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18 January

Posted by Chris Plumb , 18 January 2015 · 456 views

River Kennet Dace Chub
Middle Kennet Estate - Kintbury

0830 - 1645

Cool (1º - 4ºC), overcast with sunny spells in the afternoon. River quite 'full' and carrying more colour than is usual for here - quite 'milky' in appearance - possibly the result of springs 'breaking' on the downs.

11 Chub; Biggest 5lb 7oz with only 3 under 3lb. 32 Dace; Biggest two 14oz & 12oz with around another dozen in excess of 8oz - I weighed another 4 at 9, 10, 10 & 11oz - but quite a few of similar size went un-weighed! 2 Grayling, a doz brownies to 3lb.

Birthday outing! And the plan was to go all out for Chub and Dace - so both those boxes got well and truly ticked. Dusted out my 'short' float rod which hasn't seen the light of day since the 80's to fish the small streams and carriers for the dace. And fished some of my favoured swims on the main river for the chub. All chub caught on trotted corn except the smallest of the day - a 1½lb fish which turned up in one of my dace swims 10 minutes after slipping the 14oz fish back - never been so disappointed to see a chub in the bottom of my net! Paul had a similar return in terms of numbers - though I think his best chub was a 3lber and best dace around 11oz.

Safely in the Net!
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Big Gob!
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5½lb Chub
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Typical Dace swim.
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Nice Dace

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Another great day by the sound of it Chris and nice that you were able to fish areas previously out of bounds. The key question is though....how did the Bisterne perform?

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Chris Plumb
Jan 19 2015 12:10 PM

Twas a cracking day and a lot of my dace were from a couple of swims I'd not even fished before. We weren't allowed on a one section of river - but apart from that had a pretty free reign. The reel was a pure delight to use - will be relegating the 1920 to first reserve next winter methinks!

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