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20/21 July

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Willows Lake - Thatcham  
 
2000 - 0500
 
Warm (min 16ºC), overcast and drizzly most of the night especially early on.
 
8 Carp;  biggest  18lb 5oz  - all the rest between 5¾lb - 9¼lb. 1 Tench - circa 1lb and a skimmer.
 
A night of 2 halves - started float fishing the margins targetting the lake's rare...


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15 July

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Northcroft Stream - Newbury  
 
0430 - 0815
 
Warm with cloudless skies. River looked in surprisingly good nick - still reasonable flow.
 
2 Chub - both circa 1lb (and possibly same one - caught nearly 3 hours apart!), 2 doz dace & 9 Roach.
 
Pre breakfast trotting session - hopeful for some ( bigger) chub which didn't show up.


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2/3 July

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3rd Paul Goulbourn Memorial Trophy - Harris Lake - Marsh Farm.  
 
0800 - 0800
 
Hot, bright and breezy. Breeze never really died down even at night.
 
19 Tench - biggest 5lb 4oz with nearly all the rest in the 3½-4½lb class. 13 Crucians; 3 over 2lb (just!) - biggest 2lb 3oz. Around half the rest were 'Big 1's' (had 3 @ 1lb 15oz...


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21/22 June

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Jubilee Lake -  Thatcham  
 
1400 - 0500
 
Clear and breezy - night was cool and clear but not as cool as forecast (kept too busy to get cold!)
 
10 Carp; 23lb 10oz (!), 11lb 15oz, 10lb 11oz, 10lb 6oz, 10lb 4oz, 9lb 14oz, 9lb 5oz, 8lb 13oz, 8lb 6oz, 7lb 7oz, (Over 110lb of carp!). 2 Tench 3lb 11oz & 3lb.
 
Last year I made the...


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20 June

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River Kennet - Thatcham (2 venues)  
 
0900 - 1400
 
Warm, muggy and overcast.
 
A dozen + dace, 2 perch (both around 10-12oz), 1 roach, 1 Gudgeon & 2 brownies - 12-16oz.
 
A visit here is now more by habit than expectation - long gone are the days when you could hope to winkle out a few barbel on the float - though I was still...


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18/19 June

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Johnsons Lake - Milford  
 
1200 - 2315 & 0300 - 0900
 
Warm and overcast and quite breezy. Quite the best night to be out - no need of warm clothing - or a shelter!
 
8 Crucians - best 4: 3lb 11oz, 3lb 8oz, 3lb 5oz, 3lb 4oz, 2X2lbers & 2X1lbers. 9 Tench; 3X5lbers to 5-15 and 6 of various sizes. 5 Rudd, 1lb 11oz & 1lb 8oz...


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17 June

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Warwicks Water  
 
1000 - 1400
 
Overcast and breezy.
 
A dozen or so perch.
 
A quick recce to see how the clubs crucian project is coming along (and I'd heard of crucians and tench being caught!). Alas if the micro-perch didn't nail the bait the crayfish did - the lake bed is covered in the critters - I dropped a piece of meat at...


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16 June 2018

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River Kennet  
 
0400 - 0830 Thatcham
0915 - 1300 Newbury
 
Overcast start with some light drizzle - river very full for the time of year and quite coloured (boat traffic)
 
Thatcham - 1 chub 2¼lb, 6 dace, 1 roach, 1 Grayling and 4 Brownies to 2lb+
Newbury - 15+ dace, 2 grayling - both over 1lb!! & a couple more troot.
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14 March

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Middle Kennet Estate Water - Kintbury.  
 
0700 - 1800 (!)
 
Mainly overcast though mild with a strong southerly breeze. River 'full' with a little colour - in great winter nick.
 
25 Chub(!): Apart from 4 X1lb class fish which turned up in my various 'dace' swims at first and last knockings, all 3lb class fish. 3 over 4lb @ 4lb 14oz, 4lb...


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13 March

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Kennet Carrier (& main river!) Marsh Benham
 
0700 - 1600
 
Mild and becalmed. River quite high up nearly a foot on my last visit in Jan.
 
14 Chub; 11 over 1lb - best 3lb 12oz, 30+Roach, 6 Dace, a dozen + Brownies to 3lb.
 
End of season bash part 1!! Again invited Rusty to join me on my syndicate bit of river - and he actually c...


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11 March

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River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
0730 - 1000
 
Bright and sunny after a foggy start - mild. River quite full with a bit of colour - in lovely winter 'nick'.
 
3 Chub; 4lb 2oz, 3lb 14oz, 3lb 5oz. 1 Brownie.
 
Breakfast on the river for some fine winter's chub then home to cook the Sunday roast for Mother's Day. 


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4 March

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River Lambourn - Newbury  
 
0700 - 1100
 
Mild and Overcast. 8ºC. River quite 'full' and up a good couple of inches.
 
25 Grayling; Biggest 1lb 12oz with a lot of fish an ounce or two ±1lb. 2X 2lb+ Brownies !
 
Default cure for cabin fever after all the snow and ice. Big grayling first fish of the day and biggest lady fro...


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24 February

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Northcroft Stream & River Lambourn, Shaw.  
 
0700 - 0815
&
0830 - 1130
 
Cold, and sunny. -3ºC -> +3ºC
 
2 Dace & a 2½lb brownie from Northcroft.
 
20 Grayling (biggest 20oz) and 3 small brownies from Shaw.
 
A chilly morning's trotting. Started by trying to coax a chub or 2 from Northcroft - but qu...


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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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