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24 February

River Frome - Wool   0800 - 1530   Bright and sunny - quite warm (16ºC) for Feb despite a frosty start. River quite full (1.06m at E stoke) and a little coloured.   7 Grayling - 4 over 1lb best 2lb 1oz & 1lb 11oz. 2 Trout (both sub 1lb) and a Salmon Parr.   Sparkly day in Dorset with bites at a premium - especially in the morning - when I broke for lunch I had just 3 modest sized grayling to my name - but returning to the 2 swims that produced them resulted in better sport in the aft

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

23 February

K&A Canal - Woolhampton   1500 - 1730   Bright and sunny. Mild - 16ºC   4 Perch; 3 over 1lb - biggest 1lb 14oz   Another successful dusk session for stripeys - though the biggest one was caught well before the sun had sank below the trees....

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

17 February - Part 2

K&A Canal, Woolhampton   1500 - 1715.   Mild and mainly cloudy.   3 Perch: 2lb 4oz, 2lb 1oz, 1lb 7oz.   Had to make the most of this mild spell with a dusk session for stripeys. Thankfully they'd read the script and whilst bites were at a premium every one resulted in a nice perch.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

17 February - Part 1

River Kennet (& carrier) Marsh Benham   0930 - 1400   Mild and bright, clouding over by the time I left. River still not very high for mid Feb.   3 Chub; all 2lbers. A dozen roach, biggest 1lb exactly with nothing else remotely close to that!. Half dozen dace, 3 Brownies between 2-3lb & 4lb+ Rainbow.   Most fish from the weirpool - though started with a 2½lb chub from 'Chub Corner' first cast - turned out to be the biggest of the day!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

9 February

Lower Itchen Fishery   0830 - 1700   Bright and breezy (very at times), River well up and coloured from yesterday's heavy rain - though conditions gradually improved throughout the day.   9 Grayling; best 1lb 8oz. 2 Brownies - 2½lber and a parr.   4th IAC Paul Goulbourn memorial grayling day - so it was nice to catch up with some old friends. Fishing was a challenge for all though as the river fined down I think most caught a few. Gary, who I fished with all day, was the star of the show

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

3 February

River Kennet - Newbury   1100 - 1330   Cold, bright and sunny with snow on the ground AT -2ºC -> 3ºC. River up a couple of inches but running gin clear.   2 Chub: 2lb 9oz, 2lb 2oz. 3 Grayling - all 8-10oz. 3 Brownies to crica 1lb.   Lovely crisp winter's day (though I got stuck in snow in the car park and some kind souls dug me out and gave me a push!) Chub and grayling are reliable quarry when the thermometer is close to zero and I wasn't disappointed despite the very bright conditio

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

26 January (Part 2)

K&A Canal - Woolhampton   1400 - 1615   Mild, overcast and breezy with drizzly showers turning to rain. AT 10ºC. WT 9.1ºC   3 Perch; 1ln 9oz, 1lb 4oz, 13oz. 1 Pike 2lb 4oz. 2 Chub(lets)   Mild snap had me heading for the canal in pursuit of stripeys. Didn't get a bite until 1530 then a flurry of fish around 4 o'clock - usual pattern for winter perching on the canal!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

26 January (part 1)

River Lambourn - Newbury   0830 - 1045   Mild and overcast. River low.   19 Grayling. Over half a couple of ounces either side of 1lb with the biggest, a lovely jet black fish of 1lb 10oz. 2 brownies - both small.   Usual catch a couple and move on trotting tactics.....

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

20 January

River Kennet - Brimpton   1015 - 1515   Cold, bright and sunny. River low - very low for mid Jan   2 Chub; 3lb 1oz & 1½lb. 1 Brownie 2½lb   A bright sparkly day though not ideal conditions - perseverance paid off - didn't get a bite until 1430 then 3 fish in half an hour from swims that appeared devoid of fish a couple of hours earlier (sun was off the water!)

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

12 January

River Kennet (and carrier) Marsh Benham   0930 - 1530   Overcast, mild and quite breezy. River down on a fortnight ago (well we have had zero rainfall in that time).   3 Chub; 4lb 1oz, 3lb 3oz & 2lb 11oz. 1 Pike 2lb 10oz, 4 doz Roach & Dace (rough 2 -1 ratio). Biggest roach 12oz with a lot more circa 8oz. 2 Brownies 4lb 14oz & a pounder, 2 Rainbows - both 3lbers (possibly same one!)   Chilled out birthday trip! Carrier was very low so fish were very spooky - though did land

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

31 December

Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton   1300 - 1600   Mild, cloudy and benign - perfect perching weather. AT 10ºC   9 Perch; 2lb 15oz, 1lb 13oz - the others all around 8-10oz. 1 Chub 1¼lb and a Rudd(!)   The CRT have made it very difficult to locate big stripeys on the canal - by removing pretty much every bit of over hanging vegetation from miles of bank - however conditions were ideal for winter perch so a roving approach - travelling light and giving swims 30 mins or so before moving

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

27 December

River Kennet (and carrier) Marsh Benham   0930 - 1430   Cool and misty morning with bright sunshine after 1200. River lower than I expected and quite clear.   8 Chub; Biggest 3lb most of the rest 1¾ - 2¾lb. 1 Bream 2lb 15oz, 3 Doz Roach - all quite chunky but nothing over ½lb. 2 Dace, 1 Rainbow 2½lb and a Brownie of 3lb +   Lovely winter's day in West Berkshire. Chub were very obliging even if my biggest of the day was caught first cast. Bream fought harder than any bream I've ever hooke

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

26 December

River Kennet - Thatcham   0945 - 1145   Cool and bright. River up a touch with some colour.   1 Chub; 3lb 3oz, 1 Grayling; 1lb 9oz. 2 Dace, 1 Perch   Quick session while Mrs P hit the sales. Super grayling for this part of the river - my biggest from here.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

22 December

River Lambourn - Newbury   0830 - 1100   Mild and overcast - river still quite low and gin clear as always....   22 Grayling; Biggest 1lb 8oz with around half the rest a couple of ounces either side of a pond. 1 Roach: 1lb 2oz. 2 Brownies - a 2lber and a parr.   Quick trotting session usual catch a couple and move on tactics - nice to get another decent roach from here.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

16 December

River Kennet - Newbury   1015 - 1315   Cool, cloudy and calm. River up a couple of inches after yesterday's rain but not carrying much colour.   8 Chub; 4lb 2oz, 4lb 0oz, 3lb 11oz, 3lb 0oz, 2lb 10oz & 3 X 1-2lbers. 1 Grayling 1lb 1oz, 1 Dace, 1 Roach & 5 Brownies - to 2¼lb.   Another super winter's chubbing - first 3 trot throughs all produced fish (after spending 10 mins feeding) and thereafter the fish came in 'bursts' 20-30 mins without a bite followed by another 2 or 3 fish i

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

9 December

River Kennet - Brimpton   1045 - 1415   Bright and sunny after a brief but torrential shower. River lower than I expected after a wet week and carrying a tinge of colour.   6 Chub: 6lb 4oz, 5lb 6oz, 4lb 7oz, 3X 1-2lbers. 1 brownie circa 1lb.   I've fished Brimpton regularly since I joined NAA in 1982 and whilst I catch 5lb+ chub most seasons I've never had a 6 until today! Thing is I didn't even plan to fish here today but I turned up at Hambridge to find my 2 favoured swims surprisingly

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

2 December

K&A Canal Thatcham & River Kennet - Arrowhead   0730 - 1315   Mild, breezy with light drizzly showers.   8 dace - all a 'nice' size (6-8oz class), 1 chublet & a gudgeon.   Another fruitless perch hunt, not a bite (at least from something that didn't have claws!) on the canal so finished off with an hour on the river.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

24 November

K&A Canal Enborne (& Speen Moors)   0715 - 1230 (with an hour at Speen in the middle)   Cool, overcast with drizzly rain for a couple of hours.   1 Chub; 2lb 9oz.   Fruitless search for a perch - not a single bite on the canal - and not a lot of interest on the river after the first cast chub!!    

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

17 November

River Frome - Wool   0730 - 1330   Overcast with a cool easterly breeze - brightening up as I packed up. River low with (dropped over 40cm since last weekend) 67cm on the East Stoke River Gauge.   7 Grayling; 3 over 1lb went 2lb 5oz, 2lb 1oz, 1lb 8oz. 1 Bream 7lb 14oz (!), 1 Roach 8oz, 6 Brownies - all quite small.   I ummed and ahhhed about renewing my DDAS card this winter - the last 2 seasons have been very scratchy and its a long way to travel to catch grayling that I could catch wit

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

Middle Dorset Stour 15,16 Nov 2018

I've always wanted to fish the middle Stour since someone told me it was a place where you could reasonably rely on a good bag of roach with a good chance of a fish over 1lb. I was able to combine it with visiting a family member. Would the fishing come up to expectation?   15 Nov 1.30-4.30pm. The fishing shop steered me in the direction of a 'mill pond', weir pool really. But this immediately raised a question. Where on earth in a weir pool do you find roach? Such experience as I have of weir

The Flying Tench

The Flying Tench

 

11 November

Northcroft Stream   0730 - 0915   River Lambourn - Shaw   0930 - 1145   Bright and sunny after early morning rain (just stopping as I started to fish) Rivers (especially the Lambourn) surprisingly unaffected by recent rains (unlike the Dorset Frome which was Plan A for today!   Northcroft: 2 Chub, 3lb 8oz & 2lb 11oz. 4 Dace and 3 Roach. Shaw: 11 Grayling to 1lb 3oz & 2 small brownies.   Both chub from weir pool at Northcroft - pretty much my only bites from there. Shaw was

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

3 November

River Lambourn - Newbury   0700 - 0930   Bright and sunny - milder than recently (no frost). River very low.   21 Grayling; Nearly all fish in the 10-14oz bracket - with quite a few just over 1lb too. Biggest 1lb 5oz. 2 Brownies.   Catcha couple and move on downstream tactics - though in the low water it was often sight fishing - watching the fish take the bait - and trying to get the biggest in each shoal!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

27th October

River Kennet - Newbury   0930 - 1345   Bright and cold start, clouding over. AT no higher than 5ºC all day. River at normal autumn levels (actually slightly up on some previous autumns) and carrying a LOT of leaf litter.   4 Chub: 3lb 4oz, 3lb 1oz, 2lb 13oz, 2lb 10oz. 5 Grayling; Best 1lb 3oz. 13 Dace (quite a few in the 6-8oz bracket), 5 Roach and 5 small brownies.   A morning's trotting in the cold - this venue is starting to return to it's old productive self (just need some barbel t

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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