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  1. That's interesting, Dales. Where do you do your fishing?
  2. Andrew, that's interesting. You have far more experience of the Thames than me, but for what it's worth my experience on the lock cuts, though patchy, is different. My best pike, my only ever 'twenty', was caught in a Thames lock cut when it was very up and coloured. Though other trips to that lock cut when it was coloured yielded zilch so, admittedly, it was a fluke, so perhaps I shouldn't base too much on it. I don't think any of my other evidence is when it was coloured. But at a different lock cut some youngsters have assured me they have known people catch 10 or more pike in a session. I have tried a couple of times for a couple of hours when the water was fairly low and clear with no success. So I made a mental note to try when the level was up. So inconclusive so far, but something to go for. There are two lock cuts where I have been assured there are a reasonable number of 3lb perch. On one I tried a couple of times for an hour or so at dusk with worm with no bites. On the other I tried a bit with lures with no success, but had a 2lb 12 oz perch on wobbled smelt when after pike. My best Thames perch, though modest compared what is there, I realise. My best Thames roach fish was in a lock cut: 16 roach between 6-11oz, mostly at the top end, in just over an hour. Nothing to a serious roach angler, but compared to my generally failed roach fishing exploits on the Thames, good. So for a not-too-serious angler like me I feel the lock cuts do have potential, though I am still quite low on the learning curve. I'm reasonably convinced that, despite Gozzer's success in coloured water with lobworm and a roving approach, on the lock cuts I need to wait till it is fining down. Maybe bonanza time is when the flow is still fast enough to keep the fish in the cut, but when the colour has largely dropped out?
  3. Has anyone any experience of fishing in Holland? There's just a possibility my wife and I will go to the Drenthe region (north east) to combine archaeology and fishing. I can't find anything on the web about the fishing there, though there's a small canal which goes through the area we'd probably stay in. A few theories: Perch. Holland is known for huge perch, but am I right in thinking they come from the big inland waters. Perch fishing in the ordinary canals is probably very similar to over here? Zander. Presumably they are present in all the Dutch canals? Rudd. I've come across a touristy video on YouTube which claims that '40 cm rudds are not unusual.' A 40cm rudd is about 3lbs, so it's obviously a huge exaggeration. But maybe there are more waters with good rudd in Holland than in UK? Any info would be appreciated. Oh, I suppose nobody knows of a Dutch angling forum similar to AN?
  4. Thanks everyone for helpful thoughts. Ken, yes, thanks I check the EA data. The trouble is, unless I know an area well I'm not always sure what a particular level will mean in terms of flow and colour. But I've started to make notes which will pay off in due course, I trust!
  5. Thanks both of you. I'll try it despite my lack of mobility when level drops a bit more
  6. How do you decide where and how to fish when the rivers are up and coloured? Do you play safe and go to a lake? The problem for me with the rivers is partly that it's hard to get accurate info on what the river will be like. Also, I guess, I've little experience of catching when it's up and coloured. What species do you target, what method?
  7. Has anybody had success with this? Any tips? I've tried it a couple of times, but not enough to give it a fair trial. The only fish I had was a jack pike casting out with a float and towing back the lob mid-water. I've had success lure fishing for perch in clear water, including ultra-lite with plastic lures moving very slowly on the bottom. I'm not too mobile now, though, but the thought occurs to me with jigged lobworm maybe I could stay in one swim and bait up with maggots. Might there be an advantage of lobworm, also, in this coloured water, that the perch would smell the bait? Though I know they mainly use sight rather than smell.
  8. I was tipped off a while back that, when the Thames is up and coloured, a lot of the fish take shelter in the lock cuts, including perch. So a few hours ago I got some lobworms and descended on one such a place. It didn't feel right, though, because, as predicted, it was very coloured, and I can't remember ever catching a decent perch in coloured water. I didn't stop long because it started to rain and I didn't feel my prospects justified staying, so I guess I didn't give it a fair trial. I'm sure a lot of fish must have gathered in that lock cut, but are perch a realistic prospect despite the colour, or do I have to wait for that magical moment when the river is still up, but the colour has dropped out? Not easy to estimate from a distance!
  9. This was a special fishing holiday near Pontivy in Brittany to fish the River Blavet and the Nantes-Brest Canal which it flows in and out of. I had heard from blogs on-line, and also a reliable report on Anglers Net, that the roach (to 1lb 8 oz) and bream (to 6lbs) fishing here was prolific, with nets of around 50lbs regularly available in a session. Also the locals mainly fish for predators, to be taken away and eaten, so I assumed the roach and bream wouldn't be too 'hook shy.' Alas, that is not how it turned out! In the whole week I had 6 roach (best 8oz, and the others small) and one tench from the canal of a bit over a pound. What was the explanation? Doubtless it was partly my lack of local knowledge and angling skill, but if the river had been as prolific as I had expected I think I would have caught more than I did. The reports were from 5 or 6 years ago, and I wonder if the river hasn't declined. The owner of the gite where I stayed said they had huge numbers of cormorants, mainly in the winter months. Alternatively, there was a story in the local press, apparently, of a mass of silt being let through from a hydro-electric station a couple of miles upstream. I don't see why this should have been such a problem, except for a day or two, but apparently there were dead fish. A side issue is that, particularly in the canal, the fish were more cunning than I expected, with expertly smashed maggots while there was no bite registered on the float or ledger. But that was not the main issue. I would be interested in any theories, but I guess the moral for me is to be wary of old information!
  10. Have just returned from hols in Switzerland, and sitting by the pool my wife pointed out something that surprised us both. An ant was pulling along a dead bluebottle, six times bigger than itself. Then it slipped down between two paving slabs, and the ant appeared to be trying to bite off one of the wings to get it out. But why? As far as I know ants eat vegetable matter, not dead flies. What did it want the bluebottle for?
  11. Hi John Thank you for this helpful reply which I've only just read. I've been away for the past 2 weeks, and I don't know what happened before that. For all the times I've fished sweetcorn I've never thought of fishing bits instead of a whole kernel. Will certainly try it, and it should be useful on a week's trip to the Blavet in Brittany leaving next Monday! John
  12. It'll be interesting to hear how you get on, John. Loch Ness sounds quite tough for lure angling as I imagine you need to cast out quite a way to get into any depth of water? I guess I'd find the canal easier, but that may just be that I've never cracked lure fishing in lakes. Regarding Andrew's comments about ultra-lite, it's another world in a way. I was expertly taught by Kappa, and it certainly upped my catch rate a lot (not that I do it much now because of back trouble). But I'm not sure how I would have got on without someone to guide. Plastics, of course, can be used with a conventional spinning rod, not just for ultra-lite. My favourite lure for years on the Kennet was a Mepps No 3 Fire-tiger (orangy) and I caught on that but couldn't seem to catch on anything else! But then I bought a cheap bag of plastic 'worms' with big flat tails that flashed around as you retrieved, and my favourite turned out to be glitter-gold. I used them with a 10gram jig, and when I wanted to be on or close to the bottom they out-fished even the Mepps. I'm not sure if they resembled crayfish, that you get a lot of in the Kennet. I realise you probably won't be using plastics on your forthcoming trip, but for the future I'd recommend having a couple in the bag as an alternative lure for when the fish are deep.
  13. Gozzer, you kindly asked me to let you know how I got on. For what it's worth I used mono yesterday and didn't get any breaks - though I realise one trip doesn't prove a lot. I was pleased to get a 12oz roach, my best so far from the Thames, though of course my sights are on a bigger one!
  14. 7 - 8.30pm For the first time in the Thames I used bait-dropper. I cast out 10 bait-droppers full of 3mm pellets, and then fished feeder with 6mm halibut pellet about 5 rods out. At first it was bite-a-chuck, and very positive bites, too. Within 5 minutes I had a 12oz roach, which is actually my pb for the Thames. Then they got a bit cagey, and I missed a lot of bites. I wondered if the hair was too long and they were sucking the bait and not really having the hook in their mouth? Next time I must take sweetcorn as a second bait. Then the bites pretty well dried up, and I was getting cold so I pushed off home. But I wonder why the bites dried up? Perhaps it was a big shoal and they had eaten up all my goodies and moved on? Though some feed was going in, still, from the feeder. It could have been a pike, I suppose, but it didn't take any of the fish I had on. Next time I guess I should top up the feed with the dropper after an hour or so. Just 3 roach, but two of them over 10 oz, and I was pleased with the initial effect of the feeder.
  15. As I understand it, in France there is one annual rod licence (carte peche) that covers coarse and game fish (category 1 and 2 rivers). This costs a little more than the UK rod licence, but beyond it most river fishing is free. That's not so extraordinary for coarse fish, but surely for salmon and trout it's amazing! Does it mean - unlike southern chalk streams in UK, they don't stock the rivers with hefty great trout? Surely, if they did, you'd have to pay! - the salmon fishing is no good, even compared to UK. Otherwise they'd be flooded out by salmon anglers from UK and elsewhere!
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