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1/2 July

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Chris Plumb

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Summer Pit - Cemex Yateley

 

2030 - 0600

 

Still, balmy night with high cloud - temps 20ºC->13ºC but felt a lot milder under the trees!

 

3 Bream; 12lb 2oz - another PB :yahoo: , 8lb 7oz, 4lb 15oz. 2 Tench; 4lb 1oz, 3lb 3oz. 3 Perch & 2 Rudd.

 

I'm utterly gobsmacked - 2 PBs and 1 = PB in a week! I said last weeks crucian would take some beating - this might just be the fish for me, that does! My first ever double figure bream - previous PB was 9lb7oz - so this has annihilated it!!! What's even sweeter I was tring to catch bream too!!! On our visit here on the opening day Paul and I suffered quite a few liners - I had a hunch that these were caused by bream - not tench as we might have supposed. So last night I just wanted to fish the dark hours and fish maggot on my lift method float rigs. During the day this is suicide as the bait gets massacred by the micro rudd and perch - but I guess these are feeding by sight as I didn't get bothered by them at all during the night (but did as soon as it got light again).

 

First fish (the small tinca) just on 1100 - and thereafter bites were slow but steady - also bumped a couple - probably striking at liners. Big Bream caught at 0100 - the 8lber a couple of hours later as the first traces of dawn streaked the eastern sky in front of me.

 

Pic shows a rather scarred and beat up looking slab - I wonder if this is spawning damage - no sign in the mouth that this has ever been caught!

 

I cannot believe the amount of slime on my landing net when I packed up!

 

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What a 'orrible lump of slime....glad it was in your net and not mine :P

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'fraid I'm with Paul on this, I would've unhooked it in the water and sent it on its merry way, PB or no PB :D

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