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27 February

Posted by Chris Plumb , 28 February 2015 · 267 views

River Kennet Dace Chub
Middle Kennet Estate - Kintbury
 
0715 - 1800
 
Bright (very) at first with some welcome broken cloud in the afternoon. AT around 8ºC all day after early frost. River not quite as full as expected and no colour despite yesterday's rain.
 
12 Chub; Biggest 3lb 14oz, 19 Dace - though only 2 real gooduns - biggest 13oz. 7 Roach, 4 Grayling. A doz+ brownies - biggest over 4lb - though also had quite a few parr fish.
 
Given the time of year - the plan was to go all out for a big dace (after some early chub fishing). Everything went according to plan in my banker chub swim - but Paul's was occupied by nothing but trout - so I let him run a float through my swim so that he knew what a fish without an adipose looked like. (The swim duly obliged with a 3lb 10oz chub).
 
We knew the bright conditions would make the dace in the shallow carriers spooky and hard to tempt - but were hopeful that the increasing cloud cover and setting sun would make them bolder. In truth though I don't think we found them - certainly not in the same numbers as our visit here in January.(See blog entry of http://www.anglersne...273-18-january/  ). Paul and I both had a decent fish or two for our efforts - but it wasn't quite what we were hoping for.
 
13oz Dace
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Paul the Poacher!(of 'my' chub swim!)
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Rickety Bridge.
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Here be Dace?

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