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Diary of a (mainly) river angler.

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22 February

22 February

River Kennet - Speen Moors 0745 - 1315 Mild and Windy, VERY VERY Windy! River in the fields - but with only a little colour. 1 Chub: 2lb 10oz, 3 Dace: 13oz, 10oz & 8oz. 1 Roach - small. 1 Rainbow Trout 4lb 4oz. A WILD day in West Berkshire. Couldn't get to most of the swims I'd usually fish because of the flooding and when I could it was way to windy - had trouble just standing let alone holding a rod! However was keen to fish here as the venue's been closed all winter fo

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

21 February

21 February

Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton 1500 - 1745 Mild and breezy - with sunny spells. AT 10ºC. Canal still with quite a bit of colour. 3 Perch; 1lb 13oz, 1lb 10oz & a tiddler. Bunked off work early to snatch a couple of hours on the canal - though in truth I needn't have rushed - no bites till gone 1700 and all the fish came in a flurry around 1730. Fished half a dozen new swims - including the one which produced.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

30 December (part 2)

30 December (part 2)

K&A Canal - Woolhampton 1400 - 1615 Bright sunshine - and quite mild at 9ºC but quickly got cooler as the sun set. 1 Perch; 1lb 3oz. 1 Pike 3lb 9oz. With a couple of cracking perch already 'under my belt' (see 30 December part 1)! for the day I decided to fish a couple of new swims on this stretch. The first appeared to be Pike heaven - lost one, then landed one, so moved to another new spot - where I had a solitary bite right at the death resulting in the stripey.... 

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

6 December

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

27 October - Pt1

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

5 October

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

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

28 September

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). Fishe

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

7 September

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 return

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

23 August

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

11 August

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 not 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

6 July

6 July

River Kennet - Newbury   0430 - 0800   Clear and sunny. River at near normal summer levels and carrying its usual summer colour...   11 Chub; All quite small with a couple slightly bigger (just over 1lb). 3 Doz+ Dace, 1 Roach. 4 Brownies to 1lb.   Lovely morning's trotting and home in time for brekfast. Really nice to see some juvenile chub in the river - augur's well for the future....    

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

12 January

12 January

River Kennet (and carrier) Marsh Benham   0930 - 1530   Overcast, mild and quite breezy. River down on a fortnight ago (well we have had zero rainfall in that time).   3 Chub; 4lb 1oz, 3lb 3oz & 2lb 11oz. 1 Pike 2lb 10oz, 4 doz Roach & Dace (roughly 2 -1 ratio). Biggest roach 12oz with a lot more circa 8oz. 2 Brownies 4lb 14oz & a pounder, 2 Rainbows - both 3lbers (possibly same one!)   Chilled out birthday trip! Carrier was very low so fish w

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

22 December

22 December

River Lambourn - Newbury   0830 - 1100   Mild and overcast - river still quite low and gin clear as always....   22 Grayling; Biggest 1lb 8oz with around half the rest a couple of ounces either side of a pound. 1 Roach: 1lb 2oz. 2 Brownies - a 2lber and a parr.   Quick trotting session usual catch a couple and move on tactics - nice to get another decent roach from here.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

12 October

12 October

Lower Itchen Fishery   0830 - 1830   Warm (still 19ºC when I got home at 2030!), overcast and very windy - rainy for the first hour or so. River very low and weedy with lots of leaf litter and detached weed coming down.   50+ Grayling - nearly every fish in the 12oz-1lb class with a lot just over 1lb too. Nothing substantially bigger - alas - best went 1lb 7oz. 2 Chub; 3lb 5oz & 2lb 14oz. 1 Roach (13oz) & 10 brownies to 2½lb.   A very blowy day in

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

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

 

22 June

​River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   ​​0900 - 1200   ​Much cooler than of late 'only' 20ºC.   ​1 Chub; 2lb 2oz, 4 Dace & 4 Brownies.   Just a short session today as work is interrupting my week off! (but in a good way - off to an awards ceremony soon - http://www.hpma.org.uk/awards/awards-ceremony fingers crossed we win!) This wasn't so much as a trotting session as a trek with full pack! My pedometer recorded that I covered 3.8km as a searched (and generally failed) to find some new swims

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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

23 July

23 July

River Kennet - Nr Thatcham   0500 - 0830   Cool (9/10ºC), clear and misty. River up a couple of inches.   3 Chub: 4lb 15oz, 2lb 14oz, 1lb 8oz. 20 Dace and half a dozen brownies to circa 1lb.   Pre breakfast trotting trip - and another fine chub from here - and many of the dace were a good size too - biggest I put on the scales went 10oz with another ½ doz not much smaller.

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

My Perch Weights since 1990

My Perch Weights since 1990

Following on from the Chub weights progression thread I started on the main forum - (see:http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/6986096-kennet-chub-weight-progression-since-1982/) I've done the same with my perch captures (thanks to Rusty for putting the idea in my head!) to see if the same uplift in weights happened at around the same time (turn of the millennium). This file IS small enough to upload on the blog as there is less data (it starts from 1990 as I didn't have enough cap

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

3 August

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 cam

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

22 October

22 October

Kennet & Avon Canal - Avington   0715 - 1215   Cool, and overcast. AT 6º -> 9ºC. WT 11.4ºC   6 Perch to 1lb 12oz (3 over lb). 3 Chub; all over 1lb - best 4lb 5oz. 15 Roach, 4 Dace, 1 Bream (circa 1½lb).   Pleasant morning on this rather remote part of the canal - started off on lobs which accounted for all the perch and one of the chub. Switched to maggot for the last couple of hours hoping to snaffle some decent roach as per last autumn here - no b

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

17 October

17 October

Kennet & Avon Canal - Thatcham   0700 - 1100   River Kennet - Thatcham   1145 - 1415   Bright and sunny after a cloudy start (thankfully!). AT 15ºC WT 12.9ºC. River up a bit and with a tinge of colour after yesterday's rain.   Canal: 1 Perch; 2lb 11oz, 4 Chub; all ¾-1lb, 11 Roach 1 Dace. River: 7 Chub; between 8oz and 2lb (4 over lb), 8 Dace, 2 Roach, 5 Brownies to 1¼lb.   First decent perch of the autumn - though the chublets

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

7 October

7 October

Lower Itchen Fishery   0730 - 1800   Cool, calm and cloudy. A lovely benign autumn day. River quite low.   70 Grayling (!): Best 1lb 12oz with nearly half the fish over 1lb - I weighed the first 6 fish I caught (to get my eye in!) and 5 were over a lb (but not by much!) pretty much every fish caught was of a similar stamp. 10 Brownies; 1½ - 2½lb. 1 Chub 2lb 5oz.   Cracking days sport - which reached Mr Castwell proportions by the end of the day (yet anothe

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb

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