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29 December

River Kennet - Nr Newbury   0800 - 1630   Cold, bright and sunny - no thermometer but temps must have hovered around 0ºC all day - line was icing in the rings upto 1000 and again from around 1500!   13 Chub - smallest 2lb 14oz, biggest 2; 5lb 6oz, 4lb 9oz. 1X2lb+, 7X3lb+, 4x4lb+, 1X5lb+. (Total Weight of Chub: 50lb 7oz). 3 doz Dace and Roach - mainly dace - all small. 2 Brownies - best 3lb, 1 Rainbow - circa 2lb.   Brrrrrr! A cold winters chubbing - all on trotted maggot. Paul managed 6

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

27 December

River Lambourn - Newbury   0815 - 1030   Cold and clear -1ºC -> 2ºC. River at normal levels.   7 Grayling - best 1lb 2oz, 2 small brownies.   Short session as I needed to pop out for some maggots for Monday's trip...

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

24 December

Kennet & Avon Canal - Thatcham   1400 - 1615   Dull, overcast and calm. AT 7ºC. WT 50ºF   7 Perch - in order of capture... 3lb 1oz, 2lb 13oz, 2lb2oz, 2lb 9oz, 2lb 13oz, 2lb 14oz, 2lb 10oz.   Opportunistic trip - as was unexpectedly allowed home early for Christmas! Float fished lobs. Last 4 fish caught in the last 20mins. Early Christmas prezzie!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

20 December

River Kennet - Speen Moors   0745 - 1115   Mild, overcast and breezy, 11ºC. Water levels down 4-6 inches on last Sunday - still carrying a tinge of colour. WT 47ºF.   1 Perch, 2lb 7oz, 6 chublets all ½ - 1lb, 4 gudgeon.   A real struggle for bites despite seemingly ideal conditions - though WT still a little on the low side - so I'm blaming that. Perch came after an hour and half of trying lobs - chub when I switched to maggot.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

14 December

Middle Kennet Estate Water   0800 - 1600   Cold and overcast 0ºC ->5ºC. River very coloured - very unusual for this stretch.   2 Chub (5lb 0oz, 1lb 6oz), 2 Perch (2lb 1oz, 1lb 11oz), 14 Dace (2 X11oz, 1X10oz), 4 Brown Trout - (best 2½lb)   Bit of a struggle in a very coloured river. Both chub and 2 biggest trout on sweetcorn. Perch were first AND last fish of the day - one on maggot one on lobs. All dace were a good size - had 4 more around the 8oz mark. Paul had a very similar return

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

6 December

Kennet & Avon Canal - Nr Thatcham   1400 - 1615   Cold and clear. AT 7ºC -> 3ºC. WT 42ºF - canal carrying a little colour.   2 Perch - a fine brace - 3lb2oz & 2lb 9oz. 1 Pike, 8lb 6oz.   A succesful dusk trip for stripeys - despite the cold bright conditions. Pike 1st cast (yet another worm caught pike) and biggest perch on the stroke of 4pm just as the light was fading fast.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

29 November

River Lambourn - Shaw/Newbury   0715 - 1230   Cold and overcast 1ºC -> 2ºC   14 Grayling - 5 pounders - best 1lb 5oz, 5 Roach, 7 Brownies.   A trip with Paul - and a change of plan - had originally planned a morning's perching - but we decided that conditions were too 'sub-optimal' for stripeys!!!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

22 November

River Lambourn - Nr Newbury   0845 - 1100   Overcast and chilly 5ºC. River at normal levels - and gin clear as usual!   9 Grayling - all a nice size, best 4 - 1lb 10oz, 1lb 7oz, 1lb 6oz, 1lb 3oz. 3 Brownies - all small.   Nearly didn't go as the weather forecast had been pretty dire - glad I did however - very pleasant couple of hours trotting.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

15 November

Kennet & Avon Canal - nr Thatcham   1400 - 1630   Overcast, mild with and upstream breeze.AT 13ºC. WT 51ºF. Water quite clear.   5 Perch (3lb 2oz, 2lb 6oz, 2lb 5oz, 2lb 3oz, 1lb14oz) 1 Pike (4¼lb), 1 Chub (c1lb)   Couldn't pass up such perfect conditions for perching! All fish on float fished lobs and all caught after 1530 - a manic last hour of daylight!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

9 November

River Kennet - Near Newbury   0730 - 1630   Bright and breezy - rain from 1500. 4º -> 11ºC. River rose an inch and coloured up a bit during the day.   13 Chub ( 5lb 9oz, 5lb 3oz, 4lb 7oz, 4lb 1oz, 3lb 10oz, 3lb 8oz 3lb 0oz, 2lb 11oz, 2lb 8oz. 1¼lb - & 3 chublets!) 7 Brown Trout - biggest 4lb 14oz, 6 Rainbow trout - biggest 3¾lb, c100 Dace & Roach - in roughly equal nos. Best roach 12oz, best dace 9oz, ½doz Gudgeon!   River was teaming with silve

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

6 November

Middle Kennet Estate water - Nr Hungerford   0700 - 1700   Dull and overcast - Last day of Anti-Cyclonic gloom? 10ºC. River at 'normal' levels colour from the weekend's rain now all dropped out.   41 Grayling (4 'pounders' best 1lb 5oz, over 2 doz circa 12oz), 17 Dace - (best 2 weighed 12oz & 10 oz, 8 over 8oz), 1 doz Trout (50-50 Rainbows/Brownies) best 3¼lb Brownie.   Lovely day exploring the carriers with a float rod and CP. 12oz dace was first fish of the morning - which got me r

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

5 November

River Kennet - Speen Moors   0700 - 1100   Dull and overcast - some very light drizzle. AT 52ºF, WT 50ºC. River up a couple of inches - some colour but fining down.   7 Perch (2lb 13oz, 2lb 6oz, 2lb 5oz, 2lb 2oz, 1¼lb and 2 small-uns), 1 Trout (2¾lb), 1 Chub (small), ½doz Roach, 3 Gudgeon.   Perfect conditions for perch - 2lbers all came in a rush between 0800 - 0900 - all caught on lobs. Smaller perch and trout form the weirpool on trotted maggot.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

1 November

River Kennet - Newbury   0700 - 0945   Cold, overcast with a chilly easterly breeze. AT 1º -> 4ºC. WT 43ºF (down 6ºF in 5 days) .River quite low, clear with some leaf litter.   1 Pike (6lb 6oz), 4 Chub (all between ¾lb - 1¾lb), 11 Dace, 1 Grayling.   Slow morning in one of my favourite trotting swims. Pike followed a couple of dace in - so 10 mins with a floating plug soon had him on the bank! All other fish on single red maggot.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

30 October

River Lambourn - Shaw   0800 - 1200   Overcast and chilly with a couple of short, sharp showers. 2º -> 6ºC. River at normal levels with a lot of debris and leaf litter (EA were cleaning the Gauge Weir at the top of the venue!)   17 Grayling (best 1lb 5oz), 5 Roach, 1 Brown Trout   Catch a couple and move on - fished a dozen swims - never had more than 2 fish from any of them. Trotted red maggot.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

27 October

River Kennet - Nr Newbury   1830 - 2300   Clear and frosty. AT 5º -> 0ºC. WT 49ºF. River up a couple of inches - with little debris.   1 Barbel 5lb 8oz, 1 Chub 3lb 3oz.   Chilly evening, though fishing under the tree kept the frost off. Chub 1st cast, Barbel at 2100.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

25 October

Kennet & Avon Canal - Thatcham   0715 - 1030   Clear and frosty - hazy sunshine. 0º -> 10ºC   2 Perch (1lb 15oz, 1lb 1oz)   An exploratory wander up and down the canal - in sub-optimal conditions for perch. No bites in first 1½hrs - quite a bit of boat traffic too! Both fish on lobs.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

18 October

River Kennet - Speen Moors   0715 - 1115   Overcast start then bright and sunny. 5º -> 11ºC. River at normal levels - little leaf litter or debris.   5 Perch (1lb 14oz, 1lb 12oz, 1lb 10oz, 1¼lb and one of around ¾lb), 2 Pike (10lb 14oz, 5lb 13oz), 5 Dace (a couple close to 8oz), ½doz Chublets, Roach & Gudgeon.   Early morning dawn raid for some perch with Paul. Shared the same swim and Paul had a nice brace (2lb 13oz & 1lb 15oz). My 3 biggest pe

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

13 October

River Itchen - Nr Eastleigh   0830 - 1830   Overcast and mild all day, some v light drizzle at first. 15ºC. River at normal levels with some leaf litter.   51 Grayling (36 over 1lb including 13 over 2lb (!!!) Best two: 2lb 13oz, 2lb 9oz), 9 Brown Trout (all between 1½-2½lb), 1 chub 4lb 12oz, 1 Salmon 5lb 10oz.   First ever autumn trip to this stretch of water - courtesy of Paul's excellent networking skills. Brilliant day's angling - Paul had 27, 1lb+ gra

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

10 October

River Kennet - Thatcham   1300 - 1500   Bright and Breezy. 17ºC. River at normal levels carrying some debris.   2 Barbel (5lb 2oz, 3lb 4oz), 10 Chub - all between 10oz - 1¾lb, 1 Brown Trout 1lb 10oz.   Cracking little trotting session. All fish on double red maggot.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

6 October

River Kennet - Newbury   1815 - 2315   Overcast and mild - 13ºC. WT 53ºF. River up an inch or so and with a bit more colour after Sunday's rain. No debris.   2 Barbel (6lb 4oz, 3lb 13oz), 1 Chub (2¼lb)   Fished the frying pan swim again. First bite at 2015. An evening more notable for the wildlife commuting through my swim. A mink - in the water, several large rats in the margins (being hunted by the mink???) and a badger on the bank!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

4 October

River Kennet - Speen Moors   0645 - 1100   Cool and overcast - ice on the car for the first time this autumn. 2º -> 10ºC. River at 'normal' levels.   5 Perch (2lb 15oz, 1lb 14oz and 3 little-uns), 5 Chub (1½lb and 4 chublets), 1 Pike (1¼lb!), 1 doz Roach, ½ doz Dace & Gudgeon.   Perch and Jack on float fished lobs - biggest perch from Speen for 3 years. All other fish (apart from 2 chublets) on trotted Maggot. Both Perch in first ½hour of fishing.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

29 September

River Kennet, Nr Thatcham   1830 - 2300   Cool and breezey evening 12ºC (but felt colder!) River low and carrying quite a bit of leaf litter and floating weed - made bait presentation difficult.   2 Barbel (4lb14oz, 4lb 3oz)   Same venue - though different swim to 2 weeks ago (15 Sep) with remarkably similar results! Again both fish caught by 2000.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

27 September

River Kennet - Newbury   0645 - 1100   Foggy, 9ºC. River low.   6 Perch best 1¼lb, 2doz Dace, 1doz Roach, 2 Brownies (biggest 1lb), 1 Grayling   A mornings trotting/worming. All perch on lobs (if the crayfish didn't get them 1st!)

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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