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Chris Plumb


Kennet & Avon Canal - Woolhampton

1245 - 1615

Overcast, cool and drizzly at first (after 2inches of rain in the previous 24 hours). Water up and coloured.

5 Perch; All 'netters' with a couple nudging a pound. 1 Tench; 2lb 6oz.

Quick 'snatched' session to the venue nearest where I live. Had planned to fish upstream of Newbury today but didn't fancy standing out in the pouring rain all day - so made the most of a short break in the weather (the rains returned as I walked back to the car). Had vowed not to fish here until November when winter mooring starts and the boat traffic diminshes - but reasoned there wouldn't be much boating happening in the rain - and so it proved! Never been so disappointed to get a 2lb tench - which snaffled my lob - on the drop - first cast. For a good couple of minutes I thought I was into a jolly decent perch - and rather surprised to see a tinca eventually brought to the surface - my first from this part of the K&A.


Not a Perch!

Wooly Tinca.jpg


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Great to see a tench in the canal, that’s the first one I’ve seen in truth. There’s been some good perch caught at Enborne up on the stick ups and a 4lb bream made an appearance on the help the heroes match. Well worth a trip. Pegs 28, 19, 14 and 5 all worth a try.

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Thanks Dave - was planning a trip to Speen this weekend - might drop by the canal on the way(or way back!). I've caught tench (and a carp) from Enborne in the past and I'm usually disappointed to see them as I always think I'm into a good perch!

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