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12 December (Part 2)

Chris Plumb


Kennet & Avon Canal - Enborne

1400 - 1600.

Bright & breezy. AT 7ºC

4 Perch; 2lb 14oz, 2lb 0oz, 1lb 6oz, 1lb 2oz.

So Plan B was to fish the witching hour on the canal hoping for a big stripey - though as so often happens in the winter it's a witching 20 minutes around 4.00pm just as the light is fading. Had all 3 bigger ones in this 20 minute spell culminating in the biggest - which was a very last cast fish as I'd already packed up my bags. A season's best as well.

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Chris, I am delighted to see that we do have something in common after all: we share the same model of weighing scales.  This said, I agree with your 'last knockings' perch findings, and have enjoyed some good last hours on worm/maggot fishing as close to those reeds as I can get. The only fish I've caught at Enbourne of more than a pound have all been pike, so very impressed (as usual) with your two two-ponders.

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Was convinced it was a 3lber as I landed it in the gloom. A long fish - which lacked a bit of depth - but well pleased. 4pm is usually dinner bell time for perch in December - I've lost count of the number of times a potential blank has been saved in the last few minutes of winter daylight and, like yesterday, often with a biggie!


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Yes, bless those perch. My biggest this year (either side of 2lb from Avington) came on prawn, which I have not tried at Enbourne yet. Hmm, note to self there.  If I get a 15ft rod, I'd be pretty much able to drop one on their heads! I've seen chaps using a pole to get right in among the reeds, but somehow pole fishing doesn't appeal to me. I think I'm too clumsy for starters. 

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