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15 September

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River Kennet - Thatcham
 
0900 - 1200
 
Bright and sunny - quite warm.
 
1 Chub 2lb 3oz, 2 Dace, 1 Roach & 5 Brownies (2 circa 1lb)
 
Off to Lanzarote tomorrow and didn't want to leave maggots in the bait fridge whilst I was away (not that I need an excuse!)


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10 September

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River Kennet - Bulls Lock
 
1800 - 2300
 
Warmish and overcast.
 
3 Dace and a chublet.
 
Another fruitless barbel session on a rarely fished stretch of river. As per usual started off trotting for not a lot - and once ledgering the only rattles came from the crayfish of which there were A LOT!


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8 September

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River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
0615 - 1300
 
Overcast and quite breezy at times - drizzly rain for first hour. River not as low as I expected.
 
2 Chub: 5lb 6oz, 4lb 13oz. 7 Dace, 1 Roach, ½doz+ brownies - most quite small with one circa 1lb.
 
Took a ledgering rod As I wanted to have a daytime try for a barbel - however they were...


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3 September

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Alders Lake - Thatcham  
 
1800 - 2230
 
Warm and quite breezy.
 
2 Tench; 2lb 6oz and a pounder. 4 Perch.
 
Yet another new swim - feel I've given this lake a proper go now and whilst not blanked hasn't been as productive as last summer - when I caught mainly bream and hardly any tench - complete opposite to this summer!


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31 August/1 September

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Willows Lake - Thatcham  
 
1800 - 0600
 
Cool clear night down to 7ºC  at dawn and very misty and damp with dew.
 
9 Tench: All over a pound with 3 fish over 2lb. 7 Carp biggest 2, 12lb 2oz & 8lb 15oz all the others between 3½ - 6½lb. 1 Crucian 2lb 2oz. 4 perch.
 
A return to the swim of a fortnight ago hopi...


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29 August

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River Kennet - Newbury  
 
1800 - 2245
 
Warm and overcast evening though clouds cleared and temps started to plummet in the last half an hour.
 
7 very chunky dace - all 6-8oz. 1 Roach, 2 brownies to 1½lb.
 
First serious attempt of the season for a barbel - but of course I started out with a trotting rod for the first hour or...


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25 August

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River Kennet - Marsh Benham  
 
0600 - 1300
 
Cool (6ºC when I arrived) and sunny - with a nippy northerly breeze. River lower than my last visit 4 weeks ago.
 
1½doz+ Chub, Biggest 3lb 5oz, the rest all chublets. 1 Pike; 3lb 10oz, 2doz+ Roach, 5 Dace (2 of around 8oz), 1 Perch, 1 Bleak, 1 Gudgeon. 
 
Ledgered meat fo...


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20 August

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Alders Lake - Thatcham  
 
1800 - 2300
 
Warm and overcast.
 
3 Tench - all between 1-2lb.
 
Another Monday evening and another new swim (bin working my way around the lake this season trying a different swims each trip.) Bites at a bit of a premium - much as expected - but at least when they cam they produced and end result - unlik...


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17/18 August

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Willows Lake - Thatcham  
 
1900 - 0500
 
Warm overcast night - lovely night to be out!
 
4 Carp; 6lb 5oz, 6lb 14oz, 7lb 12oz, 13lb 9oz. 5 Tench - best 2lb 7oz and all the others C2lb±2oz. 1 Crucian; 3lb 3oz. ½doz+ perch - all small.
 
Nice to see some tench in Willows - bin many years since I've had this many in a session...


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13 August

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Alders Lake - Thatcham  
 
1830 - 2230
 
Warm and breezy.
 
1 Tench - c1lb, 1 perch.
 
Frustrating evening - as I was getting loads of bites which I couldn't hit - quite unusual for here - as was seeing other anglers on the water! Still another 2½lb of blackberries picked!


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10/11 August

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Dobsons Lake - Thatcham  
 
1800 - 0500
 
Cool clear night. Temp down to 5ºC when I packed up!
 
4 Carp: 9lb 12oz, 8lb 2oz, 7lb 15oz, 6lb 9oz. 1 Bream 5lb 12oz. 1 roach.
 
Brrrr - a slow but steady night looking out for Perseids as much as fishing! Surprised how cool it was at dawn - compounded by a very heavy dew!


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6 August

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Alders Lake - Thatcham  
 
1800 - 2245
 
Warm (as ever) - still 22ºC when I left.
 
2 Bream: 4lb 14oz, 4lb 10oz.
 
3rd Monday evening on the trot here and as before the fishing was preceded by 30 mins of blackberry picking and as a result we now have a dozen or so jars of bramble jelly - which should see us through to next spri...


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4 August

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River Kennet - Brimpton  
 
0530 - 1130
 
Hot and sultry. AT 19ºC when I left home at 0445!  River still seeing the benefits of a wet spring.
 
6 Chub: 4lb 3oz, 4lb 0oz, 3lb 14oz, 3lb 10oz, 3lb 9oz, 3lb 2oz. 10 Dace - 4 over 8oz - best 10oz. 10 Brownies - mostly small - with 3 over lb.
 
Lovely morning'c chubbing - the mor...


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30 July

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Alders Lake - Thatcham  
 
1800 - 2230
 
Bright and breezy.
 
1 Tench - unweighed but around a pound.
 
Hopeful that the recent rain might have pepped things up a bit - though the opposite looked likely as the water appeared quite lifeless. Thankful for a solitary bite - which I missed - but the tench belied its size by nearly pulli...


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28 July

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River Kennet - Marsh Benham  
 
0830 - 1430
 
Warm, bright and breezy with a couple of lumpy showers. River still higher than anticipated and carrying quite a bit of colour.
 
2 Pike; both 3lbers, 7 Chublets, 1½doz Roach. 1 Doz Dace, 1 Perch, 1 Gudgeon, 2 Bleak and a Trout.
 
First trip of the season to 'my' syndicate stretch of r...


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23 July

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Alders Lake  
 
1830 - 2230
 
Hot and sultry - a shirtsleeves and DEET evening!
 
2 bream both a couple of ounces either side of 2lb, 1 Tench circa 1lb and a roach.
 
First soirée here of the summer. All fish came in a 45 period from 2100 as it started to get dark.


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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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