in half an hour from swims that appeared devoid of fish a couple...


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12 January

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River Kennet (and carrier) Marsh Benham   
 
0930 - 1530  
 
Overcast, mild and quite breezy. River down on a fortnight ago (well we have had zero rainfall in that time).  
 
3 Chub; 4lb 1oz, 3lb 3oz & 2lb 11oz. 1 Pike 2lb 10oz, 4 doz Roach & Dace (rough 2 -1 ratio). Biggest roach 12oz with a lot more circa 8oz. 2 Brownies 4lb...


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31 December

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Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton
 
1300 - 1600
 
Mild, cloudy and benign - perfect perching weather. AT 10ºC
 
9 Perch; 2lb 15oz, 1lb 13oz - the others all around 8-10oz. 1 Chub 1¼lb and a Rudd(!)
 
The CRT have made it very difficult to locate big stripeys on the canal - by removing pretty much every bit of over hangin...


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27 December

Posted by Chris Plumb , 27 December 2018 · 0 views

River Kennet (and carrier) Marsh Benham  
 
0930 - 1430
 
Cool and misty morning with bright sunshine after 1200. River lower than I expected and quite clear.
 
8 Chub; Biggest 3lb most of the rest 1¾ - 2¾lb. 1 Bream 2lb 15oz, 3 Doz Roach - all quite chunky but nothing over ½lb. 2 Dace, 1 Rainbow 2½lb and a Brownie of...


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26 December

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River Kennet - Thatcham  
 
0945 - 1145
 
Cool and bright. River up a touch with some colour.
 
1 Chub; 3lb 3oz, 1 Grayling; 1lb 9oz. 2 Dace, 1 Perch
 
Quick session while Mrs P hit the sales. Super grayling for this part of the river - my biggest from here.


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22 December

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River Lambourn - Newbury  
 
0830 - 1100
 
Mild and overcast - river still quite low and gin clear as always....
 
22 Grayling; Biggest 1lb 8oz with around half the rest a couple of ounces either side of a pond. 1 Roach: 1lb 2oz. 2 Brownies - a 2lber and a parr.
 
Quick trotting session usual catch a couple and move on tactics...


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16 December

Posted by Chris Plumb , 16 December 2018 · 0 views

River Kennet - Newbury  
 
1015 - 1315
 
Cool, cloudy and calm. River up a couple of inches after yesterday's rain but not carrying much colour.
 
8 Chub; 4lb 2oz, 4lb 0oz, 3lb 11oz, 3lb 0oz, 2lb 10oz & 3 X 1-2lbers. 1 Grayling 1lb 1oz, 1 Dace, 1 Roach & 5 Brownies - to 2¼lb.
 
Another super winter's chubbing - first 3...


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9 December

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River Kennet - Brimpton
 
1045 - 1415
 
Bright and sunny after a brief but torrential shower. River lower than I expected after a wet week and carrying a tinge of colour.
 
6 Chub: 6lb 4oz, 5lb 6oz, 4lb 7oz, 3X 1-2lbers. 1 brownie circa 1lb.
 
I've fished Brimpton regularly since I joined NAA in 1982 and whilst I catch 5lb+ chub most...


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2 December

Posted by Chris Plumb , 02 December 2018 · 0 views

K&A Canal Thatcham & River Kennet - Arrowhead  
 
0730 - 1315
 
Mild, breezy with light drizzly showers.
 
8 dace - all a 'nice' size (6-8oz class), 1 chublet & a gudgeon.
 
Another fruitless perch hunt, not a bite (at least from something that didn't have claws!) on the canal so finished off with an hour on the river.


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24 November

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K&A Canal Enborne (& Speen Moors)  
 
0715 - 1230 (with an hour at Speen in the middle)
 
Cool, overcast with drizzly rain for a couple of hours.
 
1 Chub; 2lb 9oz.
 
Fruitless search for a perch - not a single bite on the canal - and not a lot of interest on the river after the first cast chub!!
 
 


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17 November

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River Frome - Wool  
 
0730 - 1330
 
Overcast with a cool easterly breeze - brightening up as I packed up. River low with (dropped over 40cm since last weekend) 67cm on the East Stoke River Gauge.
 
7 Grayling; 3 over 1lb went 2lb 5oz, 2lb 1oz, 1lb 8oz. 1 Bream 7lb 14oz (!), 1 Roach 8oz, 6 Brownies - all quite small.
 
I ummed and a...


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11 November

Posted by Chris Plumb , 11 November 2018 · 0 views

Northcroft  Stream  
 
0730 - 0915
 
River Lambourn - Shaw  
 
0930 - 1145
 
Bright and sunny after early morning rain (just stopping as I started to fish) Rivers (especially the Lambourn) surprisingly unaffected by recent rains (unlike the Dorset Frome which was Plan A for today!
 
Northcroft: 2 Chub, 3lb 8oz & 2lb 11...


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3 November

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River Lambourn - Newbury  
 
0700 - 0930
 
Bright and sunny - milder than recently (no frost). River very low.
 
21 Grayling; Nearly all fish in the 10-14oz bracket - with quite a few just over 1lb too. Biggest 1lb 5oz. 2 Brownies.
 
Catcha couple and move on downstream tactics - though in the low water it was often sight fishing -...


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27th October

Posted by Chris Plumb , 28 October 2018 · 0 views

River Kennet - Newbury  
 
0930 - 1345
 
Bright and cold start, clouding over. AT no higher than 5ºC all day. River at normal autumn levels (actually slightly up on some previous autumns) and carrying a LOT of leaf litter.
 
4 Chub: 3lb 4oz, 3lb 1oz, 2lb 13oz, 2lb 10oz. 5 Grayling; Best 1lb 3oz. 13 Dace (quite a few in the 6-8oz brac...


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24th October

Posted by Chris Plumb , 28 October 2018 · 0 views

River Kennet - Padworth
 
1800 - 2200
 
Cool and clear (down to 5ºC when I packed up - but came better prepared this time!)
 
Blanked
 
Not enough daylight for a blank saving trotting session so it was straight out with the ledgering rods for 4 hours at staring at static isotopes. Again no crayfish activity and YET AGAIN saw an o...


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20th October

Posted by Chris Plumb , 28 October 2018 · 0 views

Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton  
 
0700 - 1100
 
Cool, bright and sunny.
 
5 Perch - all around 6-10oz.
 
The CRT really are a bunch  of ****s!  :angry: I rocked up at first light and made my way to a spot I knew held good perch - a nice bush and fallen branch on the far bank which produced 1lb+ perch (and some nice...


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18th October

Posted by Chris Plumb , 28 October 2018 · 0 views

River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
1730 - 2230
 
Cool, clear evening, lovely for spotting the conjunction of the moon and Mars but not great for sitting on the riverbank with insufficient clothing! River at normal autumn levels.
 
4 Roach & 2 Dace.
 
Another fruitless attempt at a Kennet barbel without the hoped for trotted chub as hor...


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12th October

Posted by Chris Plumb , 13 October 2018 · 0 views

Lower Itchen Fishery  
 
0830 - 1830
 
Warm (still 19ºC when I got home at 2030!), overcast and very windy - rainy for the first hour or so. River very low and weedy with lots of leaf litter and detached weed coming down.
 
50+ Grayling - nearly every fish in the 12oz-1lb class with a lot just over 1lb too. Nothing substantially bigg...


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7th October

Posted by Chris Plumb , 07 October 2018 · 0 views

River Kennet - Speen Moors  
 
0645 - 1300
 
Bright after a chilly start - river quite low despite yesterday's rain.
 
2 Chub; 3lb 6oz & a chublet, 3 Roach, 1 Gudgeon & 3 brownies - all pounders.
 
Not so much a fishing session as a hike with full pack. Walked pretty much the entire fishery - covered 9.7km in the process which...


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3rd October

Posted by Chris Plumb , 05 October 2018 · 0 views

River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
1800 - 2200
 
Cool and clear with a very heavy dew/mist making it feel cooler still by the end of the evening.
 
1 Chub; 2lb 13oz, 1 dace and a brownie.
 
Quick trotting session - primarily to try and get a chub - so that box got ticked though I was hoping for something a little bigger. Then it was 3 hour...






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