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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

 

4 March

River Lambourn - Newbury   0700 - 1100   Mild and Overcast. 8ºC. River quite 'full' and up a good couple of inches.   25 Grayling; Biggest 1lb 12oz with a lot of fish an ounce or two ±1lb. 2X 2lb+ Brownies !   Default cure for cabin fever after all the snow and ice. Big grayling first fish of the day and biggest lady from the Lambourn in over 5 years (since Dec 2012) - a dark fish that was almost completely jet black - as the big old ladies often are!  

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

24 February

Northcroft Stream & River Lambourn, Shaw.   0700 - 0815 & 0830 - 1130   Cold, and sunny. -3ºC -> +3ºC   2 Dace & a 2½lb brownie from Northcroft.   20 Grayling (biggest 20oz) and 3 small brownies from Shaw.   A chilly morning's trotting. Started by trying to coax a chub or 2 from Northcroft - but quickly realised they weren't to be tempted. So it was off to Shaw for some easy grayling. Venue was rather busy with 7 other anglesr!!!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

17 February

River Kennet - Speen Moors   0700 - 1300   Cool, bright and sunny after a frosty start. River full and clear.   2 Trout - both over 2lb.   A real struggle of a day despite the river looking in good nick. Walked miles to fish all my usual 'banker' swims and hardly had a bite - and when the float did go under it was a pesky trout responsible!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

10 February

10 February

Lower Itchen Fishery   0830 - 1600.   Drizzle all day becoming quite breezy! AT around 8/9ºC after a frosty start. River quite 'full' with a little colour.   18 Grayling - with a dozen or so 1lb or better! Best 4 went 2lb 10oz, 1lb 13oz, 1lb 12oz X2. 3 Chub 4lb 7oz, 3lb 11oz, 3lb 6oz. 2 Brownies;3lb+ & 2lb +.   A soggy day on the Itchen with the IAC. 20 of us getting together for the 3rd Paul Goulbourn grayling day. Raising money for Sue Ryder in the p

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

4 February

River Kennet - Brimpton   0800 - 1100   Cold and bright after a cloudy start. AT around 1ºC but felt MUCH colder in a biting NE wind - should think the wind chill was sub zero! . River 'full' and quite clear.   2 Chub 3lb 7oz & 2lb 8oz. I Brownie of 2lb.   Chilly morning after the chub - and bites were at a premium - so very happy to winkle a couple out! Fished 3 swims and had both chub from the last one visited.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

28 January

28 January

Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton   0800 - 1500   Mild, mainly overcast and breezy (too breezy!) AT around 10-11ºC all day.   1 Pike; 4lb 6oz, A doz+ Perch - nothing over 8oz, 2 Chub (small), 3 Bleak.   Another fruitless hunt for big stripeys. Wind was a real PITA blowing straight downstream and making presentation really difficult!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

19 January

River Kennet - Thatcham   1500 - 1700   Cool and sunny AT around 4ºC. River quite full with most colour dropped out.   2 Doz dace - with over half in the 8-10oz range !! 2 Brownies to circa 1lb.   With a really crappy weather forecast for Saturday AND Sunday - bunking off work early and snatching a couple of hours on the river was the order of the day - though I didn't expect to still be able to see a float at 5pm - spring is just around the corner (maybe!). Was hoping for a chub or 2 bu

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

12 January

Kennet Carrier (& main river!) Marsh Benham   0900 - 1500   Cool, calm and mainly overcast. AT around 6ºC all day. River a couple of inches lower on my last visit over Christmas - with most of the colour dropped out.   8 Chub; 5 over 1lb - best 3lb 2oz, 2 doz+ Roach, 4 Dace - to 8oz & 4 Perch (all small). (NO trout - bit of a first for here!)   Birthday treat with Rusty as my guest. Low water meant chub were a little on the spooky side - only found one swim where I caught more th

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

6 January

River Lambourn - Newbury   0800 - 1400.   Cold and mainly cloudy. -1º -> 4ºC. River clear ( as always) and much lower than expected given we've had over 60mm of rain in the past fortnight.   50+ Grayling with around half over 12oz and a good few 'pounders'. Biggest 1lb 10oz. 1 Dace, 2 Brownies - a 2lber and a tiddler.   Cracking session - had planned a 2 venue day - a couple of hours here then a switch to the Kennet - but it took me 6 hours to work my way down the stretch such was the

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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