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  1. I managed to get out on a small river in cheshire today, lovely little river and I had a short but decent trotting session.....
  2. You might be right Phone, i'm sure something will consume it if it does pop it's cloggs.
  3. I popped over to a local stream today, only got there at 5pm and the weather was touch and go having had thunder storms and heavy rain on and off all day. I was only intending on having an hours dace fishing. Anyhow, I got to my swim and started trotting, several trotts down the swim and I got a dace. Then I had some more and things were looking promising for a good number of dace but what turned out to be my last one was latched onto by esox. After a tusstle esox came free and I brought the dace in. It was in a bit of a state but it should be ok in a few weeks unless it becomes infected or get seaten by another esox or predator through not being 8n tip top fettle. I had a few more trotts through with no bites so esox had well and truly spoiled the party. It didn't really matter as the river had began to rise alarmingly and had changed from bad visibility to pretty much zero visibility due to sediment coming down. The extra water coming down was also bringing all kinds of objects including some quite large branches etc, time to go. So, i'd only had half an hours fishing, but i'd scratched an itch and had some fresh air. On my walk back I met a land owner who gave me permission to fish on his stretch of river....exclusively :). here's the poor dace looking worse for wear...
  4. Phone, over here the fish has had to have been tricked into eating the bait and so to count as a catch it must be hooked in the mouth. All the fish i've pictured have been caught hooked in their lips/mouth. The weights on the barbels body are just the link leger resting on top of it rather than the float lol.
  5. Had another go today in seering heat. Mad dogs and englishmen go out in the midday sun lol. I won't go on about the arduous walk there etc and just say what I caught. I had a large dace first off, then a tiddly barbel... After that I had a few more dace and then nothing for quarter of an hour. I decided to remove the float and add a link leger to do some touch legerring. First tap was an eel of about 3lb, hooked just in the mouth so easily removed. Then I had a barbel.... Same fish looks a different colour on a different angle... I had a good few dace after that and then got fed up with catching them and re tackled my float. I moved a couple of hundred yards downstream to do some trotting. Anyhow, I had a few very decent chub ... By now my face was red as a beatrute and so I made my way back to the wheels and home for a drink!
  6. Chesters, in all honesty, I really had to put the work in to get those fish. I walked about 4 miles of river there and back and dropped in negating steep bankings etc. Walking in the river is hard work as the combination of shallow fast water pushing againts you and slippery algea covers rocks of all shapes and sizes beneath your feet is pretty naff. My feet are very sore atm. This is the snag pit where I managed to prize that,little barbel from.... The river is low now and at this particular spot which is about 70yds wide I can just get across (if on tip toes) in my thigh waders in order to try and sprize fish from that mess. The water right up in those snags is only about a foot deep. Because the river is low and temps so high the fish seem to have gone into hiding and to look at it you would think the river was void of fish. For me this first few sessions on the river have been pretty naff and i've had to literally hunt the buggers down! I very much hope things improve as the season progresses.
  7. I had a few hoirs out yesterday and then again today, had a good few chub yesterday and so e huge dace. Not a sign of a barbel though. A few pic's from yesterday... Today I lost a foul hooled barbel but before the hook puled out of it I had a good look at it and it was maybe the biggest barbel i'd ever had, although it wouldn't have counted even if i'd caught it anyhow. I lost another to a hook pull which was so powerful I couldn't get it up enough to see in 3ft of water before the hook pulled. Maybe it was foul hooked also? Anyhow, I walked a distance downstream and fish a snaggy area on the opposite bank. I had a number of chub to a couple or more pounds and then managed my first barbel of the season...only a little one but it's a barbel :)).
  8. Tigger

    Catch reports

    I didn't notice the alarm Keith, thing is, never mind, accidents happen.
  9. I got out on the 16th but only managed 20 min's fishing before the thunder and lightening which was accompanied with heavy rain forced me to vacate for fear of being fried by on of the many bolts of lightening! In the 20 min's I got to fish I had a coup,e of small chub and a large dace. I had another go yesterday but it was a repeat performance as the weather forced me of again. I had about 20 dace before the rain, thunder and lightening saw me off. This one didn't want to be photograped.... This one crapped on me hand....
  10. Tigger

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    Nice one Keith, have you got over the breakage yet
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  12. Chesters, you need to get out more lol.
  13. Yup, used to be loads of old shafts/bell mines round here which had turned into little ponds. Unfortunately farmers have and still do fill 'em in without a thought for the frog,, toads and newts etc that live in them! That pond in my pic's had some nice perch and rudd to a pound or more a number of years ago, and I often caught tench to 1 1/2 lb. It was very alkward to fish today with it being so overgrown. I do think the tench and larger rudd and perch will still be in there but prolly being beat to the bait by smaller fish. As you say most of the fish look stunted and are slim giving them the appearance of large eyes. The tench always looked super though and I do hope they are still alive and well.
  14. I had a walk over the fields today to an old bell mine that's formed a small pond, god only knows how long ago. Anyhow the pool has began to get encroached on badly by reeds and weed, so there isn't a lot of open water left. I was thinking of wading out and pulling up a lot of the reeds and maybe raking out some weed to create more open water but i'm a little more than nervous of sliding under the silted up bottom into the shaft so maybe not. I would have a go if someone had a rope tied to me, well see. I had loads of little rudd and perch. I wanted one of the little tench i've had in years past but I only stayed about an hour as I heard people walking along a nearby path and I didn't want to be seen fishing, if people got wind of there being a few fish in the pond it would be destroyed in quick fashion! No need for much tackle....
  15. Don't say that ffs lol.
  16. Deff'o different fish Phone, they were quite different when in your hand. Not that it would stop you catching the same fish again, but they were all caught several miles appart from one another. I have caught fish twice, infact way back on a few hours out thread, I did and the pictures of the fish show without a doubt that it is the same fish, so as you say, it does happen :).
  17. Shame that Chesters. If you ever get an opening your more than welcome to fish up here, i'd do my best to put you on some barbel :).
  18. This was my second double caught on float gear, daft as it sounds I can't remember WTF it weighed (rather worrying that). Anyhow, it wasn't massive but a decent bit heavier than the first one. This one was my third heaviest and I remember it's weight :), it was 13lb 3 or 4 ounces. I got a 13lb 7 ouncer 17 months back but can't find the pic of it. I have had lots of doubles on the float now but mostly between 10 and 12lb. This one was 11lb, I had a few around that weight from that same swim last summer... I have a modest pb on the leger also which at 14lb 8 ounces (caught over a decade ago now) is a tiddler compared to the fish being caught in other rivers throughout the country. Unfortunately the barbel don't seem to get to be really large in my local rivers. To be honest, I don't mind them not being huge fish as my pleasure is just catching them via the float and match rod.
  19. To be honest, to take a photo i'm happy with the pictures my phone takes, and I nearly always have it with me....just gott'a get a decent fish now! After saying that, I do have a picture of my first actual weighed double on my float gear. It was a wierd scenario that day as I kept telling yself that my tenth fish would be a double, I won't go through the tale again as I told it on here a few years ago when it happened...it is a true tale though and my tenth fish did turn out to be over 10lbs!, Here's a couple of the fish before I got the tenth one... And here is the double... I have thought about having this picture enlarged and framing it since it was my first float caught barbel of over 10lbs. Only snag is it's tail is coverd with grass and my float isn't in the pic!
  20. Funny you should say that Ken, I keep saying i'm gonn'a have a picture or two blown up and frame them. If you think about it it would mean more to me than looking at a print of someone elses fish capture. I'll have to try and catch a special fish and do my best to take a decent picture first .
  21. I don't recognise the picture Chesters but I like it !
  22. I think I remember seeing a photo of yours which was a little more than a wall....it was a full room! I have an attic room full of my gear but I put a few bits in the corner of a downstairs room to go with the John Searl print.
  23. Here's mine... I've always liked John Searls artwork and especially this print. I know it's daft but it's just another form of ornament ....in'it LOL. I use the reels and floats so they're working ornaments :).
  24. Tigger

    Near or far

    Might be worth you using a piece of peacock quill fixed either end via a rubber? I've freelined exactly the same chesters, I found fly line to be a good indicator of a bite being easier to see than normal mono. Also floated a lump of bread and peered round the undergrowth watching for it to be engulfed.
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