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Chris's Angling Diary

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8 December

K&A Canal - Woolhampton 1330 - 1615 Bright & breezy - with one very lumpy shower. AT 10º ->6ºC 7 Perch; 5 over 1lb, best 3, 1lb 9oz, 1lb 11oz & 2lb 2oz. Similar conditions to Friday's session though slightly LESS windy. Fished a different swim and had all 3 bigger ones  in the last half an hour - getting progressively bigger.  All 3 had damaged flanks, seems they've all escaped the attentions of the local pike!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

6 December

K&A Canal - Woolhampton 1515 - 1615 Mild and breezy with heavy, squally showers. 11ºC 5 Perch; 4, lbers - though not by much - best 1lb 7oz.  Left work early for a last minute decision to make the most of the mild snap and have a last hour of daylight on the canal. All the bites came a few minutes either side of 4 o'clock - and resulted in fish of  a remarkably similar stamp - here's hoping there are still some bigger  ones to be found!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

1 December

River Kennet - Hambridge 0945 - 1330 Cold (2 - 5ºC) and quite sunny. River high (well over a foot up on my last visit here in Sep) but with very little colour. 3 Chub; 5lb 7oz, 4lb 10oz &1¾lb, 2 Grayling, 1 Dace & 3 Brownies to circa 1lb. Cracking brace of chub from one of my favourite flood water pools. Fish in splendid winter condition. Wished I'd brought a spinning rod with me - a pike kept attacking my float as I reeled in (but not any of the fish!)

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

24 November

K&A Canal - Enborne 0730 - 1230 Dull, mild and calm. Ideal weather for perch. Canal however was very coloured up which was less than ideal. 1 Perch - small - barely longer than the lob it gorged on! 2 Roach. Bit of an epic fail. Had high hopes for today - milder weather and reports of big stripeys had me setting off full of expectation. Hadn't planned on the canal being so coloured however - and somewhat strangely above Guyers Lock it was clear - enough to see the bottom.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

16 November

River Kennet Carrier & Weirpool - Marsh Benham 0900 - 1400 Cool 6ºC, overcast and still - a lovely benign autumn's day! River 'full' with little colour more like late winter levels than late autumn - augurs well for the rest of the season! 6 Chub 5 over 2½lb - best 3lb 8oz. 20 Roach - all a 'nice size' best 13oz with many not far shy of that. 7 Dace. 3 Brownies all 2lb+ and 2 Rainbows - both around 3lb (could have been the same fish!) Very pleasant morning's trotting - gr

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

10 November

River Lambourn - Newbury 0745 - 1130 Bright and sunny - river quite full after recent rains - but gin clear as always! 21 Grayling - nearly all over 8oz with quite a few over 12oz biggest 2 weighed in at 1lb 13oz & 1lb 9oz. A doz Brownies - most quite small with a couple of pounders. Usual catch a couple and move on tactics - chasing the maggots downstream! Session was bookended by the two biggest fish - biggest of the morning was on my second trot through and finished of

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

1 November

Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton   0645 - 1230   Mild, overcast with light drizzle for the first couple of hours.   5 Perch; a couple of pounders but not by much - best 1lb 4oz. 1 Chub circa 12oz, 3 Roach - one of 12oz - on a whole lob and 2 smalluns, 4 Bleak.   Had the day off to fish the Frome on the first day of the season (it's open for 4 months from 1st Nov) but rain in Dorset this week put paid to that idea - so it was back to my autumn stripey hunt - which was again thwarted

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

27 October - Pt 2

River Lambourn - Shaw   1000 - 1230   Bright and sunny.   11 Grayling; 5 in the 12-16oz bracket. 7 Brownies.   Usual catch a couple and move on tactics - most fish from the church stretch.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

27 October - Pt1

Northcroft Stream - Newbury   0645 - 0945   Cool, bright and sunny. River up a touch and with a hint of colour.   1 Chub; 1¾lb, 11 Roach - best 14oz. 9 Dace, 1 Perch & a Gudgeon.   Trotted maggot. Most fish from the weirpool.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

19 October

River Kennet - Brimpton   0800 - 1115   Bright and sunny. river up a couple of inches and carrying a bit of colour - looked perfect!   5 Chub: 5lb 11oz, 4lb 14oz, 3lb 5oz, 2lb 13oz, 2lb 0oz. 3 brownies - 2 over 1lb...   Cracking morning's trotting - all the chub from the same swim - took it nice and slow - fed well before my first cast then rested & fed between each fish - certainly paid off as I don't usually get more than a couple at any one time....

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

14 October

Lower Itchen Fishery   0800 - 1800   Rain, rain and more rain - yes pretty much non-stop all day - though thankfully not particularly heavy apart from a few brief 'pulses'! River carrying a tinge of colour but otherwise looked in fine fettle!   3 Doz Grayling with half of these 1lb+. Best, 1lb 15oz with another half dozen in the 1lb10oz - 1lb12oz class. 3 Chub; 3lb 11oz and a brace of 2lbers. 9 Brownies - all between 2½-3½lb. 3 Salmon; 2 parr and a grilse of 5lb - on trotted corn!   A so

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

5 October

Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton   0700 - 1430   Mild, overcast and becalmed - perfect perching weather - pity no one told the perch!   5 Chub to 2lb 2oz. 1 Perch - small, 8 Roach - with a couple needing the net - both just shy of 12oz. 4 Gudgeon & 2 Bleak.   Another frustrating day on the canal - this time I had incessant boat traffic to contend with - had hoped to get at least a couple of hours peace but the first boat came through at 0710 when it was still nearly dark! and th

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

28 September

Kennet & Avon Canal - Avington   0700 - 1400   Mild and VERY gusty with drizzle for the first couple of hours or so (lovely - not!)   1 doz+ perch - most around to 10-12oz mark but couldn't find anything bigger (which what I was after primarily). 2 doz+ roach nothing big), 1 Gudgeon (1st of the season), 1 Dace, 1 Chublet and a Skimmer.   'Orrible session! Wind was a nightmare for casting and presentation (and nearly knocked me off my feet twice). Fished half a dozen or so swims in se

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

25 September

River Kennet - Newbury   0930 - 1400   Overcast, breezy with some light drizzle at times. River up a couple of inches and quite coloured after yesterday's inch of rain.   4 Chub; all between 10oz - 1½lb. 2 Perch; 1lb 6oz and a tiddler. 7 Dace. 4 Roach. 1 Bream c1½lb. 2 Grayling & a brownie.   Was meant to be up on the Trent today at an IAC fish-in - but Jaq and I abandoned our plans for the week (exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds) due to the inclement weather so had to make do with on

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

7 September

River Kennet & Carrier - Marsh Benham   0900 - 1430   Overcast and fairly warm (18ºC). River low and clear.   6 Chub: Biggest 3lb 15oz the rest all less than half that! 3 Doz Dace and Roach in roughly equal nos. A couple of really nice dace of 10 & 11oz and quite a few roach in the 6-8oz class with a couple bigger ones (best went 12oz). 3 Perch - best nearly 1lb, 1 Bleak.   Lovely day's trotting. Did try a couple of hours ledgering - with no returns (not even a crayfish!)

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

30/31 August

Willows Lake - Thatcham   1900 - 0600   Warm night, quite breezy at times - temps no lower than 14ºC   4 Carp - biggest 8lb 11oz.   Slow, fruitless night after this lake's big, elusive crucians. Float fished, so when the float did go under there was some 'interesting action' on light-ish tackle - but not really what I came here for!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

23 August

Bucklebury Ponds   1500 - 1730   Bright, warm and sunny.   A doz roach tp ¾lb. 5 Perch. 4 Skimmers.   No fishing this weekend - upto Birmingham to watch the athletics - so a snatched couple of hours at my nearest venue to home - most of the roach were a 'nice' size.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

21 August

Warwicks Water   1800 - 2230   Warm evening - especially under the trees.   1 Tench; 2lb 7oz. 1 Roach - small. Circa 2 doz perch.   Quick return here after the success of a fortnight ago - perch were even more insatiable - but thankfully quitened down when it got dark. Still no crucians - but a nice plump tench will do nicely!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

17 August

River Kennet - Newbury   0900 - 1400   Bright and breezy - river up an inch or so after yesterday's heavy rain with its usual summer tinge of colour.   18 Chub: Most around 6-8oz, with 5 over a lb, biggest went 4lb 7oz with the others between 1¼ - 2¼lb., 2 doz+ Dace, 1 doz Roach, 2 Grayling, 2 Bleak and 3 Brownies.   Lovely morning's trotting - great to see so many silvers in the river - especially the young chub.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

12 August

Alders Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 2230   Cool clear evening - with a breeze falling off. AT down to 10ºC when I packed up - felt quite chilly!   1 Tench - 2lb 3oz. 14 Roach - all small.   Another blackberry picking and tench evening! Roach were a bit of a pain but once it got dark the bites from them subsided and just like last time my solitary tench came at around 2130. Shortly after was then connected to one of the lakes rogue carp which I played for several minutes and was just entertai

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

11 August

River Kennet - Widmead   0900 - 1200   Bright and breezy. River at 'normal' summer levels.   1 Chub: unweighed but needed the net! 1 Grayling 1lb 1oz. 2 Doz Dace & a bleak.   Swim I've nor fished for 35 years! (last time was Sep 1985 - and I had stacks of dace then too!). Grayling was first cast which was unexpected thereafter it fish a chuck for the first 45 mins.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

5 August

Warwicks Water   1830 - 2230   Warm and breezy evening (kept the dew and the mozzies away!   2 Tench; 3lb 2oz & 1lb 9oz. 8 Perch ( all small).   Annual trip to check on how this lovely little pond is progressing after being remodelled and restocked (with tench and crucians) a few years back. Surprised on 2 counts; firstly to find two other anglers on the water (one of whom had caught a pound+ roach) - and to get a tinca over 3lb - wasn't expecting anything that big. No sign of any cr

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

3 August

River Kennet - Brimpton.   0500 - 0930   Lovely summer's morning - sun rising therough the valley mist - temps a warm15º - rising to a muggy 21ºC when I packed up. River a little on the low side as is usual at this time of year.   2 Chub; 5lb 4oz & 1½lb. 11 Dace - with half a dozen over 8oz (!!) best went 10oz. 4 Brownies - all over 1lb - biggest 2lb 10oz.   Cracking morning's trotting - nice to find a pod of big dace - or rather 2 pods as the fish came from different swims.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

31 July

Alders Lake - Thatcham   1800 - 2230   Bright and breezy evening - temps down to 15ºC   1 Tench 1½lb, 2 roach.   Strange little session - lake seemed pretty lifeless and spent the first 3 hours or so looking at a stationary float - then had a 10 minute flurry of activity at around 2115 half a dozen bites and all 3 fish followed by another hour of nothing! Still, managed to pick nearly 3lb of blackberries which Mrs P has already converted into bramble jelly - yum!

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

 

26 July

River Kennet - Thatcham   1500 - 1600   Warm and sunny - river quite low   3 Chub; one might have made a pound the others no where near that size!. 4 Roach - all a 6-8oz (good to see). 1 Dace and 3 brownies to 1½lb.   I left work early to go home and watch the cricket only to find Ireland had been bowled out for 38 in under 16overs - so a snatched hour on the river before a weekend spent in Manchester watch athletics (England AAA champs).
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