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  1. Fished a new stretch of the Thames for a couple of hours this morning. Spent most of the time fishing feeder with double caster on the hook, just 3 rod lengths out. Just caught gudgeon plus a couple of very small roach. Then I switched to 4mm carp pellet and, for the last 10 minutes or so, cast out into the flow and had a 3lb 7oz bream. Not big by Thames standards, but it was actually the best Thames bream I have had, so I was very pleased.
  2. Congratulations, Simon. By the sound of it, given the conditions, a successful trip!
  3. It must be a pain to have to use 12lb bs, but I can't see the colour would make any difference. Re the hook length, as I understand it the reason carp anglers use braid is that they reckon the fish is more likely to feel the line than see it. Someone please say If I've got the wrong end of the stick, but I think there are different types of braid. There is the stuff you use for the main line, which has a low diameter but is not specially soft. I suspect the stuff they use for hook lengths has a bigger diameter, but is very soft so the carp won't feel it. Personally, if you're not after monster carp I'd have thought monofil would be your best bet.
  4. Despite much planning and useful advice from people on AN, tackle shop managers and anglers I met, my long awaited trip to the Bournemouth/Christchurch area yielded little in terms of fish. Tuesday evening: Royalty Fishery on the Avon. Wow, what a lovely river! Trotting wasn't possible because the flow required being able to see the float further than my eyes will manage, but I tried double caster with a feeder. Several nice dace of about 5 oz, and then BANG! At first I thought it was a massive barbel, but on reflection it was clearly a pike. It was certainly a double, and could have been a high double. I had him on for about 10 minutes before inevitably he broke me. Still, an exciting start, though I didn't have any more dace after that. Wednesday: Top end of tidal Stour. Went for a recce late morning/early afternoon. This was a stretch recommended by some anglers I met, and was supposed to be good for roach, but it didn't work out for me. Access was tricky for someone with a dicey back. Weed was a bigger problem. I went back to the tackle shop to get a ticket elsewhere for the evening, but alas it was his half day. Doh! Thursday. Visited Mudeford Quay. Took the ferry across to the sandbanks for old times sake, which allowed the tidal flow to drop enough for a quick sea-fish with frozen sand eels. Bass were the target for all the anglers there, and I suppose that included me. Apparently the bacon used by the children crab fishing attracts the bass. But i didn't catch and nor did anyone else while I was there. In the afternoon and evening I fished Christchurch Quay, which is at the bottom end of the tidal Stour. Apparently there are good roach and bream as well as estuary fish such as sea trout and mullet. There are many boats moored, making it a kind of flowing marina. No-one else was fishing. On maggot or caster I just got tiny dace. When I switched to bread an a size 10 hook I got some 'nibbles.' Could these be some un-hittable mullet bites? In the end I decided small dace were more likely culprits. Friday: I planned to pay another visit to the Royalty before driving back, but then the morning proved so hot and sunny I decided there was no point and headed home. An enjoyable break, but if I try the Christchurch area again I think I'll leave it till autumn.
  5. Thanks, Tigger, that's encouraging. It sounds as if tidal rivers can be good in most states of the tide.
  6. When fishing the sea I understand the best time is the last 3 hours before high tide. But is it the same when you're fishing a tidal river? I've watched a couple of videos which half imply the best time is just after high time. Any views?
  7. Thanks for the video, Martin. I understand the principle of how the lift method works, but it didn't work for me in practice recently. It occurs to me that, for a lift to occur, if the bottom shot is 3 inches from the bait and is just touching the bottom, then the fish has to move the bait at least 3 inches upwards to get a lift. That strikes me as quite a lot. If the fish goes sideways with the bait there will be no lift, but there will be a dip. Equally, if the bottom shot is 10 inches from the bottom and the fish moves (say) 6 inches upwards and only a little sideways there will be no bite registered at all. So am I right that it all depends on how the particular species moves after picking up a bait - and this might vary with the type of bait?
  8. Thanks, both of you. Tigger, presumably your mention of the starlight means you were using a waggler float as a controller?
  9. I had a crack at this today for the first time in my life. I think I got the set-up OK. I fished two maggots in 6 feet of water, close to the bank. The problem was that I didn't get lift bites! Bites were frequent, but they were conventional 'going under' ones, not lifts. The fish were roach. I'm wondering if it works better with certain baits, possibly bigger ones? Or with certain species? Can anyone advise on this?
  10. Has anyone had any success with this? I had a crack today with dark caster. I had one caster on the hook plus a bit of rig-foam that I hoped looked like a bright red caster. It just about worked OK, but I had more success with a conventional float approach with the bait fished very shallow. I'm wondering whether to try floating pellet.
  11. Thanks, Martin and others. Not sure I'm dedicated enough, but interesting to know how you do it!
  12. By the way, Martin, I am interested that you turn your own casters. Is there a special trick? I recently went to the tackle shop, and there weren't any casters, so I tipped a quarter of a pint of red maggots into a container and left them over night in the garage, not in the fridge. In the morning half were still maggots, and half were a dark red colour - which I agree are still useful. But I didn't get any of the white and brown ones that form the majority when you buy casters. Part of it could have been the red dye, but from memory when I've bought maggots it's the same. How do you do it?
  13. Ayjay, I'm going to Christchurch next week and I'd love to catch a sea trout. I've never caught one except for one that literally jumped into the boat when I was a teenager! Can you advise whether you think this is a realistic possiblity and the best approach and place? Thanks John
  14. This was an experimental session, feeding hemp but trying different hook baits up in the water to see which worked best. My conclusion, at least today, was maggot for the rudd and double caster for the roach. My best fish were a rudd of 13oz on maggot and a roach of 14oz on double caster. The casters were dark red, and would therefore have floated except for the weight of the hook, and so would have sunk very slowly which may have appealed to the roach. As well as tares I also tried artificial hemp, sweetcorn and soft pellets, none of which did well.
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