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22 September

River Kennet - Nr Newbury   1830 - 2330   Overcast with drizzly showers. 14ºC. River quite low - needs a drop-o-rain!   5 Barbel (6lb 10oz, 6lb 2oz, 5lb 9oz, 4lb 3oz, 3lb 15oz), 1 Chub 1½lb   A return to the 'Fryingpan Swim'. 3 barbel in 1st 45 mins then 3 more fish between 21-2300.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

20 September

River Kennet - Speen Moors   0630 - 1100   Bright sunshine after a cool and misty start. 5º -> 15ºC. River quite low.   1 Pike (5lb 14oz), 8 Chub (4lb 9oz & 7 chublets), 3 Perch (1lb12oz, 1lb 5oz and a smallun), 1½ doz roach, gudgeon and dace (mainly roach).   First session of the autumn hunting for big perch - though jacks and chub seemed to be occcupying their haunts from last year. All chub and the pike on lobs, most of the chublets were in th 12oz-1lb range - which is a good s

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

15 September

River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   1845 - 2315   Cool and clear - high hazy cloud. Full moon. 15º -> 10ºC (But felt chillier with a very heavy dew!). River lower than I expected after the heavy rain last Friday.   2 Barbel (4lb 10oz, 4lb 7oz)   A return to the hotspot I discovered last autumn (see last seasons enteries for 29 Sep, 1 Oct & 15 Oct) - though not so much joy this time! Both fish at dusk - either side of 2000.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

13 September

Newbury AA Stillwater - Thatcham   0700 - 1300   Calm and cloudy with sunny spells, 11º - 15ºC.   8 Carp (best 2; 8lb 11oz & 8lb 6oz, rest 3½ - 5lb), 7 Crucians (Smallest 1lb 2oz, 4 over 1½lb, biggest 1lb 11oz), 1 small Tench, 9 roach, & a perch.   At last, a decent crucian session!! All crucians caught between 0930 - 1130. All fish on float fished meat - lift method, except 3 carp - including biggest 2 - on freelined breadflake.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

8 September (Part 2)

River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   0930 - 1230   Overcast, 15ºC. River at 'normal' levels - carrying some colour after the recent heavy rains.   3 Barbel (6lb 13oz, 4lb 5oz, 3lb 11oz), 3 Chub (3lb 4oz, 2lb & a chublet)   Great session on trotted maggot - (and I also bumped a couple). Fed swim for ¾hr, then had all the fish in a little over an hour - no bites after 1130.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

8 September (Part 1)

Northcroft Stream   0700 - 0900   Overcast 13ºC. Stream low - sluice was ¾'s closed.   1 Pike 4lb 4oz, 2 Chub 2½lb, 1¾lb, 1 Bream 1¾lb, 3 doz Roach, Dace & Gudgeon (mainly roach and gudgeon), 2 Perch.   Trotted red maggot - pike took a couple of red maggots on the retrieve.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

1 September

River Kennet nr Newbury   1915 - 2315   Very breezy, 15ºC, Drizzle for last ½hr. River down as low as I've seen it all summer (but still with good flow and a little colour).   7 Barbel, (8lb 4oz, 6lb 7oz, 6lb 2oz, 4lb 10oz, 4lb 4oz, 3lb 14oz, 3¼lb), Chub 3¼lb.   Fished a rarely visited swim - though it won't stay that way after last night's haul!!! 8lber first cast (and a frying pan 2nd cast - see picture!) - all fish in the first 3 hours - no bites after

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

29/30 August

Newbury AA Lake - Widmead   1900 - 0700   Warm and overcast, temp didn't get below 17ºC all night (Just as well as I'd forgotten my shelter AND thick shirt!)   2 Carp (10lb 9oz, 8lb 15oz), 2 Tench (5lb 6oz, 3lb), 2 Rudd & a perch.   Another slow night after tench in seemingly great conditions. Biggest carp early - on float fished meat other & tench on Method Feeder/Pellet.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

25 August

River Kennet - Thatcham   1900 - 0000   Warm, overcast and breezy. 17ºC (even at Midnight!) River at normal levels.   Blanked   Lovely balmy evening to be by the river amongst the bats (the air was thick with them!!! ) Very frustrating swim this!! On my 1st ever visit in July 2004 I had 3 fish from it; 7+ Carp, 8+ barbel and my PB barbel of 12.04. Went back a fortnight later and had a 7+ barbel. Thought at the time I'd found a great little hotspot. However I returned twice more that seas

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

23 August

River Kennet - Nr Newbury   0600 - 1000   Bright and sunny under a cloudless sky (makes a change!) 8º ->15ºC. River at normal levels - a couple of inches down on a week ago.   2 barbel (1lb 7oz, 1lb3oz), 1 Chub (2lb), 4 doz Dace, 1 doz Roach, 4 Grayling, 4 Gudgeon, 1 Salmon Parr.   A morning's trotting - alledgedly for chub - and although I bumped a couple they weren't in a feeding mood - though a couple of baby barbel from the fast shallows were fun! All fish on trotted mag.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

18 August

River Kennet - Nr Newbury   1900 - 0000   Windy - with frequent heavy showers for first couple of hours. Clearing to broken cloud and a (near) full moon. 15ºC. River carrying some colour after recent rain - no debris though.   3 Barbel (7lb7oz, 5lb 0oz, 3¾lb), 1 Chub (2¾lb), 1 Dace (on a 14mm Pellet hair-rigged to a size 8!!!)   Most fish caught during 1st couple of hours (Biggest barbel during the heaviest downpour - so got rather wet!). Only one fish after 2100 - smallest barbel at aro

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

14/15 August

Blue Pool - CEMEX Burghfield   1000 - 0900   Breezey with showers, cool night (down to 8ºC), bright morning.   1 Carp 27lb 6oz (new PB) 10 small perch.   Mini IAC fish-in. (Thanks to Neil). Though for a while it was nearly an IAC 'blank-in'!!! Only 2 carp caught between 7 of us, The other fish, (13lb14oz), to Neil. My fish came at 0400 and took a ball of hemp (stuck together with Kryston bogey) fished with a method feeder. Had been getting knocks on the

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

4/5 August

Newbury AA Lake - Widmead   1800 - 0500   Mainly cloudy - breezy at first. 20º - 13ºC   14 carp - (best 4; 10lb 5oz, 8lb 2oz, 7lb 15oz, 7lb 3oz all others in 5+ - 6+ bracket), 5 Bream (5lb 6oz, 5lb 2oz, 4lb 14oz, 4lb 2oz, 3lb 11oz), a doz rudd, roach and perch (mainly rudd).   A busy night!! Most carp on pellet, though had 4 carp and 4 of the bream on float fishing margin tactics - meat, corn and maggot all catching. Packed up at 1st light to beat the rain!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

25 July

River Kennet - nr Thatcham   0700 - 1100   Sultry 17º - 21ºC. River in good flow with more ranunculus than I've seen on this stretch for 5+ years...   2 Barbel, 3lb14oz, 1lb 1oz (!), 1 chub 1½lb & 6 chublets, 1½ doz dace, 5 roach, 3 gudgeon.   Trotting session - all fish on single red maggot.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

24 July

Newbury AA Lakes - Thatcham   0500 - 0900   Bright and sunny - warm (even at 0500) 15º - 19ºC   2 Carp (10lb exactly, 6lb 3oz) ½doz perch & roach   A frustrating morning chasing crucians - had big ones rolling in the swim but no hittable bites. Both carp in last ½ hour when I switched to floating bread in the margins just to get a bend in the rod!!!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

21 July

River Kennet - Padworth   1900 - 2300   Clear, 19º->12ºC River with good flow and some colour.   Blanked!   A dozen other anglers on the venue when I arrived - so had no real confidence dropping into just about the only free swim. (I bet it was quieter at the weekend!) No sign of any fish - though very few others catching either....

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

18/19 July

Newbury AA Stillwater - Widmead   1900 - 0600   Mild (min16ºC) , overcast and drizzly - dry during dark hours, breezy. WT 19ºC   2 Carp (13lb 2oz, 8lb 14oz), 1 Tench (4lb 5oz), ½doz Perch - best 1lb 6oz.   Very quiet night - place seemed lifeless despite conditions seemingly being OK for fishing! My night was rescued by a busy hour just after midnight when I had all three fish. Tench on float fished meat both carp on pellet. Perch on maggot in the morning. Paul fared no better - a solita

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

14 July

River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   1900 - 2330   Warm and overcast 19º ->17ºC. Shirtsleeves all eveing! River in good flow with some colour and little debris.   3 Barbel (6lb 13oz, 5lb 6oz, 4¼lb)   All fish caught between 2200 - 2230. No bites before or after ! Privileged to witness at very close quarters a Barn Owl hunting on the opposite bank then swooping over to 'quarter' the field behind me. Awesome sight - and more than made up for the 3 biteless hours. (1st sighting was shortly after

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

10 July

Newbury AA Stillwater - Widmead   0500 - 0900   Bright and breezy - water levels well up after yesterday's rain - and lake looked rather lifeless.   1 carp (4lb 13oz), 2 tench (2-3lb), 7 Perch (one of 1lb 6oz), 2 Roach (13oz & 1lb) (!), 3 Rudd.   Fished VERY,VERY tight to margins - hoping - in vain for a crucian. Most on meat - roach on floatfished bread.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

5 July

Newbury AA Stillwater - Thatcham   0500-1100   Showery and breezy 15ºC   2 Carp (3-4lb), 2 Crucians (both circa 1¼lb), 1 Tench (scraper pounder), a dozen roach & perch.   Slow morning. Long periods without a bite interspersed with short bursts of activity - even struggled for bites on maggot at times. All fish caught float fishing

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

2 July

River Kennet nr Newbury   1830 - 2315   Dry, following afternoon rain - clearing skies 19ºC -> 12ºC (but felt cooler in the heavy dew!) River in good flow with some colour and debris free until the Canada Geese started feeding just upstream!!   3 Barbel (8lb 11oz, 5lb 14oz, 4¼lb), 2 Chub (5lb 1oz & 3lb 13oz).   Bigger chub 1st cast, biggest barbel 2nd cast! 2 smallest fish in last ½hr. 5lb chub - very lank and spawned out - will be MUCH bigger in the winter! All fish on pellet.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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