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21 August

Alders Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 2300   Warm, overcast, very muggy with occasional light drizzle. Still 19ºC when I packed up!   2 Bream - a couple of ounces either side of 4lb.   Lovely evening to be out - wished I could have stayed longer! Both fish within 10 mins of each other just as it got properly dark at 2130.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

18/19 August

NAA Stillwater - Widmead   1800 - 0600   Breezy with heavy showers up to midnight, cool and clear there after.   3 Carp; 8lb 1oz, 7lb 10oz, 3½lb.   Another slow night on the lakes - again nothing in the margins - all bites on pellet.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

16 August

River Kennet/Carrier, Marsh Benham   0900 - 1300   Warm, muggy and overcast. River low.   8 Chub; a 3lber and 7 chublets, 30+ roach, a doz dace, 5 perch, 2 bleak and a 3½lb rainbow.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

14 August

River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   1830 - 2130   Warm and overcast - with a couple of very light showers. River low.   2 Chub - both circa 2lbs. 3 Dace. 1 Grayling. 4 Brownies to 1lb+   Trotting/barbel session cut short! Started in a couple of banker chub swims - hoping for something bigger than actually turned up. Once I settled down over my ledgering rods things got err interesting! Was watching a pair of swans and their 6 cygnets slowly making there way upstr

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

10/11 August

Harris Lake, Marsh Farm, Milford   1900 - 0900   Clear cool night, down to 9ºC. Not a great night for spotting Perseids due to the near full moon - still spied a few really bright ones however!   12 Tench; All over 3lb with 3 over 4 - best 4lb 12oz. 10 Cruicans; 4 over 2lb, best 2 - 2lb 8oz & 2lb 7oz. A doz rudd, half a dozen roach and 2 perch.   Busy night as nearly all wish during hours of darkness - and all bar 2 on the float. Chopped prawn again ac

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

4/5 August

Jubilee Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 0600   Warm overcast night - despite the forecast which predict a cool night - temp didn't drop below 13ºC.   2 Carp; 8lb 5oz & 6lb 7oz. 1 Bream 6lb 8oz.   Slow, slow night. Venue was VERY busy with lots of noise on the bank meant I didn't get a solitary bite all night on my margin rod - and fishing at range wasn't much better. All fish on pellet (was alternating with boilies).

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

31 July

​Alders Lake - Thatcham   ​1800-2300   ​Coolish - with a heavy shower.   ​4 Bream; all between 2lb 12oz & 3lb 8oz, 1 Roach 1lb 2oz (!!), 2 Perch.   Still no tench from here this summer - but the bream as ever were very obliging and the roach was a real surprise - first redfin I've had from here in ages and it was a real beauty!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

29 July

River Kennet - Newbury   0500 - 1200   Cool(ish) and cloudy with drizzly rain for last 30 mins.   2 Chub; both circa 1¼lb. 3doz+ Dace, 1½doz Roach, 1 Gudgeon and 5 Brownies - 3 over 1lb.   Morning trotting session on 2 venues a couple of miles apart before the rains came. Chub from each (was hoping for better on that front) and plenty of silver fish.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

23 July

River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   0500 - 0830   Cool (9/10ºC), clear and misty. River up a couple of inches.   3 Chub: 4lb 15oz, 2lb 14oz, 1lb 8oz. 20 Dace and half a dozen brownies to circa 1lb.   Pre breakfast trotting trip - and another fine chub from here - and many of the dace were a good size too - biggest I put on the scales went 10oz with another ½ doz not much smaller.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

19 July

​River Kennet - Nr Newbury   ​​1800-2330   ​Overcast and breezy - river low despite recent rains.   ​1 Bream; 3lb 5oz, 6 Dace and a brownie of about a lb.   ​Another blank barbel session preceded by an hour or so on the float. Did at least get a rattle on the ledger rods this time - but it turned out to be a surprise bream (from a very fast bit of water too). Shortly after this capture an otter surfaced right over my baits - putting paid to any further bites from anything apart from sig

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

16 July

Northcroft Stream   0445 - 0715   Warm (19ºC when I packed up) and overcast.   2 Chub 3lb 15oz & 1½lb. 2 doz + dace, 6 roach and 6 gudgeon.   Pre breakfast trotting trip - mainly after the chub - though I did hear of a few barbel coming out on the float from here last summer - which would have made a very nice bonus - alas not to be! Nearly all the silver fish from the weirpool - both chub further downstream.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

14 July

​Alders Lake   ​​2000 - 2330   ​Warm, overcast with a bit of a breeze.   ​3 Bream; 4lb 7oz & 2lb 14oz X 2 (possibly same fish!)   ​Had planned an evening on Willows - float fishing the margins in the hope of snaffling one of the lake's big crucians - but the ducks and geese were a total pain in the wotsits! Ducks constantly swimming through my line and making a beeline for my swim from all points of the compass whenever any bait hit the water - geese too - but they then decided to co

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

10 July

​River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   ​1800 - 2300   ​Overcast and breezy temps around 16ºC. River low(ish) and very coloured (height of the boating season )   ​1 Chub; 2lb 7oz. 10 Dace & 2 Roach.   First attempt at a barbel this summer - but of course I started off with a trotting rod for an hour or so. Chub pretty much first cast which got the evening off nicely but as soon as I switched to the lead it was crayfish all the way!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

7 July

Alders Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 2300   Warm, overcast and quite breezy at times. Temp still 19ºC when I packed up.   5 Bream; best 2, 4lb 15oz & 4lb 6oz.   A busy little session with loads of activity, bream porpoising, liners etc. All fish on float fished maggot - lift method - yet again meat garnered zero interest. Still no sign of any tench.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

2-4 July 2017 Middle Severn

A trip to the Middle Severn on a quest for big roach. I stayed in a B&B at Bewdley for 2 nights. On Sunday night I fished the Northbrook stretch on the BAA ticket, and got off to a good start with a lovely roach that tipped the scales at exactly 1lb. Bait was ledgered 8mm pellet No other bites, though, which turned out to be a bit of a theme for the couple of days.   On Monday morning I went to visit Arley, 3 miles north, which is a bit of a mecca - but I think mainly for barbel anglers.

The Flying Tench

The Flying Tench

26 June

Alders Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 2200   3 Bream; Biggest 3lb 10oz. 3 Perch - one of about 10oz and 2 tiddlers.   First of what will be a series of evening sessions here this summer after the bream and (hopefully) tench. All fish on maggot despite fishing for half he time with meat.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

26.6.17 Perch and carp

7-10pm local lake My aim was to catch roach on 8mm pellets. I started using a float with the bait mid water and caught 6 roach and rudd up to 6 oz or so in the first hour, but decided the bigguns weren't around. So I switched to feeder. No roach at all, but a 2lb 4oz perch would-yer-believe-it, and a carp of about 15lb which took an age to land on the light tackle. I didn't have adequate scales to weigh it.

The Flying Tench

The Flying Tench

25 June

River Kennet/Carrier, Marsh Benham   1000 - 1230   Overcast, warm and breezy.   A brace of 3lb chub and a dozen chublets. 18 Roach, all small. 6 Dace, 1 Perch, 1 Brownie and 1 Rainbow.   A venue that will see more of me in the winter months when there's a bit more water in it - but as I now have unfettered access wanted to see it in its summer finery!! had been told to expect lots of weed - but still found plenty of spots to drop into. Was hoping to pick u

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

22 June

River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   0900 - 1200   Much cooler than of late 'only' 20ºC.   1 Chub; 2lb 2oz, 4 Dace & 4 Brownies.   Just a short session today as work is interrupting my week off! (but in a good way - off to an awards ceremony soon - http://www.hpma.org.uk/awards/awards-ceremony fingers crossed we win!) This wasn't so much as a trotting session as a trek with full pack! My pedometer recorded that I covered 3.8km as a searched (and generally fai

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

21 June

River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   0445 - 1200   Hot! 17º at 0430 when I left the house 31º when I got home. River quite coloured as it always is in summer and at near normal summer levels.   7 Chub: 5lb 10oz, 5lb 4oz, 4lb 7oz, 4lb 2oz, 3lb 14oz, 3lb 8oz, 2lb 15oz. 4 Dace, 2 Grayling, 10 Brownies - half over 1lb to 1lb 9oz.   Standing in the middle of the Kennet watching the sunrise on a warm, still June morning whilst trotting under the far bank trees - what's

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

19/20 June

Johnsons Lake - Milford   1100 - 2315 & 0300 - 0900, with a 3 hour kip in the car sandwiched in between!   HOT! Sunny and Sultry - temps hit over 30ºC. Finding a shady spot was a (THE) major factor in considering swim choice!   8 Crucians: 3lb 9oz, 3lb 2oz, 3lb 0oz, 2lb 14oz, 2lb 13oz, 2lb 10oz, 2lb 6oz, 2lb 5oz. 21 (!) Tench - a dozen over 4lb; best 2, 6lb 13oz & 6lb 1oz. 1 Roach; 1lb 10oz (!) and, somewhat ironically, the only fish under a pound was a tiny

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

16 June (part 2)

Harris Lake - Marsh Farm, Milford.   1100 - 0130   Bright, hot and sunny (mainly)   3 Tench: 5lb 14oz, and a brace of 3lbers.   2nd Paul Goulbourn Memorial Cruican Fish-in attended by 16 IAC members. Fishing was hard going for most though a few crucians were caught - the biggest going to Krzystof (sp?) - who won the trophy for biggest cruican with a 2lb 4oz fish. Quite a few resorted to the training pond just to get bites! I always planned to fish on after

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

16 June 2017 (part1)

River Kennet - Newbury   0400 - 0630   Warm, bright and sunny! River not as low as I'd expected.   2 Chub; 3lb 13oz, 3lb 3oz, 16 dace, 2 Roach, 1 grayling, 3 brownies.   And so another season begins and what better way to start than standing up to my thighs in cooling Kennet water after a hot muggy night!   A couple of chub in the first 20 mins got the season off to a cracking start and dropping down 60m or so brought a dace a chuck before it was

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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