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  1. I asked the guy in the angling shop for some spare sawdust ages ago and it's lasted years. But I don't bother to riddle it out. Should I? What's the problem if you don't?
  2. So, another river season is over. How did it go for you? Was your fishing affected by Covid? Do you have plans to do anything differently in the new season? For me the summer was affected by a house move. The main effect of covid on the winter was that a number of times when the Thames was up I'd have liked to fish the lock cuts, but the EA didn't issue permits this year because of covid. In the coming season I plan to treat myself to a couple of fishing breaks, the first of which will be to Christchuch with the Stour and Avon and maybe a dabble in the sea. Something to keep thinking abo
  3. Thanks both of you for interesting videos. But it doesn't sound easy. I'm planning to go to Christchurch in June for some coarse fishing, and was wondering about an afternoon to target mullet. But it sounds as if I'd need to have a few sessions to find the fish, talk to local anglers etc. Still, that could be very worthwhile.
  4. Great catch, Chris! One question. I don't imagine you'd normally have that number of chub of that size in one shoal. Many would ledger for big chub, but I think you usually float fish. Is a possible advantage of this approach that by loose feeding you were drawing fish up from some distance below?
  5. Sounds a good set-up. Am I right in thinking you can catch mullet in two different types of water: a) salt water, such as harbours; and b). tidal stretches of rivers where the water probably may only have a little salt. In the case of b) I think I'm right in saying you can catch them on coarse fishing baits such as maggot or bread, though I don't know if you would ever catch a mixed bag of, say, roach and mullet? In case a) am I right in thinking you would normally use sea baits, such as ragworm, though for some reason they will also take bread?
  6. That's interesting. I'd love to catch a mullet. I haven't done much fishing over the past year but I'm planning to stay in a b&b in Christchurch for 4 nights in early July - partly the Avon and Stour, but I was thinking of trying for a mullet as well in the tidal bit. The trouble is I can't stand too long because of back trouble, so trotting is tricky. I don't suppose ledger is any good for them? I've always seen people fish for them with a float.
  7. That's a great video, Cory. I think of you mainly as a sea angler. Do you lure fish fresh water as well?
  8. I've read that with perch it is a good idea to jig the float up and down occasionally as it can precipitate a bite. I sometimes do it, though can't say I have caught an extra fish because of it. But what about roach? They can like a falling bait, so in theory if you keep lifting the float a foot it means they've got the bait falling through the last vital foot over and over. But is there a risk it will scare them? Any views?
  9. Do you use hooks to nylon? I find it works well because it means there is usually a finer and weaker bit of line near the hook, so if there is a break you don't lose yards of line. But how do you get round this problem? In shop bought hooks to nylon, the bigger the hook the stronger the line. So if you are using a size 10 or 12 for fishing for roach with breadflake it means the line strength will be about 6-8lbs bs, whereas 2-3lbs would be better. I used to tie a length of pre-stretched (Ie extra fine for it's strength) 3lbs line to the main line and then tie on a ringed hook, but nowaday
  10. It's acknowledged, I think, that some species are attracted to food mainly by smell - carp, bream, tench. And others mainly by sight - pike and perch - though deadbaiters will say, rightly, that smell can be important, too. But what about roach? Surely this will influence the choice of groundbait. And there seem to be 2 views. The manufacturers of roach specific ground bait clearly believe smell is very important. One that I use has a strong chocolate smell. But others (most?) advocate liquidised bread, which, though it will have some smell, it is nowhere near as strong as the specific groundb
  11. I'm in range of the Newbury waters, I guess - about the same as Rusty. But after 20 great years fishing the Kennet I decided I should learn something different. For the first 4 years here, as well as the Thames, there was a really good lake, Ladygrove. As well as easy carp there were quality roach, better I think than anywhere in Newbury, and the tail end of a big perch boom. But then there was a bad fish kill and though they have restocked a bit it's nothing like it was. Still, I've joined Wantage club now. Nothing enormous, but nice fishing with lots of small crucians as well as carp, bream
  12. I've just realised it's been more than a year since I posted, so I thought I'd do an update to let the world and the computer system know that I am still around! What fishing happened in 2020? For me very little. I can't remember what the problem was in winter 2019/20. I think it was the time I had tennis elbow! Then in the spring and summer we had Covid and restrictions on fishing and tackle shops coupled with a house move - not far, still Didcot area. In the autumn I did at least wet a line a few times. I have joined a new angling club, Wantage and Grove, and checked out their lak
  13. In theory my blog is still in action, though I was shocked to see I haven't submitted any entries for over a year. A mixture of reasons. House move (though still in Didcot area), Covid and tackle shop closed, health. Bad back means I need to fish very near the car, and cataract means I can't do trotting and limits driving at night - though hopefully cataract will be fixed soon. Also the Thames doesn't seem to be such an all seasons river as the Kennet, being very hard to fish when up and coloured. Perhaps I should say it's a learning curve! Despite all this I do intend to start bloggin
  14. Congratulations, Chris, particularly on the 3.10! I've heard some negative reports on the Kennet over the last 2 or 3 years, so good to hear it's not all bad. I also thought the conditions were OK, here at Didcot. The Thames was up and coloured, but I thought I might do OK in a lock cut, the only one around where you don't need a lock and weir permit, which are not available this year. Alas, the hard-standing that I fish from was underwater!
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