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3 December

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

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

19 November

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.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

12 November

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!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

5 November

Kennet & Avon Canal - Enborne * Northcroft Stream^   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

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

29 October

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

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

27 October

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.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

14 October

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.... 😞

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

12 October

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!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

8 October

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.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

30 September

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

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

28 September

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!  

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

23 September

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!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

21 September

Alders   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.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

16 September

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

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

10 September

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.  

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

5-7.9.2017 Sea fishing at Swanage

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

The Flying Tench

The Flying Tench

6 September

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.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

1/2 September

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

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

25/26 August

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!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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

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