I think we posted concurrently. Fascinating that you were at Arley yesterday. I checked it out on Monday but, rightly or wrongly, thought it looked too fast for roach, which was my (probably wrong) target. How did you get on? I can't imagine lure fishing in such fast water with so much (very healthy) streamer weed. Would one fish over the top of the weed, or would weedless lures cope with it? Do you wade at a venue like that?
It's not much of a problem, the areas where I'm targeting chub and perch tend to be scoured clear of weed and I can fish over what remains with a standard size 2 or 3 Mepps.
Tuesday wasn't a red letter day. I had a dozen or so chub but nothing big although I did spot a pair of monsters that drifted off in response to my insufficiently stealthy approach.
I did better with the perch and had almost two dozen. Again, nothing huge but perhaps half of then were in the 10oz - 1lb range.
I only saw one pike all day (most have been poached and eaten) but I missed it.
I also failed to hook up on two very nice brownies.
I did try a sneaky approach to the peg with the big chub on my way back but the lure got nailed by a perch on the first cast.
Dad was bait fishing and parked himself in the shade of a big tree and fished a blockend feeder hard against the weed and ended up with five little barbel, half a dozen chub, some nice dace and some bits. He would have done better but we had to pack up by six because dogs needed feeding.
If you are going to feeder fish, don't bait and wait. With the fish so active in the warm water, it needs to be reloaded, rebaited and recast every 10 or 15 minutes.
Wading? Yep, it's shorts and sandals. I got eaten alive by horseflies though.
Edited by Ken L, 05 July 2017 - 11:07 PM.
Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.
Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub.
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon.
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike.
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish.
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.