River Lambourn - Newbury
0745 - 1200
Overcast and quite mild. River very low.
4 Roach; 1lb 1oz, 1lb 0oz, 15oz, 13oz. 18 Grayling between 10-20oz (most at the lower end of that scale - but good sport none the less!) 5 Brownies; 3 parr fish and a couple of netters!
A morning trotting for grayling with some bonus roach for good measure! All roach in first half an hour or so and all on trotted caster - saw a couple of shapes in the water which looked e
River Frome - Wool
0745 - 1345
Cool and quite bright for most of the day. River at normal levels - 0.72cm at E Stoke.
9 Grayling; 7 over 1lb to 1lb 10oz. 2 Brownies to circa 1lb. 1 Salmon Parr.
Started with a bit of a grueller - no fish of note at all for the first 3 hours. Moved to some swims I'd never fished before at the venue and thankfully found a few ladies - nothing approaching 2lb alas - but quite a few in the 20oz class.
River Kennet - Brimpton
0730 - 1230
Cool, bright and breezy after a showery start. River low despite recent rains.
2 Chub: 5lb 1oz, 4lb 0oz. A dozen brownies to 2½lb. 1 bleak!
Lovely brace of chub caught from the same swim (the 2nd and bigger fish after resting it for 90 mins). Trout were a bit of a pain!
Kennet & Avon Canal - Enborne *
0700 - 0945*
1000 - 1230^
Cold and bright start - clouding over by the time I left. 0ºC - 8ºC
7 Perch; 4 over 1lb, best 2 1lb 9oz & 2lb 0oz (hooray!)*
6 Dace, 4 Roach, 1 Gudgeon and a brownie.^
A lovely crisp morning - not the most ideal conditions for stripeys thankfully no one told the fish that. Had to contend with some really inconsiderate dog owners - one even threw a st
Kennet Carrier - Marsh Benham
1000 - 1400
Bright and sunny. River very low.
6 Chub; 2½lb, 1¼lb and 4 chublets. 4 Dozen roach - all hand sized or better! 8 Dace, 4 Bleak and a couple of 2lb brownies.
Started by stalking chub - freelining lumps of meat into various holes - usually had just one go at each before spooking the fish - and of course it was usually the smallest of the shoal that snaffled the meat first (or a trout)- still twas good fun! Then it was bite a chuck on maggot
Lower Itchen Fishery
0800 - 1700
Bright, mild and sunny. River low.
45 Grayling - with some 2 dozen over 1lb - most in the 20-24oz range. Biggest 2 went 1lb 11oz &1lb 12oz. A dozen+ brownies to 3½lb. 5 Salmon parr.
Lovely day's trotting. Alternated between maggot and red corn all day and caught roughly equal numbers on each bait.
Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton
0700 - 1200
Warm and overcast.
5 Perch; 3 over 1lb - best 1lb 11oz. 1 Pike; 3¼lb, a doz+ Roach, 1 Chublet, 1 Dace, 1 Rudd, 4 Gudgeon, 2 Bleak (8 different species!)
New venue for me and one which might be promising on the perch front! Boat traffic was a total PITA - way busier than I experience on other parts of the canal.... 😞
River Kennet - Newbury
1730 - 2200
Mild/warm evening 14ºC. River very low.
2 Chub; 2lb 13oz & 1lb 10oz, 9 Dace and a Brownie of around 1lb.
Still no barbel - but I did at least get a couple of chub this time. Yet again had an otter visit my swim!
Kennet & Avon Canal - Enborne
0700 - 1300
Calm and overcast.
15 perch'; 3 over 1lb, best 1lb 9oz. 1 Pike 3lb 11oz.
A morning exploring likely spots along the length of the lower section - fished around half a dozen swims and had fish from most of them. All fish on lobs.
River Kennet - Speen Moors
0700 - 1300. Overcast but quite mild. River low.
4 Chub - all between ¾ - 1¼lb. 5 Roach - all small apart from one cracking looking fish of 12oz, 6 Gudgeon & a 1½lb brownie.
A morning spent doing nearly as much walking as fishing (covered 5.5km according to my pedometer!) Started out after perch in some favoured swims of old - but not so much as a bite (not even from a crayfish) - so it was then a hunt for some chub - eventually achieved in the last hou
River Kennet - Nr Thatcham
1800 - 2200
Cool and overcast - river up a tiny bit after recent rain and full of leaf litter.
4 Dace, 1 Roach & 2 Brownies
Another barbel blank (preceded by the usual 30 mins or so trotting!), didn't even have any crayfish worrying the baits. Had planned to stay longer - but 3 sightings of an otter in my swim - didn't exactly fill me with confidence!
K&A Canal - Thatcham
0700 - 1000
Warm, overcast and still - perfect perching conditions - shame no one told the fish!
2 perch; both 12oz(ish)
Slow morning in a favourite swim of old. Next perching trips will be exploring waters new!
1800 - 2200
Cool clear evening - temps down to 9ºC but felt much cooler with a very heavy dew.
1 Bream - 1½lb.
Last evening of the summer - and it was a slow one with the only bite resulting in a blank saving skimmer just as it got properly dark.
Kennet & Avon Canal - Avington
0645 - 1230
Bright start, rain from 1000.
6 Perch: 1¼lb & 5 small uns. 1 Chub - small. 7 Skimmers to 1lb, 2 doz roach - to 1lb, 2 Gudgeon and 3 Ruffe!
First autumn perching session - which whilst it got off to a good start with the pounder first cast - didn't get any better. Loads of pred activity too - think they were pre-occupied with fry and ignoring my lobs. First EVER ruffe from the Kennet system - only o
K&A Canal Colthrop
River Kennet Brimpton
0615 - 0815 - Canal
0830 - 1100 - River.
Sunny start quickly clouding over.
Canal - blanked
River; Chub 2lbish, 1 Grayling, 5 Brownies.
First time on this stretch of canal - part of a plan to find some new perch hotspots - alas this doesn't appear to be one of them - not a bite of lobs so switched to the river for a rather sratchy session in VERY low water.
My experience of sea fishing is limited, to say the least. The first fish I ever caught were in the sea, when I was about eight. My dad took my brother and me out in a rowing boat at Hastings for an hour. Hand lines and bait (lugworms) were supplied. From memory we only went out about 30 yards, but we had 27 small whiting and three dabs. It all seemed remarkably easy! But future attempts have normally resulted in failure, the main catch being seaweed!
The last week was a family holiday, but
River Kennet - Padworth
1800 - 2300
Warm(ish) and overcast. River very low.
7 Chub; a couple circa 1lb, the rest half that size. 3 Roach, 2 Dace & 3 Perch.
Another barbel blank on what used to be called barbel alley - preceded by a blank saving trotting session before it got dark - nice to see a few small chub - shows there's been some recruitment recently.
Jubilee Lake - Thatcham.
1800 - 0600
Cool, clear night with a bright ¾moon for the first half. Still 10ºC when I packed up so nowhere near as cool as forecast -had my rarely used thermal one piece on and was actually too hot for most of the night!
5 Carp; all between 5-8lb. 1 Tench; 4lb 0oz. 2 Roach, 4 Perch.
Probably last night of the summer - and it got off to a very slow start - no bites at all before midnight - thankfully the second half was a bit more livelier. Was hoping to
NAA Stillwater - Thatcham.
1800 - 0600
Warm, still night.
2 Carp; 4½lb and another barely a lb. 1 Roach: 12oz and 1 Perch.
Another quiet night - though in truth as I was after one of the lakes few large crucians I wasn't too surprised by the lack of action!
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.
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.
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