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17/18 August

17/18 August

Willows Lake - Thatcham   1900 - 0500   Warm overcast night - lovely night to be out!   4 Carp; 6lb 5oz, 6lb 14oz, 7lb 12oz, 13lb 9oz. 5 Tench - best 2lb 7oz and all the others C2lb±2oz. 1 Crucian; 3lb 3oz. ½doz+ perch - all small.   Nice to see some tench in Willows - bin many years since I've had this many in a session. All fish fell to lift method tactics less than a rod length out - with simple maggots as bait - did also bring a feeder rod but it staye

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

17.8.18 River Thames

7 - 8.45pm Cloudy. Almost no flow after lack of rain. A new stretch   I wasn't expecting much with so little flow, but pleasantly surprised. I ledgered maggot for the first hour, and then sweetcorn. Bite a chuck small skimmers and some roach bream hybrids up to about 5oz on maggot, and then 4 nice roach 6-8 oz on the corn.   I'll be back for a more serious session.

The Flying Tench

The Flying Tench

 

13 August

Alders Lake - Thatcham   1830 - 2230   Warm and breezy.   1 Tench - c1lb, 1 perch.   Frustrating evening - as I was getting loads of bites which I couldn't hit - quite unusual for here - as was seeing other anglers on the water! Still another 2½lb of blackberries picked!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

10/11 August

10/11 August

Dobsons Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 0500   Cool clear night. Temp down to 5ºC when I packed up!   4 Carp: 9lb 12oz, 8lb 2oz, 7lb 15oz, 6lb 9oz. 1 Bream 5lb 12oz. 1 roach.   Brrrr - a slow but steady night looking out for Perseids as much as fishing! Surprised how cool it was at dawn - compounded by a very heavy dew!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

6 August

6 August

Alders Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 2245   Warm (as ever) - still 22ºC when I left.   2 Bream: 4lb 14oz, 4lb 10oz.   3rd Monday evening on the trot here and as before the fishing was preceded by 30 mins of blackberry picking and as a result we now have a dozen or so jars of bramble jelly - which should see us through to next spring! Back to the fishing - both fish caught in the first hour with the sun still on the water - which augured well for the twilight ho

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

4 August

4 August

River Kennet - Brimpton   0530 - 1130   Hot and sultry. AT 19ºC when I left home at 0445! River still seeing the benefits of a wet spring.   6 Chub: 4lb 3oz, 4lb 0oz, 3lb 14oz, 3lb 10oz, 3lb 9oz, 3lb 2oz. 10 Dace - 4 over 8oz - best 10oz. 10 Brownies - mostly small - with 3 over lb.   Lovely morning'c chubbing - the more so as I spent most of it up to my thighs in cool Kennet water. Nice stamp of fish which came from 3 separate swims.As ever, these days th

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

30 July

Alders Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 2230   Bright and breezy.   1 Tench - unweighed but around a pound.   Hopeful that the recent rain might have pepped things up a bit - though the opposite looked likely as the water appeared quite lifeless. Thankful for a solitary bite - which I missed - but the tench belied its size by nearly pulling my rod in!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

28 July

28 July

River Kennet - Marsh Benham   0830 - 1430   Warm, bright and breezy with a couple of lumpy showers. River still higher than anticipated and carrying quite a bit of colour.   2 Pike; both 3lbers, 7 Chublets, 1½doz Roach. 1 Doz Dace, 1 Perch, 1 Gudgeon, 2 Bleak and a Trout.   First trip of the season to 'my' syndicate stretch of river - both pike on ledgered meat from the weirpool - had me thinking I hooked small barbel both times!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

23 July

23 July

Alders Lake   1830 - 2230   Hot and sultry - a shirtsleeves and DEET evening!   2 bream both a couple of ounces either side of 2lb, 1 Tench circa 1lb and a roach.   First soirée here of the summer. All fish came in a 45 period from 2100 as it started to get dark.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

20/21 July

Willows Lake - Thatcham   2000 - 0500   Warm (min 16ºC), overcast and drizzly most of the night especially early on.   8 Carp; biggest 18lb 5oz - all the rest between 5¾lb - 9¼lb. 1 Tench - circa 1lb and a skimmer.   A night of 2 halves - started float fishing the margins targetting the lake's rare but large crucians - and sure enough had crucians rolling in my swim repeatedly as it got dark - so hopes were high! Alas the carp kept getting to the bait first and when I didn't connect wit

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

15 July

Northcroft Stream - Newbury   0430 - 0815   Warm with cloudless skies. River looked in surprisingly good nick - still reasonable flow.   2 Chub - both circa 1lb (and possibly same one - caught nearly 3 hours apart!), 2 doz dace & 9 Roach.   Pre breakfast trotting session - hopeful for some ( bigger) chub which didn't show up.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

2/3 July

3rd Paul Goulbourn Memorial Trophy - Harris Lake - Marsh Farm.   0800 - 0800   Hot, bright and breezy. Breeze never really died down even at night.   19 Tench - biggest 5lb 4oz with nearly all the rest in the 3½-4½lb class. 13 Crucians; 3 over 2lb (just!) - biggest 2lb 3oz. Around half the rest were 'Big 1's' (had 3 @ 1lb 15oz!). 3 Roach, 3 Rudd & 4 Perch.   IAC came out in force to do Pauls' memory proud! Record attendance at this meant £400 being raised for Sue Ryder. Despite chall

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

21/22 June

21/22 June

Jubilee Lake - Thatcham   1400 - 0500   Clear and breezy - night was cool and clear but not as cool as forecast (kept too busy to get cold!)   10 Carp; 23lb 10oz (!), 11lb 15oz, 10lb 11oz, 10lb 6oz, 10lb 4oz, 9lb 14oz, 9lb 5oz, 8lb 13oz, 8lb 6oz, 7lb 7oz, (Over 110lb of carp!). 2 Tench 3lb 11oz & 3lb.   Last year I made the mistake of fishing here in the school holidays - and got very irritated by the noise from other anglers. No such worries last nigh

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

20 June

20 June

River Kennet - Thatcham (2 venues)   0900 - 1400   Warm, muggy and overcast.   A dozen + dace, 2 perch (both around 10-12oz), 1 roach, 1 Gudgeon & 2 brownies - 12-16oz.   A visit here is now more by habit than expectation - long gone are the days when you could hope to winkle out a few barbel on the float - though I was still hopeful of chub. However just getting to a swim was a battle - head high nettles meant I just hacked my way into a couple of spo

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

18/19 June

18/19 June

Johnsons Lake - Milford   1200 - 2315 & 0300 - 0900   Warm and overcast and quite breezy. Quite the best night to be out - no need of warm clothing - or a shelter!   8 Crucians - best 4: 3lb 11oz, 3lb 8oz, 3lb 5oz, 3lb 4oz, 2X2lbers & 2X1lbers. 9 Tench; 3X5lbers to 5-15 and 6 of various sizes. 5 Rudd, 1lb 11oz & 1lb 8oz and 3 smalluns. 1 Roach.   Wait 27 years for a decent rudd and then 2 come along at once. 1-06 was my previous best rudd - fro

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

17 June

Warwicks Water   1000 - 1400   Overcast and breezy.   A dozen or so perch.   A quick recce to see how the clubs crucian project is coming along (and I'd heard of crucians and tench being caught!). Alas if the micro-perch didn't nail the bait the crayfish did - the lake bed is covered in the critters - I dropped a piece of meat at my feet to see the mayhem that ensued!!! Can't see how the fish get a look-in!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

16 June 2018

River Kennet   0400 - 0830 Thatcham 0915 - 1300 Newbury   Overcast start with some light drizzle - river very full for the time of year and quite coloured (boat traffic)   Thatcham - 1 chub 2¼lb, 6 dace, 1 roach, 1 Grayling and 4 Brownies to 2lb+ Newbury - 15+ dace, 2 grayling - both over 1lb!! & a couple more troot.   Wasn't going to continue this blog until somone unexpectedly asked if I was continuing and as I said yes I better put something up!!! Very pleasant start to the seas

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

9.6.18 Roach bream hybrids

Local lake 7 - 9.30pm Aim was to catch some quality roach on float and sweetcorn, feeding hemp. At the first peg I couldn't get past an army of skimmers, so switched peg. Almost immediately I had a nice fish of 1lb 13oz that looked roachy, but I am sure wasn't. The scales weren't bright enough for a silver bream, so I concluded it was a roach bream hybrid. But to be sure I took out my camera that I had put in the bag a year ago when a similar fish identification issue came up, only to find the

The Flying Tench

The Flying Tench

17/18 Season's Bests

17/18 Season's Bests

Rather a modest season - quantity especially on the chub front being order of the day. 2lb 10oz grayling - my biggest from the Itchen in nearly a decade and a Crucian just 4oz shy of a pb being my stand-out fish of the year. Best Carp:       8lb 5oz - 5 August, Jubilee Lake, Thatcham. Method feeder - pellet. Blog entry.     Best Tench:     6lb 13oz - 20 June, Johnsons Lake, Milford. Float fished prawn segment. Blog entry. Best Bream:    6lb 8oz - 31 July, Jubilee La

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

14 March

Middle Kennet Estate Water - Kintbury.   0700 - 1800 (!)   Mainly overcast though mild with a strong southerly breeze. River 'full' with a little colour - in great winter nick.   25 Chub(!): Apart from 4 X1lb class fish which turned up in my various 'dace' swims at first and last knockings, all 3lb class fish. 3 over 4lb @ 4lb 14oz, 4lb 6oz & 4lb 1oz. 6 Dace - one decent fish of 10oz. 4 Roach - including one @ 12oz. 1 Gudgeon (possibly my first ever from here!). A dozen brownies to 3lb

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

13 March

Kennet Carrier (& main river!) Marsh Benham   0700 - 1600   Mild and becalmed. River quite high up nearly a foot on my last visit in Jan.   14 Chub; 11 over 1lb - best 3lb 12oz, 30+Roach, 6 Dace, a dozen + Brownies to 3lb.   End of season bash part 1!! Again invited Rusty to join me on my syndicate bit of river - and he actually caught some chub this time! Also got to meet some other members - first time I've met another angler here!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

11 March

River Kennet - Brimpton   0730 - 1000   Bright and sunny after a foggy start - mild. River quite full with a bit of colour - in lovely winter 'nick'.   3 Chub; 4lb 2oz, 3lb 14oz, 3lb 5oz. 1 Brownie.   Breakfast on the river for some fine winter's chub then home to cook the Sunday roast for Mother's Day.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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