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Rusty last won the day on September 23 2018

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  1. I’ve tried both approaches on the Thames John, the groundbait was Gros Gardons recommended by my local tackle shop. I caught roach with it but I wouldn’t say it was any better than liquidised bread in the feeder, both seemed to attract the fish. Once the roach were there I found that the hookbait was more important as regards the size caught, flake consistently out performing maggots.
  2. Hi John, a strange season. I rationalised my club books last year and only have one membership of a syndicate stretch of the Kennet, a cracking water but a 15 mile trip into another county. I did get out a couple of times during the latter part of the season but was conscious that it wasn't really 'local' to me. I've retired now so hoping that by the new season we are less restricted and I can look at some different clubs. I really missed the Thames Lock and Weir Permit but I probably wouldn't have been able to travel to the venues anyway. All the best Chris
  3. RDAA have Wylies Lake behind the bowling alley just outside of Thatcham, day tickets are available from their website at £10. Used to be very good for tench and although I don't think it's quite as prolific now there are still good fish to be had. It gets very weedy, a great place for practicing your raking skills. Other than Wylies I'm not sure of many other local venues with a good head of tench, shame really, one of my favourite species.
  4. One of the reasons I let my NAA membership go. The club has some good tench waters but all of the fish I've caught have been in a similar condition, I didn't get any enjoyment out of that.
  5. Rusty

    27 February

    Barbel once lurked under those willows Chris. I once waded over to the tree which now been removed and trotted past them, didn't catch one but a couple came out and swam upstream by my feet!
  6. Looks like lots of tree clearance has been undertaken Chris, have the fallen trees upstream of the pic location been taken out too?
  7. I know what you mean John but it was never going to be about the fishing, only one of them can fish for a start. I know lots of people who loved the series and only understood why I enjoy fishing after they'd watched it. I don't think a book of the series would be a good read, the enjoyment is in seeing them fish.
  8. The LS is lower than it should be given the October rain as well Chris, the main river is what I'd expect but not the side stream.
  9. Rusty

    22 August

    Have NAA got Padworth back then Chris or are they still sharing the north bank?
  10. Rusty

    20 May

    I had small roach almost every cast (which became a nuisance), a jack of about 1lb, a bream of similar size and a perch of maybe 8 oz. Bob reckons he stocked 500 tench to 1lb and 500 crucians last year, he said the crucians were 10 inches average size which seems very expensive to me - and I did double check with him - nobody's caught one yet. There are the usual carp but I also saw a large shoal of bream cruising around for most of the day. I only had maggots so will try different baits next time, it's very well looked after and at £6 for one rod, £10 for two, it's quite good value.
  11. Rusty

    20 May

    Life's too short Chris, you never know what's around the corner to stop you fishing, get out when you have the chance. I'm going to Barton Court lake this week, the first place I fished when I moved to Oxfordshire 15 years ago. Don't know what's in there and don't care, I'll be sitting watching a float.
  12. Rusty

    10 January

    Might well have been my hook. I lost a decent fish at chub corner to a parted hook length. Schoolboy error, rod held too low when I thought the fish was beaten then it had one last surge.
  13. Congratulations on your retirement Steve and good luck in future ventures. Wingham and your generosity in organising AN fish-ins provided me with an angling experience on my first visit which won't ever be topped. I still go back and read the blog entry every now and then, hard to believe it was eight years ago. All the best Steve.
  14. A beautiful 3-08 chub from the Kennet today. It’s been a while since I’ve caught a chub of this size so very pleasing that something other than a trout put a decent bend in the rod.
  15. It’s been a while since I posted here and it’s nice to see some activity again. I’m still as enthusiastic as ever partly because I’m now exploring new clubs and venues on the Thames. The decline of the Kennet continues, barbel are almost non-existent on the stretches I have access to and the big chub & perch are now fewer in number as well though there are smaller ones coming through. It’s got to the point where one of my clubs will be letting a prime stretch go at the end of this season. The combined cost of my two club books is £140.00 and it’ll be very hard to justify that next year. The Thames is a different story altogether, a steep learning curve compared to chalk stream fishing but early signs are encouraging and I can get access to loads of it through membership to several clubs charging very reasonable fees…£12.00 in one case. Anyway, to the point. This lovely 1lb 2oz roach was caught on tares with hemp in the feeder. It’s one of the first fish I’ve ever caught with this bait, up until now I’ve had zero confidence in it.
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